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Why Do I CrossFit?

By Ben Lunak

In LEO/Mil, Medical/Injuries, Videos

April 12, 2010

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In 2005, Ben Lunak was with 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines, India Company in Iraq. On Feb. 25, he was sent to secure a damaged Humvee, and after leaving the wreck, his own transport hit an IED. Ben was catapulted off the road and sustained severe injuries.

He was transported to Camp Ramadi, where he was stabilized with a direct pour of blood from a comrade. After waking up, Ben was shocked to find that his severely damaged leg… Continue Reading

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Quality of Life, Not Leisure

By Lt. Jason Fernandez

In LEO/Mil

March 06, 2010

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Lt. Jason Fernandez believes it’s time for members of the military to rethink their definitions of quality of life to include things that really matter—like fitness and health.

What is quality of life?

Ask the average CrossFitter, and you’ll probably hear something about being able to walk up the stairs, play with your grandchildren or get off the toilet at the age of 75. Now ask the same… Continue Reading

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Warning Signs

By Maj. Dan Blackmon

In LEO/Mil

February 26, 2010

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Ignorant people often blame their mistakes on a fitness program rather than their own misuse of that program. Maj. Dan Blackmon, U.S. Army, believes athletes need to get educated to take responsibility for their health, safety and fitness.

One of the most common misconceptions among military/LEO folks is that CrossFit is dangerous.

I’m a major in the United States Army and a trainer at Black and Gold CrossFit at the U.S. Military Academy at West… Continue Reading

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Fitness for the Force

By Nathan Barlow and Vincent Cascella

In Affiliation, LEO/Mil

February 10, 2010

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The Indianapolis Police Academy successfully tested CrossFit methods on recruits, and now a CrossFit training program has been implemented for all 1,600 police officers. Nathan Barlow and Vincent Cascella explain how they beat bureaucracy to produce fitter cops.

In January 2009, the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Academy conducted an experiment: how would full CrossFit implementation affect the quality of recruit physical fitness test scores compared to the… Continue Reading

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The March to the Finish: The Ranger Challenge Part 3

By Duke University Blue Devil Eagle Battalion

In Competition, LEO/Mil, Videos

January 30, 2010

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“Be ready for the pain but relaxed deep down inside, but most of all, enjoy yourself.”

Maj. Shane Finison might be directing a WOD at CrossFit Durham or he might be preparing the Duke University Ranger Challenge Team for the 10K ruck march.

In Part 3 of this series, the cadets from Duke set out on a 10K march carrying a rifle and 35 lb. of gear. It’s a harsh end to the competition, and it demands… Continue Reading

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Ropes and Rifles: The Ranger Challenge Part 2

By Duke University Blue Devil Eagle Battalion

In Competition, LEO/Mil, Videos

January 23, 2010

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In Part 2 of this series, the Ranger Challenge team from Duke University competes in a series of events designed to test their skills.

Trained by Maj. Shane Finison, an Army ROTC instructor at Duke and a coach at CrossFit Durham, the squad will be relying on their military education and CrossFit training to get them through events including a hand-grenade assault course, land navigation test and standard Army PT test.

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The Ranger Challenge: Part 1

By Duke University Blue Devil Eagle Battalion

In Competition, LEO/Mil, Videos

January 17, 2010

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The Ranger Challenge is the “varsity sport” of the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps, and cadets at Duke University are using CrossFit to help them in the nationwide competition.

Maj. Shane Finison is an Army ROTC instructor at Duke and a trainer at CrossFit Durham, and he believes CrossFit training can help his athletes succeed in the Ranger Challenge, an eight-event competition that includes the standard Army PT test, navigation… Continue Reading

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CrossFit Radio, Episode 99

By Justin Judkins

In Affiliation, LEO/Mil, Radio

December 23, 2009

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Affiliate owners Alena Yancey and Robert Ord joined Justin on Episode 98 of CrossFit Radio, webcast live at 6 p.m. PDT on Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2009.

8:01 Alena Yancey owns Battle Born CrossFit in Reno, and her affiliate recently hosted a CrossFit Endurance Certification. Alena talked about the cert from the perspective of an attending athlete and explained how her running was transformed over the course of the weekend… Continue Reading

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