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Forum: In Search of CrossFitters 07-01-2008, 06:45 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,653
Posted By Matthew Mackey
Any Crossfitters in Japan?

Hi all,

I'm moving to Japan to teach English for a year, starting this August. I'm located in a relatively isolated prefecture--Tottori prefecture, in a town called Yazu.

Huuuuge longshot here,...
Forum: Exercises 01-20-2007, 10:03 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,430
Posted By Matthew Mackey
Practice form with PVC or a broomstick when you...

Practice form with PVC or a broomstick when you have some spare time, and focus on one thing at a time, like Frank said.

Visualization can also be extremely effective, try visualizing the motion...
Forum: Exercises 01-20-2007, 09:32 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,940
Posted By Matthew Mackey
It probably is a matter of strength,...

It probably is a matter of strength, coordination, or some combination thereof. I'd also consider the possibility of it being a mobility issue--for the longest time I could never hold pistols at the...
Forum: Exercises 11-30-2006, 07:05 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,672
Posted By Matthew Mackey
Jim, I picked up one-legged squats without much...

Jim, I picked up one-legged squats without much specific work on them at all. Hadn't done a ton of heavy squatting work at the time, but this was maybe a month after starting crossfit and learning...
Forum: Exercises 11-26-2006, 06:48 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,422
Posted By Matthew Mackey
That was really informative; I'm only just...

That was really informative; I'm only just learning the Olympic lifts proper and that video helped me more with my visualization and execution (I stood up from my desk to assume some of the positions...
Forum: Exercises 11-26-2006, 06:24 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,782
Posted By Matthew Mackey
You might also try putting your legs up on...

You might also try putting your legs up on something to do a pushup off of--that'll increase the amount of weight you have to move.

You can't necessarily get the same benefits from less weight...
Forum: Fitness 11-07-2006, 08:02 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 8,476
Posted By Matthew Mackey
Likewise, I usually do 30sec cold alternating...

Likewise, I usually do 30sec cold alternating with maybe 2-3 minutes warm (I take my time before I go back into the cold), anywhere from 1-3 times depending on how sore I'm feeling.

Make sure you...
Forum: Exercises 10-25-2006, 12:32 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,220
Posted By Matthew Mackey
Roger, I usually don't go much further beyond...

Roger,

I usually don't go much further beyond parallel. I feel like going further down puts a fair bit of shear stress on one's spine, but I could be way off base here. Perhaps somebody with a...
Forum: Fitness 10-14-2006, 07:16 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,748
Posted By Matthew Mackey
Joe, I'm fairly certain having a heavier...

Joe,

I'm fairly certain having a heavier deadlift than your squat is normal, so I wouldn't worry about that too too much.

As far as your squat progression, consider your sticking points in the...
Forum: Starting 09-25-2006, 05:55 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 6,623
Posted By Matthew Mackey
As far as knee pain goes, I've had inflammation...

As far as knee pain goes, I've had inflammation in my right knee for a few years now--I've made pretty good progress through xfit the past few months, and I've come to realize that strengthening my...
Forum: Workout of the Day 09-22-2006, 05:56 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,409
Posted By Matthew Mackey
James, Speaking as a former high school track...

James,

Speaking as a former high school track runner who did the 800 (among other events), it's really hard to gauge distance just based on your stride--I think you've got a good idea, but you...
Forum: Exercises 09-22-2006, 05:34 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,035
Posted By Matthew Mackey
I've lately gotten in the habit of using the foam...

I've lately gotten in the habit of using the foam roller at the gym after workouts as a cool down/stretch with pretty good benefits.

As far as my regular routine, I like to do some joint mobility...
Forum: Fitness 08-11-2006, 05:32 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,871
Posted By Matthew Mackey
I used to swim/play WP--skills-wise, any...

I used to swim/play WP--skills-wise, any waterpolo player worth his salt can tread with their torso out of the water for an extended period, and similarly a good player will be able to effectively...
Forum: Starting 06-02-2006, 07:55 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,360
Posted By Matthew Mackey
Thanks for the tip, Garrett. I've heard about...

Thanks for the tip, Garrett. I've heard about Warrior Wellness; I've been reluctant to shell out the cash for it, but now's as good a time as any to get into it, I suppose. Z-health's cost is...
Forum: Starting 06-02-2006, 05:18 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,360
Posted By Matthew Mackey
I hadn't thought about strengthening the inner...

I hadn't thought about strengthening the inner thigh; most of what I'd heard had to do with leg extensions or otherwise strengthening the VMO.

I've been doing lots of one-legged squats, and...
Forum: Starting 05-31-2006, 05:53 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,360
Posted By Matthew Mackey
Hi all, I've just recently discovered this...

Hi all,

I've just recently discovered this wonderful resource; I've been a fan of exactly this sort of pragmatic, efficient approach to fitness for some time, but I've never had the full means or...
Forum: Injuries 05-31-2006, 05:32 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,227
Posted By Matthew Mackey
I might be wary of developing an allergy to...

I might be wary of developing an allergy to chlorine in pool water--after 5 years of swim team in middle/high school, my body finally started reacting adversely to the chlorine, so now I get stuffed...
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