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
When the University of Nevada, Reno’s CrossFit affiliate first started running classes, eight people showed up. The next day, 16 people arrived. On the third day, 30.
“We knew we were on to something. We also knew we were in trouble because we had to go spend more money,” explains Jim Fitzsimmons, director of campus recreation and wellness.
Since then, the university’s affiliate has shared space inside the Lombardi Recreation… Continue Reading
Brian Costello knows autism. His brother was diagnosed with the developmental disorder at the age of 2.
Today, the owner of CrossFit Long Island runs a class specifically for children and teenagers with autism and other mental disorders.
“The first class, I was nervous I didn’t have a real solid plan,” Costello recalls.
But things went better than expected.
“They didn’t reject the hard work. They seemed to embrace it a little,” he says.
The… Continue Reading
Teacher Eric LeMay takes the CrossFit Level 1 Certificate Course and reflects on what he learned.
Each morning, over the blurry steam of a second cup of coffee, I open my email, braced against the small fires I’ll find in my inbox. The more emails I have, the more quickly I go hunting for the one from CrossFit, the one with the WOD and daily image.
Sometimes it’s eye candy: a cute kid pushing a… Continue Reading
The tool bag contains, chains, straps, pipe, carabiners—all the things that help Kendra Bailey do CrossFit on her terms.
Born without her left arm below the elbow, Bailey, a trainer at CrossFit Rubicon, has been on a journey of experimentation and adaptation as she finds new and better ways to access CrossFit.
“It’s a constant change. It’s constant evolution. Over time we’ve changed a few things about different elements of the tools… Continue Reading
The bad guy always wants one of three things: property, body or life.
“Bad guys don’t want to get caught, they don’t want to get hurt, they don’t want shit to take too long,” says Tony Blauer, who owns Blauer Tactical Systems and leads the CrossFit Defense courses.
In a carjacking scenario, it’s no different.
“The simplest thing to do is make that car inoperable,” Blauer explains. “I want to devalue myself as a target… Continue Reading
The lounge at Nadia Shatila’s gym contains many leather-bound books and smells of rich mahogany. It has a cache of whisky, a dartboard and a carefully arranged collection of assorted curiousities that would have impressed Charles Dickens.
In fact, CrossFit Belltown in Seattle, Wash., is one of the more striking boxes you’ll ever see, with an interior characterized by red brick, dark wood, and a host of personal touches and custom-designed… Continue Reading
It’s not often that you can do an Open workout with CrossFit Games competitor Elisabeth Akinwale as your judge. That’s what students at Chicago Bulls College Prep got—in addition to 14.1’s prescription of double-unders and power snatches.
The teenagers, for whom CrossFit is their physical-education program, are participating in the Open to “take what we do inside of Bulls Prep and bring it out here, to give them this experience,” says Jason Ronai, the… Continue Reading