May 2014

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In Strongman

May 22, 2014

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Bill Starr goes over the finer points of training to lift big loads in strongman competitions.

In Building Behemoths: Part 1, I outlined a number of exercises useful to any athlete training for any type of strongman competition, including those planning on entering any level of Highland games.

In that article, I promised to provide some ideas as to how to improve endurance and flexibility, two attributes often… Continue Reading

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CrossFit Tour: Island Life

By Jordan Gravatt

In Affiliation, CrossFit, HD Videos

May 21, 2014

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Earthquakes, jail, sheep, tattoos, the haka and lots of boxes: The CrossFit Tour was in New Zealand in January.

In four episodes, CrossFit Inc. videographer Jordan Gravatt takes you to dozens of affiliates across the country.

In Episode 1, the CrossFit Tour crew stops at CrossFit Christchurch on the South Island of New Zealand. The town has been hit with multiple earthquakes, bringing people together through the disasters.

“We as coaches and other… Continue Reading

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Pace Makes Race

By Emily Beers

In Rowing

May 19, 2014

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Harvard University Crew members and coaches advise CrossFit athletes to use pacing to become more efficient on the rowing machine.

For many CrossFit athletes, the rowing machine is like a first date: a blend of dread and discomfort. The problem often isn’t a lack of fitness but a lack of understanding of pace.

“I think I held around a 2:00 or a 2:20 pace on that 2-km row,” is a line… Continue Reading

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Lords of the Realm

By Andréa Maria Cecil

In Combatives, Sports Applications

May 17, 2014

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Medieval combat fighters from the U.S. take seven of nine gold medals at world championships held May 1-4 in Spain.

In a sport based upon the unforgiving, brutal armored battles of medieval Europe, it was Team USA who proved winningest at the International Medieval Combat Federation world championship.

But what some call irony, team members quickly dismiss.

The modern—if you will—pastime of medieval combat attempts to recreate the sport, not the… Continue Reading

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CrossFit Radio Episode 330

By Justin Judkins

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On Episode 330 of CrossFit Radio, host Justin Judkins interviewed multi-year CrossFit Games competitor Ashleigh Moe and North Central Regional winner Alexandra LaChance. This episode was webcast on May 14, 2014.

3:08 Ashleigh Moe qualified for three of the past four CrossFit Games as an individual but has decided to go team this year. She spoke about the decision she and her teammates made in August last year, and she… Continue Reading

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In Athletes, CrossFit Games, HD Videos

May 15, 2014

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It’s three weeks before the 2014 Reebok CrossFit Games Regionals begin, and Julie Foucher is dividing her time between medical school and the gym.

She trains in the morning, focuses on school during the day and then trains again in the evening.

And since her last time competing in the Games, in 2012, Foucher has been improving her gymnastics technique by working with two gymnasts: Mike Canales, formerly of Ohio State University… Continue Reading

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All Day With Chad Mackay

By Michael McCoy

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It’s 5:45 a.m. in Sydney, Australia. Three-time CrossFit Games competitor Chad Mackay is finishing his breakfast. By 6:15, he’s got his first cup of coffee in hand and is off to coach the 6:45 class at CrossFit Active Waverton.

“Pretty much a standard day,” Mackay explains while he drives.

He’s at the chiropractor at 9 and at the exercise physiologist at 9:45. Just after 10:15, he’s stretching while he eats—with the clock running.

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In CrossFit, HD Videos, Medical/Injuries

May 13, 2014

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After 30-year-old Brittany Gill was diagnosed with cervical cancer, she did what any CrossFit athlete would: She used her chemotherapy IV pole for an overhead squat.

“I didn’t realize at the time how dangerous that particular thing was,” Gill says.

Chemotherapy drugs can be extremely harmful to skin, so throwing a pole overhead definitely wasn’t the best idea. But Gill started a trend. To stave off the boredom of seven hours of chemo, she began… Continue Reading

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