Fitness Under Fire

By Mike Koslap

In Affiliation, HD Videos

September 01, 2015

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Shane Davis and Michael Livingston were stuck in careers that didn’t fulfill them. Then they made a decision to change their lives. In October 2013, the two opened CrossFit Luminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Now their lives are constantly varied.

“Part of why I like (owning an affiliate) is it allows me to do so many different things on a daily basis and constantly challenge myself,” Davis says.

But in April 2014, disaster struck. The affiliate caught fire and almost everything was destroyed. CrossFit Luminary was forced to close for nine months in order to clean up and rebuild.

With unrelenting optimism, Davis and Livingston tried to find the silver lining.

“It happened three weeks before my wife gave birth to our first son,” Davis says. “I got to spend six months while we were closed down at home with my child—that was an amazing experience that most dads probably don’t get.”

In an attempt to stay in touch with their clientele, Davis and Livingston salvaged what they could and hosted parking-lot workouts reminiscent of old-school CrossFit in the dirt and gravel—no walls necessary.

“At least this happened when we were approaching springtime and summer and the weather was nice,” Livingston says.

Today, the two are thrilled with the community that was rebuilt along with their affiliate.

“We’ve poured our heart and soul into this place—twice,” Davis says.

Video by Mike Koslap.

7min 31sec

Additional reading: Rebuilding Hackleburg by Andréa Maria Cecil, published May 4, 2012.

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In CFJ and Monthly Collections

August 31, 2015

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The individual PDF articles published in August 2015 are collected here in a single download.

The video and audio posts are not contained in the PDF.

The articles included here are:

“You Don’t Know Squat” - Achauer
“Outside Influence” - Beers
“Seven Years’ War” - Warkentin
“Sugar Bombs” - Beers
“Big Soda Fires Back” - Cecil
“A Sticky Story” - Cooper
“Virtuosity 10: For Life” - Kolatsis
“The Myth of Adrenal Fatigue” - Patel and Frank

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The Myth of Adrenal Fatigue

By Kamal Patel and Kurtis Frank

In ExPhysiology, Nutrition

August 29, 2015

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Did you overwork your adrenal glands or are you getting worked by mythology and marketing?

Sticking to a physical exercise routine is tiring, but the soreness and fatigue from a good workout can easily be alleviated with a full meal and plenty of rest, so you’re raring to go by the time your next workout rolls around.

That’s the theory, at least.

When real life gets in the way, recovery can suffer. Sometimes, fatigue persists for so long between… Continue Reading

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Virtuosity 10: For Life

By Annie Kolatsis

In Affiliation

August 28, 2015

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Many athletes earned the label by coming to a crossroads in life and deciding to take a path leading away from old habits. CrossFit affiliates are there to support those choices with a community founded on fitness, friendship and healthy food.

For Annie Kolatsis, CrossFit Mother City in Cape Town, South Africa, provided the backup when she made her decision to move past an “allergy” to exercise. Kolatsis said she struggled through… Continue Reading

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Nick’s Zone: Chorizo Plantain Breakfast Pie

By Nick Massie and Jesse Kahle

In HD Videos

August 26, 2015

Video Article

Nick Massie of brings us a spicy breakfast pie with chorizo and plantains.

In a preheated cast-iron skillet, Massie starts cooking the chorizo before quartering the blackest plantains he can find and adding them to the pan.

“The thing I like about this dish is that maybe it’ll expose you to two ingredients that you haven’t used before,” he says of chorizo and plantains. “I recommend incorporating both of them into your diet.”

… Continue Reading

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A Sticky Story

By Chris Cooper

In Nutrition

August 24, 2015

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For almost 50 years, Gatorade’s marketing machine has been working to make you thirsty.

You can lead a man to water, but you can’t make him drink. Add sugar, salt, artificial flavors and a good story, and he’ll drink himself to death.

Since the early 1960s, sports-drink companies have worked to sell as many beverages as possible, and now the toughest market segment—people who just aren’t thirsty—has become the target thanks to clever advertising and sponsored research.

Gatorade created the… Continue Reading

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