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In CrossFit, Kettlebells, Videos

March 12, 2012

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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

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“A Way of Life”

By Elijah Muhammad

In Athletes, CrossFit Games, Videos

March 10, 2012

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Three years after his basketball career at Tennessee Tech University, Elijah Muhammad is 20 lb. bigger—in a good way.

Muhammad has been “doing CrossFit and training hard with No. 1 and No. 6,” he says with a smile.

“No. 1” is Rich Froning Jr., who won the 2011 Reebok CrossFit Games, and “No. 6” is Dan Bailey, who finished in sixth place at the Games.

Muhammad is a strength-and-conditioning graduate assistant coach at the university. The institution also employs… Continue Reading

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In CrossFit, Strongman, Videos

March 09, 2012

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In late October 2011, Hybrid Athletics hosted nine CrossFitters from Israel for four days. The group made the trip specifically to work with box owner and strongman expert Rob Orlando. At the end of the visit, eight completed a Level 1 Seminar at the Stamford, Conn., affiliate.

“We’ve practiced the kegs, the yoke, the farmer’s handles, the logs, the stones—all the tools that we use—and we’re going to… Continue Reading

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Speed and Dynamic Efforts

By Shane Sweatt and Laura Phelps-Sweatt

In Powerlifting, Videos

March 08, 2012

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Lifting heavy is only one part of the Westside Barbell Method. Another important part is lifting fast. Shane Sweatt and elite powerlifter Laura Phelps-Sweatt explain.

Dynamic-effort days find powerlifters racking up a certain amount of volume by moving percentages of their max very quickly in small sets, usually with additional resistance added to the bar in the form of bands and/or chains.

The dynamic sessions are programmed in a… 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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In Nutrition, Videos

March 04, 2012

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What would you ask investigative journalist Gary Taubes if you had the chance?

After his presentation to the CrossFit Seminar Staff in San Diego in October 2011, Taubes took questions from the crowd of trainers and HQ staff members.

The author of Why We Get Fat and Good Calories, Bad Calories addresses such things as what he would do with unlimited funds. It turns out if he had all the cash he needed, Taubes would… Continue Reading

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CrossFit Vitality: The Kids Program

By Ameer Lambert-Smith

In Coaching, Kids, Videos

March 03, 2012

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It’s a familiar story: members start bringing their kids to a CrossFit gym, and suddenly there’s an obvious demand for a CrossFit Kids program.

Ameer Lambert-Smith is involved in the kids program at CrossFit Vitality in North Carolina, and he talks about what drew him to coaching young CrossFitters, as well as some of the modifications he uses with them.

Lambert-Smith also addresses some of the standard questions about running a… Continue Reading

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Efficiency Tips: The Snatch

By Eric O’Connor and Chris Spealler

In Competition, CrossFit, CrossFit Games, Videos

February 29, 2012

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In this video filmed at a CrossFit Competitors Course at CrossFit Park City, Eric O’Connor and Chris Spealler show how to use the snatch in workouts that test speed and conditioning rather than just max strength and power.

The muscle-snatch technique is a great way to cycle reps quickly, and the bar path should still be very tight to the body. Loopy bar paths are inefficient and undesirable—just as they… Continue Reading

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