DIY Plyo Box: Build Two for $40

Plyo boxes are a fantastic tool to improve your vertical jump by building explosive power and strength in your legs. If you workout at a CrossFit gym, the plyo boxes are typically narrower at the top and have a wider base, and this helps you to avoid scraping your shins along the top edge. This …

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How to Calculate Your 400 Meter Sprint Potential

Author: Jimson Lee For several decades, I used a specific formula to calculate the 400 meter potential of elite sprinters. The formula is: 400m potential = 200m Season Best (SB) doubled, plus 4 seconds. Note that I used Season Best, and not Personal Best, because a time from a previous year may show a huge …

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Sports Massage: How to Choose a Therapist

If you are like me, sometimes things go awry with your body. And while, there are some great resources out there to help you work out those kinks (like The Ready State), but what if those irritating issues hang around and don’t resolve themselves? Where should you turn for professional advice and assistance? To help …

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Orthostatic Heart Rate: A Simple Training Tool

This difference between your heart rate when you are seated (or lying)  and your standing heart rate is called you orthostatic heart rate. Have you ever stood up too quickly from a seated position and felt dizzy or lightheaded?  The reason is because your blood pressure drops due to gravity – your blood is pooling in …

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Active Recovery for Rest Day Workouts

If you are a runner, a cyclist, or a regular at a CrossFit gym, you have probably heard the term “Active Recovery.”  The phrase itself seems a bit oxymoronic, but the concept has some basis in science. Active recovery is the use of low-intensity exercise to resupply nutrients to muscles and to speed up the …

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Crossfit Terms and Jargon

What did you notice the first time you walked into a CrossFit gym? For me, it was the wall-to-wall white boards filled with names, times, goals, workouts, etc. But most of it was the unending list of jargon and acronyms. To help make sense of this unique language you may encounter if you workout at a CrossFit gym, …

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Do Compression Socks Work?

Walk in any CrossFit gym in the country and you are sure to see quite a few people wearing knee-high compression socks. These socks, also popular in the running and triathlon communities, are sold with the promise of improved athletic performance and quicker recovery. But, do compression socks work? Certainly compression socks have shown great …

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Best Workout Program for a 50 Year Old Man And Older

Best workout program for 50 year old man

For men over 50, 55, and older, there is no reason that you can’t an active lifestyle that includes a regular workout program. Whether you have been training all your life or are a senior and have never stepped foot in a gym, you can train your body in a safe and healthy way. Keeping …

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Heather Dorniden Kampf: Running With Passion

Editor’s Note:  Heather Dorniden Kampf’s performance in the video below may be the most inspirational athletic performance I have ever witnessed.  It is a reminder that our perception of what is possible may be the largest limiting factor in achieving and surpassing our goals. However, life is much more than a one-and-a-half minute race and …

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Pose Running: Is it Appropriate for Sprinting?

For an elite sprinter like Usain Bolt, running is poetry personified. With perfect rhythm and no wasted motion, his running appears effortless. This appearance is the byproduct of years of refining his sprint technique. But what about everyday athletes? Can we become faster sprinters with the proper coaching and training? Advocates of  the Pose Method …

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