November 24, 2015
Jill Zamoyta finds friends and fitness help her rebuild the mind-body link that was severed when she was abused.
Just over a year ago, we asked members of the CrossFit community to tell us why they train where they train. We received a large number of submissions, and we published 12 of them from October 2014 to November 2015.
In those 12 articles, we heard about affiliate owners who inspire their members… Continue Reading
CrossFit Downey owner Oscar Ramos works to shatter cultural ties to Big Soda and educate his mostly Hispanic membership on the dangers of sugary beverages.
As a child, Oscar Ramos was not allowed to go outside to play unless he drank his entire “fat bottle” of lime-flavored Gatorade.
A 32-ounce bottle of the so-called thirst quencher contains 56 grams of sugar, or about 14 teaspoons—more than double the 6-teaspoon daily limit the World Health Organization… Continue Reading
CrossFit Founder and CEO asks California community for help in support of statewide health-warning labels on sugary drinks.
Change is afoot. As CrossFit Inc. Founder and CEO Greg Glassman explained Big Soda’s many evils to CrossFit athletes during the first few days of the California Invasion, seismic shifts were happening outside affiliate walls.
What does your CrossFit affiliate say to members without saying a thing?
Anthony’s truck sagged on the driver’s side as it approached my parking lot. The balding powerlifter had worn out its springs as surely as he’d worn out his welcome at every gym in town. And now it was my turn to send him away. I met him in the parking lot and placed my hand on his door before he could get out.
When I opened my second gym in 2008, my… Continue Reading
Affiliate owners work to please every client, but when an athlete is clearly unsuited to a gym, it’s time to take action.
Doug Chapman has seen it all: stalking, rudeness, willful ignorance.
There are many reasons he’s asked clients to leave his affiliate, CrossFit Ann Arbor in Michigan. And since opening the gym in 2005, he’s come to recognize the red flags early.
“When they’re noncompliant for instruction to a class,” Chapman said… Continue Reading
October 07, 2015
In the 11th edition of the Virtuosity series, Jason Taylor explains how a great gym inspires its members, who then pay it forward by inspiring each other to apply a rugged attitude to training and life outside the box.
Tough workout coming? Dig in.
Heading into a challenging situation at the office? Dig in.
Dealing with a family issue? Dig in.
CrossFit Inc. is sending Taylor US$500 for writing about the never-quit mentality that… Continue Reading
September 28, 2015
Nobody wants to do burpees in dog hair and someone else’s sweat. Affiliate owners around the world share how they tackle the common and tedious task of keeping their floors clean.
Jessica Kates Chadwick dreaded mopping her gym.
“Mopping was work. Seriously, it was my active-recovery day and I put it off often because it sucked so bad. Lots of trips to empty and refill the bucket,” said the owner of CrossFit Confederation in Louisiana.
All… Continue Reading
CrossFit Enhance in Decatur, Illinois, is not a typical CrossFit affiliate. Opened in 2009, the facility is part of the Decatur Memorial Hospital complex, and it caters to staff and patients, as well as a vast outside membership.
“This is what preventative medicine looks like in the flesh,” says CrossFit Founder and CEO Greg Glassman. “Everyone else is paying lip service to it.”
Ken Smithmier, president and CEO of Decatur Memorial, says he… Continue Reading