If you're a subscriber, the March 2007 issue (#55) of the CrossFit Journal should have arrived in your inbox on March 1. If you're not—look what you're missing!
Lon Kilgore, "Putting Out Fires" – When some CrossFitting firefighters noticed that they were smoking the competition at firefighter challenges and using less oxygen to do so, they thought that was pretty cool. We think it's momentous. Prof. Kilgore instigates an astute qualitative discussion of the physiology of how that can be and why it matters.
Eva Twardokens, "Perception: The Commander of Our Movements" – The incomparable Eva T. revisits and applies some research done by her father, George Twardokens, Ph.D., a research exercise physiologist, skiing coach, and author of popular and scientific ski training articles. They take a close look at the role of perception and response and reaction times in athletics and offer ways to incorporating that information into CrossFit workouts.
Michael Rutherford, " The Suitcase Deadlift, Dumbbell Style" – The title says it all. Coach Rut is carrying around some real baggage these days when it comes to dumbbells.
Doug Chapman, "The Business of Guerilla Fitness " – For a guy who goes around saying things like "I don't want everyone as a client" and who once scotch-taped a sign on his gym door that read "If you are committed to being the best that you can be, please enter. If not, leave. Save yourself the embarrassment of quitting," Chapman actually has a lot of smart things to say about CrossFit as a revisionist model for business as well as fitness.
Tony Leyland, "Performance and Health" – This time, it's personal. Prof. Leyland reflects on why lots of folks who don't have any career-driven or immediate survival-based need for "elite fitness" do difficult CrossFit training—and why they should. What it comes down to, he demonstrates, is that performance and health are not separate aspects of fitness, as the conventional wisdom would have us believe. No matter who you are, "your training is limited only by your imagination and a mainstream fitness industry that doesn't have any imagination to begin with."
Josh Everett, " UC Riverside Women's Basketball Strength & Conditioning" – Last month, Coach Everett gave us the inside scoop on the CrossFit-infused strength and conditioning training he devised for UC Riverside's baseball team. This month, he offers all the details of an entire year of S & C for the university's women's basketball team, currently in first place in their NCAA conference. Whether for training a team, leading group workouts, or just compiling some programming ideas, there's a wealth of information here (including pages and pages of downloadable spreadsheets of virtually daily workout plans).
Judy Geer, " Using Worldwide Erg Data to Fine-Tune Your Training" – Olympian rower Judy Geer explains how you can use the data collected in Concept2's Online World Ranking database of indoor rowing times from around the world to improve your own training. Learn what information is there, how to mine and interpret it, and what it means for you.
Mark Rippetoe, "Popular Biomechanics" - Once you get Rip thinking on a broad and fruitful topic—such as identifying objective criteria for identifying proper form in the basic barbell movements—he can really run with it. "There are many ways to screw up the lifts," he helpfully reminds us, "but an understanding of what we should be looking for at crucial places in the movements reduces the number of ways we are likely to do so." It also helps focus those annoying debates on lifting form that generally devolve to "yeah, well, that's how I was taught" as a basis for argument.
Mike Burgener, with Tony Budding, "Pulling Positions for the Snatch " – Burgener and Budding continue their detailed analysis of each phase of the Olympic lifts. This month they get into the intricacies of the pulling positions for the snatch and the clean. With video clips.
Becca Borawski, "The Left Hook" – This month's fight training article offers a step-by-step how-to on the left hook. With full-color photo demos by former world-champion boxer and kickboxer Bridgett "Baby Doll" Riley.
Jeff Martone, " Kettlebell Clean" – Our kettlebell guru keeps things firmly in hand this month (for once), describing, demoing, and troubleshooting technique for the kettlebell clean.
The Grinder: CrossFit Fragmentary Order #8, "SHANE" – If you've been following the grinding monthly operations orders for CrossFit workouts documented military-style, you'll want to get in on the inverted burpee action in this month's group workout, dubbed "Shane."