April 2015

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CrossFit Leeds the Way

By Mike Koslap

In Affiliation, HD Videos

April 10, 2015

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Mike Rawlinson opened CrossFit Leeds after leaving an unfulfilling career at a financial company.

“I took a leap of faith and never looked back, really,” he says. “That was four-and-a-half years ago.”

Members at the affiliate in Leeds, England, are all smiles and boast stories of support and improved health.

“The whole CrossFit ethos is about making sure everyone is doing their best and getting to scale to where they need to be and grow to where they want to end up,”… Continue Reading

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Bill Starr, 1938-2015

By Mike Warkentin

In CrossFit, Olympic Lifts, Powerlifting

April 10, 2015

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Longtime CrossFit Journal contributor and strength legend Bill Starr passes on at 77.

Bill Starr died April 7 in Maryland. He was 77.

Starr first contributed to the CrossFit Journal with the November 2008 article “Overhead Is Rising.” It was introduced as follows:

“This article is both an instructional piece on overhead lifting, as well as a history of the unfortunate demise of overhead lifting in most strength and conditioning programs.”

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Learning for Life

By Emily Beers

In Coaching, Rest Day/Theory

April 09, 2015

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The secret to becoming an expert is always behaving like a student.

John Broz questions himself all the time. Although Broz has been involved in the sport of Olympic weightlifting for 36 years, he sometimes doesn’t feel as qualified as he’d like.

“I never stop learning,” Broz said.

Nicole Carroll is CrossFit Inc.’s Director of Certification and Co-Director of Training, and it goes without saying that Carroll expects CrossFit coaches to constantly seek new… Continue Reading

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In ExPhysiology, Rest Day/Theory

April 07, 2015

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Lon Kilgore reviews academic literature on periodization from 2000 to 2015 and finds little support for the NSCA’s contention that classical periodization is superior.

Academic evaluation of periodized training has historically been quite limited, and very few experimental papers on the topic were produced before 2000. Attention was firmly affixed to endurance training for heart health as weight training and high-intensity training were not accepted means of improving cardiac… Continue Reading

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Road to Conviction Episode 3: Moving Forward

By Gary Roberts and Jordan Shalhoub

In Athletes, HD Videos, LEO/Mil

April 06, 2015

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

In this episode, Tholin’s at work discussing how important the gym and community have become to him.

The halfway house Tholin lives in works on a five-level system in which higher levels permit more freedom. Now at Level 4 status—he skipped Level 3—Tholin can be out of the halfway house for six hours a day. For as many hours… Continue Reading

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Master of the Many

By Emily Beers

In Coaching

April 05, 2015

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It takes great skill to manage a large group of athletes. Affiliate owners share how they learned to do it and how they’re teaching others to be leaders.

Coaching a group class is a bit like being an offensive lineman on the football field: When you perform well, you’re not always rewarded, but it’s incredibly obvious when you mess up.

When you’re disorganized and don’t pay attention to the small details, your class can quickly… Continue Reading

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CrossFit Radio Episode 375

By Justin Judkins

In Radio

April 04, 2015

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On Episode 375 of CrossFit Radio, host Justin Judkins interviewed CrossFit Blacksburg owner Amy Crawford. This episode was webcast on April 1, 2015.

7:51 CrossFit Blacksburg in Virginia became an affiliate in 2008, and since then Amy Crawford has worked hard to create a culture in which members give back to their community. She described how her crew uses the CrossFit Games Open as a fun way to compete but also to… Continue Reading

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In Loving Memory

By Eleanor Brown

In Affiliation, CrossFit

April 02, 2015

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Members of the CrossFit community explain how they cope and heal after losing a coach or member.

At Kitsap CrossFit, Moani Daniel was known as reserved but friendly, a hard worker who never complained about anything—not even workouts with her least favorite component: running.

Fellow member Lauriel Luther was seen as a powerful athlete and a positive person. Luther had competed in the 2010 CrossFit Games South West Regional and was always focused on… Continue Reading

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