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In Affiliation, Coaching, CrossFit, HD Videos

July 16, 2014

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(Corrects to describe Danie du Preez as a former Tae Bo instructor.)

Two-time CrossFit Games athlete Danie du Preez owns and operates CrossFit B4C in Africa, the first affiliate on the continent.

“I like to be first in a lot of things in my life,” he says, “and to have the first CrossFit box in Africa is one of the things I wanted to achieve.”

A former Tae Bo instructor, du Preez lost many clients when he changed the… Continue Reading

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Only Three

By Sevan Matossian, Hayley Parlen, Matt Krautstrunk and Gary Roberts

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In 2014, the only competitors going to the CrossFit Games are those who qualify at regionals—no special invitations, no past-champ rule, no wild cards.

In the Central East Region, that means only the top three go to the Games, and the region is arguably the toughest one for male athletes. Among the competitors are two past champs, several top-10 Games finishers and a whole line of tough athletes hungry for a ticket to Carson, California.

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Building Burgess: Part 2

By Jeremy Podlog and Martin Ray

In CrossFit, HD Videos, Medical/Injuries

July 12, 2014

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British Army veteran Mike Burgess dedicated himself to becoming fit. The 42-year-old lives with post-traumatic stress disorder but says he doesn’t let it define who he is. Drawn to CrossFit by its connection to the military, Burgess was intrigued when he saw the results CrossFit produces. In this six-part series, follow the trials and triumphs that go along with “Building Burgess.”

In Part 2, Burgess is at CrossFit Calgary preparing… Continue Reading

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The Story in NorCal

By Eric Maciel

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In the fourth and final week of regional competition, NorCal athletes took the floor at the San Jose University Event Center.

In a region that’s home to three of the top 10 male athletes from last year’s CrossFit Games, squeezing into a qualifying spot would not be an easy task. Neal Maddox proved he was ready to go back to the Games by setting a record in Event 1 with a 295-lb. hang snatch.

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The Story in North East

By Ian Wittenber

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The North East Regional was all about community.

“Nothing compares to the camaraderie, relying on each other, working together to win,” said CrossFit Brickyard team member Seth St Amand.

One of the best parts about being an athlete at regionals is the support from your box or fellow competitors, said 2014 Games qualifier Sheila Barden.

“If you’re first you get a couple cheers from the crowd,” Barden said. “When you’re last, you have everybody with you. It’s so motivating. It’s… Continue Reading

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The Story in Australia

By Michael McCoy

In Competition, CrossFit Games, HD Videos

July 06, 2014

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The Australia Regional brought a weekend of surprises. While Games veterans Ruth Anderson Horrell and Chad Mackay failed to qualify, returning competitor Denae Brown took first overall for the women, and Rob Forte stood atop the men’s podium for the second consecutive year.

Games spots were up for grabs all weekend.

“When you look at this Leaderboard, it’s becoming very clear that Australia is just as competitive as any other region out… Continue Reading

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Building Burgess: Part 1

By Jeremy Podlog and Martin Ray

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British Army veteran Mike Burgess dedicated himself to becoming fit. The 42-year-old lives with post-traumatic stress disorder but says he doesn’t let it define who he is. Drawn to CrossFit by its connection to the military, Burgess was intrigued when he saw the results CrossFit produces. In this six-part series, follow the trials and triumphs that go along with “Building Burgess.”

In Part 1, Burgess discusses his desire to improve his life with Brett… Continue Reading

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The Story in South West

By Heber Cannon and Jonathan Glancy

In Athletes, CrossFit Games, HD Videos

July 03, 2014

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Held on the final week of competition, the South West Regional was full of hungry rookies and seasoned veterans looking for redemption from 2013.

Last year, Chris Spealler missed qualification for the first time in the history of the CrossFit Games, and he had vowed 2014 would be his final year competing for a spot.

He wasn’t the only one wanting to go back. Tommy Hackenbruck, leader of two-time CrossFit Games Affiliate Cup champions Hack’s… Continue Reading

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