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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… 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

In Coaching, HD Videos, Reference

July 07, 2012

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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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Simple Nutrition

By E.C. Synkowski

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CrossFit trainer E.C. Synkowski offers practical nutrition information to help with day-to-day choices. At CrossFit Hingham, she talks to a group of CrossFitters about macronutrients, micronutrients, nutrient density and nutrient synergy.

“Food is our fuel for metabolism,” she explains. “Metabolism is all the chemical processes that go on necessary to maintain life, also to produce energy, to do CrossFit.”

When it comes to making… Continue Reading

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When it comes to creating community, there are good affiliates and there are great affiliates. So says Ben Bergeron, head coach and co-owner of CrossFit New England, home to the team that won the 2011 Reebok CrossFit Games Affiliate Cup.

Good affiliates, for example, participate in charity events, celebrate holidays and birthdays, and host competitions.

“That’s what good affiliates are doing. We want more,” Bergeron says. “We’re looking to be great.”

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Powerlifting: Maximal Effort Method

By Shane Sweatt and Laura Phelps-Sweatt

In HD Videos, Powerlifting, Reference

June 01, 2012

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At Westside Barbell, Shane Sweatt lives by the maximal-effort method.

It’s a conjugate system, “which is exactly what you guys do,” he says in this CrossFit Powerlifting Trainer Course.

The rotation of exercises not only allows for variety but can also be a useful coaching tool, says Sweatt, who is accompanied by elite powerlifter Laura Phelps-Sweatt.

“A great thing about conjugate is if I have a client come in and… Continue Reading

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Fixing Common Rowing Errors

By Shane Farmer

In Coaching, Reference, Rowing, Videos

May 09, 2012

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When it comes to rowing in CrossFit, there are three common errors: early back opening, early arm break and extreme layback.

When the back opens early in the stroke, much of the hip drive is missing, says Shane Farmer of CrossFit Rowing. The legs and hips should work in harmony, he explains.

“As the legs get close to finishing, then we’re going to kick our hips in to continue momentum and help us finish… Continue Reading

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