Road to Conviction Episode 6: 100 Percent Commitment

By Gary Roberts and Jordan Shalhoub

In Athletes, HD Videos, LEO/Mil

April 27, 2015

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While incarcerated, Fletcher Tholin discovered CrossFit. Watch his rehabilitation in this eight-part series.

In Episode 6, we learn when things started to take a turn for the worse in Tholin’s youth.

“He was never a bad kid,” says Tholin’s mother, Diane. “He was always a good kid.”

But that changed by 16, Tholin says, when he began experimenting with a myriad of drugs.

“Because of the drugs and the partying and all that stuff, I got kicked out of my dad’s house,” he says.

Tholin was homeless for some time after that.

“When things get so dark and you get so deep … you just really do not care,” he says.

Years later and on the road to recovery, Tholin cares more than ever and his focus has changed—and it hasn’t gone unrecognized by his mother.

“I noticed a huge difference … when his whole mind was focused on CrossFit,” she says. “It was just like some savior that he was just so devoted to this thing. I could tell it was very healthy and very good for him.”

Tholin acknowledges he has a long road ahead. But he’s up for the challenge.

“In order to change—which is not easy—you have to 100 percent be committed,” he says. “Eat, breathe and sleep it.”

Video by Gary Roberts and Jordan Shalhoub.

15min 57sec

Additional reading: “Into the Light” by Niki Rhodes, published Aug. 6, 2012.

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Virtuosity 7: One Spirit

By Robin Blackburn

In Affiliation

April 26, 2015

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“This movement is the direct result of a marvelous little gym in Santa Cruz, California. And that wonderful little gym has been replicated 1,000 times over and for the most part with extraordinary fidelity.”

CrossFit Founder and CEO Greg Glassman said those words in 2012, but they still ring true in 2015, with well over 10,000 affiliates improving fitness around the world. Each CrossFit gym certainly has its own flavor, but almost all boxes… Continue Reading

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CrossFit Radio Episode 378

By Justin Judkins

In Radio

April 25, 2015

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On Episode 378 of CrossFit Radio, host Justin Judkins interviewed Chelsey Hughes, who finished seventh overall in the CrossFit Games Open and first in the North East. This episode was webcast on April 22, 2015.

1:50 Hughes is an experienced competitor who was part of the Brick CrossFit team that finished 13th in the Affiliate Cup at last year’s CrossFit Games. In 2015, she’ll be competing as an individual, and she… Continue Reading

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Fear Factor

By Hilary Achauer

In Coaching, CrossFit Defense

April 24, 2015

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Kevin Ogar, Tony Blauer and others explain how to overcome trepidation to find success in the gym and in life.

It was July 2010, my first week of CrossFit. The affiliate had opened a month prior, and I was the only person in the noon class. After I warmed up, the coach brought out a 20-inch wooden box and told me to jump up on it.

I looked at the rough edges, eyeing the sharp corners, the… Continue Reading

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Ironman in Waterworld

By Emily Beers

In ExPhysiology, Medical/Injuries

April 21, 2015

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Years of being told to “hydrate, hydrate, hydrate” caused first-time Ironman athlete Dan Fontaine to overlook the dangers of overhydration.

He had been training for his first Ironman for 12 months. Dan Fontaine thought he had done everything right.

“The only problem was my plan had a big flaw,” 32-year-old Fontaine said almost five years later.

It never occurred to Fontaine that drinking too much during the race would dilute his blood-sodium levels to the… Continue Reading

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Road to Conviction Episode 5: CrossFit Is the Foundation

By Gary Roberts and Jordan Shalhoub

In Athletes, HD Videos, LEO/Mil

April 19, 2015

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While incarcerated, Fletcher Tholin discovered CrossFit. Watch his rehabilitation in this eight-part series.

In Episode 5, Tholin is seven weeks into CrossFit and he’s competing in his first Open competition.

As Tholin works, he explains he’s feeling happier in his life. And of course he’s spending more time at the gym—working on double-unders, repeating Open workouts and continuing to build relationships.

“Practice makes perfect,” he says after completing 50 unbroken… Continue Reading

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