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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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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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In Athletes, CrossFit, Medical/Injuries

February 20, 2016

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Doctor explains how 48-year-old Pete Katz used diet and CrossFit to stop taking medications for diabetes, high blood pressure and anxiety.

Days before Pete Katz’s visits to his primary-care physician, he would go on a diet. It was his vain attempt to nudge his health markers in the right direction. But the short-lived change had little effect on an increasingly grim reality.

“Pete was in a common situation for many patients in that his weight… Continue Reading

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2015 Masters Competition: Parts 3 and 4

By Gary Roberts and Travis Cosentino

In Athletes, HD Videos

February 14, 2016

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In this four-part series, Gary Roberts and Travis Cosentino make their rounds among the elite competitors in the Masters competition at the 2015 Reebok CrossFit Games. Watch highlights from the events, interviews with the athletes, and footage of the trash talk and words of encouragement that motivate some of the Fittest on Earth to push themselves harder than ever.

Parts 3 and 4 cover the final day of the competition. On… Continue Reading

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2015 Masters Competition: Parts 1 and 2

By Gary Roberts and Travis Cosentino

In Athletes, Competition, CrossFit Games, HD Videos

February 13, 2016

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In this four-part series, Gary Roberts and Travis Cosentino make their rounds among the elite athletes of the Masters competition at the 2015 Reebok CrossFit Games. Watch highlights from the events, interviews with the athletes, and footage of the trash talk and words of encouragement that motivate some of the Fittest on Earth to push themselves harder than ever.

In Part 1, veterans and rookies reflect on the differences between their… Continue Reading

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Unstoppable: Cassidy Duffield

By Mariah Moore and Jay Vera

In Athletes, Olympic Lifts

January 25, 2016

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“If you would’ve told me 10 months ago that I was going to compete in weightlifting in a national championship, I would’ve laughed and called you a liar because I just never thought that I could do something like that,” says Cassidy Duffield of Salt Lake City CrossFit.

A former gymnast, Duffield admits she was once self-conscious about having broad shoulders and a muscular figure. When her gymnastics career ended, she looked forward to being “skinny”… Continue Reading

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Physique Meets Fitness

By Marston Sawyers

In Athletes, Sports Applications

January 13, 2016

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Steve Cook is a professional physique competitor. Brooke Ence is a CrossFit Games athlete. Watch as two worlds collide when physique meets fitness in a 7-minute AMRAP of front squats and burpees after some heavy power cleans and back squats.

Ence introduced Cook to Mike Cazayoux of Brute Strength when Cook expressed interest in CrossFit.

“I wasn’t enjoying my training as much because it was all about looks,” Cook says.

Cook admits he’ll always be physique conscious… Continue Reading

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I Am Ivan

By Jay Vera and Irvin Anfoso

In Athletes, Coaching, Nutrition

December 30, 2015

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Meet Ivan Garcia. The 26-year-old waiter and bouncer aspires to be a police officer, but one thing stands in his way: his weight.

The restaurant where Garcia works is located in Scotts Valley, California, near CrossFit Headquarters. When Garcia’s mother approached CrossFit HQ trainer Jenny Lau about training her son, Lau was ready to help Ivan reclaim his body.

“My shoulder hurt really bad, my knees hurt really bad, my back hurt… Continue Reading

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