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Pull-Up Virtuosity: Part 2

By Laurie Galassi

In CrossFit, Gymnastics/Tumbling, Reference, Videos

February 06, 2012

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CrossFit Santa Cruz’s Laurie Galassi, a gymnast and the fifth-place finisher at the 2011 NorCal Regional, shares her coaching tips for mastering the pull-up. In Part 2 of the series, she focuses on timing—the moment of weightlessness, to be specific.

“When I snap from arch to hollow, in the back of my swing I find this little weightless moment only if I come to an aggressive stop,” Galassi says. “If your rhythm is… Continue Reading

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Pull-Up Virtuosity: Part 1

By Laurie Galassi

In CrossFit, Gymnastics/Tumbling, Reference, Videos

January 29, 2012

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CrossFit Santa Cruz’s Laurie Galassi, a gymnast and the fifth-place finisher at the 2011 NorCal Regional, shares her coaching tips for mastering the pull-up. In Part 1 of the series, she focuses on body shape.

A fast, efficient pull-up has three key ingredients, she says: the hollow-body position, the appropriate grip on the bar and the right timing.

“This arch is an opening of the shoulders. It has very little to do with… Continue Reading

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Proper Bench Technique

By Shane Sweatt and Laura Phelps-Sweatt

In CrossFit, Powerlifting, Reference, Videos

December 27, 2011

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Join Shane Sweatt and Laura Phelps-Sweatt of Westside Barbell as they demonstrate bench-press set-up and technique. Phelps-Sweatt’s best bench is an incredible 530 lb.

The first cue Sweatt has Phelps-Sweatt demonstrate is to set her shoulders back in their sockets, pinching her shoulder blades behind her so her shoulders are well supported to reduce the risk of injury. She gets under the bar and lifts it to hold it over her chest, not her… Continue Reading

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In HD Videos, Mobility, Reference

December 22, 2011

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Join Kelly Starrett, owner of San Francisco CrossFit and creator of MobilityWOD, as he teaches coaches and their athletes how to diagnose dysfunction at CrossFit South Bay.

In Part 8, Starrett discusses the RICE protocol to treat acute injury: rest, ice, compression and elevation. Starrett adds the 24-Hour Rule for how to reintegrate after injury.

“Something is good to go pretty much when you can load it up and 24 hours later you… Continue Reading

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In CrossFit, Nutrition, Reference, Videos

December 18, 2011

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Join investigative journalist Gary Taubes, author of Why We Get Fat and Good Calories, Bad Calories, as he addresses CrossFit HQ Seminar Staff at the Trainer Summit held in October in San Diego. In the full version of the presentation, Taubes shares his research on fat accumulation and the risk of disease.

In Part 1, CrossFit founder Greg Glassman introduces Taubes and shares how the journalist’s research dovetails with CrossFit’s passion for fitness. Taubes says he… Continue Reading

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In Nutrition, Reference

December 09, 2011

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Nutrition expert Dr. John Berardi serves up an introductory summary of his research into extended fasting.

Nutrition is a really hot topic in the CrossFit community, but with the debate centering on whether to eat Paleo or Zone, I’m afraid another eating style is completely flying under the radar.

Careful, folks. You don’t want to miss this one.

It’s called intermittent fasting (IF), and while it’s certainly not for… Continue Reading

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The Deeper Side of Coaching

By Ben Bergeron

In Coaching, Reference

December 02, 2011

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Are you a good coach or a great coach? Ben Bergeron explains the difference and what you can do to take your coaching to the next level.

The essence of CrossFit coaching is to get our clients to move better.

Good coaches can see faults and have the tools, knowledge and ability to correct these faults. If you can get your athletes to consistently move better, you are a considered a “good coach.”

But what then makes a… Continue Reading

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In HD Videos, Mobility, Reference

December 01, 2011

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Join Kelly Starrett, owner of San Francisco CrossFit and creator of MobilityWOD, as he teaches coaches and their athletes how to diagnose dysfunction at CrossFit South Bay.

In Part 7, Starrett makes a plan of action. First, he looks for motor-control issues expressed in positioning faults.

“Let’s fix the movement pattern first,” he says. “When you correct mechanics, things stop hurting.”

Next, he looks for connective-tissue or sliding-surface problems that can arise from… Continue Reading

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