An Open Letter to Cheaters

By Mike Warkentin

In CrossFit

July 21, 2016

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Admit it: You’ve shaved a rep.

Maybe you’ve even shaved entire rounds off workouts. You might have even lied about loads or times.

Guess what: Your coach noticed. And so did the other people in the class.

Thankfully, cheaters are relatively rare in CrossFit, perhaps because “so much of repugnant behavior is about trying to get something for nothing, and the CrossFitters inherently don’t believe that it’s possible,” as CrossFit Founder and CEO Greg Glassman said in 2009.

But physical suffering can erode loosely rooted morality, and we all know cheaters exist. By bending or breaking the rules, you can reduce or end the pain and perhaps take a whiteboard win, which can be very tempting when a grueling workout demands everything you have and some things you don’t. All athletes have come face to face with the moral dilemma of the 145th wall-ball shot that didn’t quite hit the line during Karen. A choice must be made at that point, and it’s sometimes hard to make the right one. But everyone in the community expects you to man and woman up by replacing the short shot with a good rep.

Coaches most definitely understand that sometimes you forget which round you’re in. It happens. We know that sometimes you accidentally write the wrong load or time on the whiteboard because your brain isn’t functioning correctly after a screaming match with Fran. We’re aware that you can’t always tell if you squatted below parallel exactly 300 times during Cindy. These are honest mistakes made by honest people.

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Experience Required

By Lon Kilgore

In Coaching, CrossFit

July 19, 2016

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Degree or no degree, fitness trainers who lack practical experience are still students.

The state of personal training is such that criticisms are often leveled at anyone who does not have certification A, B or C or doesn’t have a college or university degree.

Strangely glossed over in most dialogs of the occupation is experience—or lack of it. Experience obviously affects both personal trainers and their clients, but let’s refine the context: A… Continue Reading

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In Affiliation

July 17, 2016

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Reebok CrossFit Officine opened its doors only three years ago. Now, with more than 500 members, Officine is at the forefront of the fitness movement in Milan, Italy.

“We’re proud that in three years we’ve grown as a family so much,” says head coach Peter de Sury.

There are now more than 65 affiliates in the greater Milan area, and with Officine holding at least one Level 1 Certificate Course and one Level 2 Certificate Course per month, that… Continue Reading

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In Coaching, ExPhysiology, Running

July 15, 2016

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CrossFit’s Aerobic Capacity Course expert explains how interval training can help you do more work faster.

Long-time CrossFit athlete Tawny Sanabria used to dread box jumps and wall balls.

“I could never get into a good rhythm, and they would make me so tired. They were so exhausting,” she said.

All that changed for Sanabria when she made one major alteration to her training: doing interval running at the track.

Specifically, Sanabria has been diligently following endurance… Continue Reading

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In Competition, HD Videos

July 14, 2016

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Watch as Sevan Matossian catches the fittest men in California during their most exposed and most triumphant moments at the California Regional, held May 13-15 in Del Mar, California.

In a hotly contested region thick with CrossFit Games veterans, nothing is guaranteed.

Dan Bailey, last year’s California Regional champion and fourth-place Games finisher, came into the competition as a favorite to take the title again, but… Continue Reading

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Pride and Push-Ups

By Brittney Saline

In Affiliation, CrossFit

July 13, 2016

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Adam Gonzales talks about finding acceptance in a CrossFit gym, where effort is the only thing that matters.

On Sunday, June 12, Omar Mateen opened fire in Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, killing 49 people and injuring three others in what the New York Times has described as the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. Though the sudden devastation came as a shock to the world, many in the lesbian/gay/transsexual/bisexual/queer (LGTBQ… Continue Reading

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