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Virtuosity 9: Heroes

By Shawn Wray

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July 03, 2015

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CrossFit helps people do the things they want to do, but it also helps them with the things they don’t want to do.

Sgt. Shawn Wray of the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department was forced to carry a dying colleague up a steep cliff, and he believes his fitness allowed him to stay with his friend throughout the arduous rescue attempt. When others had to rest, Wray was able to keep going and spend every minute with… Continue Reading

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True Warriors

By Andréa Maria Cecil

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In one of America’s safest communities, an affiliate owner and his wife found themselves in a desperate fight for their lives. Andréa Maria Cecil reports.

There was no reason to lock the door.

In North Bend, Washington, no one locks the door.

“We haven’t had keys in 10 years,” Tennyson Jacobson said of her childhood home across from a farm at the base of Mount Si.

A picturesque place, North Bend is quintessentially Washington. It sits in the… Continue Reading

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Enemy Unseen

By Chris Cooper

In LEO/Mil, Medical/Injuries

May 28, 2015

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Veterans living with post-traumatic stress disorder find comfort through CrossFit.

Twenty-two veterans will kill themselves today, according to the nonprofit group Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA).

Officially added to the third edition of the “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders” in 1980, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a relatively new name for a condition that’s been around as long as war. Unfortunately, its popular… Continue Reading

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Road to Conviction Episode 8: Faith

By Gary Roberts and Jordan Shalhoub

In Athletes, HD Videos, LEO/Mil

May 10, 2015

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While incarcerated, Fletcher Tholin discovered CrossFit. Watch his rehabilitation in this eight-part series.

In Episode 8, Tholin contemplates his future. After working in a restaurant kitchen for some time, he’s ready for a change.

“I’m grateful for the job, and I love my boss, and I love the people I work with,” he says, “but I don’t like working in the kitchen.”

Good fortune finds Tholin when CrossFit Edwardsville member Brian Hockett takes notice of Tholin’s work ethic in… Continue Reading

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Road to Conviction Episode 7: Ground Zero

By Gary Roberts and Jordan Shalhoub

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May 03, 2015

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While incarcerated, Fletcher Tholin discovered CrossFit. Watch his rehabilitation in this eight-part series.

In Episode 7, Tholin shares details of a romantic relationship that has been rekindled since he got out of prison.

“I don’t have very many friends,” Tholin says. “It’s nice to have somebody that’s there, you know?”

That somebody is Erin Cooper, who details their sordid past—starting at 14 with a crush and ending with Tholin’s putting a gun in Cooper’s face.

“I’m… Continue Reading

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Road to Conviction Episode 6: 100 Percent Commitment

By Gary Roberts and Jordan Shalhoub

In Athletes, HD Videos, LEO/Mil

April 27, 2015

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While incarcerated, Fletcher Tholin discovered CrossFit. Watch his rehabilitation in this eight-part series.

In Episode 6, we learn when things started to take a turn for the worse in Tholin’s youth.

“He was never a bad kid,” says Tholin’s mother, Diane. “He was always a good kid.”

But that changed by 16, Tholin says, when he began experimenting with a myriad of drugs.

“Because of the drugs and the partying and all that stuff, I got kicked out… Continue Reading

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Road to Conviction Episode 5: CrossFit Is the Foundation

By Gary Roberts and Jordan Shalhoub

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April 19, 2015

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While incarcerated, Fletcher Tholin discovered CrossFit. Watch his rehabilitation in this eight-part series.

In Episode 5, Tholin is seven weeks into CrossFit and he’s competing in his first Open competition.

As Tholin works, he explains he’s feeling happier in his life. And of course he’s spending more time at the gym—working on double-unders, repeating Open workouts and continuing to build relationships.

“Practice makes perfect,” he says after completing 50 unbroken… Continue Reading

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Road to Conviction Episode 3: Moving Forward

By Gary Roberts and Jordan Shalhoub

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April 06, 2015

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While incarcerated, Fletcher Tholin discovered CrossFit. Watch his rehabilitation in this eight-part series.

In this episode, Tholin’s at work discussing how important the gym and community have become to him.

The halfway house Tholin lives in works on a five-level system in which higher levels permit more freedom. Now at Level 4 status—he skipped Level 3—Tholin can be out of the halfway house for six hours a day. For as many hours as his body… Continue Reading

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