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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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A Soldier’s Tale

By Hilary Achauer

In Athletes, LEO/Mil

November 04, 2015

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In an exclusive interview, Maj. Lisa Jaster talks about her fight to become the third woman to graduate from U.S. Army Ranger School.

In April, 381 men and 19 women entered Army Ranger School, “the most physically and mentally demanding leadership school the Army has to offer,” according to Goarmy.com. It was the first time women were allowed to attend the school.

While the others were dropped from the program, three women… Continue Reading

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Portraits in Motion

By Kieran Kesner

In Athletes, CrossFit Games

September 16, 2015

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Capturing the beauty of athletic movement through the eyes of a first-time attendee to the CrossFit Games is a challenging task. Award-winning photojournalist Kieran Kesner attended the 2015 Reebok CrossFit Games with that goal in mind… Continue Reading

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Seven Years’ War

By Mike Warkentin

In Athletes, CrossFit Games

August 11, 2015

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(Corrects to state Ben Smith started CrossFit in 2006.)

After focusing on competition in 2008, Ben Smith wins the CrossFit Games in 2015.

July 26, Ben Smith was crowned the Fittest Man on Earth.

And you might have seen it coming.

Smith, a podium finisher in 2011 and 2013, was far from a long shot heading into the competition, but he also wasn’t the odds-on favorite. Many looked to Mathew Fraser, last… Continue Reading

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Dancing and Deadlifts

By Nikolaj Rønnow

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Masters athlete Karl Dyall owns CrossFit Solid in Stockholm, Sweden.

The son of a jazz musician, Dyall says show business has been a part of his life since birth. He started theater school at 5 and has since been a breakdancer, a martial artist and a band member. Dancing has always been the biggest part of his active lifestyle, he says.

After several injuries left him weak and unable to do everyday things such as hold his… Continue Reading

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Virtuosity 8: Satisfaction

By Ubaid Naseem

In Athletes, Coaching

June 05, 2015

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With the CrossFit Games season ramping up, the focus is on the competition to find the Fittest on Earth. While the numbers on the leaderboard or the whiteboard certainly drive us to improve, many CrossFit athletes have learned they’re ultimately in competition only with themselves.

Ubaid Naseem, a business coach, found bitter disappointment after failing to complete a workout, but his CrossFit trainer reminded him complete effort is all that’s… Continue Reading

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Athlete Emotion Project

By Dave Re, Michael Brian, Heber Cannon and Ian Wittenber

In Athletes, CrossFit Games

May 14, 2015

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“We are often taught to look for the beauty in all things, so in finding it, the layman asks the philosopher while the philosopher asks the photographer.”

―Criss Jami, “Killosophy”

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