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Plandomization: CrossFit, Periodization and Planning, Greg Everett
Plandomization: CrossFit, Periodization and Planning
Greg Everett  |  April 29 2009  |  General Training
Periodization has become a bad word in CrossFit Land. My optimistic view on this phenomenon is that it’s due simply to widespread misunderstanding of what exactly periodization is, how variable its implementation can be, and not only its value when used correctly, but its necessity in some form for anyone but the complete beginner. The cynic in me, on the other hand, believes this vehement aversion to periodization of any nature is more a product of frequent bad-mouthing by individuals in ......
Jerk Block Building Tutorial, Greg Everett
Jerk Block Building Tutorial
Greg Everett  |  March 31 2009  |  Equipment
Jerk blocks are a somewhat mythical piece of equipment—their numbers are extremely small and there appears to be a constant search for plans to build them. After two years of Aimee busting my chops to build her some, with the new gym and the corresponding space, I found myself with no further excuses to put it off. The design I ended up with is not really anything new—build multiple blocks that stack on top of each other to allow adjustment of the final height to accommodate diff......
Integrating the Olympic Lifts with CrossFit, Greg Everett
Integrating the Olympic Lifts with CrossFit
Greg Everett  |  March 3 2009  |  General Training
One of the questions I’m asked most frequently is how to integrate Olympic weightlifting with CrossFit training. The lift’s appearance in typical CrossFit programming is often inadequate or unsatisfactory for many athletes. In addition, I’ll be arguing here for learning of the lifts outside standard CrossFit programming until a reasonable level of proficiency is reached. Greg Glassman once (at least) commented that the Olympic lifts are not remarkably complex movements, maki......
The Olympic Lift Starting Position, Greg Everett
The Olympic Lift Starting Position
Greg Everett  |  February 28 2009  |  Olympic Weightlifting
Before we continue, let’s first establish what exactly we’re talking about. Most importantly, we need to understand this: The purpose of the starting position (and first pull) is to allow an optimal second & third pull. If you take away only one point from this entire article, it should be that one. If you don’t understand that, none of the following details explaining or describing the starting position will matter. The second pull of the snatch and clean is the ......
Quick & Dirty Plate Rack, Greg Everett
Quick & Dirty Plate Rack
Greg Everett  |  January 28 2009  |  Equipment
Plate racks are a rip-off. There, I said it. They require minimal, relatively low-quality steel, and aren't exactly remarkable feats of engineering. Instead of spend money on expensive plate racks (most of which aren't that great anyway) that could be put to better use buying... plates... we threw together some simple racks that can store both a full set of bumper plates and the metal change. The following is a simple guide to doing the same yourself. Keep in mind the thickness of our plates......
The Anterior Chain: Don't Neglect It, Greg Everett
The Anterior Chain: Don't Neglect It
Greg Everett  |  November 30 2008  |  General Training
As of late, the posterior chain gets so much attention and credit, and the loyal, reliable anterior chain seems to be regarded with disdain, or at least neglected in an undeservedly hurtful manner. Despite this poor treatment, it remains and continues working diligently. This is not to say (an expression one of my college professors used in infuriating excess while shamelessly demonstrating his vomitous infatuation with romantic era English poetry), of course, that the posterior chain is not ......
Attitude Adjustment, Greg Everett
Attitude Adjustment
Greg Everett  |  October 30 2008  |  Editorial
I do my best to fly under the radar (phrase and advice supplied by Eva T years ago)—to do my thing, do it as well as I can, and let the rest slide off my back. Unfortunately I appear to be a drama magnet and have found it impossible to escape. The particulars of my own struggle are not important for this article—the point is that even doing my best to avoid it, it surrounds me. It pervades the fitness and strength & conditioning industry, the flame oxidized by the cheapness of wo......
Breathing and Breath Control for Olympic Weightlifting, Greg Everett
Breathing and Breath Control for Olympic Weightlifting
Greg Everett  |  April 1 2008  |  Olympic Weightlifting
Breath control is critical for increasing and maintaining the structural integrity of the torso while under heavy loads. The supporting musculature is alone inadequate—in order to adequately stabilize the spine, the abdominal and thoracic cavities must be pressurized. Additionally, we need to create as broad of a base for the torso as possible—the rationale for this should be obvious if one considers the structural integrity of a pyramid versus an upside-down pyramid. Drawing in the ......
CrossFit Criteria, Greg Everett
CrossFit Criteria
Greg Everett  |  February 29 2008  |  General Training
[NOTE: I wrote this article in February 2008, at a time when CrossFit as an actual competitive sport was very young and still in its earliest phase of development. Since that time, more standards have been implemented in the CrossFit Games and those of you who were not around prior to the current era may not understand what all the fuss herein is about. You'll just have to believe me that this was an enormous point of contention within the community. - Greg Everett, 5-16-2014] This whole Cros......
Building A Lifting Platform on a Slope, Greg Everett
Building A Lifting Platform on a Slope
Greg Everett  |  September 13 2007  |  Equipment
You want an outdoor weightlifting platform. Maybe indoor space is limited, or maybe you just want to boost testosterone with 20-rep squats in the sun. But for some silly reason, the folks who built your facility were concerned with water drainage and the area in which you want your platform is sloped. Sloped weightlifting platforms, it turns out, don't work well. I ran into this problem when building a weightlifting platform for NorCal Strength & Conditioning. Overcoming the slope t......
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