Common Problems and Off-season CrossFit Programming

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While it’s pretty clear that mixed-modal WODs can build strength and endurance, what is missed by many is that WODs mostly USE certain biological traits heavily, but don’t necessarily DEVELOP them fully. This is a very important distinction! Think of it like this: a game of football certainly requires one to use strength, speed, stamina, and agility. But, does playing … Read More

Finding All Limiters To Your CrossFit Engine

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One of the under-appreciated benefits of mixed-modal training may well be it’s ability to challenge the inspiratory muscles of respiration in a way that other modalities cannot. At the same time, this is probably still a big limiter for many athletes. These muscles (the diaphragm and others) are responsible for both both breathing and postural (core) stability under load. This … Read More

Developing A Better Conditioning CrossFit Engine

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In the video, live testing of oxygen saturation & hemoglobin in the working muscle during an Airdyne training session – with the Moxy Monitor and Mark McLaughlin. (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = “//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.3”; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, ‘script’, ‘facebook-jssdk’)); In the video, live testing of oxygen saturation … Read More

Variant of Static Dynamic Stretch Method

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One of the less known methods I use for developing flexibility is a variant of the Static-Dynamic method. I learned of this method originally from Joel Jameison’s book “Ultimate MMA Conditioning”. There, it’s presented as a anaerobic-lactic capacity development method. In a nutshell, the method calls for performing two reps of a strength exercise, then a 10 second isometric hold … Read More