On Friday the 13th, CrossFit Media’s Pat Sherwood and Ian Wittenber were headed from Guatemala City, Guatemala, to El Salvador.
The border, though, wasn’t what they had anticipated.
“It looked disgusting. It looked bad. It looked worse than any other border that we had (been to),” Sherwood says. “I mean, it just, it looked about as appealing as Satan’s asshole.”
To make matters worse, immigration and customs officials in El Salvador didn’t like the… Continue Reading
Using wooden plyometrics boxes, bumper plates and dumbbells, Sean Lind of CrossFit Gymnastics shows a progression for developing an L-sit press to handstand.
At the CrossFit Experience at this year’s CrossFit Games, he takes a spectator to a pike handstand with feet supported on the box and then back down again. Then he takes her to makeshift parallettes, which are dumbbells atop two bumper plates.
“When you get stronger, we’re… Continue Reading
For five weeks, Emily Beers obsessed about the CrossFit Games Open. She tied her self-worth to her performance. Then she went to Haiti. And things changed.
“Today I’m surrounded by poverty and hunger. The Open is the furthest thing from my mind,” she says only days after completing the final workout of the five-week competition.
At a school, Beers dishes out a salty cornmeal paste for children. The meal includes weeds, leaves and dirt.
“It’s so… Continue Reading
One hundred days, 16 countries and 12,000 miles by motorcycle—one with a broken starter.
Pat Sherwood and videographer Ian Wittenber have yet to leave Mexico for Guatemala, and Wittenber has to push-start his bike.
“We’ll push start it until we can’t push start it anymore. We’re goin’ to Guatemala,” Sherwood says assuredly.
The duo takes to a windy mountain road, where Sherwood gets hit by what the two men have dubbed “death buses.”
“Didn’t go… Continue Reading
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October 12, 2013
Going into his third year in the NBA, 21-year-old Bismack Biyombo is not yet at the pinnacle of his athletic potential. So says CrossFit Level 1 Seminar Staff member Dave Lipson, who trains the 6-foot-9, 245-lb. Charlotte Bobcats forward at CrossFit Reflex in Santa Monica, Calif.
“The first workout we put him through,” Lipson says, “it was pretty challenging to him, which is both, um, scary and exciting in that as good as he is, he’s… Continue Reading
It’s about 3 a.m. on Saturday after the Legless event at this year’s CrossFit Games. The Rogue Fitness crew and volunteers have just dismantled 40,000 lb. of steel rigs for rope climbs—and then constructed another 40,000 lb. of A-frames for pull-ups at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif.
“We just took down the rope-climb rig. Now we’ve got five rows of, I think, it’s five 80-foot rows of A-frame,” says Rogue founder Bill Henniger… Continue Reading
In Haiti, life is hard. Most Haitians are just looking to survive from one day to the next.
“It feels as though their everyday life is what we do at CrossFit for a workout,” says Jessica Coulter, one of three Canadian athletes who accompanied Julie Roberts to the Caribbean country where she has made multiple humanitarian trips.
Simply watching Haitians pour concrete is an eye-opening experience.
“When you’re watching people do the labor, you… Continue Reading
One hundred days, 16 countries, 12,000 miles by motorcycle—and rain. Lots of rain.
“It was the worst day of riding I’ve ever had in my entire life,” Pat Sherwood says of the ride out of Guadalajara, Mexico. He describes the rain as not just torrential but “biblical.”
“It’s freaking freezing outside,” continues Sherwood, whose hands are so frigid he can barely extend his fingers.
His mantra for the day?
“Don’t die, don’t die, don’t die, don’t die, don’t die.”
After thawing out… Continue Reading