September 2015

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In Nutrition

September 13, 2015

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(Corrects to state Sean Buchan’s hemoglobin A1C test results were 9.2 percent.)

Type 2 diabetes has become a global epidemic. Despite growing evidence implicating sugar as its cause, Big Soda and industry-funded science continue to point the finger at the scale.

The ice cubes clinking against the glass. The bright beads of condensation promising relief from the Ohio humidity. The refreshing zing. Sean Buchan loved sweet tea.

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Startling Ignorance

By Lon Kilgore

In Coaching, ExPhysiology

September 11, 2015

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Arguing about technique variations is pointless without clear definitions and data.

Good exercise technique versus bad exercise technique: Everyone seems to have an opinion about what makes a movement acceptable and what makes it unacceptable.

The mantra of every book, article and blog post on exercise injury or gym safety is “bad technique causes injury.” But in the fitness industry, no one agrees on the exact elements of good technique… Continue Reading

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Sugar Science Solid

By Andréa Maria Cecil

In Legal, Nutrition

September 09, 2015

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City of San Francisco cites science in asking court to dismiss American Beverage Association lawsuit challenging sugary-beverage ordinances.

The way Jim O’Hara sees it, it’s just like the lyrics of that 1960s song: “I fought the law and the law won.”

“Big Soda can’t fight the science. The science is clear and Big Soda’s gonna lose,” said the director of health promotion policy at the Center for Science in the Public Interest, a consumer-advocate organization based in Washington, D.C.

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In Affiliation, HD Videos

September 09, 2015

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CrossFit Black Five never runs short of laughs and smiles.

Former personal trainer Darren Freeman and former engineer Craig Massey head up the coaching staff at the affiliate in Manchester, England, and the two have been described by members as being similar to a “married couple” and sharing a “bromance.”

“They’re so funny together. They just bounce off each other in terms of the banter,” says member Caron Denny, smiling.

A fondness for the staff is felt among all… Continue Reading

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Friction Burn

By Mike Warkentin

In Coaching, Equipment

September 07, 2015

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Relatively cheap and easily available, sleds are a versatile option for CrossFit gyms.

Pulling or pushing a sled is like getting smacked with a baseball bat through a phone book: It hurts like hell but doesn’t leave much of a mark.

Long preferred by powerlifters and others for their ability to ramp up workload without creating excessive soreness, sleds might have been considered premium items in the early days of CrossFit, when it was far… Continue Reading

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Locking It Down: Part 2

By Lon Kilgore

In Affiliation, Legal

September 05, 2015

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Proponents of regulation fail to recognize the barriers to linking personal training to health care and third-party insurance payments.

As detailed in “Locking It Down,” the benefits of legislated licensing for personal training are minimal at best for both the public and personal trainers.

So why would personal trainers want their occupation to become a licensed profession? Many don’t, and many more haven’t even considered the issue.

The stark reality is personal trainers are not driving… Continue Reading

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Born to Ride

By Laura Bruner

In Equipment, Kids

September 04, 2015

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Parents use an old invention to fill the gap between training wheels and the freedom of two wheels.

Learning to ride a bike is an important rite of passage for a child, but it can be a challenging process for both the child and the parent.

Children often move from tricycles to bicycles with training wheels and then make the big jump to a bike without training wheels. The distance between the last two stages is… Continue Reading

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Fitness Under Fire

By Mike Koslap

In Affiliation, HD Videos

September 01, 2015

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Shane Davis and Michael Livingston were stuck in careers that didn’t fulfill them. Then they made a decision to change their lives. In October 2013, the two opened CrossFit Luminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Now their lives are constantly varied.

“Part of why I like (owning an affiliate) is it allows me to do so many different things on a daily basis and constantly challenge myself,” Davis says.

But in April 2014, disaster struck. The affiliate caught fire… Continue Reading

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