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Athena—and Friends

By Michael Brian

In Classic, CrossFit

December 05, 2012

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Dogs have been a part of CrossFit from the very beginning. Photographer Michael Brian puts his lens on the descendants of Athena, the original CrossFit dog.

Photos started regularly appearing beside the CrossFit.com WOD in May 2003. Shortly thereafter, the small CrossFit community outside Coach Greg Glassman’s gym in Santa Cruz was introduced to Athena the pit bull.

Athena regularly appeared beside athletes who were doing all the… Continue Reading

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CrossFit Radio Episode 252

By Justin Judkins

In Audio, Classic, CrossFit, Medical/Injuries, Radio

November 28, 2012

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On Episode 252 of CrossFit Radio, host Justin Judkins interviewed inspiring athlete and CrossFit success story Holly Rose. This episode was webcast live at 6 p.m. PDT on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012.

The Words of Wisdom are from Coach Greg Glassman. In his CrossFit Journal article Virtuosity, CrossFit’s founder explained how mastery of fundamentals should be the focus of all CrossFit programming: “What will… Continue Reading

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The New Good Old Days of CrossFit

By Darrell “Bingo” White

In Classic, CrossFit

October 18, 2012

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Old-school CrossFitter Darrell “Bingo” White explains why Bob Harper reminds him how much he loves CrossFit.

Bob Harper is my new favorite CrossFitter. Seriously. That Bob Harper.

How can that possibly be, you say? How can you possibly consider Harper your favorite CrossFitter? It’s easy, actually. Harper is my new favorite CrossFitter because he’s experiencing the “good old days” in CrossFit, and who didn’t love the good old days?

I love Harper… Continue Reading

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Essential Architecture

By E.M. Burton

In Classic, CrossFit

June 25, 2012

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E.M. Burton muses on the nature of the CrossFit box.

A CrossFit box can contain an infinite variety of occupations, of uses, if not unknown and unknowable at least unpredictable.

The archetype of a CrossFit box, the original from which all others are derived, is the garage gym, the formal and practical requirements of which were outlined by Greg Glassman in seminal CrossFit Journal articles The Garage Gym and Garage Gym… Continue Reading

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The Position: Part 2—The Burpee

By Kelly Starrett and Carl Paoli

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This video series provides a fresh look at skill-transfer exercises and midline stability, combining the powers of Kelly Starrett and gymnast Carl Paoli. Both San Francisco CrossFit coaches add their expertise to refine basic CrossFit movements with the aim of improving power output.

In Part 2, the burpee is refined as a skill-transfer exercise.

“Here is another classic CrossFit exercise that ends up being a fantastic conditioning tool,” Starrett says.

The straight jump of the burpee demonstrates “The… Continue Reading

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In Classic, CrossFit

January 05, 2010

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In Part 1 of this series, original firebreather Greg Amundson recalls the very first days of a movement that’s now a global phenomenon.

In December 2001, I heard rumors of athletic monsters being created inside a small gym on the east side of Santa Cruz and was intrigued.

My good friend Sam Radetsky had found the number for “CrossFit” listed in the Santa Cruz County Yellow Pages and encouraged me to call… Continue Reading

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In Classic, CrossFit

August 01, 2008

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Of the many issues cooking on the Workout of the Day blog and CrossFit forums, few have generated as much heat as the butterfly kipping pull-up (BFK). The debates over this movement have been warming ever since a video of a 2:19 "Fran" performance by Brett Marshall (aka "AFT") was posted on CrossFit.com in the spring of 2007. More recently, I remember a comment at a CrossFit event that pejoratively classified AFT's… Continue Reading

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In Classic, Kids

July 01, 2008

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Working with kids has significantly influenced my beliefs about my role as a CrossFit coach. Designing and implementing appropriate programming for children and teens has really honed my general training skills. Unlike with my adult clients, who are responsible for making informed choices, it is not a child's or teenager's job to monitor my input and direction. There are special responsibilities inherent in working… Continue Reading

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