October 2013

There are 37 articles in this month.

View another month:

Diamond in the Roughhousing

By Mike Warkentin

PDF Article

With MLB playoff battles raging, Mike Warkentin looks at the anatomy of the bench-clearing baseball fight.

A precisely manicured ball field is a thing of beauty, and the best are gorgeous temples built in honor of the sport of baseball.

There’s a geometric elegance to the ball field, which is home to skilled specialists who run the spectrum from amazing physical specimens to freakishly talented trolls who… Continue Reading

Free Download

Comment

In CrossFit, HD Videos, Rest Day/Theory

October 17, 2013

Video Article

For five weeks, Emily Beers obsessed about the CrossFit Games Open. She tied her self-worth to her performance. Then she went to Haiti. And things changed.

“Today I’m surrounded by poverty and hunger. The Open is the furthest thing from my mind,” she says only days after completing the final workout of the five-week competition.

At a school, Beers dishes out a salty cornmeal paste for children. The meal includes weeds, leaves and dirt.

“It’s so… Continue Reading

Free Download

Comment

Lifeline to Independence

By Anna Woods with Emily Beers

In Coaching, Special Populations

October 16, 2013

PDF Article

Anna Woods describes workouts that showcase the creativity needed to provide functional movement skills to clients with challenges including cerebral palsy, Down syndrome and paraplegia.

CrossFit for people with developmental disabilities involves adapting movements for mental and physical delays while nurturing and growing a culture that encourages improved function for day-to-day life. I usually have to adapt things such as the… Continue Reading

Free Download

Comment

Divided We Fall

By Andréa Maria Cecil

In Affiliation, Coaching, CrossFit Games

October 15, 2013

PDF Article

Balancing the needs of competitive CrossFit athletes and general athletes can be done. Andréa Maria Cecil surveys the community for solutions.

When CrossFit Dallas Central opened its doors, the CrossFit Games were in their second year. Broadcasting them on a major TV network wasn’t at the forefront of most people’s minds.

“When we started, the Games weren’t even on the map,” said Spencer Nix, of the Texas affiliate. “You didn’t do CrossFit so you could… Continue Reading

Free Download

Comment

In CrossFit, HD Videos

October 14, 2013

Video Article

One hundred days, 16 countries and 12,000 miles by motorcycle—one with a broken starter.

Pat Sherwood and videographer Ian Wittenber have yet to leave Mexico for Guatemala, and Wittenber has to push-start his bike.

“We’ll push start it until we can’t push start it anymore. We’re goin’ to Guatemala,” Sherwood says assuredly.

The duo takes to a windy mountain road, where Sherwood gets hit by what the two men have dubbed “death buses.”

“Didn’t go… Continue Reading

Free Download

Comment

In CrossFit, Rest Day/Theory

October 14, 2013

PDF Article

Pat Sherwood explains the delicate balance between pupusa and push-ups.

On my current incredible CrossFit motorcycle adventure, I’m constantly exposed to new local food and drink at the affiliates we visit. Each country, region or town has some delicious delicacy that the local CrossFit athletes insist we try.

There have been grilled steaks, chicken and seafood that even the strictest nutrition-crazy athlete would have eaten… Continue Reading

Free Download

Comment

Learning About Hope

By Chris Cooper

In CrossFit, Special Populations

October 13, 2013

PDF Article

Fourteen CrossFit-built Kenyan schools give villagers a chance to escape poverty through education. Chris Cooper reports.

If Mombasa, Kenya, is a center of trade, tourism and industry, rural Kenya is distinctly agrarian. This agriculture, however, is not the agriculture of the Industrial Revolution but rather smallholder farming mostly absent tractors and irrigation systems. The majority of Kenyans make their living by farming small patches… Continue Reading

Free Download

Comment

CrossFit Radio Episode 299

By Justin Judkins

In Affiliation, Athletes, CrossFit Games, Radio

October 12, 2013

Audio Article

On Episode 299 of CrossFit Radio, host Justin Judkins interviewed HQ Seminar Staff member Chriss Smith and multi-year CrossFit Games competitor Brandon Phillips. This episode was webcast on Oct. 9, 2013.

1:48 Chriss Smith owns Trident CrossFit in Alexandria, Va. Smith described his efforts to make the community aspect of CrossFit as fun and vibrant as possible, and he says his gym markets community and not exercise. Smith… Continue Reading

Free Download

Comment