April 2015

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Ironman in Waterworld

By Emily Beers

In ExPhysiology, Medical/Injuries

April 21, 2015

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Years of being told to “hydrate, hydrate, hydrate” caused first-time Ironman athlete Dan Fontaine to overlook the dangers of overhydration.

He had been training for his first Ironman for 12 months. Dan Fontaine thought he had done everything right.

“The only problem was my plan had a big flaw,” 32-year-old Fontaine said almost five years later.

It never occurred to Fontaine that drinking too much during the race would dilute his blood-sodium levels to the… Continue Reading

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Road to Conviction Episode 5: CrossFit Is the Foundation

By Gary Roberts and Jordan Shalhoub

In Athletes, HD Videos, LEO/Mil

April 19, 2015

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While incarcerated, Fletcher Tholin discovered CrossFit. Watch his rehabilitation in this eight-part series.

In Episode 5, Tholin is seven weeks into CrossFit and he’s competing in his first Open competition.

As Tholin works, he explains he’s feeling happier in his life. And of course he’s spending more time at the gym—working on double-unders, repeating Open workouts and continuing to build relationships.

“Practice makes perfect,” he says after completing 50 unbroken… Continue Reading

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CrossFit Radio Episode 377

By Justin Judkins

In Radio

April 18, 2015

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On Episode 377 of CrossFit Radio, host Justin Judkins interviewed two athletes who were at the top of the regional leaderboards in the CrossFit Games Open. Carleen Mathews placed first in the North West, and Christian Lucero was No. 1 in the South West. This episode was webcast on April 15, 2015.

2:18 Best in the North West, Carleen Mathews was also 17th worldwide, putting her in very elite company. The owner of… Continue Reading

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Hydrating the Elite

By Emily Beers

In ExPhysiology, Medical/Injuries

April 17, 2015

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Olympic gold medalist Simon Whitfield reveals how elite triathletes figured out widely held hydration guidelines are wrong.

When Simon Whitfield competed in the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games—the first to include the sport of triathlon—the information he had about hydration was confusing at best.

“Lots of things were haphazard. Lots of different information contradicted each other,” Whitfield said.

When Whitfield first got involved in triathlons as a teenager in the early 1990s, he said North American… Continue Reading

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Hammer Time

By Hilary Achauer

In Exercises

April 15, 2015

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The CrossFit Games have twice exposed athletes who didn’t know how to swing a sledgehammer. Moe Kelsey and Dan Hollingsworth offer tips for mastering this basic functional movement.

It was a “blue-collar test.”

The fourth event at the 2009 CrossFit Games started with a 500-m row. Once the row was completed, athletes had to drive a 4-foot stake into the ground with a sledgehammer until no more than 6 inches remained above… Continue Reading

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Practice Makes Progress

By Mike Koslap

In HD Videos, Nutrition

April 14, 2015

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After a divorce, Thomas Tompkins found himself overweight and unhealthy in Troy, Ohio. He was on various medications for high cholesterol and anxiety, among other things.

“There were some hard times,” he says. “Probably the lowest I’ve been, and it took a while to, you know, just to crawl out of it.”

Tompkins adds: “I’ve come to realize I think if you want to have a good relationship, you have to like yourself and put time into yourself.”

After being welcomed… Continue Reading

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Road to Conviction Episode 4: It Was a Process

By Gary Roberts and Jordan Shalhoub

In HD Videos

April 12, 2015

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While incarcerated, Fletcher Tholin discovered CrossFit. Watch his rehabilitation in this eight-part series.

In Episode 4, we hear the story of Tholin’s reunion with his father, David. The two hadn’t spoken for more than two years when David went to visit his son in prison.

“I heard where he was at, and I thought it was time to reconcile and try to help him out,” David says.

Fletcher acknowledges he caused his father a lot of trouble in the past… Continue Reading

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CrossFit Radio Episode 376

By Justin Judkins

In Radio

April 11, 2015

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On Episode 376 of CrossFit Radio, host Justin Judkins interviewed this year’s winners of the CrossFit Games Open. Two-time CrossFit Games champion Annie Thorisdottir is featured in the first half of the show, and Mathew Fraser joins Judkins on the second. This episode was webcast on April 8, 2015.

1:00 After recovering from an injury that sidelined her in 2013, Annie Thorisdottir returned to form in 2014… Continue Reading

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