The June 2007 CrossFit Journal issue (#58) is out.
Michael Rutherford, "The Dumbbell Bear" - This month's "Dumbbell Coach" article offers up a tough workout modeled after the barbell complex known as the Bear. The dumbbell version is a bit more accessible, more scalable, and better suited to group training than the barbell version, and Coach Rut suggests a few different models for Bear-based workouts that are challenging and measurable.
Mike Burgener, with Tony Budding, "Teaching the Jerk, Part 2" - Burg and Budding present a detailed progression for learning (or correcting) the landing position for the split jerk, from determining the dominant foot to fine tuning and troubleshooting the landing footwork in the split.
Lon Kilgore, "Physics, Physiology, and Food" - A practical look at the ins and outs of nutrition and the realities and requirements of dietary composition in the light of common-sense principles of physics and physiology. "Diet" is not just about weight or appearance; it's the foundation of physical training. As Prof. Kilgore puts it, "Exercise is about adaptation. Nutrition is about the support of that adaptation."
Becca Borawski, "Ground and Pound Sequence" - Ring Girl goes to the mat for this article on controlling and striking an opponent once an MMA fight ends up on the ground. The sequence she illustrates draws on techniques from boxing, wrestling, and jiu-jitsu for its effectiveness.
Jeff Martone, "Turkish Get-Up: Part 2" - Martone follows up last month's introduction to the Turkish Get-Up with some variations on the move and substitutes for the kettlebell. As difficult as it can be for a hardcore kettlebeller to be without his bells, Martone demonstrates that all you really need for these moves is something you can get a one-handed hold on and press overhead-from rucksacks and barbells to not-so-small children. (Really.)
Tyler Hass, "Ring Row: Beginning Pulls on the Rings" - The ring row is essentially a face-up inversion of a push-up, with the body held in a tight plank, the heels on the floor, and the shoulders and arms pulling the body up from full arm extension until the chest reaches the rings. It is useful for athletes with varied strength, proficiency, and goals. It is an accessible substitute and developmental exercise for those still working toward their first pull-ups to more advanced athletes beginning to train for a front lever.
Greg Glassman, translated into French by Matthieu Dubreucq, "Fitness de Classe Internationale en 100 Mots" - If you ever wanted to know how to say "Eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch, and no sugar" in French, here you go.
Mark Rippetoe, "Training for the Aged" - Coach Rip is not really that old, but he likes to kvetch about it sometimes anyway. His article on training for masters-age lifters is, as usual, both highly entertaining and full of useful information, as he wends his way to "the rather inescapable conclusion that the older men get, the more like older women we become, hormonally speaking."
The Grinder, CrossFit FRAGO #11, "LEGER" - If you ask me, the combination of running, thrusters, and pull-ups in this month's "Grinder" workout looks like the cruel mistress you might produce if you could cross Jackie with Helen and Fran. Yow.