Posts Tagged ‘CrossFit

Video: ‘Press experience’ at CrossFit Games

- September 10th, 2014

My tan has long since started to fade, but I’m left with nothing but fond memories of my trip to California this summer for the 2014 Reebok CrossFit Games.

Here’s a video montage courtesy Reebok highlighting the “press experience” portion of the trip.

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Improve posture to avoid CrossFit workout injuries

- September 3rd, 2014

(Guest blog post by Rebecca Coates, senior editor of BodyZone.com.)

Improve posture to avoid CrossFit workout injuries

CrossFitIf you know anything about fitness fads, you’ve likely heard of CrossFit. Developed nearly 15 years ago by fitness professional Greg Glassman, CrossFit recently exploded in popularity in the exercise industry. The circuit-style workout features power and Olympic lifting, calisthenics, plyometric, and body weight resistance training that yields quick, body-transforming results.

However, there has been some criticism of intensity and resulting injuries within the CrossFit crowd, which has largely been attributed to improper form. Dr. Deane Studer, avid CrossFit athlete. And also a chiropractor and Certified Posture Exercise Professional, employs posture strengthening exercise and rehab to help himself and other CrossFitters perform effectively and safely.

“I work with many fellow athletes from the CrossFit community. Through chiropractic treatment and posture rehab, we work to restore balance and symmetry in the body. Posture improves accuracy, strength, and power – all the necessary components for an athlete to compete safely and at top performance.”

With CrossFit, the central idea is to put the body under a high stress load in short period of time in order to achieve fat loss and muscle building quickly. When performing under such intensity, Dr. Studer argues that sound biomechanics are essential to performance and injury prevention.

“When you put your body through these exercises, such as squatting, pressing, lifting, and pulling, you will fatigue and your form will breakdown. While there are coaches there to help you, if you don’t have the necessary experience and proper understanding of posture, you are setting the body up for injury.”

Dr. Steven Weiniger, internationally renowned posture expert, provides additional insight to the pivotal role form plays in preventing injury.  “CrossFit is a high intensity exercise program that can be great for seasoned athletes. But when people (and especially weekend warriors) exercise to exhaustion, form and motion can become sloppy falling into the patterns of previously unnoticed posture asymmetries and compensations.”

“To a degree, paying attention to clean form can help,” says Dr. Weiniger. “But if there’s a longstanding posture weakness or adaptation, consider getting a posture assessment from a posture-focused professional to be sure you train smart. After all, your form in any sport always begins with posture. A posture picture when you start CrossFit will benchmark your beginning point, and subsequent photos regularly thereafter is another good way to track changes (for better or for worse) and adapt your workout as needed.”

Take a monthly head-to-toe picture for a quick do-it-yourself posture check. Look for the body to be balanced on both sides, head level. You can also download a free phone app like PostureZone (iTunes) to perform a posture self-check and track postural changes over time.

Dr. Studer stresses that functionally improving posture should be a focus of any workout. “With any physically demanding activity, it’s all about efficiency in movement. Proper alignment and good posture increases the body’s ability to move, particularly under stress. For athletes, posture analysis and rehab is a must.  Before an injury occurs, check with your posture specialist for techniques on how to improve performance and decrease injuries by integrating posture strengthening protocols into your exercise regimen.”

About the Author
Rebecca Coates is the author of numerous health and fitness articles. She serves as senior editor of BodyZone.com, a free online wellness resource that offers do-it-yourself posture analysis and self-help exercise tips for optimal health.

Contributors
Dr. Deane Studer is a Chiropractor and Certified Posture Exercise Professional (CPEP) practicing in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.  www.csvhealth.com

Dr. Steven Weiniger, author of Stand Taller Live Longer, is a renowned posture expert and lectures internationally. He is a contributing author to BodyZone.com a public resource for posture awareness and self-help techniques to improve posture. He resides in Atlanta.

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Reebok powers up the perfect CrossFit shoe

- September 2nd, 2014

Reebok CrossFitNano 4.0

I’ve been taking these babies for a test run over the past several weeks — including two intense WODs (one on a Southern California beach) — and I have absolutely no complaints so far.

In fact, I actually like them more than my Reebok ZigTechs.

And that’s saying a lot because I adored my ZigTechs.

Here’s the press release from the good folks at Reebok …

Reebok powers up the perfect CrossFit® shoe

Reebok CrossFit Nano 4.0 is more durable, adaptable and robust than ever before

TORONTO — In 2011, Reebok, as the exclusive provider of officially licensed CrossFit® footwear and apparel, introduced the first generation of the Reebok CrossFit Nano, and the shoe was readily adopted by the CrossFit community. The following year, Reebok improved upon that shoe with the Reebok CrossFit Nano 2.0– adding design and structural elements to help improve daily workouts. Presented at the 2014 Reebok CrossFit Games, Reebok now introduces the Reebok CrossFit Nano 4.0, a competition-level evolution of the popular platform.

A number of important innovations make the Reebok CrossFit Nano 4.0 the ideal CrossFit performance shoe. One of the most visible changes is the new Duracage upper – a composite part made up of a polyurethane frame cast directly into an airmesh to provide flexibility, protection and stability in a lightweight package. The thickness of the Duracage varies throughout the upper and based on CrossFit movements; some areas are thicker to help provide more lateral stability and rope protection, and other areas have strategically placed textures that offer grip, durability and flexibility.

In addition to the Duracage, the zoned mesh upper provides breathability in the tongue; the lateral and medial quarter meshes have excellent cooling and strength properties; and the vamp mesh is slightly tighter to provide added durability. A new anti-shift gusset in the tongue helps keep it in place, and secure over the top of the foot.

For this generation of the shoe, Reebok made significant improvements to the outsole as well. The low-profile, flat-to-the-ground outsole has two levels of traction: bigger lugs for overall grip; smaller grooves that help to disperse water, dust and chalk; and Metasplit grooves that allow for metatarsal splaying and multi-directional flexibility. Foam composites in the heel and forefoot helps provide stability for weightlifting and heavy squats, and responsiveness for movements with rebounding like running, box jumps and double unders.

Last, but definitely not least, new RopePro Outsole technology is designed to provide grip and slip, regardless of climbing technique. This highly abrasive-resistant material has an asymmetrical design, with moulded lines on the medial side for added grip, and a smooth lateral side to help make descending a rope more efficient.

“At Reebok, we are focused on building product for functional human movement, and the Reebok CrossFit collection takes this philosophy to the extreme,” said Stewart Clark, Marketing Director at Reebok. “The evolution of the Reebok CrossFit Nano franchise demonstrates that we’re always working to build one of the best, most functional products out there. As CrossFitters designing product for CrossFitters, we know that this shoe is the one we’d want to put on in competition as well as when hitting a daily WOD at a CrossFit affiliate gym.”

The Reebok CrossFit Nano 4.0 is available now at Sport Chek, Sports Experts and through reebok.ca for $130.

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About Reebok

Reebok International Ltd., headquartered in Canton, MA, USA, is a leading worldwide designer, marketer and distributor of fitness and lifestyle footwear, apparel and equipment. An American-inspired global brand, Reebok is a pioneer in the sporting goods industry with a rich and storied heritage in running, training and fitness. Reebok is committed to helping consumers fulfil their potential and be “fit for life.” Reebok develops products, technologies and programming which enable consumers to live a healthy lifestyle and have fun doing it. Reebok connects with the fitness consumer wherever they are and however they choose to stay fit —whether it’s training, running, walking, dance, yoga or aerobics. Reebok Classics leverages the brand’s fitness heritage and represents the roots of the brand in the sports lifestyle market. A subsidiary of the adidas Group, Reebok operates under the multiple divisions of the Reebok brand, Reebok-CCM Hockey and the Sports Licensed Division.  Reebok is the exclusive outfitter of CrossFit and the Reebok CrossFit Games, the official title sponsor of the Reebok Spartan Race, and exclusive apparel provider for Les Mills.

About CrossFit

CrossFit Inc. is the developer and provider of the CrossFit® strength and conditioning program and a recognized worldwide leader in functional fitness. Founded by Greg Glassman and built on the foundations of constantly varied, high-intensity functional movements, education and collaborative competition, CrossFit-brand workouts develop strength and fitness while cultivating community and camaraderie in each of the more than 10,000 affiliated gyms in its global network. CrossFit Inc. is a leading accredited certificate issuer for physical-training professionals worldwide and offers specialty certificate programs in addition to its core curriculum. CrossFit Inc. publishes the CrossFit Journal, promotes physical fitness and cognitive health through the CrossFit Kids Foundation, and created and operates the CrossFit Games, an annual competition where elite athletes compete to be named the Fittest on Earth™.

To learn more, visit crossfit.com, games.crossfit.com, facebook.com/crossfit or youtube.com/CrossFitHQ. CrossFit, Forging Elite Fitness, The Sport of Fitness and Fittest on Earth are registered trademarks or trademarks of CrossFit Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.

Video: Highlights of the 2014 Reebok CrossFit Games

- August 1st, 2014

CrossFitGames

I’ll be bloggin’ soon about my experiences at the 2014 Reebok CrossFit Games.

And watch my Keeping Fit column over the next two weeks for features on the Fittest Man and Woman on Earth.

In the meantime, check out this cool video from Reebok …

Countdown to 2014 Reebok CrossFit Games

- July 15th, 2014

The countdown is on …

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