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All Day With Chad Mackay

By Michael McCoy

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It’s 5:45 a.m. in Sydney, Australia. Three-time CrossFit Games competitor Chad Mackay is finishing his breakfast. By 6:15, he’s got his first cup of coffee in hand and is off to coach the 6:45 class at CrossFit Active Waverton.

“Pretty much a standard day,” Mackay explains while he drives.

He’s at the chiropractor at 9 and at the exercise physiologist at 9:45. Just after 10:15, he’s stretching while he eats—with the clock running.

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Leading From the Back

By Maureen O’Hagan

In Athletes, Competition, CrossFit Games

April 29, 2014

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During the CrossFit Games Open, a lot of attention is focused on the athletes who finish on top. But could we learn even more from those lower on the Leaderboard?

Josh Bridges completed CrossFit Games Open Workout 14.5 in 7:49 minutes.

Samantha Briggs did it in 8:31.

And Cori Creran from Clifton, New Jersey, took 1 hour, 28 minutes.

Is she 10 times less fit than Briggs? Or is there a chance we’ve been… Continue Reading

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Warriors on the Waves

By Andréa Maria Cecil, Dave Re and Naveen Hattis

In Athletes, LEO/Mil, Medical/Injuries

April 19, 2014

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Operation Surf takes wounded members of the military into the ocean as part of its mission to rehabilitate with recreation.

It was Sept. 25, 2008. Sgt. 1st Class Charlie C. McCall, a U.S. Military Police officer, was asleep beneath a tent surrounded by buildings in Kandahar, Afghanistan. One of his soldiers slept nearby. The rocket hit right between them.

McCall has post-traumatic stress disorder, and his left leg is almost always in pain—“crazy pain… Continue Reading

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CrossFit Radio Episode 326

By Justin Judkins

In Affiliation, Athletes, CrossFit Games, Radio

April 18, 2014

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On Episode 326 of CrossFit Radio, host Justin Judkins interviewed two veteran CrossFit Games athletes who qualified for the Regional round of competition in 2014. Gary Helmick placed second in the Open in the Mid Atlantic Region, and Tommy Hackenbruck took first place in the South West. This episode was webcast on April 16, 2014.

1:35 Former minor-league baseball player Gary Helmick is looking to earn a return trip to the Games after… Continue Reading

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In Athletes, CrossFit, CrossFit Games, HD Videos

March 23, 2014

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During her collegiate track-and-field career, Danielle Sidell wanted to be thin.

“I had it in my mind that I needed to lose as much weight as possible and be as skinny as possible,” she explains.

So she joined WeightWatchers, eating a small pack of oatmeal for breakfast and splitting one can of soup between lunch and dinner. The program eventually kicked her out for being too lean.

Today, the five-foot-10… Continue Reading

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CrossFit Radio Episode 320

By Justin Judkins

In Affiliation, Athletes, CrossFit, Radio

March 09, 2014

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On Episode 320 of CrossFit Radio, host Justin Judkins interviewed James Pattison, owner of CrossFit 13 in Essex, England; Craig Kenney, who was tied for second place overall in the Open after Workout 14.1; and Talayna Fortunato, who placed fifth at the 2013 Reebok CrossFit Games and was preparing to do 14.2 live in Miami, Fla., as part of the announcement event. This episode was webcast on March 5, 2014.

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The CrossFit Tour: Competition in Kiwi Country

By Jordan Gravatt and Michael McCoy

In Affiliation, Athletes, CrossFit, HD Videos

March 08, 2014

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It began with hang snatches and ended with a tiebreaker whose name was Fran.

The January CrossFit Tour stop in New Zealand not only gathered affiliate owners and community members to mingle and sweat, but it also summoned CrossFit Games athletes to compete.

In attendance were Ruth Anderson Horrell, Jason Khalipa, Chad Mackay, Scott Panchik, Alessandra Pichelli, Becca Voigt and Kara Webb.

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Sweat and Sobriety

By Hilary Achauer

In Athletes, Rest Day/Theory

March 07, 2014

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Researchers are discovering exercise—especially intense exercise—can be an effective part of treatment of addiction, but it isn’t the only part.

The solitary-confinement cell at Florence State Prison in Florence, Ariz., is 8 feet by 5 feet. It contains a bed and a toilet. Prisoners in the hole are permanently shackled, and they spend 23 hours a day in the tiny cell.

Michael Gonzales spent five years in that cell. He lost 60… Continue Reading

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