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Muscle-Up Virtuosity: Part 2

By Laurie Galassi

In CrossFit, Gymnastics/Tumbling, Reference, Videos

February 26, 2012

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CrossFit Santa Cruz’s Laurie Galassi is a gymnast and CrossFit coach. In this instructional video, she breaks down that most challenging CrossFit movement: the muscle-up.

After dealing with body shaping and grip in Part 1, Galassi addresses the place where everything usually goes awry: the transition.

Working from a position lying under the rings, Galassi demonstrates the transition by pulling while keeping her legs out front as… Continue Reading

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In CrossFit, Mobility, Videos

February 25, 2012

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At Kelly Starrett’s box, San Francisco CrossFit, ring dips are an intermediate skill.

The key to the movement is external rotation of the arms for the best efficiency and mechanics, says the movement and mobility guru.

During this trainer course, Starrett has three male athletes hold the top of the ring-dip position. None are in the correct position. All three started and finished in internally rotated positions. The turned-out finish position of the arms… Continue Reading

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An Addiction for the Better

By Jennifer Norman

In CrossFit, Videos

February 24, 2012

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As a child and adolescent, Jennifer Norman spent many days in her family’s garage learning how to squat below parallel. That’s thanks to her father, who was an Olympic weightlifter.

“We had sleds that we pulled around in dirt parking lots. … We did that when we were young, and now we do it for fun when we’re older,” says Norman, a two-year member of CrossFit Relentless in West Hartford, Conn.

With four children—including a set of… Continue Reading

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Box Tour: CrossFit Vitality

By Steve Pinkerton

In Affiliation, CrossFit, Videos

February 23, 2012

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Inside a North Carolina corporate office building with mirrors on the walls, you will find an unlikely thing: a CrossFit box.

“We drove past this probably 40 times ... when we were looking for a space because we thought it was just an office space,” says CrossFit Vitality co-owner Steve Pinkerton.

Although the space—at more than 4,500 square feet—was larger than what they initially wanted, the wide-open warehouse-like space was… Continue Reading

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In CrossFit, Medical/Injuries, Videos

February 21, 2012

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Clad in a sequined beret, a spaghetti-strap tank top, compression shorts and a pink boa, one member of CrossFit New Haven says you shouldn’t take yourself too seriously.

During the box’s October Barbells for Boobs event, the bearded man decided to “dress it up, booty short it up” all in pink.

“Too many competitions, too much seriousness—gotta bring it back to basics,” he says with a smile.

More than 100 people last year registered for the affiliate’s two-hour event… Continue Reading

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In Coaching, Kids, Videos

February 20, 2012

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Launching a CrossFit Kids program can seem daunting. Luckily, Seminar Staff members John and Kelly Brown, Aimee Lyons, and Todd Widman—as well as CrossFit New England’s Heather Bergeron—have advice.

Start classes with the age group you’re most comfortable with, Widman says. And only begin with three children whose parents are already CrossFitters.

“You don’t have to sell those parents on anything,” he explains. “They’re like… Continue Reading

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Muscle-Up Virtuosity: Part 1

By Laurie Galassi

In CrossFit, Gymnastics/Tumbling, Reference, Videos

February 19, 2012

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CrossFit Santa Cruz’s Laurie Galassi is a gymnast and CrossFit coach. In this instructional video, she breaks down that most challenging CrossFit movement: the muscle-up.

Focusing first on body shapes and hand position, Galassi explains how very small adjustments can make a big difference on the rings.

Of course, the false grip is critical to success, and no, it isn’t very comfortable. For those who tend to get red and raw wrists… Continue Reading

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In CrossFit, Videos

February 18, 2012

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Mike Riepenhoff’s CrossFit Story begins with the 2007 movie 300. After he and his wife went to see the film with another couple, his friend began researching the workouts that gave the actors their sculpted physiques.

“Backtracked it all the way to CrossFit,” Riepenhoff says.

The other couple then found CrossFit Atlanta. And thus the addiction began.

“Anything and everything was CrossFit. When we were at dinner, when we were at lunch… Continue Reading

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