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Integrating the Olympic Lifts with CrossFit
Greg Everett | General Training | March 3 2009 | Comments (8)

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 ...... Continue reading
The Olympic Lift Starting Position
Greg Everett | Olympic Weightlifting | February 28 2009 | Comments (14)

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...... Continue reading
Quick & Dirty Plate Rack
Greg Everett | Equipment | January 28 2009 | Comments (12)

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. ...... Continue reading
Lessons from Romania: Nicu Vlad at the Olympic Training Center
Matt Foreman | Olympic Weightlifting | December 31 2008 | Comments (13)

Nicu Vlad is one of the greatest weightlifters of all time. The Romanian legend won the Olympic gold medal at the 1984 Los Angeles games when he was only twenty-one years old, and that was only the beginning of his amazing career. Vlad went on to win the silver medal at the 1988 Olympics, the bronze at the 1996 Olympics (when he was thirty-three), and three world championships in 1984, 1986, and 1...... Continue reading
The Anterior Chain: Don't Neglect It
Greg Everett | General Training | November 30 2008 | Comments (8)

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...... Continue reading
Attitude Adjustment
Greg Everett | Editorial | October 30 2008 | Comments (5)

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 perv...... Continue reading
Why Dots: The Dot Drill
Josh Everett | General Training | September 30 2008 | Comments (4)

My first experience with the dot drill came about in my high school football off-season strength & conditioning program. I remember one day as we went out to the track for conditioning seeing a whole gang of white dots spray-painted on the asphalt leading to the track. The football coach showed us a routine and I was hooked. Of course anything that is turned into a competition or race highly m...... Continue reading
A New Way to ME Black Box
Michael Rutherford | General Training | May 29 2008 | Comments (11)

Introduction It was 2004 when I first started integrating M.E. lifts with the CrossFit high intensity randomized protocol. I have since tried some new methods, which have proven successful. They tell me at the Performance Menu that the M.E. articles are the most popular back issues on the shelf. I still receive e-mail each week with questions on the implementation on the template. The mothe...... Continue reading
Tumbling Warm-up
Stephane Rochet | General Training | April 30 2008 | Comments

During the past six months, the University of San Diego Varsity Weight Room has experienced a modest remodeling. Equipment and power racks were moved in order to clear out a space on one side of the room. This space was then filled with 12’x 42’ of carpet bonded foam tumbling mats. A new warm-up was then introduced to USD student-athletes. With real estate at such a premium in weigh...... Continue reading
Breathing and Breath Control for Olympic Weightlifting
Greg Everett | Olympic Weightlifting | April 1 2008 | Comments (11)

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 i...... Continue reading
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