December 2012

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To Dance With His Daughter

By Steven Ritza

In Coaching, CrossFit, HD Videos, Medical/Injuries

December 25, 2012

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For Steven Ritza, CrossFit isn’t about Fran times and deadlift PRs.

Ritza, 61, was active in a host of sports until he had a stroke about four and a half years ago. Suddenly, his lifestyle changed and it became a task just to get out of bed. Ritza has been training with Tyler Belanger at CrossFit Catalyst in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. For about a year, and he’s been working hard to regain capacity and improve… Continue Reading

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The Stone

By Mike Warkentin

In Rest Day/Theory

December 25, 2012

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On the moving of heavy things.

Humans have moved stones for millennia.

Flipping, pushing, pulling, dragging, rolling and sliding until the pyramids towered over the desert.

People moved some of the mighty blocks of Stonehenge over 100 miles, scientists say.

The Paro moai erected on Easter Island is almost 10 meters tall and weighs 82 tons.

It’s in our nature to move heavy stones because we build things. Great things like temples… Continue Reading

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Developing the Handstand

By Jeff Tucker, Sean Lind and Julie Maurer

In HD Videos

December 24, 2012

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Arriving at the handstand position against a wall should be methodical. Avoid trying to put a hole in the wall with your feet, gymnastics guru Jeff Tucker advises at this CrossFit Gymnastics Advanced Trainer Course.

The kick up should be controlled, he says as he knocks on the wall: “Don’t go through it.”

The movement begins with a lunge followed by a slow and controlled kick up. The shoulders then open, allowing the hips to lean… Continue Reading

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O, Christmas Tree!

By Shirley Brown and Alyssa Dazet

In Kids

December 24, 2012

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O, Christmas tree! O, Christmas tree!
Your leaves are so crisp and crunchy.

O, Christmas tree! O, Christmas tree!
I go to you when I want a munchy.

O, Christmas tree! O, Christmas tree!
I love your salty pepperoni star.

O, Christmas tree! O, Christmas tree!
You beat eating Christmas cookies by far.

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In Loving Memory of Andy Nuttall

By CrossFit Vancouver

In HD Videos

December 23, 2012

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Andrew Richard Nuttall—or Andy Nutts, as his friends knew him—was a lieutenant in Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry and a coach at CrossFit Vancouver in British Columbia.

On Dec. 23, 2009, Nuttall was killed by an IED in the Panjwayi District of Afghanistan. He is memorialized in the CrossFit.com Hero workout Nutts:

For time:

10 handstand push-ups

250-lb. deadlift, 15 reps

25 box jumps, 30-inch box

50 pull-ups… Continue Reading

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In HD Videos

December 22, 2012

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At Kaizen CrossFit in Las Vegas, members aren’t called members—they’re students.

“You’re learning how to move, you’re learning how to excel, so you’re actually a student of … life, of movement,” says co-owner James Stella.

The affiliate started in a park with six members. Today it has 155 members who train in a space that’s slightly more than 3,000 square feet.

“The growth’s been phenomenal with basically just word of mouth,” Stella says.

John… Continue Reading

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Killing the Fat Man: Episode 11

By Sevan Matossian

In CrossFit, HD Videos, Special Populations

December 21, 2012

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Gary Roberts is back.

In this episode of Killing the Fat Man—called “Embracing It Forever”—Roberts is finishing his Level 1 seminar in Oahu, Hawaii.

“It taught me there’s still a freakin’ whole world of stuff I need to learn and master and practice,” he says of the seminar.

Then he adds: “I think I’m gonna do a muscle-up right now.”

To the cheers of many in attendance, Roberts finally nails his first muscle-up after a few tries.

“CrossFit, for… Continue Reading

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Meet Lindsey Smith

By Lindsey Smith

In Coaching, HD Videos, Level 1 Seminar Staff

December 20, 2012

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Lindsey Smith is a CrossFit Level 1 Seminar Staff member, P.E.-department chair and athletic director at the Columbus School for Girls in Ohio, a wife, mom to a 4-year-old, and a CrossFit Games competitor.

“I honesty just wake up every day and I’m like, ‘OK, here we go: let’s see what we got,’” she says of her busy schedule. “One day, one minute, one hour at a time.”

Smith adds that she wouldn’t have it any… Continue Reading

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