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(Part 2) What is your core? It's much more important than sexy abs.

CrossFit Athlete Core

What is your CORE?

(Did you miss part 1 click here to read) The core actually lies beneath the musculature that is typically trained in the traditional gym environment. These deeper muscles include the transverse abdominals, multifidus (small spinal muscles that stabilize individual spinal bones), diaphragm and pelvic floor. Why do traditional workouts and sports specific training not specifically target the core? It is not a prime mover but a stabilizer and the center of force transfer. Traditional training will focus on the core as a mover, thinking crunches and back extensions are the key. CrossFit knows deadlifts, overhead squats and pushups are much more effective. So the CrossFit athlete not only gains better overall strength but more efficient movement...

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(Part 1) The CORE of CrossFit, Your Fitness and Your Health

The CORE is the center of all functional movement.

This “thicker” core of a CrossFit athlete is developed as a reflection of the balance, coordination and stability of the body to perform functional movement. Search Google for images of CrossFitt athlete and notice every athlete, man or woman, has an amazing sculpted abdomen or "CrossFit Body". Anyone who has watched the Reebok CrossFit Games has no doubt that these elite athletes deserve the title of “Fittest on Earth”.

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5 Rules to Picking Clean and Safe Supplements

Selling fraudulent and potentially dangerous herbal supplements and demanded that they remove the products from their shelves... The authorities said they had conducted tests on top-selling store brands of herbal supplements at four national retailers — GNC, Target, Walgreens and Walmart — and found that four out of five of the products did not contain any of the herbs on their labels. The tests showed that pills labeled medicinal herbs often contained little more than cheap fillers like powdered rice, asparagus and houseplants, and in some cases substances that could be dangerous to those with allergies.
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