Sex on the Brain at the Box

By Anka Radakovich

In Sports Applications

July 11, 2012

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Sex writer Anka Radakovich becomes a CrossFitter but just can’t quit her day job.

Please note: This article contains adult discussions of sexuality.

As a journalist who writes about sex and relationships for a living, I think about sex like men do: frequently.

When I walk into a CrossFit box, my ongoing “sexual research” continues. From having random sexual thoughts to observing the mating habits of my fellow CrossFitters, I’ve learned through the years that the more I think and talk about sex, the better it can be—even if I’m having it with myself.

One of the things I like the best about CrossFit is the constant variety, and if we all brought this aspect into the bedroom, we would all have more exciting sex lives. Keeping it varied and fun can be a very good thing indeed.

Just like CrossFit.

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57 Comments on “Sex on the Brain at the Box ”

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This is disgusting. It has no place in the CrossFit Journal. Shame on the editors for publishing or even considering this as being relevant to what all of us have come to expect from the CrossFit community.

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Haha, this article was pretty funny but the comments coming should be hilarious!!

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Yes, crossfit can improve sex, crossfit movements like hip extensions translate to sexual movements, and yada yada...but this article is inappropriate and unnecessary. I hope it doesn't start a trend of other sex articles.

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As with everything, you can simple not watch or read material that you find offensive. While I do agree that the content is a little odd, I do not find it offensive.

I find articles on the joys of distance running to be offensive, so I choose not to read them.

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I smell a little embellishment, 10 grown men standing around with hard-ons after a WOD.... A pair of shorts suddenly falling down....

I don't find the content odd or offensive. If talking about sex is inappropriate and unnecessary, I guess I'm inappropriate.

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For anyone thinking that this is inappropriate or not a piece for the journal, please get a grip on reality. We're all human. Trying to say that it's shameful for guys to get aroused after seeing that is like saying you shouldn't breathe. We're hardwired for sex - men and women both. Being a prude about it is such a joke!

Just as it's human nature to do the movements we do within Crossfit, it's also that same very nature to think about sex. Another point to be made is that when people do Crossfit and eat paleo (Or even close to paleo), we exhibit qualities and characteristics that will add value as potential mates.

I applaud the author and the Journal editors for bringing it up. This article was funny and enjoyable to read. Thanks for the great work and support you folks have given the community. It's amazing to be part of this community.

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Its funny seeing the articles that are deemed "related" haha hooverball and UC riverside baseball.

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Cute article. But I snorted coffee when I saw "The Time Trial as a Training Tool" linked below it.

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A female coach at my gym has a theory: look at a man's face while he's doing kettlebell swings and you'll see his 'sex face.'

Needless to say, we girls can't do face-to-face kettlebell swings with any guy or we'll laugh ourselves into injury!

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I love Crossfit, I love the journal, I love my wife, and I love sex (not equally of course).

When you scroll down to the bottom of the page, in the right corner, you will find a succinct description and mission statement of the journal. This is what we pay for, why we joined, and why we appreciate this venue so much.

Sadly, the nature of this article does not seem to serve this mission or meet this criteria in my opinion. It's simply over the top and smacks more of being fodder for a porn mag then beneficial for the community. Talking about sex and especially using humor is fine, even in the journal, if done wisely and beneficially. But this is soft-core verbal porn. I'm not being prudish in my critic, I'm concerned how an article of this type and nature reflects upon us negatively as a community. There are places to read material of this nature, and historically, the journal has never been that place.

As a coach, I extol the virtues of this journal and encourage people to join it (including middle school and high school students). As leader in my community, I cannot, in good conscience, recommend the journal if this type of material continues.

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replied to comment from David Berry

While I admittedly enjoyed reading it, and it was a pleasant surprise for me to find it here, but reading David's comments has convinced me of its inappropriateness over here. And still i am in two minds about whether to feel happy or concerned!

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This is a nice change of pace. I've seen articles in here on dental health, baseball , and the scientific method, why not talk about sex? We talk about primal movements and primal diets, this is just another primal urge.

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Rob McBee wrote …

"I wish guys would lick or rub it for as many rounds as possible rather than for time".
Awesome!!....and noted

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I don't see anything wrong with the article. The author didn't get too "in depth" or dirty, but she brought up some good points. As a culture we are overly freaked out at even a mention of s e x, but it's natural. As for middle schoolers reading this... good. Teenagers need to be taught at home, at school, and anywhere else that sex is best saved until you can make an informed mature decision about it,but they should also be taught that it is a natural part of life. Also, teenagers would be well advised to read the article so that boys know that they should be attentive to the girls needs, and the girls can learn that they can ask for what they want.
Kudos to the author for a great article, and thanks to the journal for publishing it.

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Hello . . . we just had a triathlon the other day in the Main Site WOD's - and look at this week's Camp Pendleton surprise at the Games.

There are still some events that are not announced, so I think we know what's going on here.

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Someone should make a SexWOD website.

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Geez you guys really seriously need to get over yourselves. What are you? A bunch of ultra conservatives that sticks their head in the sand whenever the 'S' word is mentioned? It's no wonder the culture in this country is so repressed. Those that objected the most may have felt it was directed towards them.

The journal is as much about lifestyle and its improvements as it is about training and nutrition. Coincidentally, they all relate and interact with each other. A sort of 'circle of life'.

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Comment 18 says it all. We wall all tell someone else about the article and it will continue to gain steam. Opinions don't count. Subscription do. I like the journal so the more people who log on the better the support. Perhaps another catagory for this type of healthy information is the best route. Everyones happy then.

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Categorized under Sports applications...brilliant haha!

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So much for letting my teen and preteen kids have free access to the journal...bummer.We're already having to caution about the foul language many can't refrain from using......I Hoped it would be a family oriented read:/

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how can one not think of sex in the BOX WOD'ing anyway. guys and gals half naked, booty shorts the norm, even on coaches! knee high socks with fish net print. people are sexy for a reason... survival of the species, whats more functional and paleo than that?

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replied to comment from David Berry

David,

The Journal seems to have lost its way (or rather, loosened its definition) years ago.

It used to have a much more scientific and exercise-focused feel. It's now essentially 'premium' or extra content of anything with six degrees of separation to CrossFit.


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Really, Crossfit? Is readership and participation so low that you now must resort to sexually charged articles with cartoonish illustrations? I fail to see how this article is consistent with “Forging Elite Fitness” and “Advancing the Science and Understanding of Human Performance." Radakovich's subject may be entertaining, but it really doeesn't belong in this setting.

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Oleg Shpak wrote …

David said it best.
There are plenty of other places to talk about sex. What was the reason to post it here?

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replied to comment from PAUL MOTT

That's funny. My teenager read it and had all sorts of questions. The conversation ended with him saying "sex sounds awesome" and me saying "yeah, it is."

Yep, we talked about sex and neither of us exploded. Crazy, I know.

I WAS, however, offended by the blatant use of Comic Sans. Not cool, people.

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I love the attitude of HQ to spit in the face of political correctness on a regular basis. Posting the article as the games kick off is a way of saying that our counter culture roots are still alive and kicking. Naked female pullups on the main site yesterday too.. All the clues are there.

I'd imagine that there is a poster of Johnny Cash, looking down his guitar, w/ the middle finger extended.

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I'm offended by the use of the word 'boner'. Come on CrossFit, you can do better than that:

Dingaling
Love truncheon
Baloney pony
Tallywacker
John Thomas
Trouser snake
Pink cigar
Pud
Johnson
Jimmy
Todger
Skin flute

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I'm offended by the use of the word 'boner'. Come on CrossFit, you can do better than that:

Dingaling
Love truncheon
Baloney pony
Tallywacker
John Thomas
Trouser snake
Pink cigar
Pud
Johnson
Jimmy
Todger
Skin flute

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The internet is full of this and much more explicit material, why would there be a need for it here? If journal subscribers have a need to view that sort "info", why not go there instead of bringing it here? The main site and the journal do include kids in their readership. The 7/11/12 video "Gymnastic warm up part 1", states to use the "stripper pose"! That's exactly how we'd like help our daughters warm up before a workout, "Come girls strike your stripper girl pose!" Maybe there should be two journals, one, "The Family Crossfit Journal" and two, "The Adult Crossfit Journal" which some might be willing to pay extra?

P.S. My wife and I have been happily married for 21 years and have enjoyed "ALL" of it:) We hope that our example of mutual love and respect for one another will be what our kids emulate in their relationships.

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Maybe it would be helpful if the editorial staff and some of posters on this article would go to the main site and refresh their memories by re-reading the articles "What Is Crossfit", " Crossfit's Foundations" and "Understanding Crossfit". I believe that is why we all wanted to become a part of Crossfit.

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Agreed with David Berry, Matt Solomon and the rest. Laughable to see this posted here on the journal but unfortunately fits with the trend of increasing quantity and decreasing quality of material appearing on the CF site.

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replied to comment from Tom Inkel

Nice!

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Im sure the TROLL's above posted their comments during the commercial breaks of The Real Housewives of O.C.

Cheers!

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replied to comment from Kyle St.Jean

Leave it up to Kyle to set everyone straight. When I go to most gyms I see good looking people moving into sexual positions with bras and tights. I don't see how CrossFit and sex correlate, lol. I guess some of you see a straight lumbar and good hip extension while others want to use their hip extension for things other than a kb.

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This is out of place. It doesn't make you a prude to not want stuff like this in the Crossfit Journal. Use better judgment in the future.

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I am a coach and I own a box. I recommend the journal all of the time and use it as a start point for research and such.

I think the article is awesome. Anka is funny, witty, intelligent, and she can bring a subject that most of us think about, do a lot, or wish they did more into the limelight without making it disgusting and embarrassing.

I hope the journal editors consider asking her to be a regular contributor and continue this dialog.

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replied to comment from james darden

Nicely said

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replied to comment from David Berry

Can't say it much better than that. I'm anxiously awaiting newer articles to push this one off of the front page, and then into the archives. I, too, recommend the Journal at every turn, but am disappointed to see this right on the front page.

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replied to comment from Thomas Wilson

If you’re an OG Crossfiter This stuff does not bother you. There have been plenty of other Articles in the Journal that people have freaked out about. This one happens to be about sex big F'n deal. The Pussification of this Country is making me sick. This is probably one of the best written Articles that has been in the Journal. We are lucky to have these people in our community.

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replied to comment from Matt Link

Exactly what I was thinking! LMAO!

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Sex is as vital to mental health (and arguably physical health) as any workout. Discussing it, even in the manner presented in the article, is certainly within the realm of fitness and relevant to the mission of Crossfit.

Those who think that they are being mature by condemning the article are actually the most immature of all.

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Also, if you have clients that find this article offensive, then they are clients not worth having and I would bet damaging to the positive, outgoing culture of Crossfit.

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I don't really find this article "inappropriate," or "adult." I just find it LAME.

When I started reading it, thinking it might be an exposition on how crossfit improves sex life, ie healthy people have more and enjoy more sex, I started thinking... who wrote this a 5th grader tried to be avant garde for the middle school newspaper??? The extreme embellishments throughout the piece were tired and clearly written by someone who doesn't really doesn't understand crossfit. Someone find me, even Spealler, Froning or Chan, who has the ability to maintain an erection after a few minutes into a WOD!!! The blood is pumping so fast to all the other "muscles" that it's just a womans trist at illiteration... and a bad one.

Then I skipped to the bottom of the article and saw it was Anka Radakovich, remembering her from my adolescent days of reading Details magazine. I found her interesting when I was 15, it's sad to see she still writing for those 15 year olds some 20 years later... and that pic of her must be an old one, unless she was writing for Details at 10yrs old.

Anyway, the topic is appropriate in that crossfit is ab out a healthy lifestyle and sex plays a crucial role in that, it's just the wrong "author" and a just plain lame writing style.

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This is a well written article. I often jokingly tell people that Crossfit is my new religious practice. What good is a religious practice if it does not touch on all aspects of your life? Thank you for the great advice Anka! I love Crossfit and the "out of the box thinking" of the community!

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Brett Poulos wrote …

All of your parents had sweaty orgasmic sex (or at least your fathers did). Splat, you're here!

We all have sex. It's natural. There is nothing taboo about it. When you make it "hush hush", your kids go behind your back and discreetly have sex and neglect to inform you that they're sexually active. Bam!!, they end up on MTV's 16 and pregnant because they weren't using condoms or birth control... And it's all because YOU made it such taboo that they wouldn't talk to you about it and they didnt practice safe sex. Don't make it such taboo.

Crossfit incorporates imporvenente in the mind body and spirit, which includes sex in virtually all three of those realms. I'm no hippie, and I'm fiscally and socially conservative but some of you prudes are a little over the top. One of the biggest motivations for crossfitters is to "look better naked". Why not talk about sex when it's an underlying motivation for people to crank out (no pun intended) WOD's until they lay flat on the floor looking like death. Afterall, Coach DID name the key workouts after girls because of a sex related punch-line.

Get over yourselves and have a better sex life.

Thanks Anka Radakovich, entertaining read!

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Brett Poulos wrote …

All of your parents had sweaty orgasmic sex (or at least your fathers did). Splat, you're here!

We all have sex. It's natural. There is nothing taboo about it. When you make it "hush hush", your kids go behind your back and discreetly have sex and neglect to inform you that they're sexually active. Bam!!, they end up on MTV's 16 and pregnant because they weren't using condoms or birth control... And it's all because YOU made it such taboo that they wouldn't talk to you about it and they didnt practice safe sex. Don't make it such taboo.

Crossfit incorporates imporvenente in the mind body and spirit, which includes sex in virtually all three of those realms. I'm no hippie, and I'm fiscally and socially conservative but some of you prudes are a little over the top. One of the biggest motivations for crossfitters is to "look better naked". Why not talk about sex when it's an underlying motivation for people to crank out (no pun intended) WOD's until they lay flat on the floor looking like death. Afterall, Coach DID name the key workouts after girls because of a sex related punch-line.

Get over yourselves and have a better sex life.

Thanks Anka Radakovich, entertaining read!

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replied to comment from David Berry

I agree with Dave's comment whole heartedly!

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replied to comment from Thomas Wilson

Thank you for making sure everyone's prediction of the first comment was correct haha.

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Good article. Well written. Thought provoking. Very tactical on the constantly varied part.

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Terrible

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Brilliant! I've always been intrigued by to subject of sex and women. I've read more of the Kama Sutra than the Bible. Owning multiple copies of each. Sex is a skill and skills are practiced and researched.

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Welcome to the CrossFit Journal!
The CrossFit Journal is a fitness, health and lifestyle publication dedicated to the improvement of athletic performance and quality of life.
I extracted that from http://journal.crossfit.com/start.tpl
"Dedicated to the improvement of quality of life." I believe a percentage of divorce is due to infidelity which most likely comes from a poor sex life among other things. I would have to say this can improve many peoples "quality of life".
I would love to see a pole of ages with reference to some of these comments both positive and negative. Ill be the first.
Age 30

Brilliant! I've always been intrigued by to subject of sex and women. I've read more of the Kama Sutra than the Bible. Owning multiple copies of each. Sex is a skill and skills are practiced and researched.

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Loved it. If you didn't like this article because it was too provocative or "family unfriendly", there is a nice elliptical at a globo gym waiting for you and your copy of Cosmo. God, I love open-minded pieces. :)

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I wouldn't say that I was offended by this article, it was just stupid. The story about the girl accidentally dropping her pants, and after the workout was over half the men had erections? Definitely not true. Maybe one creep, I'd believe. The suggestion that you give advice before sex on what exactly you're going to do is boring and creepy as well. Perhaps the guy with the erection suggested it. All around a terrible article.

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Wow, surprised at the prudishness being demonstrated by so many here? It is just an article which discusses human sexuality in a down to earth manner.

I DO agree the story was embellished as there is no way practically every guy got a woody just from seeing some woman's lower half in all of its glory unless it was a class full of 16 year old boys...

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replied to comment from Thomas Wilson

Lol! No one talk about sex EVER!!! Grow up or keep your Christian beliefs to yourself!!

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