For Team U.S.A., defeating Team Europe at last month’s CrossFit Invitational wasn’t the only challenge. While in Malibu, Calif., team members were subject to metabolic analysis by Pepperdine University during a rowing Helen.
The athletes wore masks covering the nose and mouth, as well as gadgets to track various markers.
“What we look at is the volume of oxygen inspired and the volume of carbon dioxide expired, and it basically tells us how you’re utilizing fuel… Continue Reading
After 45 years of coaching Olympic weightlifting, Mike Burgener still assesses athletes the same way: stance, grip, position.
“You just eyeball it real quick and you make the changes right away,” he says during this CrossFit Olympic Weightlifting Trainer Course.
After that, it’s the five-step Burgener Warm-Up.
First is the down and up for developing speed through the middle. The hips must open and the shoulders come up.
“Now the shoulders… Continue Reading
After drilling good mechanics and a strong hip drive, it’s time to go overhead, says kettlebell guru Jeff Martone at this CrossFit Kettlebell Trainer Course at Progressive F.O.R.C.E. CrossFit in Las Vegas.
It’s called the American swing and should be introduced after the Russian swing and the power swing, he says.
“It should float up,” Martone explains. “I’m actually using my lats to stop it overhead.”
If the hips are not generating… Continue Reading
Olympic-weightlifting coach Mike Burgener says the three snatch positions are the high hang, mid-thigh and floor.
While the weight is somewhat balanced in the foot in the start position, the weight moves back toward the heels very quickly after the bar breaks the ground.
“The knees start everything, and the weight, in my opinion, should be 55 (percent), 45 (percent) and then shifted back immediately once the bar is lifted,” he explains. “By shifting… Continue Reading
It’s a good idea to know how to clean up a blood spill in the box.
CrossFitters know the sting of an occasional hand tear or bloody shin from a poorly pulled snatch or mistimed box jump, and sometimes minor cuts and scrapes from outside the gym open up during a workout.
Spills should be cleaned up immediately, and by planning ahead, educating trainers, and having the right equipment and supplies ready, clean-up will… Continue Reading
To keep it simple, Doug Katona starts this CrossFit Endurance Trainer Course with the three running fundamentals: Pose/position, fall, pull. Katona emphasizes it’s not posture but position at CrossFit Walnut in California.
“So when you run, if you’re not afraid to fall, you’ll be OK,” Katona says.
Fast runners, he adds, have less fear of falling.
The ultimate goal, Katona explains, is to reclaim the correct position as fast as… Continue Reading
The kettlebell snatch is the summary of all the skills learned in the CrossFit Kettlebell Trainer Course. At this seminar at Progressive F.O.R.C.E. CrossFit in Las Vegas, kettlebell guru Jeff Martone teaches it from the top down.
If you’ve already mastered the swing, the mechanics for the snatch are already in place, he explains. Martone starts with cleaning the bell and pressing it overhead. He notes the importance of the… Continue Reading
Coaching can improve through progressions and practice. James Hobart offers cueing tips and drills to help you communicate with your athletes better.
“A trainer trains.” —Greg Glassman
Our coaching job might be simply stated as follows: help people move better. But that isn’t always simply done. Our efforts to get droopy shoulders more active and wavy midlines stabilized don’t always succeed.
While we frequently rely on tactile and demonstrative cues, verbal cues… Continue Reading