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CrossFit to Weightlifting: Kicking the (metCon) Habit, Jocelyn Forest
CrossFit to Weightlifting: Kicking the (metCon) Habit
Jocelyn Forest  |  June 14 2011  |  General Training
The first step is admitting you have a problem. This article is about how I kicked my habit; my metcon habit. When transitioning to the sport of weightlifting, particularly when coming from a GPP addiction, it can be tough to let go. First, let me tell you how it all began. HOW I GOT HOOKED “You should be a weightlifter. You would be so good!” These were the words spoken to me by my then CrossFit coach Aimee Anaya Everett. It was 2010 and I was on a CrossFit high. As ......
Proper Foot Position in the Squat, Greg Everett
Proper Foot Position in the Squat
Greg Everett  |  May 3 2011  |  General Training
There is some current discussion on foot position in the squat following a post by Kelly Starrett, and I’ve been asked to comment. This article is not intended to criticize him or anyone else, nor is it intended to stand as irrefutable fact. Its purpose is to quickly organize my thoughts on the topic and answer the requests for my input; I'm sure I've left out a number of things I want to say. Use the available information to make your own decisions on training and coaching. Arguments......
How Heavy is Too Heavy? Choosing Training Weights, Greg Everett
How Heavy is Too Heavy? Choosing Training Weights
Greg Everett  |  February 25 2011  |  General Training
"So when I lift I always shoot for best form over loading the weight. I don’t do 1RM’s mostly because I have no huge fantasies of lifting a shit ton of weight and I’m mostly looking to just better my over all strength to apply it to sports. I do “heavy” days but I only load the weight as much as I can still maintaining my depth (ass to feet of course), knees driving out, chest up, and my hips under my shoulders. My stopping point is when I feel like m......
Kettlebell Swings: Overhead or Traditional, Greg Everett
Kettlebell Swings: Overhead or Traditional
Greg Everett  |  January 14 2011  |  General Training
I want to address the swing in response to an email I got about it. Those of you who pay attention to CrossFit are familiar with the practice of continuing the kettlebell swing overhead rather than the traditional level. The question I got was basically why do either, and is there any sort of injury risk or similar with the overhead swing? Most of the time I prefer the traditional swing, and always with individuals new to the exercise. The point of the kettlebell swing is the explosive snap o......
The Kipping Pull-up: How to Do It Safely and Use it in Training, Greg Everett
The Kipping Pull-up: How to Do It Safely and Use it in Training
Greg Everett  |  December 31 2010  |  General Training
The kipping pull-up has been a point of vehement contention since its popularization by CrossFit; one camp tells the world it’s the only way to create complete elite athletic dominance and will possibly cure all known disease, and the other claims they will fail to develop much of anything athletic but will completely destroy your shoulders. It seems unlikely that any of these is entirely true. I’ve never spoken up much either way before, except to express my distaste for t......
Eliminating the Stopwatch: Timing Workouts, Greg Everett
Eliminating the Stopwatch: Timing Workouts
Greg Everett  |  December 21 2010  |  General Training
One of the defining characteristics of CrossFit training is the use of a stopwatch or clock to time workouts. This practice is often regarded as being integral to the effectiveness of the training by turning each workout into a competition and making training “measurable”. I’ve used this approach in the past; prior to my introduction to CrossFit, I never used it with myself or my clients; and as of about a year ago, we no longer time workouts at Catalyst Athletics—even on......
Cutting Bodyweight & Losing Bodyweight for Weightlifting and Other Sports, Greg Everett
Cutting Bodyweight & Losing Bodyweight for Weightlifting and Other Sports
Greg Everett  |  October 29 2010  |  General Training
I said I would follow up on this topic a couple weeks ago, so I'm going to do it today before I forget and someone gets mad at me. I think of the weight dropping issue as two different processes: losing weight and cutting weight. Losing weight is a long term process to permanently or semi-permanent lower your bodyweight. Cutting weight is a short-term process to temporarily reduce bodyweight in order to make weight for competition. Accordingly, the approach for each is different. Losi......
It's Not a Race for Last, Joe Kenn
It's Not a Race for Last
Joe Kenn  |  September 28 2010  |  General Training
This July, my youngest son Peter was going through his first training camp of organized tackle football and I was very excited. With football, as with most other team sports, practices are pretty much all the same; start off with a warm up, move to position fundamentals, follow with some group/team work, and finish up with conditioning. It was during the conditioning portion of my son’s football practice that I heard one of the greatest motivational lines I’ve heard in my 34 years of......
Preventing Staph Infection, Yael Grauer
Preventing Staph Infection
Yael Grauer  |  August 15 2010  |  General Training
MRSA is a particularly dangerous form of staph. While less virulent strains of the bacteria are thought to exist in close to a quarter of the population, only about 1% of people carry MRSA in their noses and skin. Short for methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aures, MRSA is often fatal and always difficult to treat due to its resistance to antibiotics called beta-lactams (including amoxicillin, penicillin and oxacillin). While most strains of staph are far less dangerous, they can all lea......
Before You Squat: Physical and Mental Preparation, Greg Everett
Before You Squat: Physical and Mental Preparation
Greg Everett  |  July 30 2010  |  General Training
It struck me the other day while being miserable squatting that for all the talk and writing about how to squat, where to put the bar, how to program squats, there's a lack of talk on what to do before you squat. Maybe that's because I'm the only one who thinks it's worth talking about, but hopefully that's not the case. Step one is to be prepared physically for your squats. This can apply to programming, i.e. don't be trying to do weights, reps, and sets you shouldn't be, but in this cas......
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