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Wives of CrossFit SolaFide

By Andréa Maria Cecil

In LEO/Mil

November 10, 2013

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Nicole Spitzack started CrossFit when her husband was deployed to Afghanistan. When she invited friends—also military wives—she created an irreplaceable support system. Andréa Maria Cecil reports.

In 2005, the U.S. Army deployed Cole Spitzack to Afghanistan for 12 months.

“That’s a long time,” he said. “I missed the whole first year of my daughter’s life.”

That kind of time is hard on a marriage, too. The Army recognizes that fact, offering soldiers and their loved ones… Continue Reading

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In LEO/Mil, Rest Day/Theory

November 01, 2013

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After getting caught with a suitcase of cocaine in November 2011, Karl Thorson was sentenced to 30 months in prison. From a penitentiary in California, he talks about finding fitness behind bars.

“When released offenders feel isolated from the community and blocked from society’s opportunities and freedoms, they are more likely to return to a life of crime,” Rebecca Greenberg wrote in the sociology journal Verstehen.

In Karl Thorson’s… Continue Reading

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In LEO/Mil, Rest Day/Theory

October 22, 2013

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Canadian Karl Thorson currently resides in a California penitentiary. Emily Beers explains how he got there.

The story of the convict has been told many times before.

Usually it’s recounted after the fact, once the former prisoner has proven to the world that he’s abandoned his old shady life and reformed himself.

This isn’t quite that story. This is the story of a man who is still in prison… Continue Reading

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Battle on the Home Front

By Emily Beers

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September 25, 2013

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Identical names lead one Emily Beers to befriend another and learn a soldier’s story of rape in the military.

Emily Beers joined the U.S. military at 17. Being a soldier was what she had wanted to do since watching the tragic 9/11 terrorist attacks while she was a sophomore in high school in Pennsylvania. Two weeks after she graduated, she ran off to boot camp to start her dream career.

She readily accepted the challenges the… Continue Reading

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Never Forget

By CrossFit

In CrossFit, LEO/Mil

September 11, 2013

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In honor of those who lost their lives on 9/11, the CrossFit Journal presents the CrossFit.com WOD for Sept. 11, 2013, in special format.

The workout is The Don, named for U.S. Marine Cpl. Donald M. Marler, who died on June 6, 2010, while supporting combat operations in Afghanistan.

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“This Is CrossFit”

By Andréa Maria Cecil

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August 31, 2013

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CrossFit community comes together to commemorate the Hotshots 19 and raise funds for their surviving family members.

Prescott, Ariz.—On June 30, 19 members of the Hotshot team died fighting a fire that grew to more than 2,000 acres in Yarnell, an old gold-mining village with a population of roughly 650.

To commemorate the fallen and raise money for their surviving family, CrossFit Inc. held a memorial workout at Captain CrossFit in Prescott: six rounds for… Continue Reading

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To Know a Hero

By Various

In CrossFit, HD Videos, LEO/Mil

April 22, 2013

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“It was horribly hard (when) I realized I’ve been a widow longer than I’ve been a wife,” says Ann Schmalstieg, an artist and a coach at Oceanside CrossFit.

Her husband, Marine Staff Sgt. Justin Schmalstieg, was killed Dec. 15, 2010, while serving in Afghanistan. The 28-year-old bomb-disposal technician had previously served three tours of duty in Iraq. On Dec. 15 in Helmand province, he was clearing a path… Continue Reading

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A Fight to Live

By Various

In CrossFit, HD Videos, LEO/Mil

April 20, 2013

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In 2010 on the streets of East Oakland, Calif., a gang member shot Fremont police officer Todd Young in the pelvis. He suffered injuries so severe that doctors thought he would die.

Young woke up after 19 days in a coma. The shot to his iliac artery had also taken out 40 percent of his bladder and left holes in his intestines. He found himself with a colostomy bag, a catheter and tubes in his stomach, which… Continue Reading

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