February 2012

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Ones to Watch

By Hilary Achauer

In CrossFit Games

February 22, 2012

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Dark horses make the Reebok CrossFit Games Open a great race. Hilary Achauer talks to two of many who are hoping to get to the regional level.

Skeleton racing is a sport that involves hurtling headfirst down an icy track at speeds of more than 70 miles per hour with no steering or braking mechanism. It’s something nobody in his or her right mind would do.

When Ryan Fischer heard about an open call for a spot on the Olympic… Continue Reading

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In CrossFit, Medical/Injuries, Videos

February 21, 2012

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Clad in a sequined beret, a spaghetti-strap tank top, compression shorts and a pink boa, one member of CrossFit New Haven says you shouldn’t take yourself too seriously.

During the box’s October Barbells for Boobs event, the bearded man decided to “dress it up, booty short it up” all in pink.

“Too many competitions, too much seriousness—gotta bring it back to basics,” he says with a smile.

More than 100 people last year registered for the affiliate’s two-hour event, and… Continue Reading

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Mind the Gap

By Mikki Lee Martin with Keegan Lee Martin

In Kids

February 21, 2012

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Mikki Lee Martin and Keegan Lee Martin explain how CrossFit Kids Preteen Class is a bridge between Kids and Teen/Advanced classes.

There is a natural division within the gaggle of children in our CrossFit Kids classes. They generally divide by friendships, which tend to be consistent with age. Given the very broad age range we suggest for a CrossFit Kids program (5 to 12), dividing into groups makes sense as it… Continue Reading

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In Coaching, Kids, Videos

February 20, 2012

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Launching a CrossFit Kids program can seem daunting. Luckily, Seminar Staff members John and Kelly Brown, Aimee Lyons, and Todd Widman—as well as CrossFit New England’s Heather Bergeron—have advice.

Start classes with the age group you’re most comfortable with, Widman says. And only begin with three children whose parents are already CrossFitters.

“You don’t have to sell those parents on anything,” he explains. “They’re like, ‘Sweet. CrossFit Kids class? Do it… Continue Reading

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Romancing the Apocalypse

By Dan Edelman

In Kids

February 20, 2012

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Dan Edelman visits the CrossFit Kids Gauntlet and finds the missing link between fitness and the zombie apocalypse.

My mind zeroed out the moment I was asked to write a piece on the second CrossFit Kids Gauntlet, which went down at the Los Angeles Fitness Expo on Jan. 28 and 29.

I didn’t panic, mostly because I didn’t have the time or energy to spare. See, I consider my prime mission for CrossFit Kids… Continue Reading

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Muscle-Up Virtuosity: Part 1

By Laurie Galassi

In CrossFit, Gymnastics/Tumbling, Reference, Videos

February 19, 2012

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CrossFit Santa Cruz’s Laurie Galassi is a gymnast and CrossFit coach. In this instructional video, she breaks down that most challenging CrossFit movement: the muscle-up.

Focusing first on body shapes and hand position, Galassi explains how very small adjustments can make a big difference on the rings.

Of course, the false grip is critical to success, and no, it isn’t very comfortable. For those who tend to get red and raw wrists, Galassi… Continue Reading

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In CrossFit, Videos

February 18, 2012

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Mike Riepenhoff’s CrossFit Story begins with the 2007 movie 300. After he and his wife went to see the film with another couple, his friend began researching the workouts that gave the actors their sculpted physiques.

“Backtracked it all the way to CrossFit,” Riepenhoff says.

The other couple then found CrossFit Atlanta. And thus the addiction began.

“Anything and everything was CrossFit. When we were at dinner, when we were at lunch, when… Continue Reading

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The Hybrid Story

By Rob Orlando

In Affiliation, CrossFit, Videos

February 17, 2012

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In 2008, 32-year-old Rob Orlando was reaching the end of his personal-training career. It was time to find another way to make a living, he says. Then the question came from a client he had been privately training at local gyms: “‘What’s stopping you from just doing this on your own?’”

Orlando’s response: $50,000.

“He just took out his checkbook and wrote me a check. He basically told me to shut up, find some… Continue Reading

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