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Old 04-11-2006, 03:05 PM   #1
Ryan Kirk
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Hello all, I found out about this program because of an article in Men's Journal. I have been bored with the standard gym exercises I have been doing for the past 10 or so years - but I stick with it because the fitness benefits spill over into other favored activities like off-road motorcycle racing, mountain biking, snowboarding, etc. I am 31, 175 BW, 6'2", and mostly lower body strength. I hope to get more balanced strength and can see how this is possible since the WOD's vary so wildly.

The thing I am most excited about is the comments for each WOD. This is fuel for my competitive nature - and motivation by seeing the results of others.

I read the NY times article and have a question. Probably some ill-informed writer - but is it true that you go for speed and weight over technique? This just seems like a path to injury. I have always valued technique over all else - after all, you can't work hard and improve yourself if you are recovering from injury all the time.

The best to you all!
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Old 04-11-2006, 03:45 PM   #2
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You can go fast and still be safe. Select the proper weight to maintain safe form and move quickly. Time is an output variable.

Does "Technique" imply only a slow and controlled movement?
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Old 04-11-2006, 04:07 PM   #3
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Ryan: Welcome!

If you look around the website, you'll find almost constant exhortations to master good technique before ramping up on intensity. Basically, the NYT article avoided that (presumably, because it didn't fit with their planned storyline).

This is particularly true of the olympic lifts, and even something as simple as the basic squat (most untrained people have profoundly bad squat form).

Developing good technique is primarily done by working with very light weights (a PVC pipe or a broomstick) for a long time.

Good form is demonstrated in all of the exercise videos and slideshows here:

The "Burgener warmup" is one of those videos:

Essentially, it's a long set of drills done with a PVC pipe only, to impart good form in the clean and the snatch. Done steadily, this warmup alone can be a pretty solid workout.

Squat form can be seen here (good):

and here (bad):

(and in the exercise videos, of course).

Finally, if you haven't yet checked out the "Start Here!" link ( and the "What is Fitness" download (follow the previous link, you'll find it), I'd strongly urge doing so.
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Old 04-12-2006, 03:50 PM   #4
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Thanks for all the suggestions. I only made it through the warmup today due to sore legs from yesterday. I have much room for improvement.

Paul: I have always thought that slow and controlled is the way to go. But after reading some of the posts on here I think I can deal with fast and controlled as well. I have an open mind.
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