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As a child, Annie Thorisdottir took ballet. It didn’t stick for long, though. Like her cousins, she wanted to try gymnastics. She made it to Iceland’s national team but quit to focus on high-school studies.
“Going from training 24 hours a week into training not at all didn’t really work out for me,” the 23-year-old two-time CrossFit Games champion says with her quintessential smile.
So she started ballet again, and dance. That, too… Continue Reading
Kim O’Reilly’s body is 53, but her kidney and pancreas are much younger. They belonged to her son, who donated them to her.
Her failing organs were a result of Type 1 diabetes, with which she was diagnosed at the age of 5. She reluctantly agreed to the kidney transplant in 2001, a couple of years after her daughter died following a similar procedure. Her son was 18 at the time.
“We both woke up from the OR with a… Continue Reading
At 13, Anna Tunnicliffe decided she wanted to win an Olympic medal in sailing. And she did, taking gold in the Laser Radial class at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.
“(It’s) the most amazing feeling in the world,” she says. “Not too many people can say they’ve won one.”
Now 30, Tunnicliffe began training at CrossFit B&S in Miami about a year and a half ago.
“I was fit, but I was just not getting fitter. I wasn’t getting… Continue Reading
Alongside CrossFit Media’s Carey Peterson, two-time Olympian Chad Vaughn dissects his 315-lb. clean and jerk via slow-motion footage.
“Really the same for the snatch,” he says of his set-up. “I’ve just locked myself in here. I’m looking at the tension in the back, the back-angle maintenance, the shins coming back out of the way.”
With the shins vertical as the bar passes the knees, the clean becomes easier, says… Continue Reading
“Time to try some new food,” Lanette Doran tells three young children who are surrounding a large bowl of vegetables on a kitchen counter.
She’s taught children for many years how to eat well through healthy cooking. Now, with about five years of CrossFit under her belt, she’s teaching these kids about taste testing with carrots, kale and asparagus, among other items.
“Did you know you have to taste things 10 or 100 times to get… Continue Reading
For Daryl Roberts, CrossFit has been about improved health and relationships, so when he traveled in 2008 to Liberia and saw malnourished orphans sick with malaria and infested with worms, he knew what could help make them better.
“I love CrossFit so much and I saw how it improved my health,” explains Roberts, who trains at CrossFit Adrenaline in Cartersville, Ga. “I wanted our kids to experience that.”
At CrossFit Delaware Valley in Broomall, Pa., owner Rob Miller believes in a creative warm-up.
Bear-crawl musical chairs, for example, is among his choices.
“Now when I stop the music, you have to put your butt on top of one of these med-balls and claim it as your own,” he explains to the class.
The first person who cannot get his or her butt to an open ball does 16 burpees, the next does 14 burpees, then… Continue Reading
As they ride to the gym before the announcement of Workout 13.4, Chris Spealler tells Director of the Games Dave Castro, Rory Mckernan and Graham Holmberg that he got no-repped on his fourth rep in 13.3, which began with 150 wall-ball shots.
Spealler can’t figure out how the ball hovered just off the wall for a no-rep but still seemed to bounce back to him. It’s a physics problem a host of athletes are pondering in the post-Open period.