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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......
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......
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 ......
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