July 2013

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Start Movin’

By Scott Olson

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When Scott Olson’s daughter told him about her CrossFit workouts that involved hundreds of reps at a time, he thought it was “nuts.”

“Nobody can do 100 pull-ups,” he thought.

But Olson gave it a try, and then another, and then he kept coming back. Today, he is the reigning champ in the 60-Plus Masters Division at the CrossFit Games, and he has competed there three times.

“To me, it’s more the fear of losing than it is… Continue Reading

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Mistakes and Forgiveness

By Austin Malleolo

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Before he was a four-time CrossFit Games competitor, he was a self-described “asshole” kid.

Not many people know Austin Malleolo was the type of renegade who was in trouble with the law and ended up going to reform school for two years.

“It was a big turning point for me from the perspective of ‘the decisions I make and the people I surround myself with can directly affect my entire life,’” he says of reform school.

During that time, his… Continue Reading

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Will vs. Web

By Eleanor Brown

In Rest Day/Theory

July 17, 2013

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Best-selling author Eleanor Brown asks if the Internet is killing our ability to concentrate and analyze.

Something strange is happening to my brain: it can’t keep still.

And not in a good way. My mind is restless, hungry, desperate for a constant flood of input. At traffic lights, I reach for my phone to check Twitter. I click a hyperlink to an article that sounds interesting and give up halfway through because it’s… Continue Reading

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Speal’s First Year Out

By Matt Chan, Eric O’Connor and Chris Spealler

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When Chris Spealler walks into the StubHub Center this year in Carson, Calif., it won’t be as an athlete. It will be as a media commentator.

“That is going to be a really difficult experience for me,” says the legendary CrossFit athlete who has competed at six iterations of the CrossFit Games, “but I think it’s more important for me to show the community how to handle that with grace than with just kind of flippin’ the bird… Continue Reading

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CrossFit Radio Episode 284

By Justin Judkins

In Athletes, CrossFit Games, Radio

July 14, 2013

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On Episode 284 of CrossFit Radio, host Justin Judkins interviewed CrossFit Games Masters competitor and CrossFit Oldtown owner Jerry Hill. Justin also interviewed Kyle Kasperbauer, who finished third at last year’s Games. This episode was webcast live at 6 p.m. PDT on Wednesday, July 10, 2013.

3:18 CrossFit Oldtown owner Jerry Hill placed fifth at last year’s Games in the Masters 45-49 division. He’s headed back to… Continue Reading

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A Mandate and an Opportunity

By Andréa Maria Cecil

In CrossFit, Rest Day/Theory

July 13, 2013

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In this two-part series, Andréa Maria Cecil explores women in sports and what supporters and critics have to say about the contentious Title IX legislation. In Part 2, Cecil investigates the effects of Title IX on women and men and explains CrossFit’s approach.

Former U.S. Sen. Birch Bayh once said, “Title IX is rather simple: don’t discriminate on the basis of sex.”

But the federal legislation has been anything but.

While there is no shortage of people who credit… Continue Reading

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A Champion Returns

By Mikko Salo

In Athletes, CrossFit Games, HD Videos

July 12, 2013

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When Mikko Salo was a teenager, he trained on holidays, including Christmas.

“I still think that I didn’t miss anything. I’ve done the things that … need to be done,” says the hardworking 33-year-old, who has lived in Pori, Finland, all his life.

Salo won the CrossFit Games in 2009 and finished fifth in 2010. The next year, he ruptured his eardrum during the ocean swim of the first Games event, and he was forced to… Continue Reading

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Throughout the hotly contested men’s competition at the Central East Regional, spectators kept asking the same question: If both Rich Froning Jr. and Graham Holmberg qualify for the CrossFit Games, then how many others go to Carson, Calif.? Top four? Top five?

The Games Rulebook states, “If a past Champion of the Games takes a qualifying spot in any Region, one additional athlete from that division will be invited to the… Continue Reading

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