Coach Mark Rippetoe, author of Starting Strength (ask Derek if it works, he just pulled 465#), is in town teaching a Barbell Certification seminar, with some CF West Santa Cruz athletes attending. The seminar covers the so called slow or power lifts–the back squat, press, bench press, deadlift, and the power clean. All taught in great physiological detail in Coach Rip’s inimitable style and prose.

CrossFit offers several specialty seminars in addition to the Trainer Certifications. They include the kettlebell, gymnastics, POSE and endurance running, nutrition, CrossFit Kids, and Olympic lifting seminars, as well as the barbell seminar. They are all taught by recognized experts in the fields, such as Coach Rip, author of some four books on powerlifting. A CrossFit science seminar on the science of exercise and fitness is in the works.

If you can spare the money, the specialty seminars are highly recommended for Crossfit athletes. For trainers, they are invaluable. The curriculum of the seminars is two fold. The aim is for the attendee to master the movement and the methodology behind it, but also to learn how to teach and coach it.

So, if you have a hankering for a specific seminar, keep an eye on the main site for a seminar near you, or talk to your trainer. He or she will often have some inside scoop on when the next local one will be offered.

And speaking of Coach Rip, go to the address below to learn the story about Overhead Pale Ale.



5 Rounds

10 Deadlift 225/155#

10 Push Press 135/85#

Rest for 5 to ten minutes and then do:

5 Rounds

5 Deadlift 135/85#

5 Push Press 95/65#

Try to really fly through the second part.

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