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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......
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 ......
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 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 ......
Why Dots: The Dot Drill, Josh Everett
Why Dots: The Dot Drill
Josh Everett  |  September 30 2008  |  General Training
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 motivates me. In this article I’m going to briefly discuss how and why I use the dot drill as p......
Interview with Greg Everett: Life & Death Training and More, Jerry Hill
Interview with Greg Everett: Life & Death Training and More
Jerry Hill  |  July 31 2008  |  General Training
Jerry Hill:  Hey, this is Jerry Hill owner of CrossFit Challenge in Oldtown Alexandria Virginia. I am here with Greg Everett, the owner of Catalyst Athletics and publisher of the "Performance Menu Journal". Greg, thanks for being on 'The Call'. Do you want to give us a little bit more about you, a little bio? Greg Everett:  You pretty much covered it there. I guess I can add that I formerly owned one of the very first CrossFit affiliates way back when there were about five......
A New Way to ME Black Box, Michael Rutherford
A New Way to ME Black Box
Michael Rutherford  |  May 29 2008  |  General Training
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 mother ship CrossFit.com with a push from Starting Strength guru Mark Rippetoe now includes a heavy dose ......
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