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Strength and Conditions

By Emily Beers

In Coaching, CrossFit, Legal

March 23, 2016

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The NCAA says its regulation for strength coaches is aimed at benefiting and protecting athletes. Others say the motives aren’t so noble.

When the National Collegiate Athletic Association passed legislation in 2014 tightening requirements for Division 1 strength-and-conditioning coaches, it drew suspicion.

The regulation requires all Division 1 strength-and-conditioning coaches to hold a nationally accredited certification, with athlete safety and a desire to meet athletes’ performance needs… Continue Reading

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By Patrick Cummings

In CrossFit, HD Videos

March 19, 2016

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In “Potential,” Patrick Cummings presents his poetic meditations on how women in CrossFit are transforming the definitions of strength and femininity, opening up new possibilities for women in general.

As women push their limits during workouts, he suggests, they become role models for other women seeking to discover what they can do.

“We can discover evidence of our own potential inside the actions of another,” he says.

He further underscores the intertwining of femininity and strength as he… Continue Reading

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Do It Till You’re Dead

By Josh Bunch

In CrossFit, Nutrition

March 11, 2016

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Feel free to ignore health warnings. You have every right to do so.

My dad died in 2011, taken peacefully while he slept. That’s what the obituary said anyway. If I’d had it my way, he would have gone down swinging like the hero every boy imagines his father to be.

From a three-foot nightstand beside his twin bed, I took a pocketknife, left the digital alarm clock and overflowing ashtray, and threw away an unopened pack of… Continue Reading

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In Affiliation, Athletes, CrossFit

February 28, 2016

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Emilio Zuniga showcases the drive of Jose Luis Sanchez.

Photographer Emilio Zuniga met Jose Luis Sanchez the day these photos were taken. “He just showed up and started working. I was at the gym at the right time that day,” Zuniga recalled. Sanchez is a retired U.S. Marine who was wounded by an IED in late 2011 in Afghanistan. “Since then I have become an Adaptive Athlete hoping to inspire and motivate others,” Sanchez… Continue Reading

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In CrossFit, Legal, Nutrition

February 24, 2016

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City attorneys offer strong opposition to American Beverage Association motion for a preliminary injunction seeking to strike down an ordinance requiring warnings on sugary-drink ads.

The debate over whether sugar-sweetened beverages cause a host of metabolic derangements is akin to the one on global warming, said Harold Goldstein, executive director of the California Center for Public Health Advocacy.

“You might be able to find somebody that says global warning isn’t man made… Continue Reading

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In Athletes, CrossFit, Medical/Injuries

February 20, 2016

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Doctor explains how 48-year-old Pete Katz used diet and CrossFit to stop taking medications for diabetes, high blood pressure and anxiety.

Days before Pete Katz’s visits to his primary-care physician, he would go on a diet. It was his vain attempt to nudge his health markers in the right direction. But the short-lived change had little effect on an increasingly grim reality.

“Pete was in a common situation for many patients in that his weight… Continue Reading

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Lines of Coke

By Andréa Maria Cecil

In CrossFit, ExPhysiology, Rest Day/Theory

February 10, 2016

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Food-industry watchdogs: “Exercise is medicine” just a platitude designed to distance Big Soda from chronic disease.

At first blush, it seems like a harmless statement: “Exercise is medicine.” Exercise, after all, is good.

“It’s plainly true,” said Gary Ruskin, co-founder and co-director of U.S. Right to Know, a whistleblower nonprofit targeting the food industry. “Physical and mental health indicators are improved through exercise. In general, it’s a great thing.”

Exercise Is Medicine (EIM)… Continue Reading

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In CrossFit, Medical/Injuries, Rest Day/Theory

January 31, 2016

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Exercise is not medicine, and suggestions to the contrary do nothing to help fitness trainers improve the health of their clients.

“An apple a day keeps the doctor away.”

This popular saying portrays certain activities as having the ability to improve health. Most people accord a notion of truth to the adage, but would anyone suggest a farmer or retailer could be held out as an exemplar of a health or medical profession? Probably not.

Yet this is exactly… Continue Reading

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