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A BEGINNERS GUIDE TO KETTLEBELLS: PART 1

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A BEGINNERS GUIDE TO KETTLEBELLS: PART 1

  • This article looks into the history and basic benefits of Kettlebell training, as written by Strength & Conditioning coach and Kettlebell enthusiast James McConnell.
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I know many of you have heard about the Kettlebell, but what is the history behind these tools that have exploded onto the CrossFit, Strength & Conditioning and fitness scene?
The aim of this article is to introduce you the Kettlebell and to give you a better understanding of the benefits, as said by some of the world best Kettlebell coaches.

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How To Get The Perfect Nights Sleep

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How To Get The Perfect Nights Sleep

  • How To Get The Perfect Nights Sleep - thank to Primal Health Products
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The human body goes through a biological cycle every 24 hours. When darkness sets in, our bodies release the sleep hormone melatonin, which causes us to feel tired and sleepy. Artificial light can suppress melatonin production by up to 50%. It can also stimulate the production of cortisol, a stress hormone that acts to keep us awake and affect our sleep. This is why we want to make our room as dark as possible and avoid bright screens like phones and TVs an hour or two before bed.

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Simple Nutrition Tips For Women Who CrossFit

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Simple Nutrition Tips For Women Who CrossFit

  • Simple Nutrition Tips For Women Who CrossFit
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I am however, a young female who has fallen victim to the belief that calorie restriction is not only healthy, but a normal part of growing up. In conjunction I believed I should spend hours hitting the pavement and focusing on the number on the scale, rather than concentrating on my health and wellbeing. It took a long time to realise I needed to be fuelling my body correctly in order to perform the way I wanted to. Sounds pretty logical doesn’t it?

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A LESSON IN PERSERVERANCE: TAEKWONDO MEETS CROSSFIT

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A LESSON IN PERSERVERANCE: TAEKWONDO MEETS CROSSFIT

  • This article delves into one of the five Virtues Underpinning Taekwondo, written by Coach Sukwon (5th Dan Black Belt), and how it can help you in your CrossFit sessions.
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The 5 virtues of Taekwondo are: Courtesy, Integrity, Perseverance, Self-control and an Indomitable Spirit.
Having spent most of my life in Taekwondo, competing and winning in Nationals, State Championships and becoming a 5th Dan Black Belt I turned to CrossFit to spice up my own training.

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Recent Evidence For ACL Injuries and 3 Exercises To Prevent It From Happening To You

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Recent Evidence For ACL Injuries and 3 Exercises To Prevent It From Happening To You

  • This Article looks at recent research into ACL injuries and the newly discovered correlation between specific weak hip musculature
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As running, jumping and skipping are all heavily featured throughout the CrossFit program, it seems pertinent to add in exercises to strengthen the external rotators and abductors of the hip in order to prehabilitate from this particular injury.

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OLYMPIC WEIGHTLIFTING: Set Up For The Jerk

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OLYMPIC WEIGHTLIFTING: Set Up For The Jerk

  • This article looks at the correct set up for the jerk - this can also be applied to every shoulder to overhead movement in CrossFit!
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The power generated in the jerk can reach a massive 4700 watts (2140 watts in the 56 kg class to 4786 watts for a 110 kg lifter) and some of the heaviest split jerks in the world can be as quick as 0.65 seconds from the start of the dip phase through to the catch (Garhammer, J. 1980, Garhammer, J. 1991).

This is enough power in one lift to run your appliances at home for hours :)

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Holistic Nutrition Seminar with Lizzy Marsh

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Holistic Nutrition Seminar with Lizzy Marsh

  • Nutrition Seminar with Primal Junction Owner Lizzy Marsh
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Medications, food, your environment, illness/disease and training all effect inflammation and stress in your body. The goal is not always to "remove" these things (as sometimes this isn't realistic), but rather manage them on a day to day basis in order to optimise your health and wellbeing.

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1 CUE TO IMPROVE YOUR SNATCH TECHNIQUE!

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1 CUE TO IMPROVE YOUR SNATCH TECHNIQUE!

"Close The Triangle"

One of my good friends Lester Ho from South East strength taught me this concept in early 2013. It can be applied to the Snatch & the Clean.

Note the start position of the lifter in the first photo and the triangle created by the arms, the quads and the torso.

As the lifter begins to stand they are cued to sweep the bar back towards their hips - therein closing the triangle until no space exists between the bar and lifter (refer photo's 2-4).

This achieves two things:

1. It brings the bar closer to the lifters COG (Centre Of Gravity) - therein improving the overall bar path and efficiency of the lift, AND

2. It brings the bar into the "Power Position" at the level of the hips - this is where we can generate the greatest amount of force.

The goal of every set, every rep and the entire career of a lifter is to get the bar into the "Power Position". Period.

"Close The Triangle" is an outstanding concept for making this happen - try it today.

Happy O'lifting :)

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