The Mental Marksman

I maintained focus on the front sight in my mind, imagining the bullet hitting the center of the target. While mental imagery is a very important and useful tool, it alone can take an individual only so far. Before you can properly utilize mental training, you need strong fundamentals of technique, training, and conditioning for the task at hand. Since my summer had consisted of mostly physical training for shooting, I was able to utilize visualization while continuing to sense what it felt...

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Biomechanical Basis of Human Movement, 2nd edition. Lippincott, Williams, and Wilkins Philadelphia. Telford, R.D., G.J. Sly, et al. 2003. Footstrike is the Major Cause of Hemolysis During Running. Journal of Applied Physiology 94 38-42. Whiting, C., and R.F Zernicke. Biomechanics of Musculoskeletal Injury Champaign, Ill. Human Kinetics, 1998. Tony Leyland is Senior Lecturer in the School of Kinesiology at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, British Columbia....

Greg Glassman

In this excerpt from one of his talks at a recent CrossFit certification seminar, founder Greg Glassman discusses the methods and rationale of CrossFit. Fundamentally, what we are about, he explains, is evidence-based fitness. Here he breaks that claim down into its constituent parts and explains the logical, scientific basis of the CrossFit system for advancing human performance. To evaluate any such system, there are three key elements that must be assessed 1 Safety the program's record for...