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CrossFit for Swim Training

By Laura Matuszak

In CrossFit, Sports Applications, Videos

February 07, 2012

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In Vermont, there is no high-school swimming, so in the Burlington area, students go to Green Mountain Aquatics on the campus of Saint Michael’s College.

Laura Matuszak has been there for 15 years. She owns and operates the USA Swimming club, and she’s also the head coach. The team, which competes as far away as California, began doing CrossFit as part of its so-called “dry-land training” in the last year and a half… Continue Reading

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Pull-Up Virtuosity: Part 2

By Laurie Galassi

In CrossFit, Gymnastics/Tumbling, Reference, Videos

February 06, 2012

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CrossFit Santa Cruz’s Laurie Galassi, a gymnast and the fifth-place finisher at the 2011 NorCal Regional, shares her coaching tips for mastering the pull-up. In Part 2 of the series, she focuses on timing—the moment of weightlessness, to be specific.

“When I snap from arch to hollow, in the back of my swing I find this little weightless moment only if I come to an aggressive stop,” Galassi says. “If your rhythm is… Continue Reading

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In CrossFit, Medical/Injuries, Videos

February 05, 2012

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Kevin Miller was 325 lb. when he found CrossFit through a chance encounter in a bar. Once he started, he was gung-ho, working out five times a week and wholeheartedly adopting the Paleo Diet. It was that attitude, arguably, that got him into trouble.

During a CrossFit Total, Miller had an accident that threatened to leave him without the use of his legs.

In Part 1, Miller and CrossFit New Haven trainers Eric and Carla O’Brien… Continue Reading

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In CrossFit, Videos

February 04, 2012

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In the summer of 2010, Lou Callejas, his wife and son went to Houston to visit his parents. His brother, who lived in Tucson, was there, too.

“He was lookin’ pretty nice. He had a nice body. He was lookin’ pretty tough, pretty ripped,” Callejas said.

Turns out his brother had been CrossFitting. At that time, Callejas was 5 foot 8 and about 205 lb. For the previous five or six years, he had been “sitting down on… Continue Reading

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Meet the Owners of CrossFit Vitality

By Jessica and Steve Pinkerton

In Affiliation, CrossFit, Videos

February 02, 2012

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Steve and Jessica Pinkerton started their affiliate out of their garage. About 15 people showed up to train there. A few months later—in April 2010—they “pulled the trigger” and opened CrossFit Vitality in Concord, N.C.

“It grew really fast, really quick,” Steve says. “That first year was a blur.”

Before that, Jessica had been a stay-at-home mom.

“This is actually the first time I’ve had a regular outside-of-the-home job,” she says.

Today, the couple has 11… Continue Reading

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In Coaching, Kids, Videos

January 31, 2012

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CrossFit Kids have all the fun: laser beams for elbows, hands that hold up the sky and the dance moves of an Oompa-Loompa.

In this video, Kids Seminar Staff member John Brown explains how to teach the press series: the press, the thruster and the push press. That’s right: thruster before push press.

“Once we sort of set kids in motion with this explosive opening of the hips … the push press is now just a shortened range of… Continue Reading

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In Affiliation, CrossFit, Videos

January 30, 2012

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Inside a 25-year-old family sports facility outside Pittsburgh is Integrated Fitness, a CrossFit box that does sport-specific training.

The Bethel Park, Pa., box is more than 3,000 square feet inside a building that includes a 4,000-square-foot court for basketball hockey, soccer and volleyball. Originally, Integrated Fitness worked out of a 1,100-square-foot space, says Jim Crowell, head trainer and one of the gym owners.

“We wanted to do some sport-specific training on top of… Continue Reading

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Pull-Up Virtuosity: Part 1

By Laurie Galassi

In CrossFit, Gymnastics/Tumbling, Reference, Videos

January 29, 2012

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CrossFit Santa Cruz’s Laurie Galassi, a gymnast and the fifth-place finisher at the 2011 NorCal Regional, shares her coaching tips for mastering the pull-up. In Part 1 of the series, she focuses on body shape.

A fast, efficient pull-up has three key ingredients, she says: the hollow-body position, the appropriate grip on the bar and the right timing.

“This arch is an opening of the shoulders. It has very little to do with… Continue Reading

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