September 2, 2007

September 2007 CrossFit Journal


The September 2007 CrossFit Journal issue (#61) is out.

TJ Cooper and Phil Canto, "CrossFit Training for Law Enforcement" – For over five years now, Officers Cooper and Canto have been CrossFit-training police recruits at the Florida Police Corps and other Jacksonville agencies. Here they talk a bit about their successes and, more importantly, explain how they've implemented and sustained their program. A great resource for others trying to bring CrossFit training into institutions.

Michael Rutherford, "A Large-Group Workout Solution" – Coach Rut talks about managing and effectively training large, varied groups and offers a simple couplet of one dumbbell exercise and one bodyweight exercise as an example of a functional fitness workout for the masses.

"CCT Joey," "Basically Barbells: The CrossFit Basic Barbell Certification Seminar" – Our correspondent, outspoken on the WOD comments blog, gives a first-hand report on the many things he learned, unlearned, and relearned at CrossFit's new two-day seminar on the fundamentals and finer points of barbell training. The deadlift, back squat, press, bench press, and power clean are core parts of CrossFit programming, and this seminar, led by Mark Rippeote and Lon Kilgore, addresses not only how do the lifts properly but how to recognize and correct technique errors and teach others.

Tom Arcuri, Video Article: "Close Quarter Form" – Tom Arcuri describes and demonstrates Blauer Tactical Systems' combat/defense drill known as the close quarter form, or CQF. Each move in the drill sequence is a response to some aspect of a real fight, and, as a whole, the exercise is designed to assist in visualization, muscle-memory, balance, target selection, and tactical flow—tools you can use in actual confrontations.

Robert Smith, Video Article: "Human Weapon System" – Doc Smith, of the Direct Action Medical Network, explains the tactical and safety benefits of training the body as a "human weapon system"—of training in ways that engage natural abilities and hard-wired instincts and integrate medical and physiological knowledge. You have to train the way you're going to fight: with intensity, and in accordance with the body's natural functions of perception, reaction, and response.

Mike Burgener, with Tony Budding, "Assistance Sequence for the Snatch" – This month, Burgener and Budding shift their focus a bit from teaching the fundamentals of the Olympic lifts themselves to talk about how to address specific issues and weaknesses individual athletes might exhibit. In this article, they describe a sequence that helps remediate one of the most vexing issues for many lifters: strength and stability in the receiving position of the full snatch.

Becca Borawski, "Sokoudjou's Inside Trip" – Becca Borawski gives play-by-play descriptions as mixed martial arts fighter Thierry Sokoudjou goes back to his judo roots to demonstrate an inside trip takedown that can be used on an opponent who is pushed up against the fence or ropes.

Tyler Hass, "Ring Row Variations" – Even if you only have the space for low rings, there's no shortage of strength moves you can work on. Ring training guy Tyler Hass walks us through a series of unusual variations on the standard ring row that you can do just about anywhere.

Mark Rippetoe, "Strong Enough?" – Mark Rippetoe reflects on a topic dear to him: Why physical strength is so important—both in athletics and in life in general. Not to be missed.

Gant Grimes, "Strength on the Mat" – Grimes offers a specific take on Rip's thoughts with his comments on strength and technique as they apply in the world of judo.


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