Jacob Marinez has wanted to be a firefighter in Phoenix, Arizona, for as long as he can remember. He worked hard in school, got a college education and started CrossFit to ensure he was physically ready for the challenges of the job.
“My goal after high school was to go to college, get my degree and get on the fire department,” says Marinez, whose father, uncle and cousin have served as firefighters in Phoenix. “It’s an extended part of my… Continue Reading
The 2014 Reebok CrossFit Invitational, presented by HGST, took place on Sunday, Nov. 9, at the SAP Center in San Jose, California. In the third year of Invitational competition, all-star teams from the United States, Australia, Europe and Canada fought for the championship through five events.
Each year, the CrossFit Invitational invites the best individual athletes from around the globe to prove their fitness as part of a team, testing their communication… Continue Reading
CrossFit Games athlete Marlene Andersson explains how she’s grown to love her adopted Middle Eastern country.
It was 93 F at the StubHub Center.
The heat of the midsummer sun made the Triple 3—3-km row, 300 double-unders, 3-mile run—much tougher than it should have been. Needless to say, men were shirtless for the most part, while women wore little more than booty shorts and a sports bra. Except one.
Marlene Andersson, an expat Swede… Continue Reading
CrossFit Games athlete Valerie Voboril and powerlifter Laura Phelps Sweatt explain how they use intensity to limit their time in the gym.
On a Friday afternoon in early October, Valerie Voboril—a five-time CrossFit Games competitor with four top-five finishes—worked out with the sounds of “Dora the Explorer” drifting into her backyard gym from the living room.
Her 3-year-old daughter, Vin, repeated Spanish words to the TV while Voboril and her… Continue Reading
Rich Froning overcomes all adversity and pressure to stand atop the CrossFit Games podium for the fourth consecutive year.
He looked determined, almost angry.
It was seconds before Sunday’s Midline March at the 2014 Reebok CrossFit Games—the first individual event of the final day. Three-time champ Rich Froning awaited the buzzer.
Between these athletes and the finish line were 3 rounds of 25 GHD sit-ups, a 50-foot handstand walk and 50 feet of… Continue Reading
A homeless high-school dropout with a felony charge and a son, Damian Relierford now has a football scholarship and wants to help kids like him. Andréa Maria Cecil reports.
The tattoo on his forehead reads “Damebo.” It’s his nickname. He got it when he was high.
“I do regret it but I don’t.”
It’s a reminder of his missteps, but also of how far he’s come.
“I was a thug, a street guy, basically. Selling weed, doing weed, doing… Continue Reading
On July 4, Matt Chan had a serious accident but lived to lift again.
While on a mountain-bike ride with his wife, Cherie, in Boulder, Colorado, Matt fell and landed on his handlebars, resulting in an emergency flight and surgery to repair injuries to several arteries and veins.
“Mountain biking at high speeds, down rocky descents, with full pads and everything like that is scary looking,” Matt says. “That is not what I was doing.”
He adds… Continue Reading
Emily Beers finds the tests of the 2014 Reebok CrossFit Games are more mental than physical.
When I qualified to the CrossFit Games, I was ecstatic. Overjoyed. Just happy to be there. My original performance goal was humble at best: not to come dead last. And I accomplished that by finishing 37th.
But the problem with being competitive is you never enjoy being near the bottom—even when your competition happens to be the entire world.