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CrossFit and GPP

By Tony Leyland

In CrossFit, Reference

September 13, 2012

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Tony Leyland explains why general physical preparedness is a good thing for elite athletes and beginners.

These are exciting times for the avid CrossFitter.

The continued growth of the CrossFit Games, the Reebok sponsorship and the television advertisements have sparked the interest of thousands and thousands of people. Basically, more people will be introduced to a fantastic way of training because of this growth. However, a potential negative aspect of… Continue Reading

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In Affiliation, Coaching, CrossFit, Reference

September 11, 2012

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Choosing a CrossFit coach or affiliate is an important decision. Here are some things to think about when making your choice.

This article provides a basic framework on how to find a CrossFit coach and an affiliate. It’s a set of suggestions that can be used as a road map—not a comprehensive treatise.

Among the topics covered are your responsibilities as an athlete, the process of getting fitter, the characteristics of great… Continue Reading

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Simple Nutrition: Part 5

By E.C. Synkowski

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CrossFit trainer E.C. Synkowski offers practical nutrition information to help with day-to-day choices.

In Part 5, she explains the basics of the Zone Diet to a group at CrossFit Hingham.

“What we like about the Zone … is the idea that we are assessing exactly what we’re taking in so that we can see how our performance tracks with that,” Synkowski says.

Excess protein, carbohydrate and fat will be stored as body fat… Continue Reading

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Simple Nutrition: Part 4

By E.C. Synkowski

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CrossFit trainer E.C. Synkowski offers practical nutrition information to help with day-to-day choices.

In Part 4, she talks to a group at CrossFit Hingham about sugar, oils, alcohol and dairy.

“Typically, wherever we see diseases of modern civilization—obesity, heart disease, cancer—we also see a consumption of sugar,” she explains. “So that’s why we want it to be generally eliminated from your diet.”

In other words, don’t make it a staple.

Next up are oils, including… Continue Reading

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Simple Nutrition: Part 3

By E.C. Synkowski

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CrossFit trainer E.C. Synkowski offers practical nutrition information to help with day-to-day choices.

In Part 3, she talks to a group at CrossFit Hingham about vegetables, nuts and seeds, and fruit and starch—all of which provide carbohydrates.

“Carbohydrates—we use these for energy,” Synkowski explains. “We don’t need to take in carbohydrates. We can do without them. But for high-intensity training, for CrossFit training, you’re going to… Continue Reading

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Simple Nutrition: Part 2

By E.C. Synkowski

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CrossFit trainer E.C. Synkowski offers practical nutrition information to help with day-to-day choices. In Part 2, she talks to a group at CrossFit Hingham about protein and fat.

Protein is pretty easy to understand for most folks, but fat can be tricky. There are three types of fat: saturated, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated. Saturated fat is the most stable and the best for your body. The problem is that when you eat… Continue Reading

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Coaching the Positive

By Ben Bergeron

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To coach the positive, coaches must understand two things:

1. Learning takes place when good behavior is rewarded versus bad behavior criticized.

2. The criticism sandwich.

“We’re trying to ignite the flame in each one of our members,” says Ben Bergeron, co-owner and head coach at CrossFit New England, as he addresses a group of affiliate owners. “Ignite the spark. It is the job and it is the responsibility of your coaches to get your members interested in CrossFit.”

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Kettlebell Clean Variations

By Jeff Martone

In Coaching, HD Videos, Kettlebells, Reference

July 04, 2012

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Using a different implement to practice cleans opens the door to other movements. With the kettlebell, this means the dead clean, the kettlebell clean and the two-armed clean.

The positions, Jeff Martone says during this Kettlebell Trainer Course, are the same as they would be with the barbell, and full extension is key to both the barbell and kettlebell lifts.

To fix errors, multiple drills can be used, including standing inches from the wall… Continue Reading

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