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Last week, I met Sarah Grand. Sarah just started Crossfit. 2 weeks ago, she did the Scotiabank Toronto Marathon. Sarah's a vegan. She had knee issues for the whole month leading up to the marathon. She didn't eat at all... Continue »
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First, how NOT to: That stuff above all looks neat. For about 3 minutes. If you're a parent, you know exactly what I mean: this is the stuff that seems like a good idea at the time, but may as... Continue »
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Shoulder press 1-1-1-1-1 reps Push press 3-3-3-3-3 reps Push Jerk 5-5-5-5-5 reps From Stronglifts.com: How to Overhead Press with Correct Technique Oct 1st, 2007 by Mehdi Posted in Overhead Press Image credit: dehwang Up to 1972 the Overhead press was... Continue »
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Dom Deluca looks like a rock star. And he's loved like one, too. When we ask hockey players in the Sault to name their favourite coach of all time - one who really made a difference in their careers -... Continue »
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The promise of rapid speed and strength gains without the bulk has the running community shivering in anticipation. Many runners are hovering on the brink of jumping into the Crossfit puddle - they're just waiting for someone else to do... Continue »
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Look not mournfully into the past. It comes not back again. Wisely improve the present. It is thine. Go forth to meet the shadowy future, without fear.—Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Whenever I do a powerlifting meet, or a strongman competition, or... Continue »
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Squat 5-5-5-5-5 Squats must be to parallel or lower. That is, the crease of the hip must meet the same horizontal plane as the top of the knee, not the crest of the quadriceps. This is an acceptable squat for... Continue »
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9am Saturday morning. They arrive in singles and in pairs; in SUVs and on bicycles and on foot, and one in a biodiesel Jetta. They banter in the dressing rooms. They compare thoughts on the day's challenge while tightening shoes... Continue »
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Jennifer Entwhistle is a mover. To quote her: I run because I ken. <editor's translation: that's Nova Scotian for, "I run because I can."> She's moved herself through 4 marathons now, with a PR time of 3:26; she's moved herself... Continue »
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How do I start an article about Andre Riopel? The guy's a visionary. He's built Back In Motion up to its current level; he's started Velorution and kept it thriving in a tough local market. He's perhaps best known for... Continue »
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Taoists practice a philosophy they call, "Beginner's Mind." In essence, they believe that every situation is unique, and should be approached with the open eyes of a beginner. There's education in everything, including scenarios you've seen a hundred times before,... Continue »
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“The full squat is a perfectly natural position for the leg to occupy. That’s why there’s a joint in the middle of it, and why humans have been occupying this position, both unloaded and loaded, for millions of years. Much... Continue »
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Malcolm Gladwell is a terrific writer (one of my favourites.) He wrote Blink. He wrote The Tipping Point. And now he's writing about Outliers - those special individuals who rise above the rest, and what makes them special. The surprise?... Continue »
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"The gym industry is predicated on the idea of using machines because it is extremely cost-effective for them to train their staff on the use of those machines. In other words, it's cost-prohibitive for a gym to hire a strength... Continue »
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Last night, I opened an envelope from my financial advisor. If you've received one of these, you know the next part already. My loudness almost woke up my kids. Unlike our anatomy, our savings and investments should improve with time.... Continue »
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Here's a great read from Crossfit Again Faster (a terrific blog): Disturbing Counsel. Insulin is your internal UPS. When you eat, and your blood glucose level rises above 90 mg/dl, the pancreas kicks out insulin to start moving blood sugar... Continue »
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What's the difference? Well, a lot. Some say, not much. They have a lot in common, and they're closer to one another than, say, the average gym-goers 'routine' of machines and cardio. First off, neither of these methodologies are unique.... Continue »
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Definition of bravery: last Thursday night, our Crossfit group - 6 ladies - all voted to do Murph this week. And so, tonight at 7pm, these ladies (and you, too!) will take to the streets. Their goal: finish one of... Continue »
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Plyometrics play an important role in the development of any athlete. They're effective at turning strength into speed, which is critical in every sport. In a simple linear plan for training an athlete, plyometrics would fall between power generation and... Continue »
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