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Front Rack Position for Press/Jerk

Feb 6, 2019 2:00:00 PM / by Neal Maddox posted in Workout Prep

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The front rack position of a lift is an important aspect and could determine how successful you are with your lifts. Depending on what lift you are doing, the front rack position may vary. The front rack position for a press or jerk is different than that of a front squat or clean.

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Whole Body Cryotherapy: A Natural Way to Give You a Hormonal Edge?

Feb 5, 2019 4:30:00 PM / by Neal Maddox posted in Healthy Lifestyle, Recovery, Cryotherapy

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Hormones, we all have them. Early on in our pubescent years, it is probably safe to say we just wanted them to go away. As we grow older, that wish is slowly but surely granted. Weight gain, sleep issues, metabolic conditions, poor performance in the gym and in the sack leaves us wishing they would return to previous levels. Enter modern medicine and technology; hormonal therapy, supplementation and a rapidly growing and expanding Anti-aging movement driven by demographics largely thanks to all the amazing baby boomers. Why not try cryotherapy?

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Brain Freeze: Whole Body Cryotherapy and Anxiety/Depression

Feb 5, 2019 3:50:00 PM / by Neal Maddox posted in Healthy Lifestyle, Recovery, Cryotherapy

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The World Health Organization estimates that 350 million people are affected by depression. The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that 18% of the US adult population is affected by an anxiety disorder of some kind. That is an enormous number, one that does not even begin to bring light to how difficult it can be to try and live life when dealing with anyone of these conditions. The stigma, the treatment resistance, the “wise words” of people who tell you, “you just have to want to be happy” or to “chill out.”

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The Art of Touch-and-Go Reps/Barbell Cycling

Feb 5, 2019 11:03:00 AM / by Neal Maddox posted in Lower Body

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When performing high repetition Olympic lifting workouts, incorporating touch-and-go (TNG) repetitions/barbell cycling can be helpful in getting more work done in a shorter amount of time. TNG reps can be performed by simply “gripping and ripping” the barbell but this will usually lead to inefficiency, and fatigue will usually set in fairly quickly. There is an art to barbell cycling aka TNG and, as with most skills, it takes practice and repetition to become efficient at it. Below are some tips to keep in mind when performing TNG reps.

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Staying Hydrated? Perform a Urine Test

Feb 4, 2019 11:00:00 AM / by Neal Maddox posted in Healthy Lifestyle

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The color of your urine can often be a great indicator of your hydration level.  Light color urine typically indicates that you are well hydrated, while darker urine may indicate that you are dehydrated. The dark color of the urine is due to the fact that water levels in the body are depleted.

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XX Marks the Spot: Why 20 Sessions May Be The Sweetspot

Feb 2, 2019 4:29:00 PM / by Neal Maddox posted in Recovery, Cryotherapy

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Twenty of anything seems to be a great number. Andrew Jackson’s face tends to be a pretty site when receiving a bill (although Benjamin Franklin would be nice too) or the feeling of finally leaving your teens behind you. Who would have thought that it also happens to be the most therapeutic amount of consistent daily whole body cryotherapy sessions?

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Keep Your Skin Looking Cool

Feb 2, 2019 4:29:00 PM / by Neal Maddox posted in Healthy Lifestyle, Recovery, Photobiomodulation

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Humans are an amazing species; we have never been the strongest, fastest, we don’t make poison or fly. Despite this, human species’ best quality is our adaptability. The human body is in a constant balance of receiving information from the outside and sending a response outwards. The moment you step into CrossFit X-treme’s cryo chambers, it’s no different. Your body is forced to adapt.

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Deadlift Set-up Checklist

Jan 31, 2019 2:17:00 PM / by Neal Maddox posted in Workout Prep

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Deadlift Demonstration:

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Self-Myofascial Release & Foam Roll

Jan 30, 2019 2:00:00 PM / by Neal Maddox posted in Prehab and Rehab

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Self-Myofascial Release (SMR) should be a methodically planned process with a purpose. Going in without a plan or targeting areas of the body that are not tight is a waste of time. I’ve experienced great success incorporating SMR techniques in my warm-up. This video highlights the SMR techniques that have worked, helping me to compete at a high level, release muscle tension and pain, and win the CrossFit Games. Hopefully, this video gives you more ideas, warm ups, and recovery techniques.

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Freezer Burn: Another Approach to "Fat Loss" Temperature Training

Jan 26, 2019 4:28:00 PM / by Neal Maddox posted in Healthy Lifestyle, Recovery, Cryotherapy

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As most people know, when you get cold, you shiver. The shiver response is characterized as an increase in heat production via the contraction of skeletal muscles. This can increase to a level that is 500% more than resting metabolic rate (Jansky, 1998). If you haven’t been into the chambers at CrossFit X-treme San Jose, ask anyone who has: you shiver. You shiver hard. This means that every time you shiver, your body is using an increased caloric consumption just to maintain your body heat for survival.

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