It was a battle of nations as the top athletes from Canada West and North West gathered at the Tacoma Dome in Tacoma, Washington, for the 2015 West Regional.
Competing on the third and final weekend of regional action, athletes were more than ready to get started.
“I’m feeling like I waited long enough,” says Emily Abbott, a 2014 Games athlete out of Calgary, Canada, “and I need to get a damn workout in, so let’s just go.”
And go she did, winning Events 1 and 2. Abbott was just one of two women across all eight regionals to earn 200 points on Day 1—the other was Kara Webb at the Pacific Regional the week before. Abbott held onto the lead for the next two days and safely locked up the gold.
On the men’s side, it wasn’t as clear. Lucas Parker, Brent Fikowski, Cole Sager, Tyson Takasaki, Joe Scali and Kevin Simons kept shifting on the leaderboard throughout the weekend, with Cody Anderson also in the mix.
At the end of three days, Canadians took three of five spots on the men’s side, while Americans took the lion’s share on the women’s. The West will send four rookies—Scali, Carleen Mathews, Jessica Core and Alex Parker—and six veterans—Parker, Sager, Simons, Takasaki, Abbott and Regan Huckaby—to the 2015 Reebok CrossFit Games.
Video by Jordan Gravatt.
Additional audio: CrossFit Radio Episode 384 by Justin Judkins, published June 6, 2015.
June 30, 2015
The individual PDF articles published in June 2015 are collected here in a single download.
The video and audio posts are not contained in the PDF.
The articles included here are:
“Gymnastics: The Long Journey Worth Taking” - Durante
“Virtuosity 8: Satisfaction” - Naseem
“Mind Over Muscle-Ups” - Achauer
“Dehydrated and Dominant?” - Beers
“A Theoretical CrossFit Model for Professional Baseball Players” - Putnam
“Deadly Myth” - Cecil
“Where Students Become Coaches” - Beers
“Zone Meal Plans” - Glassman
“Perish the Thought” - Kilgore
“True Warriors” - Cecil
“Drink According to Thirst, Scientists Advise” - Cecil
The competition floor at the 2015 South Regional was reminiscent of the CrossFit Games, with many big names in the field. The biggest story was perhaps 2014 Games champ Camille Leblanc-Bazinet’s move from Canada to Colorado, putting her in the South.
Another transplant on the women’s side, three-time Games qualifier Margaux Alvarez, moved from Northern California to Texas earlier this year. All eyes were on the two women as Alvarez ended Day 1 in first before giving way to… Continue Reading
June 29, 2015
Updated consensus statement on hydration and hyponatremia published June 29 in Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine.
The dogma is pervasive: Dehydration is bad.
For more than a decade, a group of scientists from around the globe have been working to fight that doctrine. Their advice is simple: Drink only when you’re thirsty.
“Everybody has this little barometer in their brain that they were born with that measures the appropriate amount of sodium in your blood and the appropriate amount of water… Continue Reading
Aptos, California, is located just south of Santa Cruz, where the first CrossFit gym was opened by CrossFit Inc. Founder and CEO Greg Glassman. A quiet beach community, Aptos was once one of just a few towns on the coastline of Santa Cruz County that wasn’t home to a CrossFit affiliate. That changed in January when Level 1 Seminar Staff member and longtime CrossFit athlete Zac Pine made his dream come true and opened CrossFit Aptos… Continue Reading
The 2015 Atlantic Regional was a matchup of champions not to be missed: 2014 South East Regional champ Emily Bridgers faced 2013 Reebok CrossFit Games winner Samantha Briggs, while fellow 2014 South East winner Noah Ohlsen stared down four-time Mid Atlantic Regional champ Ben Smith.
Day 1 opened with two Hero workouts: Randy and Tommy V. As expected, Briggs, known as “The Engine,” set the bar high as she cruised through Randy’s 75… Continue Reading
In one of America’s safest communities, an affiliate owner and his wife found themselves in a desperate fight for their lives. Andréa Maria Cecil reports.
There was no reason to lock the door.
In North Bend, Washington, no one locks the door.
“We haven’t had keys in 10 years,” Tennyson Jacobson said of her childhood home across from a farm at the base of Mount Si.
A picturesque place, North Bend is quintessentially Washington. It sits in the… Continue Reading
Lon Kilgore explains how the pressure to publish has created libraries full of useless exercise-science publications.
Why doesn’t exercise science answer even the most basic questions about creating fitness?
In answer, many publications in recent years have pointed out problems in exercise science. Some of these pieces have been written without an understanding of the inner workings of modern academia, while some are written from within the belly of the beast.
Although it’s… Continue Reading
June 23, 2015
This article was originally published May 1, 2004, as “CFJ Issue 21: Zone Meal Plans.”
Practicing CrossFit without any regard to nutrition is similar to only having “one oar in the water,” according to CrossFit Founder and CEO Greg Glassman, who authored this article. Sound nutrition, obtained from a high-quality diet in optimal quantities—as determined by the individual—provides the necessary foundation for continued progress and maximum adaptations from the program.
Diet is paramount to… Continue Reading
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June 21, 2015
For the second consecutive year, CrossFit Inc. sponsored Operation Surf Santa Cruz, held April 21-27. The program serves wounded members of the military by allowing them the opportunity to rehabilitate through what some call a “healing” outlet: the ocean.
“Operation Surf is a weeklong recreational rehabilitation surf clinic when we bring out our wounded warriors in transition—men and women—that were primarily injured in combat in Iraq and… Continue Reading
Smart and athletic, Zyrees Oliver had a bright future washed away when widely accepted hydration advice ended up killing him. Andréa Maria Cecil investigates.
The words hung in the air: brain dead.
Only days earlier he was a strong, healthy, God-fearing 17-year-old who in little more than a year at his high school had become captain of the football team and boasted a 3.8 GPA. Zyrees Oliver planned to play college football… Continue Reading
Former Oakland A’s outfielder Danny Putnam creates a CrossFit training plan to keep ball players in top shape all year long.
A new element is affecting baseball culture and the rest of the professional sports world: fitness. While that might seem odd considering the physical nature of most sports, consider that some players get by only on great skill and sport-specific training but actually have glaring fitness deficiencies. Some less-than-fit athletes… Continue Reading
Exercise-science students and professors say learning how to become a coach happens in the gym—not in a lecture hall.
A dentist, an orthopedic surgeon and a personal trainer—you would expect formal education to teach them how to fill a molar, repair a ruptured tendon and teach a squat. But when it comes to personal trainers and coaches, college graduates with degrees in exercise science say the opposite is true.
Jack Langley is one of these graduates. During… Continue Reading
June 09, 2015
New study shows mild dehydration has no effects on athletic performance.
Researchers from Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario, have discovered new evidence that suggests being dehydrated doesn’t hinder athletic performance.
Stephen Cheung is the lead author of “Separate and Combined Effects of Dehydration and Thirst Sensation on Exercise Performance in the Heat,” published in the June 2015 volume of the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports. The study… Continue Reading
June 08, 2015
Scientists and meditation experts explain how focus and mindfulness can help athletes rise above burning discomfort to improve fitness.
On the surface, pain seems straightforward. You get poked with a sharp stick. It hurts. The end. Or you do Fran. Your burning quads and forearms force you to put down the barbell. The pain was too much.
As with many things involving the human body, pain—and our perception of it—is actually much more… Continue Reading
With the CrossFit Games season ramping up, the focus is on the competition to find the Fittest on Earth. While the numbers on the leaderboard or the whiteboard certainly drive us to improve, many CrossFit athletes have learned they’re ultimately in competition only with themselves.
Ubaid Naseem, a business coach, found bitter disappointment after failing to complete a workout, but his CrossFit trainer reminded him complete effort is all that’s… Continue Reading
Learning gymnastics skills can be frustrating, but Dave Durante explains why the return is well worth the investment.
Be patient and limit frustration.
These are the first two points on a list I share whenever I’m speaking about gymnastics to a new group of CrossFit athletes.
The reality of the situation is that if your goal is true mastery of gymnastics skills, the timelines are not measured in hours, days or weeks. They are… Continue Reading
CrossFit Tuluka was the first affiliate in Argentina. Today, the founders run five locations and host more than 3,000 members.
Along with most other affiliates in the country, CrossFit Tuluka faces a unique obstacle. Due to strict customs regulations, owners struggle to outfit their gyms. The majority of the equipment found in Tuluka’s five locations has been manufactured in the country. It takes seven days to make a single barbell… Continue Reading
June 01, 2015
The individual PDF articles published in May 2015 are collected here in a single download.
The video and audio posts are not contained in the PDF.
The articles included here are:
“Broken Window, Broken Affiliate?” - Israel and Napier
“Dueling the Devil” - Saline
“Unfit to Print” - Beers
“No Rest for the Foolish” - Starr
“Athlete Emotion Project” - Re, Brian, Cannon and Wittenber
“Brain Cramps” - Achauer
“License to Live” - Saline
“More Pop at the Top” - Starr
“Enemy Unseen” - Cooper
Veterans living with post-traumatic stress disorder find comfort through CrossFit.
Twenty-two veterans will kill themselves today, according to the nonprofit group Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA).
Officially added to the third edition of the “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders” in 1980, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a relatively new name for a condition that’s been around as long as war. Unfortunately, its popular… Continue Reading
Bill Starr describes additional drills to help you finish the pull and clean big weight.
Editor’s note: Bill Starr completed this article before he passed away April 7, 2015, in Maryland.
In September 2009, the CrossFit Journal published my article “More Pop at the Top,” which described how to do high pulls, shrugs, isometric contractions and throws to improve the numbers on any type of… Continue Reading