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Look Your Personal Best

By Hilary Achauer

In Athletes, CrossFit

August 12, 2016

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CrossFit athletes talk about their shift from aesthetic to performance goals and how they learned to be happy with the results.

In June 2016, a group of athletes ran hill sprints as part of Reebok CrossFit One Training Grounds, an invite-only camp for CrossFit Games qualifiers.

It was hot that day. At the top of the hill, after the sprints were done, seven of the women posed for a photo. Six of them had their shirts off… Continue Reading

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A Sip Becomes a Drag

By Andréa Maria Cecil

In CrossFit

August 10, 2016

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The anti-sugary-drink movement grows as an increasing number of lawmakers propose measures similar to those used to curb smoking.

Soda is going the way of the cigarette.

The number of cities, states and countries considering a legislative measure targeting sugar-sweetened beverages is growing. From taxes to health-warning labels, the efforts mimic the American anti-tobacco movement that began in the 1950s. And while soda and cigarettes aren’t identical… Continue Reading

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How to Pass the CF-L3 Exam

By Steven Wingo, CF-L3

In Coaching, CrossFit

August 07, 2016

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Steve Wingo explains how to create a study plan that will help you earn the Certified CrossFit Trainer credential.

My experience is important because of who I am not.

I’m not a CrossFit Seminar Staff member or longtime coach from one of the original CrossFit affiliates. Other than the CrossFit courses I’ve taken, I have not been mentored on a daily basis at any of the well-known boxes teeming with master… Continue Reading

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No Intensity, No Results

By Andréa Maria Cecil

In Coaching, CrossFit

July 24, 2016

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To move all significant health markers in the right direction, do more work faster, trainers say.

The only way to know intensity is to experience it.

It is not a mythical creature born of grunting loudest, sweating most or cheering excitedly. It is also not a matter of opinion. It’s physics. Scientifically speaking, intensity is defined as power: force multiplied by distance, then divided by time. Simply put: Intensity is doing more work faster.

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An Open Letter to Cheaters

By Mike Warkentin

In CrossFit

July 21, 2016

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Admit it: You’ve shaved a rep.

Maybe you’ve even shaved entire rounds off workouts. You might have even lied about loads or times.

Guess what: Your coach noticed. And so did the other people in the class.

Thankfully, cheaters are relatively rare in CrossFit, perhaps because “so much of repugnant behavior is about trying to get something for nothing, and the CrossFitters inherently don’t believe that it’s… Continue Reading

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Experience Required

By Lon Kilgore

In Coaching, CrossFit

July 19, 2016

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Degree or no degree, fitness trainers who lack practical experience are still students.

The state of personal training is such that criticisms are often leveled at anyone who does not have certification A, B or C or doesn’t have a college or university degree.

Strangely glossed over in most dialogs of the occupation is experience—or lack of it. Experience obviously affects both personal trainers and their clients, but let’s refine the context: A… Continue Reading

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Pride and Push-Ups

By Brittney Saline

In Affiliation, CrossFit

July 13, 2016

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Adam Gonzales talks about finding acceptance in a CrossFit gym, where effort is the only thing that matters.

On Sunday, June 12, Omar Mateen opened fire in Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, killing 49 people and injuring three others in what the New York Times has described as the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. Though the sudden devastation came as a shock to the world, many in the lesbian/gay/transsexual/bisexual/queer (LGTBQ… Continue Reading

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Decade of Dominance

By Greg Glassman, Hilary Achauer, Andréa Maria Cecil, Mike Warkentin, Chad Schroeder

In Classic, CrossFit, CrossFit Games

July 10, 2016

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In 2016, we celebrate the 10th edition of the CrossFit Games—the ultimate proving grounds for the world’s fittest athletes.

On the pages of this special retrospective, you’ll find stories and images that explain how the Games grew from a small gathering of athletes in 2007 into an event that now fills stadiums and can be watched live on ESPN.

We’ve also provided a host of detailed stats and records that showcase the amazing… Continue Reading

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