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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,” says member… 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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The Best-Laid Plans

By Chris Cooper

In Affiliation, Legal

March 31, 2015

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A shareholders’ agreement can prevent problems, but few gyms have one. How can they help CrossFit affiliate owners?

New CrossFit affiliate owners sometimes consider taking a partner at startup. The burden of labor and risk can be lightened when spread across several broad shoulders, and pooling funds means avoiding the moneylender.

But sometimes the coach’s vision doesn’t match that of the investor, or circumstances change quickly. Other times, deals… Continue Reading

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In Affiliation, Athletes, CrossFit Games

March 29, 2015

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(Corrects to state CrossFit Fayetteville is in Arkansas.)

This edition of “Virtuosity” features the CrossFit Games Open, in which hundreds of thousands of people test their fitness every year.

The Open is a special time for CrossFit athletes, but it doesn’t come without some trepidation as people challenge themselves to beat previous records and achieve new levels of fitness.

In “Every Rep a Victory,” Jillian Sharp explains the fear she… Continue Reading

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In Affiliation, Nutrition

March 25, 2015

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CrossFit Somerville—located in densely populated Somerville, Massachusetts—appears to be a typical CrossFit affiliate. But look a little more closely and you’ll find a chicken coop, a beehive, flowers, plants, vegetables, herbs and more. The membership of CrossFit Somerville, led by affiliate owner J.T. Scott, started the urban-agriculture project to provide eggs and vegetables to the community.

“I built this community here in Boston… Continue Reading

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In Affiliation, Rest Day/Theory

March 17, 2015

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CrossFit 614 owner Mitch Potterf sues Ohio State University on the strength of sworn statements from participants who say they were not injured in a study.

It started out as a great opportunity for Mitch Potterf. It was a chance for his athletes at CrossFit 614 in Columbus, Ohio, to participate in a scientific study at one of the most well-known research universities in the country.

More than three years later, Potterf finds himself suing… Continue Reading

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Fair-Trade Fitness?

By Emily Beers

In Affiliation

March 11, 2015

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Bartering seems like a great idea, but many affiliate owners warn that caution is required if you want to avoid trading a well-fed pig for an emaciated chicken.

When it comes to philosophies about bartering, affiliate owners are all over the map. And so is their bartering.

Some say they do it all the time and have never had a bad experience, while others are more cautious.

One affiliate owner admitted to bartering his coaching services… Continue Reading

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“Above-the-Neck Fitness”

By Andréa Maria Cecil

In Affiliation, Rest Day/Theory

March 06, 2015

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CrossFit King of Prussia finds success with SAT-prep program.

He arrived a shy teenager. Skinny, hunched over, head hung, knees caving.

Today, things are different.

“Now he’s head high, ‘I can squat, I can lift weights, I can hold my own,’” Aimee Lyons said of Carter Buce. Lyons owns CrossFit King of Prussia in Pennsylvania.

But the 17-year-old is not just physically improved. He’s also mentally improved. After participating in CrossFit King of Prussia’s SAT-prep… Continue Reading

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