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As Prescribed: Santa Cruz

By Andréa Maria Cecil

In CrossFit

November 21, 2016

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Welcome to weird.

That’s how Santa Cruz, California, is known.

For more than a decade, the sleepy Northern California beach town of 63,000 has used the same branding campaign to encompass its idiosyncrasies: “Keep Santa Cruz Weird.”

The city is a mere 30 miles south of Silicon Valley, home to the likes of Apple, eBay, Facebook, Google, Intel, Netflix and Tesla. But it couldn’t be more different.

As the San Jose Mercury-News once described, Santa Cruz’s branding “seems… Continue Reading

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In CrossFit

October 23, 2016

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Are you addicted to met-cons to the detriment of overall fitness?

Yes, we know you feel like you didn’t accomplish anything on deadlift day.

It’s very clear you’re unhappy that you are not out of breath and dripping with sweat.

We’re just going to lie here on the rubber with shaking legs while you head over to the corner to bang out 100 burpees for time.

We’ll even start the clock if you feel the need to hit a quick Fran.

But we’re… Continue Reading

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In CrossFit, Nutrition

October 14, 2016

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Spotted barbell biceps curls and white A-shirts, with just a hint of oil in place of sweat?

Men’s Journal might have rethought the opening image for “When to Fire Your Personal Trainer: 4 Red Flags.”

Nothing wrong with barbell curls, of course, but if you’re writing an article on identifying quality personal trainers, leading with an oiled-up bro-session curl shot does little to set the table and create an atmosphere of professionalism.

Then again, the image will indeed… Continue Reading

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Lose Your Crutches

By Mike Warkentin

In CrossFit, Medical/Injuries

October 10, 2016

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What’s holding you back, and why do you let it?

The legless man in the wheelchair made a very strong point without saying anything.

On the way to the gym for a workout, I was bemoaning my situation and wishing I didn’t have to do a 5-kilometer run. My inner monologue alternated between bitching about my tight left hip and outlining the reasons I prefer power to endurance.

You know the drill. I longed for… Continue Reading

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In CrossFit, Medical/Injuries

October 05, 2016

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Older trainees can prove that aging populations need not be diseased populations.

I’m older than 86 percent of the Earth’s population.

I’m an aging academic. I’m an aging parent. I’m an aging worker. I’m an aging trainee. And I am part of one of the largest segments of our population: 33 percent of us are over 50 years of age.

If you look at any textbook within exercise academia, you will generally find aged individuals, older individuals and… Continue Reading

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In CrossFit

September 21, 2016

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Nice deadlift. What’s your Helen time?

We’re well aware of your snatch PR.

We can indeed hear you grunting as you rep out.

We know you hold the top spot on the squat leaderboard.

And yes, we know all about your big bag of supplements, your special gear, your amp-up music and your pre-lift routine.

But a great many of us really don’t care about your strength numbers.

Here’s why: You’re in a CrossFit program.

This, of course, is not to… Continue Reading

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The Glassman Chipper, Part 2

By Mike Warkentin

In Classic, CrossFit, Workouts

September 09, 2016

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We challenge you to improve your mental fitness by reading our Founder and CEO’s CrossFit Journal articles.

“When we explained that we thought our workouts were so effective that if we were to post one every day, someone would eventually find them, try them, have great results, and come back and tell friends, the dot-comers laughed heartily and condescendingly chortled, ‘Ahhhh, the old grassroots approach!’”

Greg Glassman wrote that in the 2005 CrossFit Journal article “www.crossfit.com.”

On Feb. 10, 2001, the first workout of the day went up on… Continue Reading

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Fitness, Luck and Health

By CrossFit Inc., Adapted From Lectures by Greg Glassman

In Classic, CrossFit, Medical/Injuries

August 16, 2016

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Updated Aug. 18 to correct stats for chronic disease in the United States and worldwide, 2014 stats for deaths in the United States due to chronic disease, and CDC estimates on the number of diabetics in 2050.

Updated Aug. 29 to clarify medical expenditures related to treating the chronically diseased.

Adapted from CrossFit Founder and CEO Greg Glassman’s Level 1 Certificate Course lectures Feb. 27, 2016, in San… Continue Reading

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