(Corrects to describe Danie du Preez as a former Tae Bo instructor.)
Two-time CrossFit Games athlete Danie du Preez owns and operates CrossFit B4C in Africa, the first affiliate on the continent.
“I like to be first in a lot of things in my life,” he says, “and to have the first CrossFit box in Africa is one of the things I wanted to achieve.”
A former Tae Bo instructor, du Preez lost many clients when he changed the… Continue Reading
British Army veteran Mike Burgess dedicated himself to becoming fit. The 42-year-old lives with post-traumatic stress disorder but says he doesn’t let it define who he is. Drawn to CrossFit by its connection to the military, Burgess was intrigued when he saw the results CrossFit produces. In this six-part series, follow the trials and triumphs that go along with “Building Burgess.”
In Part 1, Burgess discusses his desire to improve his life with Brett… Continue Reading
Experienced affiliate owners share key aspects of their coach-development programs, while owners of newer gyms explain how they’re planning to raise their own coaches.
Ultimately, the goal of a CrossFit affiliate is simple: creating excellence. This includes excellence on the part of the athletes and coaches, as well as excellence for the affiliate as a whole.
Because affiliate owners have the ability to run their businesses as they see fit, they often seek to develop… Continue Reading
If you’re going to train with Mike Burgener at his home nearly an hour north of San Diego, California, there are a few rules.
First, only one person lifts on a platform at a time. Second, move your bar to create space for others lifters. Third, clean the plates off the platform.
“Other than that, let’s lift some heavy weights. Let’s have some fun,” says Burgener, affectionately called Coach B.
When Leslie Graves jerks… Continue Reading
On May 4, 2013, Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero faced off against boxing welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather. After 12 rounds, the decision was unanimous: Mayweather retained his title.
Guerrero began picking apart the defeat.
“There’s more stuff I could have done in the gym,” he says.
The 31-year-old had known Dave Castro, CrossFit Inc.’s Director of the CrossFit Games/Director of Training, since turning professional 13 years earlier, and Castro had been… Continue Reading
Chicago Bulls College Prep’s superintendent set a plain goal: Provide the best health-and-fitness program of any high school in the country.
Likewise, the school adopted CrossFit and further hosted a Level 1 Certificate Course for its P.E. teachers.
“For our teachers to be able to see the quality of the L1 instructors can only immediately benefit what they do as teachers,” says Jason Ronai, assistant principal at the school.
He adds: “CrossFit preaches… Continue Reading
Fourteen years ago, Robin Edds had bariatric surgery. She went from 330 lb. to 150 lb. Life, however, wasn’t much better.
“If I had to do it over again, I wouldn’t do it,” the 50-year-old from Brownstown, Michigan, says of the procedure.
At her heaviest, Edds could barely care for her children, and she couldn’t clean her house or walk while carrying anything.
“I was pretty much kind of an invalid even though I was able to… Continue Reading
Growing up in the Congo, 21-year-old Charlotte Bobcats center Bismack Biyombo lifted. But he admits he didn’t know what he was doing.
“I (would) just go to YouTube and find whatever, ya know,” says the 6-foot-9 athlete, laughing.
When he arrived in the U.S., he searched for a place to build his physicality. That’s when he found Josh Elmore, owner of CrossFit Eternal in North Carolina.
“When I started, I didn’t have any balance… Continue Reading