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Percentage-Based Max Effort Black Box - MEBB, Michael Rutherford
Percentage-Based Max Effort Black Box - MEBB
Michael Rutherford  |  November 28 2009  |  General Training
One poor assumption I have made with regards to lecturing on the Max Effort Black box deals with the athlete’s experience with finding the daily max effort. I’m up there babbling about finding that best effort for 5, 3 or 1 on a particular move and then suddenly it hits me—The majority of my audience is lost. I often times get the same tilted head, glazed over look my Airedales give me when I’m talking to them. It’s bad coaching on my part and I regret that. Failur......
Controlling the Tornado: Planning Your Weightlifting Training, Matt Foreman
Controlling the Tornado: Planning Your Weightlifting Training
Matt Foreman  |  October 28 2009  |  Olympic Weightlifting
This article will be focused on planning out your training program. And you’re out of your mind if you think I’m going to start with a slogan that you’ve already heard a million times like "Failing to plan is planning to fail." This slogan is a proven truth, but it should be painfully obvious. I shouldn’t have to remind you that planning is important any more than I should have to remind you not to eat yellow snow. However, there is obviously a good reason w......
Teaching the Olympic Lifts in the CrossFit Group Setting: Part 2, Greg Everett
Teaching the Olympic Lifts in the CrossFit Group Setting: Part 2
Greg Everett  |  September 29 2009  |  General Training
Before we continue on this particular adventure, I want to provide some clarification on a few items from the first part of the article. It has been pointed out to me that some of my remarks offended certain individuals, and because this was not my intention, I’m going to take a moment to apologize for any offense that was taken, and to provide my rationale for those remarks. While I may make jokes of certain things, my opinions on them are never without reason. These reasons are not on......
Teaching the Olympic Lifts in the CrossFit Group Setting, Greg Everett
Teaching the Olympic Lifts in the CrossFit Group Setting
Greg Everett  |  August 30 2009  |  General Training
Sometimes your clients are confused. It’s true. Some want to squat to big padded balls instead of just learning where their asses are and squatting like grown-ups all the way to the bottom. Some want to do low-bar back squats. And some aren’t very interested in learning the snatch and clean & jerk. Fortunately, as a trainer or coach, it’s your responsibility to train your clients according to what they need rather than what they want—if they knew what they needed, the......
CrossFit On-Ramp, Nicki Violetti
CrossFit On-Ramp
Nicki Violetti  |  May 31 2009  |  General Training
Download the Curriculum [PDF] The way in which new clients are introduced to your Crossfit program can be the deciding factor in whether you retain them for life (and they refer friends, family and co-workers) or they come for one dose and vanish.  Perhaps the most common way affiliates bring in n......
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......
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