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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
Rehabilitation of wounded soldiers often includes physical training, psychological therapy, medication and more—but it isn’t always enough.
“My platoon and I, we were hit with five roadside bombs in 11 days. A few more after that,” says Bobby Lane, a retired Marine corporal. “I sustained two traumatic brain injuries, took shrapnel in my left arm and lower extremities.”
Drinking was part of Lane’s self-medication, and suicide became… 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
Some know him as a coach, some as “the man in the short shorts.” Others know him as the winner of the fourth season of Maximum Warrior, a reality-TV competition for people with military experience.
Derek Hutchison, owner of CrossFit Coeur D’Alene in Idaho, is a man of many talents. Among them is his “modeling” in his affiliate’s video It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year, celebrating this year’s CrossFit Games Open. In it he wore… Continue Reading
What’s Rich Froning doing?
Well, if it’s less than three hours before the live announcement of Open Workout 14.5, he’s repeatedly deadlifting 465 lb. at a San Francisco hotel.
Catch all the behind-the-scenes action with the fifth and final installment of Backstage Pass.
You’ll meet a fan from Australia who has only been doing CrossFit for four months but got on a plane to see five past Games champions compete head-to-head in… 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