December 2011

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Finding the Fire

By Hilary Achauer

In The CrossFit Life

December 22, 2011

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After a disastrous injury playing Division 1 softball, Panita Thanatharn lost her passion for competition—until she found CrossFit. Hilary Achauer reports.

Panita Thanatharn had her eye on home plate. It was Feb. 9, 2003, and Thanatharn, a sophomore at California State University Long Beach (CSULB), was having a great season. In the first seven games of the campaign, the outfielder was hitting .526.

Thanatharn’s team was… Continue Reading

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CrossFit Radio Episode 203

By Justin Judkins

In Affiliation, CrossFit, Nutrition, Radio

December 21, 2011

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On Episode 203 of CrossFit Radio, host Justin Judkins interviewed Dr. John Berardi, who owns Precision Nutrition. Justin also interviewed Meghan Russell, co-owner of CrossFit JAX. This episode was webcast live at 6 p.m. PDT on Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011.

The WOW (Workout of the Week) is from Beaverton CrossFit.

Every minute on the minute for 15 minutes:

185-lb. power cleans, 2 reps
70-lb. kettlebell swings, 5 reps
Double-unders for the… Continue Reading

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In CrossFit, Medical/Injuries, Videos

December 21, 2011

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Find out how CrossFitter Chad Hamilton fought testicular cancer and is making his recovery. As he underwent chemotherapy, he continued CrossFitting as much as he could and even participated in the fundraiser Barbells for Boobs. Now he’s cancer-free and rebuilding his CrossFit abilities.

Hamilton says his attention to his own health has benefited his recovery.

“It could have been a lot worse if I didn’t treat my body as well as I do,” he… Continue Reading

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In LEO/Mil

December 21, 2011

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Army Capt. Josh Holden says CrossFit replaced his bodybuilding ways and helped him help Iraqis.

My first cup of coffee in Iraq was as a brigade battle captain in Mosul with 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division. As a young captain without much seniority on the brigade staff, I got stuck with the night shift. Anyone who has done shift work before knows the drudgery involved, especially in a Brigade… Continue Reading

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In HD Videos, Nutrition

December 20, 2011

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In his cooking series, Denver’s Nick Massie prepares meals showing how to apply the CrossFit dietary prescription of meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar. In this segment, Massie shows how to prepare a Thai-style curry and create a week’s worth of meals.

Massie suggests “getting everything ready before you go to the stove.”

He uses 41 blocks of cooked rotisserie chicken for… Continue Reading

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Staying Safe With CrossFit Kids

By Mikki Lee Martin with Dan Strametz

In Kids

December 20, 2011

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Do your kids know how to escape from an attacker? Mikki Lee Martin and Dan Strametz explain how to defend against wrist grabs.

CrossFit Brand X began as Brand X Martial Arts in 1999. Things have changed a great deal since then, but our roots still firmly grip the concept of self-protection and of teaching children that it is OK to fight back and how to do so.

One of the most common attacks on children… Continue Reading

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In Athletes, CrossFit Games, Videos

December 19, 2011

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Karen Rackliffe is a 60-Plus Masters Division competitor from the 2011 Reebok CrossFit Games. She finished in fifth place. Her daughter, Kim Malz, was a Games competitor in 2009.

In November 2010, Rackliffe broke her foot on a rope climb. However, she didn’t let that stop her from competing. She completed the Open workouts in an orthopedic shoe and qualified for the Games.

“I had three goals. I said I wanted to have fun, I… Continue Reading

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In Medical/Injuries

December 19, 2011

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Rick Reifenberg’s life was perfect. Then cancer struck. He says physical and mental fortitude helped him survive.

In August 2010, everything in my life seemed to be going great. Life was good. So good, it was frighteningly close to perfect. I had just celebrated my 20th wedding anniversary, and my wife and I were raising our 10-year-old daughter together and sharing the joys and challenges of being parents. Professionally, I… Continue Reading

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