The Silver Market

By Emily Beers

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Affiliate owners share how they’re tailoring their approaches to introduce Baby Boomers to CrossFit.

The loud music, the intimidating movements and the unbearable crash of barbells smashing the floor—none of it appealed to Lucia Bragan.

“My husband had been doing CrossFit for four and a half years, and I would go watch sometimes. I knew I wasn’t capable of doing what he was doing,” said the 77-year-old from Maryland.

“And they played really loud music with that heavy beat. I guess it charges the younger folks up and gets them going, but for me it was a turn-off. I wouldn’t be able to hear the coach.”

Needless to say, Bragan had no intention of ever following in her husband’s footsteps by joining Rock Creek CrossFit in Kensington, Maryland—at least until coach Trina Kerns approached her in September 2015 and offered an alternative. The process would start with a face-to-face introductory session at a time when the gym was quiet and empty. No loud weights. No blaring music.

Bragan decided to take Kerns up on her offer. The two met up and discussed Bragan’s health history, and then Kerns put her through a short fitness assessment.

Bragan remembers being intimidated and somewhat overwhelmed, but Kerns was with her every step of the way, which made her more comfortable, she said. Soon, Bragan realized CrossFit—and lifting weights—wasn’t as scary as she thought it would be.

While Bragan said she wouldn’t have joined regular classes, many masters athletes thrive in general sessions that welcome everyone from teens to those well beyond 50, and great coaches are able to… Continue Reading

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In Affiliation, HD Videos

May 25, 2016

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It takes more than just a Level 1 Certificate to run a successful CrossFit affiliate. In this series, learn about the various ways affiliate owners and trainers evolve and plan as they work to lead the fitness industry.

In Part 2, the conversation continues as CrossFit Inc.’s Tyson Oldroyd discusses running a business with Pat Burke of MBS CrossFit, CrossFit Verve founders Matt and Cherie Chan, Nicole Christensen of CrossFit Roots, and David… Continue Reading

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The Glassman Chipper

By Mike Warkentin

In Classic, CrossFit, Workouts

May 23, 2016

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When a pegboard showed up in Event 12 of the 2015 Reebok CrossFit Games, a lot of people were shocked.

That’s a weird reaction by any follower of a sport in which competitors sign up to face the “unknown and unknowable,” but it’s even weirder when you consider CrossFit’s Founder and CEO wrote about pegboards back in 2002.

In the second issue of the CrossFit Journal, Greg Glassman listed and sourced all the equipment a person would need to turn a garage into a “world-class strength and conditioning facility.” The article, … Continue Reading

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In HD Videos

May 22, 2016

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Garrett “G-money” Holeve is an enthusiastic MMA fighter, an avid CrossFitter and a hardworking employee at Home Depot.

At CrossFit Showdown in Davie, Florida, Holeve attends classes that are dedicated to adaptive athletes with Down syndrome.

“When Garrett was born, they came to my wife and said, ‘Your son has Down syndrome,’” says Mitch Holeve, Garrett’s father. “I can honestly say that from the moment he was born, I just said he was… Continue Reading

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In HD Videos, Nutrition

May 21, 2016

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Nick Massie of PaleoNick.com is back in the kitchen, this time to share the recipe for his Super Radical tri-tip with balsamic apple compote.

Massie begins by prepping two baking sheets for the yams and tri-tip.

“Any meal that starts with two foil-lined sheet pans is a winner in my book,” he says.

He then pats a liberal amount of Super Radical Rib Rub onto both sides of the tri-tip and tosses extra spices into the pan to mingle with… Continue Reading

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In Athletes, Medical/Injuries

May 19, 2016

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Theresa Couture uses CrossFit to rebuild her body after suffering a stroke.

Theresa Couture fell out of her wheelchair in her kitchen, sending the chair flying across the room. As she lay there, home alone, she knew she didn’t have the strength to drag herself to the chair and get back in it.

“That was the final straw for me,” said Couture, who has mitochondrial disease (mito), which manifests itself through dysautonomia, strokes… Continue Reading

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