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Dr. Cooker Perkins and Hannah Dewalt explore training intensity during pregnancy and call on CrossFitters to help them take their research further.

One relatively new territory that has received a lot of attention in recent years is exercising during pregnancy. At this point, we know quite a bit about aerobic activity during pregnancy (e.g., walking, jogging, swimming). The first guidelines about what women can and can’t do with respect to aerobic… Continue Reading

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Handstand Virtuosity: Part 3

By Laurie Galassi

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CrossFit Santa Cruz’s Laurie Galassi, a gymnast and fifth-place finisher at the NorCal Regional, shares her coaching tips for mastering the handstand. In Part 3 of the series, Galassi teaches the handstand walk.

“A handstand walk is a weight transfer. It is a momentary handstand on one arm,” she says.

Her first progression is to shift weight from arm to arm in a push-up plank.

“With all of this, if you’re in control, you can advance. The second… Continue Reading

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The Position: Part 7—The Ring Dip

By Kelly Starrett and Carl Paoli

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This video series provides a fresh look at skill-transfer exercises and midline stability, combining the powers of Kelly Starrett and gymnast Carl Paoli. Both San Francisco CrossFit coaches add their expertise to refine basic CrossFit movements with the aim of improving power output.

In Part 7, Paoli demonstrates the ring dip. The same “turning out” used for the bar dip in Part 6 adds external rotation, torque and stability to the shoulder in the… Continue Reading

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Handstand Virtuosity: Part 2

By Laurie Galassi

In Coaching, Gymnastics/Tumbling, Reference, Videos

September 14, 2011

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CrossFit Santa Cruz’s Laurie Galassi, a gymnast and fifth-place finisher at the NorCal Regional, shares her coaching tips for mastering the handstand. In Part 2 of the series, Galassi applies the handstand basics she taught through body position and wall climbs to the next step: kicking up into a handstand.

Galassi drills the athletes on forward and backward leg kicks.

“This is another great chance to squeeze… Continue Reading

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The Position: Part 6—The Bar Dip

By Kelly Starrett and Carl Paoli

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This video series provides a fresh look at skill-transfer exercises and midline stability, combining the powers of Kelly Starrett and gymnast Carl Paoli. Both San Francisco CrossFit coaches add their expertise to refine basic CrossFit movements with the aim of improving power output.

In Part 6, Starrett and Paoli coach the bar dip. They prepare using “The Position,” the same foundational form used for movements from kipping pull-ups to bench press.

Paoli demonstrates getting… Continue Reading

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In Affiliation, Coaching, CrossFit, Reference, Videos

September 06, 2011

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“I can tell you what it is that makes you successful in business, more specifically as a CrossFit affiliate,” CrossFit founder and CEO Greg Glassman says. “It’s the blind and relentless constant pursuit of excellence.”

At the 2011 Summer Affiliate Gathering recently held in Big Sky, Mont., Coach Glassman addressed the assembled affiliates.

He said the driving force of each affiliate should be trying to make it better, not trying to make more money. From what he has seen of the… Continue Reading

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Handstand Virtuosity: Part 1

By Laurie Galassi

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

“I picked handstands because they’re the foundation of gymnastics,” Galassi says. “It’s the basis for everything else.”

This gymnastics element fits perfectly into CrossFit.

“The neat thing for CrossFit is that once you can do a handstand … suddenly… Continue Reading

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Retool your gymnastics skills with elite gymnast Carl Paoli, founder of Naka Athletics, coach at San Francisco CrossFit and creator of GymnasticsWOD.com. Through his Freestyle Connections Seminar, Paoli introduces athletes to advanced gymnastics skills using simple progressions and coaching points. Today’s movement is the handstand push-up.

In Part 2 of the series, Paoli explains how active shoulders create tension and stabilize the midline. He describes how… Continue Reading

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