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Make Your Own Luck

By Hilary Achauer

In Affiliation, Medical/Injuries

September 14, 2014

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Three cups of coffee, six hours of coaching, four hours on the computer and one-life changing encounter: a day in the life of affiliate owner Mark Lin.

Mark Lin was not happy to be in AutoZone.

“After the DMV and a country-music concert, AutoZone is my least-favorite place,” Lin said. He just wanted to get into the parts store, buy the battery for his mini-motorcycle—which he uses to chase the members of his gym when… Continue Reading

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In Affiliation, Coaching, CrossFit, HD Videos

August 25, 2014

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Imtiaz Desai is the owner of CrossFit Jozi in Johannesburg, South Africa, but his CrossFit roots started in New Zealand when he was there for graduate school. When he returned to Johannesburg, he decided to open CrossFit Jozi.

“We opened in a small facility,” Desai says. “Within a year and a few months, we completely outgrew the space, had to cap our membership and managed to find this space. Over the last, probably, two years, the growth has just been… Continue Reading

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Beyond $20 an Hour

By Emily Beers

In Affiliation

August 21, 2014

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Creative affiliate owners find ways to compensate coaches in hopes of creating true fitness professionals.

Most people open gyms because CrossFit changed their lives and they want to use CrossFit to change the lives of others. CrossFit Founder and CEO Greg Glassman often talks about the pursuit of excellence—of virtuosity—as being the foundation of CrossFit.

Providing health is the priority, but achieving some degree of wealth is also important to entrepreneurs. Trainers must buy… Continue Reading

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On the Shoulders of Giants

By Mike Warkentin

In Affiliation, CrossFit Games

August 07, 2014

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A look below the top of the podium at the CrossFit Games.

Rich Froning was high-fiving volunteers on the evening of July 26.

It had been one of the longer days of competition, with athletes starting just after noon with the Muscle-Up Biathlon and ending around 9 p.m. with the Push Pull. Froning had spent the afternoon and evening digging out of a hole created by a poor performance a day prior, when the fittest man on… Continue Reading

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Building Burgess: Part 4

By Jeremy Podlog and Kyle Kleefeld

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British Army veteran Mike Burgess dedicated himself to becoming fit. The 42-year-old lives with post-traumatic stress disorder but says he doesn’t let it define who he is. Drawn to CrossFit by its connection to the military, Burgess was intrigued when he saw the results CrossFit produces. In this six-part series, follow the trials and triumphs that go along with “Building Burgess.”

In Part 4, we find Burgess in his home, tired after a restless night of… Continue Reading

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Clearing the Air

By Emily Beers

In Affiliation

July 22, 2014

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Every gym has the occasional body-odor problem. Three CrossFit coaches share their strategies for dealing with a smelly athlete. Emily Beers reports.

Although it was years ago, Andrew Swartz still gags when he thinks about the stench.

“His body odor was different than anything I’d experienced. It didn’t seem to be restricted by the laws of physics as we know them,” the longtime CrossFit coach said of a… Continue Reading

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In Affiliation, Coaching, CrossFit, HD Videos

July 16, 2014

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(Corrects to describe Danie du Preez as a former Tae Bo instructor.)

Two-time CrossFit Games athlete Danie du Preez owns and operates CrossFit B4C in Africa, the first affiliate on the continent.

“I like to be first in a lot of things in my life,” he says, “and to have the first CrossFit box in Africa is one of the things I wanted to achieve.”

A former Tae Bo instructor, du Preez lost many clients when he changed the… Continue Reading

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Building Burgess: Part 1

By Jeremy Podlog and Martin Ray

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British Army veteran Mike Burgess dedicated himself to becoming fit. The 42-year-old lives with post-traumatic stress disorder but says he doesn’t let it define who he is. Drawn to CrossFit by its connection to the military, Burgess was intrigued when he saw the results CrossFit produces. In this six-part series, follow the trials and triumphs that go along with “Building Burgess.”

In Part 1, Burgess discusses his desire to improve his life with Brett… Continue Reading

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