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Tumbling Warm-up, Stephane Rochet
Tumbling Warm-up
Stephane Rochet  |  April 30 2008  |  General Training
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 weight rooms, why did we go to the trouble of moving so much equipment only to fill it with a tumbling ma......
CrossFit Criteria, Greg Everett
CrossFit Criteria
Greg Everett  |  February 29 2008  |  General Training
[NOTE: I wrote this article in February 2008, at a time when CrossFit as an actual competitive sport was very young and still in its earliest phase of development. Since that time, more standards have been implemented in the CrossFit Games and those of you who were not around prior to the current era may not understand what all the fuss herein is about. You'll just have to believe me that this was an enormous point of contention within the community. - Greg Everett, 5-16-2014] This whole Cros......
Dumbbell Unilateral Training Alternatives, Michael Rutherford
Dumbbell Unilateral Training Alternatives
Michael Rutherford  |  January 31 2008  |  General Training
If you are in the strength and conditioning game long enough you are going to encounter structural and muscular imbalances along the way. These imbalances and weakness occur naturally and by way of accident or injury. Rarely if ever will these situations correct themselves. The least offensive result is a decrease in performance. The most offensive result is a career ending injury. The old cliché of the ankle bone being connected to the hip bone and so on is not far off base. Phy......
Kyphosis & Shoulder Mobility: Practical Correction, Robb Wolf
Kyphosis & Shoulder Mobility: Practical Correction
Robb Wolf  |  November 28 2007  |  General Training
Working as a generalist strength & conditioning coach using CrossFit methodology appears to be a case of “Jack Of All Trades, Master Of None” and in some sense this may be accurate. I teach some gymnastics, but I am not a gymnastics coach and will never develop an athlete to even an “A” level gymnast. We play with the Olympic lifts and although I am a “USAW Club Coach” my list of ’08 hopefuls is…um, skinny. For most endeavors I feel that I am ......
Developing the Iron Cross, Steven Low
Developing the Iron Cross
Steven Low  |  November 1 2007  |  General Training
Training for the iron cross is no joke. The long-term difficulty of attaining this move is similar to the time it takes to acquire strength moves like the planche. It is very hard to see consistent progress over a couple of weeks; however, looking at the big picture the strength gains are incredible. Thus, it is recommended that iron cross development should only be undertaken by very motivated athletes who can dedicate enough time. The iron cross gives an enormous amount of brute pulling st......
Introduction to the Agility Ladder, Robb Wolf
Introduction to the Agility Ladder
Robb Wolf  |  June 30 2007  |  General Training
The warm-up process we use at NorCal Strength & Conditioning has gone through many evolutions over the past few years. We have used iterations of the CrossFit Warm-up©, running, rowing and jump rope with varying levels of interest and success. At present we use a mono-structural warm-up, typically a run or row followed by dynamic range of movement activities, and one of the following: The Burgner Warm-up or Hatch Warm-up and recently the addition of agility ladder work. The agility lad......
Hooked on Stumptuous, Robb Wolf
Hooked on Stumptuous
Robb Wolf  |  April 30 2007  |  General Training
I have a confession to make. I’m a closet junkie (now out) for a Chick Fitness Site. No… it’s not one of THOSE sites. It’s a kick-ass site that covers everything from O-lifting to sound nutrition and even fighting! The name of the place is Stumptuous. You have likely tracked this place down already and are a fan as well. If not, you will be soon. Bold statement? Just to give you a flavor of the goodies waiting to entertain, edify and educate, here is one section found in......
Grappling as a Woman, Heather Gibbons
Grappling as a Woman
Heather Gibbons  |  February 23 2007  |  General Training
When you find yourself down on your hands and knees in a room full of SWAT officers, you’re bound to question some of the decisions you’ve made. When one of those officers is tucked in behind you and draped over your back, those questions in your head are asked more earnestly. For that split second five years ago, I questioned what I was doing in a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu class. Then I rolled him into a leg lock. The truth is, man or woman, grappling can be awkward and that’s s......
Training Weaknesses with Dumbbells, Michael Rutherford
Training Weaknesses with Dumbbells
Michael Rutherford  |  June 12 2006  |  General Training
As you will discover, training with dumbbells offers multiple benefits. Their universal application makes them perfect for athletic training.  As a coach, one of the most potent applications for the dumbbell is the use of unilateral training to address weaknesses on one side of the body. Unilateral training is simply working a single side of the body with one dumbbell. Most all of us have a weaker side. These weaknesses are generally on the non dominating side of the body. The weak......
The Shoulder - Back Flexibility Connection, Greg Everett
The Shoulder - Back Flexibility Connection
Greg Everett  |  May 22 2006  |  General Training
Inflexible shoulder girdles are a commonly overlooked cause of lower back injuries and pain. If the shoulders are unable to open fully (extend the arms vertically), the overhead position is not actually overhead. Therefore, when attempting to lift the arms overhead, the lumbar spine tends to hyperextend, rotating the torso backward to allow the arms attached to the partially opened shoulders to extend vertically. The ability to fully open the shoulder, then, is integral to long-term functionalit......
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