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Building Burgess: Part 5

By Jeremy Podlog

In Coaching, HD Videos, Medical/Injuries

August 09, 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 5, it’s snowing as Burgess drives to the dog park… Continue Reading

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In CrossFit Defense, HD Videos

August 06, 2014

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Tony Blauer’s goal at the CrossFit Defense Trainer and Athlete courses is to give people the tools to keep themselves safe.

“There is no skill more relevant than to be able to protect yourself or your family,” Blauer says. “That is it.”

At the Trainer Course, students learn how to teach CrossFit Defense to others.

“I want to teach it to others, hopefully get more confident in real-life situations. Rather than just being in a box and being… Continue Reading

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CrossFit and Pregnancy

By Jon Gilbert

In CrossFit, HD Videos

August 05, 2014

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At CrossFit 806, seven women were faced with a decision: Should they continue to do CrossFit while pregnant?

Many people hold strong opinions on physical activity while pregnant, and coaches at CrossFit 806 encourage their expecting mothers to remain active. CrossFit can be scaled for any athlete, so the women modify movements and listen to their bodies as they train. While some have been through multiple pregnancies while doing CrossFit, one woman started the… Continue Reading

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Building Burgess: Part 4

By Jeremy Podlog and Kyle Kleefeld

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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 4, we find Burgess in his home, tired after a restless night of… Continue Reading

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Building Burgess: Part 3

By Jeremy Podlog

In CrossFit, HD Videos, Medical/Injuries

July 24, 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 3, Burgess is at the Alberta and Northwest Territories Command Service… Continue Reading

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CrossFit Media video producer Torin Simpson spent five days on James Hobart’s couch in Berkshire County, Massachusetts, to get a feel for what drives the second-place finisher at the North East Regional.

“I learned that there’s a lot more to James Hobart than the competitor you will see at the CrossFit Games,” Simpson says. “In fact, competition is perhaps the least important aspect of his life.”

Family is among the most important.

“I’m very close to… Continue Reading

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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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