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Guide to Foundational CrossFit Moves: Part 3

For the third part of this series, we will look at the deadlift, sumo deadlift high pull, and the medicine ball clean. All three of these exercises utilize proper hip hinge and help to strengthen the core, glutes, and hamstrings. (Videos are from the official CrossFit exercise library.) The Deadlift The deadlift is a compound…

How to Stand Tall in Tadasana

There is more to Tadasana, or Mountain Pose, than meets the eye. One of the sayings I’ve heard about this seemingly simple pose that resonates with me and applies to many of yoga’s foundational asanas is,  “Master the hard stuff in the easy poses, so that the hard poses become easy.” While those with an…

Spice Up Your Kettlebell Swing Routine

The staple move of any kettlebell workout is the swing – it builds strength and cardiovascular endurance while working virtually every muscle group in the body. While swinging a kettlebell can be fun in and of itself, simply repeating sets of swings can get boring over time. Try one of these methods to spice up…

Guide to Foundational CrossFit Moves: Part 1

CrossFit WODs (Workout of the Day) have limitless configurations with a hoard of possible exercises, but there are nine foundational moves you should master as a cross-training beginner. Perfecting your form on the (1) air squat, (2) front squat, (3) overhead squat, (4) shoulder press, (5) push press, (6) push jerk, (7) deadlift, (8) sumo…

Kettlebell Swing to the Right Height

There is a lot of controversy about how high you should swing a kettlebell. Some camps support taking the swing all the way overhead while others swear by chest level with plenty of other experts falling somewhere in between. For the purpose of my 8-Week Kettlebell Shred on Fitocracy, however, I side with the chest…

Tweak the Kettlebell Swing for Strong Abs

When performed properly, the kettlebell swing works the abdominals in conjunction with the other 600 or so muscles it recruits. There is a way, however, to maximize the move’s six-pack building potential. This secret lies in how we hold plank position. A rookie mistake when performing the kettlebell swing is to simply hinge at the…

Three Fitness Assessments You May Not Be Using

While variety may be something you crave in regards to fitness, it’s important to consistently revisit certain moves or activities in order to judge progress. Types of assessments are limitless – from seeing how many pushups you can do in a minute to checking your heart rate after treadmill run. Here are three assessments that…

You’ve Heard of WODs, But WTF Are YODs?!

As CrossFit’s WODs (Workout of the Day) become more and more popular even among those outside of a box (lingo for a CrossFit meeting place), the idea of pushing the body to great limits in a short period of time is expanding into a new and somewhat unexpected arena. The YOD – a power yoga…

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