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The Hybrid Story

By Rob Orlando

In Affiliation, CrossFit, Videos

February 17, 2012

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In 2008, 32-year-old Rob Orlando was reaching the end of his personal-training career. It was time to find another way to make a living, he says. Then the question came from a client he had been privately training at local gyms: “‘What’s stopping you from just doing this on your own?’”

Orlando’s response: $50,000.

“He just took out his checkbook and wrote me a check. He basically told me to shut up, find… Continue Reading

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In CrossFit, Kettlebells, Videos

February 15, 2012

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In the CrossFit Kettlebell Trainer course, Jeff Martone says a good kettlebell swing has four key elements: weight on the heels, neutral neck, straight back and purposeful breathing. He emphasizes kinesthetic drills to help athletes understand the right and wrong ways to move their bodies.

He has course attendees do several reps of kettlebell deadlifts while keeping their weight on their heels, their necks neutral and their backs flat.

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In Kids, Videos

February 14, 2012

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Fun, quality of movement and the prescription—those are the three elemental pillars part and parcel to the CrossFit Kids program.

“It is imperative that you pair fitness with fun—has to happen,” Todd Widman says during a CrossFit Kids Trainer Course at CrossFit New England. “If they do not have fun, you have ruined them for life.”

Just remember that fun changes as preschoolers become preteens and then teenagers.

Quality of movement is also paramount.

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In Mobility, Videos

February 13, 2012

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Join Kelly Starrett, owner of San Francisco CrossFit and creator of MobilityWOD, as he teaches coaches and their athletes how to evaluate movement at CrossFit South Bay.

Working on the hip, Starrett delivers a “shaman’s blow” of a test: a three-part quick-and-dirty movement drill designed to instantly assess hip mobility.

The test, of course, is not the be-all and end-all of movement analysis, because it’s staged unlike the natural movements of a squat or… Continue Reading

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Meet Todd Widman

By Todd Widman

In CrossFit, Videos

February 12, 2012

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HQ Seminar Staff member Todd Widman says everyone should attend a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer Course—even the person who just heard of the training methodology and has never attended a class.

“It doesn’t matter what seminar you go to; the Level 1 courses are just stocked full of amazing trainers,” he says while at a seminar at CrossFit Oahu.

Widman got hooked on CrossFit several years ago when he was a captain in the Marine Corps. As… Continue Reading

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Box Tour: CrossFit New Haven

By Eric and Carla O’Brien

In Affiliation, CrossFit, Videos

February 11, 2012

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After a few months of working out in a garage gym without heat, Eric O’Brien had enough. So for a year and a half he and his wife, Carla, worked out at CrossFit Milford. But the commute—about 35 minutes each way—wore on them. That’s what led them to the conclusion that their community of New Haven needed its own CrossFit affiliate.

“We decided we were going to do this once,” Eric says. “We were going to open one… Continue Reading

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Quick Fixes to Improve Rowing

By Brian MacKenzie

In CrossFit Endurance, Rowing, Videos

February 10, 2012

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In this video, CrossFit Endurance founder Brian MacKenzie works on rowing with Rich Airey of CrossFit Counter Culture.

Airey is rounding his shoulders and back, MacKenzie notes.

“What we’ve got here is one broken dude,” he says. “And he doesn’t have to be.”

For a quick fix, MacKenzie takes Airey’s feet out of the straps, sets the damper to 1 and prohibits him from touching the seat to the back of his feet—all while maintaining the… Continue Reading

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A Whole New Person

By Irene Kolivas

In CrossFit, Videos

February 09, 2012

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To say Irene Kolivas is a whole new person is not an exaggeration.

Over the course of eight months, she lost 77 lb. And for the first three months, she wasn’t even working out—just eating Paleo.

“I lost 30 lb. in three months not even moving,” Kolivas says after a WOD at CrossFit 101 in San Jose, Calif.

She officially started CrossFit in September 2011.

“Huge, huge transformation,” she says. “It was nice to just be… Continue Reading

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