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CrossFit Lifeguard: Jeremy Magee

By Andréa Maria Cecil

In Medical/Injuries

September 19, 2016

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A big, strong back saved a retired Marine’s life after a 25-foot fall broke four of his vertebrae.

Jeremy Magee has been in combat twice: once in 2003 with the Marine Corps and then again in 2010 with the Pennsylvania National Guard. Both times in Iraq. He knows what it’s like to fear for his life.

“Not many things surprise me or take my breath away, by any means,” explained the 36-year-old air-traffic controller.

But a day in… Continue Reading

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CrossFit Lifeguard: Stephen Walker

By Andréa Maria Cecil

In Athletes, Medical/Injuries

September 07, 2016

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Neurosurgeon credits Stephen Walker’s fitness with saving his life while he fought polymicrobial brain infection.

Stephen Walker’s moniker is “Mr. 5 a.m.”

Since he joined CrossFit Palm Beach in December 2012, he’s shown up every single day, most of the time for the 5-a.m. class.

Coaches have ribbed him on his aggressive workout schedule, stressing the importance of rest and recovery. Walker told them his time at the box is an investment in… Continue Reading

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The Will to Walk

By Emily Beers

In Athletes, Medical/Injuries

August 30, 2016

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It’s July in Kelowna, British Columbia.

Ordinarily, athletes at Bodyshop CrossFit in West Kelowna would be working out diligently. Today, they’re visibly distracted.

The 2016 Reebok CrossFit Games are playing live on a big-screen TV in the weightlifting area of the gym, so the athletes take uncharacteristically long breaks between sets of squats to catch a heat of Squat Clean Pyramid.

One man in the corner of the gym isn’t paying… Continue Reading

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Fitness, Luck and Health

By CrossFit Inc., Adapted From Lectures by Greg Glassman

In Classic, CrossFit, Medical/Injuries

August 16, 2016

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Updated Aug. 18 to correct stats for chronic disease in the United States and worldwide, 2014 stats for deaths in the United States due to chronic disease, and CDC estimates on the number of diabetics in 2050.

Updated Aug. 29 to clarify medical expenditures related to treating the chronically diseased.

Adapted from CrossFit Founder and CEO Greg Glassman’s Level 1 Certificate Course lectures Feb. 27, 2016, in San… Continue Reading

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Cancer, Carbs and Controversy

By Brittney Saline

In Medical/Injuries, Nutrition

July 05, 2016

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Thomas Seyfried, Dr. Eugene Fine explain how cancer is affected by sugar, insulin and inflammation.

Accounts of deadly tumors date as far back as 3,000 B.C. in ancient Egypt.

Yet despite centuries of study, cancer is—after cardiovascular disease—the world’s second-leading cause of death, claiming more than 8 million lives in 2012 alone, a number that’s expected to nearly double over the next 20 years.

Prevailing theories on the origin of cancer held… Continue Reading

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Cancer Loves Cookies?

By Brittney Saline

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Dr. Eugene Fine and Thomas Seyfriend talk about the links between sugar and cancer.

This year, 1,685,210 people in the United States will get cancer; 595,690 will die from it.

It’s the second-leading cause of death after heart disease, responsible for nearly 1 in 4 deaths in the U.S., and researchers have spent lifetimes studying its countless mutations in search of a cause, pointing their fingers mostly at genetics and physical, chemical and biological carcinogens.

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In Athletes, Coaching, Medical/Injuries

June 24, 2016

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Shane Upchurch explains what he learned about CrossFit training and coaching while recovering from a 2015 motorcycle accident.

On Aug. 8, 2015, I was hit on my motorcycle by a box truck that ran a red light. I suffered degloving of my lower left leg, three displaced ribs, a bruised lung and swelling of the brain. I spent one month in a hospital and underwent a free flap transplant to my… Continue Reading

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In Editorial, Medical/Injuries, Nutrition

June 21, 2016

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A recent CrossFit Journal editorial on bariatric surgery for weight loss set off a lively debate on Facebook.

The discussion below the June 14 post included a number of comments, including several from an athlete who had bariatric surgery several years ago and uses CrossFit to keep the weight off.

Jen Dawson was offended by the article but later in the thread added a comment that confirms our point: “(Surgery) is just a tool, and if you… Continue Reading

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