For Team U.S.A., defeating Team Europe at last month’s CrossFit Invitational wasn’t the only challenge. While in Malibu, Calif., team members were subject to metabolic analysis by Pepperdine University. Athletes wore masks covering their noses and mouths, as well as gadgets to track various markers.
In this video, Julie Foucher, who finished second at this year’s CrossFit Games, does Fran inside one of the school’s lecture halls.
“Studying exercise can lend itself to disease prevention and disease treatment,” explains Dr. Cooker Perkins, associate professor of sports medicine at Pepperdine.
For Foucher, a medical student, it was an opportunity to pick the brains of some of the university’s professors as she determines her own career path.
“I really love their approach to research here and how much they really want their research to affect people and to not have research published in a paper that’s filed away somewhere and no one reads it,” Foucher says. “I think that’s really important in translating that research to medical care and to general practice so it really helps people and improves people’s lives.”
Video by Mike Koslap.
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Additional reading: What Is Fitness? by Greg Glassman, published Oct. 1, 2002.