March 23, 2012
Despite hours watching professional hockey, few people know how to throw a proper punch. In this video, CrossFit Striking instructor George Ryan covers the basics of throwing a punch and explains how proper mechanics result in increased power and efficiency.
“Punching is a rudimentary and functional movement that involves the core . We’re going to punch from the floor up. We want to use our entire body,” Ryan says.
Ryan covers the lead straight and rear… Continue Reading
Over four days in October, Hybrid Athletics hosted nine CrossFitters from Israel. The group made the trip specifically to work with box owner and strongman expert Rob Orlando and to complete the Level 1 Trainer Course.
“Having as many people that understand what we’re doing to spread the word is the best thing that could happen,” says Omry Peled, owner of CrossFit Herzliya in Israel.
Peled took the course more than two and half years ago but… Continue Reading
It begins with nutrition.
“Nobody ever got strong out of a vending machine,” says CrossFit Football seminar staffer Ben Oliver. “Training makes you weaker.”
It’s rest, recovery and food that make you stronger. Next up on CrossFit Football’s pyramid is strength and conditioning. In other words, Oliver says, “conditioned enough to survive our training.”
He adds: “You can’t really get conditioned for your sport in the weight room.”
Then it’s on to the Olympic lifts and other barbell… Continue Reading
Coach Mike Burgener has a special gift for simplifying the Olympic lifts—especially for beginners.
“Ninety percent of all missed lifts are attributed to the feet,” Burgener says to a group of athletes at a CrossFit Oly seminar.
To be successful on the platform, Burgener says you need to find the jumping position and the landing position. The first position has the feet right under the hips, while the latter position is the… Continue Reading
Every box has its own personality, and Matt Swift talks a little bit about what makes CrossFit Brisbane special in this video from Down Under.
Listening to Swift, it’s clear that he and his box are very focused.
“My only role as a coach is just to keep reminding people there’s only one important thing and everything else is distraction . My job as a coach is to make sure that behavior matches the goal, because… Continue Reading
Don’t let the skeleton mascot and the box’s handle fool you; this affiliate’s name comes from the Bible. So says Bryan Edwards, who co-owns CrossFit Vengeance Myrtle Beach South with his wife, Rachel.
“One of our slogans is ‘vengeance is mine,’ meaning that the Lord takes care of the big stuff. We handle the small stuff,” Edwards explains. “Our enemies are sedentary lifestyles, bad diet, just being a victim, if you will.”
Friends and family—their only clients… Continue Reading
What do you do after winning season 12 of The Biggest Loser? You get your CrossFit Level 1 certificate, of course.
Washington native John Rhode lost 220 lb. on the show, winning the grand prize of $250,000 by weighing 225 lb.
“I’m more energetic, I’m more optimistic, my entire countenance has changed, my outlook on life has changed,” he says while at CrossFit Scottsdale to complete a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer Course. “I now know… Continue Reading
One of Jeff Martone’s favorite drills is a hip-flexor stretch followed by vertical jumps and kettlebell swings.
“You’ll feel a difference. You should be a lot more explosive,” he says. “A lot of times people say that the weight feels lighter.”
And the drill not only applies to the sport of kettlebell but also to Olympic weightlifting and powerlifting, Martone says. By the time people reach the swing at the end of the drill, their backs… Continue Reading