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In Sports Applications, Swimming

December 18, 2014

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By mastering underwater swimming and breakouts after starts and turns, athletes can maintain speed off the wall and reduce race times.

In previous articles I’ve talked about basic elements of freestyle swimming: turns and starts. The element I intentionally left out was how to properly transition from a start or turn without deceleration upon surfacing. This article was written to help athletes of all levels improve race transitions.

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Fitness Through Sports?

By Chris Cooper

In Coaching, Kids, Sports Applications

September 12, 2014

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Parents who want their kids to be active sign them up for sports, but early specialization and pressure to perform often take young athletes out of the game for life.

Are athletes made by playing or training?

At the 2014 NHL Scouting Combine, Sam Bennett couldn’t do a pull-up. The 17-year-old faced criticism from various media outlets, but none were able to say why he should be able to do a pull-up. Without an objectively… Continue Reading

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Torpedo School 2: Learn to Turn

By Adam Palmer and Rosalie Palmer

In Sports Applications, Swimming

June 12, 2014

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Minimizing time spent at the wall is essential in swimming events. By mastering the open and flip turns, you can save energy and shave seconds off lap times.

One of the simplest ways to improve times in the pool is to develop streamlines and turns.

Turns are relatively easy to practice, meaning athletes can perform many repetitions without fatigue, and at some point the swimmer will be forced to… Continue Reading

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Guerrero

By Jay Vera

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On May 4, 2013, Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero faced off against boxing welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather. After 12 rounds, the decision was unanimous: Mayweather retained his title.

Guerrero began picking apart the defeat.

“There’s more stuff I could have done in the gym,” he says.

The 31-year-old had known Dave Castro, CrossFit Inc.’s Director of the CrossFit Games/Director of Training, since turning professional 13 years earlier, and Castro had been… Continue Reading

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Lords of the Realm

By Andréa Maria Cecil

In Combatives, Sports Applications

May 17, 2014

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Medieval combat fighters from the U.S. take seven of nine gold medals at world championships held May 1-4 in Spain.

In a sport based upon the unforgiving, brutal armored battles of medieval Europe, it was Team USA who proved winningest at the International Medieval Combat Federation world championship.

But what some call irony, team members quickly dismiss.

The modern—if you will—pastime of medieval combat attempts to recreate the sport, not the societies of… Continue Reading

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Game of Moans

By Andréa Maria Cecil

In Combatives, Sports Applications

May 01, 2014

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Medieval-combat fighters turn to CrossFit in preparation for brutal battles to come at the world championships in Spain.

His arms were pinned beneath the wooden dowel. Standing behind him, an attacker pulled the dowel tighter against his forearms. Both men struggled to maintain their footing. Then, with a sudden maneuver, the assailant further tightened the dowel and took his target to the ground with a thud.

Dmitriy Ryaboy and Jeff Galli… Continue Reading

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Growing up in the Congo, 21-year-old Charlotte Bobcats center Bismack Biyombo lifted. But he admits he didn’t know what he was doing.

“I (would) just go to YouTube and find whatever, ya know,” says the 6-foot-9 athlete, laughing.

When he arrived in the U.S., he searched for a place to build his physicality. That’s when he found Josh Elmore, owner of CrossFit Eternal in North Carolina.

“When I started, I didn’t have any balance… Continue Reading

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Ninjas by Nature

By Chris Cooper

In Parkour, Sports Applications

March 28, 2014

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American Ninja Warrior brings sudden fame to previously unknown parkour athletes and freerunners who are only in it for the love of the sport.

The television show American Ninja Warrior has bridged the gap between simple street tricks and sport, promising—and delivering—a measured degree of mainstream fame for popular YouTube antiheroes such as David “Flip” Rodriguez and Drew Drechsler.

Hopeful contestants now train year round, building their… Continue Reading

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