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In HD Videos, Olympic Lifts, Reference

April 18, 2012

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What’s the right way to approach the bar in the Olympic lifts?

There isn’t one, Coach Mike Burgener says during this CrossFit Olympic Weightlifting Trainer Course.

To illustrate, he has six of his athletes demonstrate how they approach the bar and how they set up at the start of the lift. Some like to squat down and roll the bar away from them, others prefer a quick set-up and take-off to avoid excessive thought, and… Continue Reading

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In HD Videos, Olympic Lifts, Reference

April 11, 2012

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The back angle stays the same from when the bar leaves the ground until the lifter gets to the take-off position, Coach Mike Burgener says during this CrossFit Olympic Weightlifting Trainer Course.

To prevent the hips or chest from rising too soon, a great cue Burgener uses is “stand with your legs.”

“The minute that I stand with my legs, the bar comes up, too. They gotta come up together,” he says.

As you stand and the knees… Continue Reading

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In HD Videos, Olympic Lifts, Reference

April 06, 2012

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Positioning and speed are key to successful Olympic lifts, Coach Mike Burgener says during this CrossFit Olympic Weightlifting Trainer Course.

Off the floor, sweep the bar back, but without touching the shins.

“I have got to get the bar in the right position so that I can gather my speed,” Burgener explains. “It’s critical. If you try to pull a barbell up, you will fail when the weight gets heavy. If you get the… Continue Reading

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Accommodating Resistance

By Shane Sweatt and Laura Phelps-Sweatt

In Powerlifting, Reference, Videos

March 25, 2012

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It’s impossible not to have bar deceleration if you don’t have “accommodating resistance,” says Shane Sweatt of Westside Barbell.

“If you have bar deceleration, you’re teaching yourself to slow down. … In sports, that is not optimal,” he says.

As you move a barbell, it’s natural to reduce your effort as you get to positions of mechanical advantage; e.g., the top of a bench-press rep. Enter accommodating resistance that incorporates the use of bands or chains on the… Continue Reading

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Perfecting the Box Jump

By Kelly Starrett and Carl Paoli

In CrossFit, Exercises, Reference, Videos

March 07, 2012

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Box jumps are mainly about jumping onto a box. Simple, right? But like any CrossFit movement, you can always add a good dose of virtuosity for increased speed, efficiency and grace.

Kelly Starrett and Carl Paoli explain exactly how to set up for efficient box jumps, and they say it all starts with foot position and body position. As all supple leopards know, great body position takes work, so Starrett offers up some mobility… Continue Reading

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Muscle-Up Virtuosity: Part 2

By Laurie Galassi

In CrossFit, Gymnastics/Tumbling, Reference, Videos

February 26, 2012

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CrossFit Santa Cruz’s Laurie Galassi is a gymnast and CrossFit coach. In this instructional video, she breaks down that most challenging CrossFit movement: the muscle-up.

After dealing with body shaping and grip in Part 1, Galassi addresses the place where everything usually goes awry: the transition.

Working from a position lying under the rings, Galassi demonstrates the transition by pulling while keeping her legs out front as… Continue Reading

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In Powerlifting, Reference

February 24, 2012

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Bill Starr on what bench pressing can do for athletes in any sport—even Olympic weightlifting.

The bench press has always been a part of the routines for bodybuilders and strength athletes. It’s an easy exercise to learn and do and takes a minimum of equipment.

When I first embarked on my guest for greater size and strength, I wanted to include bench presses in my routine. Later, I became interested in the… Continue Reading

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Muscle-Up Virtuosity: Part 1

By Laurie Galassi

In CrossFit, Gymnastics/Tumbling, Reference, Videos

February 19, 2012

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CrossFit Santa Cruz’s Laurie Galassi is a gymnast and CrossFit coach. In this instructional video, she breaks down that most challenging CrossFit movement: the muscle-up.

Focusing first on body shapes and hand position, Galassi explains how very small adjustments can make a big difference on the rings.

Of course, the false grip is critical to success, and no, it isn’t very comfortable. For those who tend to get red and raw wrists… Continue Reading

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