Author: OPCF

The Tall Jerk: The What, Why and How

Olympic weightlifting is probably one of the scariest and most frustrating components of the sport of CrossFit. However, it is an essential part of CrossFit’s training methodology because of the many benefits that occur as a result, such as strength, speed, power, force capacity, neurological adaptations, and many others. In order to get better at …
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3 Exercises to Improve Core Strength and Stability

Developing a strong core and knowing how to properly engage it during dynamic movements can be the difference between a good athlete and a great athlete or a 5lb PR and a 20lb PR. Oftentimes, the importance of one’s abdominal muscles (also known as the core) is understated and underemphasized in many CrossFit gyms. Proper …
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Core-to-Extremity Movement and the Importance of Engaging One’s Core

Oftentimes, when we think of getting stronger we think of movements like squatting, deadlifts and presses. But we often fail to recognize or understand the importance of strengthening our core muscles to increase overall strength. How many times have you heard your CrossFit coach yell, “Engage your core!”? If they are doing their job correctly, …
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The Importance of Knowing a Workout’s Intended Stimulus

Is there a ‘right’ way to complete a workout? How do you know? Is it measured by time? Reps? Exhaustion? Most, if not all, CrossFit workouts are written with an intended stimulus in mind – the level of intensity athletes should reach in order to get the most benefit from the programmed workout. There are …
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The Great Debate: Should You Ice After an Injury?

You’re sprinting down the basketball court and go up for the game-winning layup. As you land, your ankle gives way and you hear a loud pop as you fall on your backside. Immediately, your ankle starts to swell and you have to be helped off the court. Luckily, one of your teammates has a medical …
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