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In Athletes, Coaching, Medical/Injuries

June 24, 2016

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Shane Upchurch explains what he learned about CrossFit training and coaching while recovering from a 2015 motorcycle accident.

On Aug. 8, 2015, I was hit on my motorcycle by a box truck that ran a red light. I suffered degloving of my lower left leg, three displaced ribs, a bruised lung and swelling of the brain. I spent one month in a hospital and underwent a free flap transplant to my… Continue Reading

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Beyond Proven

By Hilary Achauer

In Athletes, Competition

June 14, 2016

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Top athletes talk about their single-minded pursuit of the podium and how they filled the void when they stepped back from the sport they love.

Most of us define ourselves, in part, by our job, our family and our interests. But what happens when things change—who will you be then?

Rory Zambard—who started CrossFit at 14—took 14th place at the 2013 Reebok CrossFit Games. Now, at 24… Continue Reading

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In Athletes, Medical/Injuries

May 19, 2016

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Theresa Couture uses CrossFit to rebuild her body after suffering a stroke.

Theresa Couture fell out of her wheelchair in her kitchen, sending the chair flying across the room. As she lay there, home alone, she knew she didn’t have the strength to drag herself to the chair and get back in it.

“That was the final straw for me,” said Couture, who has mitochondrial disease (mito), which manifests itself through dysautonomia, strokes… Continue Reading

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Jackie and Justin Roth use fitness and healthy eating to improve quality of life and reduce disease symptoms, but the discipline and community they found at Mountain Loop CrossFit changed their lives in unexpected ways.

Jackie Roth was doing her best to prove gym owner Mitch Roehl wrong. In January 2015, she joined Roehl’s Mountain Loop CrossFit in Lake Stevens, Washington, and started working out twice a week. She continued to… Continue Reading

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In Affiliation, Athletes, CrossFit

April 12, 2016

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Colleen Baz presents CrossFit’s DeCO’s program for the Girls Athletic Leadership School.

In 2014, CrossFit DeCO began its relationship with the Girls Athletic Leadership School. GALS is a unique school with its curriculum rooted in the importance of movement and the mind-body connection. Four days a week we are teaching this group of teenage girls how to move well and how to feel confident. What we couldn’t have imagined was how CrossFit would… Continue Reading

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Follow CrossFit athlete Steve Kois as he competes in the 2015 World Long Drive Championship, in which heavy hitters ditch the putters and irons to send balls over 400 yards downfield with the driver.

Kois, who trains at Ionic CrossFit in Bonita Springs, Florida, discovered CrossFit in 2013 when he watched his dad’s recording of the 2013 Reebok CrossFit Games.

“After I saw how CrossFit combines so many different disciplines to the goal of… Continue Reading

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Badass Bitch: “CrossFit Has Saved My Life”

By Ashley Mitchell and Jeremy Mitchell

In Athletes, HD Videos, Medical/Injuries

March 01, 2016

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Video by Ashley Mitchell and Jeremy Mitchell.

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At Kshanti CrossFit in Virginia, Andrea West is best known as “Babs”—Badass Bitch. She’s a hard-working athlete who has a rare disease called alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, which raises risks for lung and liver diseases. After she finishes the workout, she cheers on fellow athletes, then she might reach for her inhaler. Once a… Continue Reading

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In Affiliation, Athletes, CrossFit

February 28, 2016

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Emilio Zuniga showcases the drive of Jose Luis Sanchez.

Photographer Emilio Zuniga met Jose Luis Sanchez the day these photos were taken. “He just showed up and started working. I was at the gym at the right time that day,” Zuniga recalled. Sanchez is a retired U.S. Marine who was wounded by an IED in late 2011 in Afghanistan. “Since then I have become an Adaptive Athlete hoping to inspire and motivate others,” Sanchez… Continue Reading

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