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July 27, 2015

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In March 2014, Richard Beddie—CEO of the Exercise Association of New Zealand and spokesperson for the New Zealand Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs)—made unfounded claims in the media that CrossFit training has caused deaths.

“CrossFit has resulted in six deaths overseas and rendered an Australian man paraplegic,” Beddie told Stuff.com.nz. Beddie later denied making the statement, though the reporter who quoted him asserted she had been entirely accurate.

Not without motive, Beddie hoped to get CrossFit to partner with REPs, which would force CrossFit trainers in New Zealand to pay an annual fee to Beddie’s group. Beddie promised if CrossFit affiliates registered with the organization, he could make critical stories about CrossFit disappear. At the time, Beddie was chairman of the International Confederation of Registers for Exercise Professionals (ICREPs), whose members include the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) through their membership in the United States Registry of Exercise Professionals (USREPS). Both the NSCA and ACSM have released baseless claims about CrossFit, and CrossFit Inc. has filed separate lawsuits against Beddie and the NSCA.

CrossFit Founder and CEO Greg Glassman flew to New Zealand to address affiliate owners and explain the situation.

Glassman said he believes CrossFit has a moral obligation to protect its affiliates and keep owners, trainers and members informed. They are, after all, what Glassman calls “the heart” of the CrossFit community.

“You’re doing the right things for the right people for the right reasons, and the least I can do is defend you at every opportunity I… Continue Reading

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CrossFit Pottstown Pans Out

By Mike Donofrio

In Affiliation, HD Videos

July 19, 2015

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CrossFit Pottstown in Pennsylvania is part of Pottstown Athletic Club, a non-profit youth organization. The affiliate provides an alternative outlet for troubled youths who may not be able to afford to participate in traditional sports.

CrossFit Pottstown and the Pottstown Health and Wellness Foundation partnered up to develop a mutually beneficial relationship within the community. David Kraybill, president of the Health and Wellness Foundation, is happy with the outcome thus far.

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Story in California

By Various

In CrossFit Games, HD Videos

July 18, 2015

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The brawl between Northern California and Southern California commenced May 21 at the Del Mar Arena in Del Mar, California.

In the women’s competition, eight previous Games competitors were fighting for return spots alongside 32 hungry athletes hoping to get their first shot. Eyes were on Rebecca Voigt, who was aiming to set a record by qualifying for her eighth consecutive Games, and Lindsey Valenzuela, who wanted to reclaim a spot at the StubHub Center… Continue Reading

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Story in the Meridian

By Eric Maciel and Adam Cline

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July 17, 2015

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The Meridian Regional brought Europe and Africa together in Ballerup, Denmark, from May 29 to 31.

A group of strong Icelandic women were poised to dominate the podium, and many bet on two-time Games champion Annie Thorisdottir to win. Instead, rookie Icelander Sara Sigmundsdottir handily topped the regional by collecting 38 points more than second-placed Katrin Tanja Davidsdottir. Despite starting the weekend with an Event 1 win, Thorisdottir sat in unfamiliar territory in third place… Continue Reading

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Teams of the California Regional

By Sevan Matossian, Gary Roberts, Hayley Parlen, Matt Kraustrunk and Taylor Filasky

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July 16, 2015

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“This will be the best team year ever.” —Chase Ingraham, CrossFit Games commentator

In 2015, four-time CrossFit Games champion Rich Froning Jr. went team, as did seven-time CrossFit Games competitor Jason Khalipa. Back-to-back champion Ute CrossFit is returning from a one-year hiatus, and 2014 Affiliate Cup winner CrossFit Invictus is back to defend its spot on the podium. A handful of other strong teams will also make a push for the hardware at the 2015 Reebok… Continue Reading

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Dancing and Deadlifts

By Nikolaj Rønnow

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Masters athlete Karl Dyall owns CrossFit Solid in Stockholm, Sweden.

The son of a jazz musician, Dyall says show business has been a part of his life since birth. He started theater school at 5 and has since been a breakdancer, a martial artist and a band member. Dancing has always been the biggest part of his active lifestyle, he says.

After several injuries left him weak and unable to do everyday things such as hold his… Continue Reading

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