August 2015

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In CrossFit, HD Videos

August 16, 2015

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In late July, CrossFit Founder and CEO Greg Glassman traveled to Washington, D.C., to discuss licensure regulations for personal trainers in the District. He met with city-council representatives and others regarding Omnibus Health Regulation Amendment Act directives, which are still to be determined.

The law, which came into effect in March 2014, made D.C. the country’s first municipality to require licensure of personal trainers. Enforcement is currently on hold while the… Continue Reading

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Sugar Bombs

By Emily Beers

In Medical/Injuries, Nutrition

August 14, 2015

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Believing sports drinks are a necessary part of athletics, many athletes fail to notice substantial amounts of added sugar that can affect their health and performance.

Tommy Marinoff used to live off pizza, burgers and Coke. When he went to the gym, he often guzzled a Gatorade mid-workout. He knew sugar-laced sodas weren’t the healthiest options but believed Gatorade was a wise choice, especially for athletic performance and… Continue Reading

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In Corrections and Clarifications

August 11, 2015

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An Aug. 11 article incorrectly stated Ben Smith started CrossFit in 2008. He started in 2006 and started focusing on competitions in 2008… Continue Reading

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Seven Years’ War

By Mike Warkentin

In Athletes, CrossFit Games

August 11, 2015

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(Corrects to state Ben Smith started CrossFit in 2006.)

After focusing on competition in 2008, Ben Smith wins the CrossFit Games in 2015.

July 26, Ben Smith was crowned the Fittest Man on Earth.

And you might have seen it coming.

Smith, a podium finisher in 2011 and 2013, was far from a long shot heading into the competition, but he also wasn’t the odds-on favorite. Many looked to Mathew Fraser, last… Continue Reading

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Outside Influence

By Emily Beers

In Coaching

August 09, 2015

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Researcher Gabriele Wulf and CrossFit trainers explain how external cues can help athletes move better.

He was tired of watching Jim round his back during a deadlift. He had tried every cue in the book to fix the problem.

But Pat Barber found his client was stubborn and always seemed to oppose his coach’s requests. This time, Barber—a long-time member of CrossFit Inc.’s Seminar Staff—tried a different approach: He facetiously told his… Continue Reading

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Nick’s Zone: Ribs and Sweets With Paleo Q Sauce

By Nick Massie and Jesse Kahle

In HD Videos, Nutrition

August 07, 2015

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Nick Massie of PaleoNick.com brings us slow-cooked ribs and sweet potatoes. Watch as he takes a meat-and-potatoes combo and makes it Zone-worthy.

“Three-block portions that are tough to beat,” Massie says. “It’s the meal that I call ‘ribs and sweets.’”

Start by preparing the ribs because they’ll take the longest to cook. Massie bottles his own rub—Paleo Nick’s Super Radical Rib Rub—but he’s got a spice recipe for dressing… Continue Reading

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You Don’t Know Squat

By Hilary Achauer

In Coaching, Olympic Lifts, Powerlifting

August 05, 2015

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CrossFit athletes sometimes look to squat programs to increase strength—but are they effectively targeting weaknesses or merely feeding the ego and sacrificing general physical preparedness?

The first squat program Aaron Straker tried was the three-week Smolov Jr. cycle in March 2014. His goal was to build strength after an Achilles rupture. The cycle was so successful Straker decided to try the full 13-week Smolov cycle later that same year.

“It just buried me,” said… Continue Reading

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