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October 21, 2016
Their goals were simple.
“Show up,” Marlo Brown wrote in silver-colored marker on the “goals” blackboard at Cloud 9 CrossFit in New Jersey.
Her husband, Phil: “Wear my shirt.”
When the couple first walked into the affiliate three years ago, Marlo weighed 430 lb. Phil weighed 502 lb. When Phil sat on one of the rowers, the machine bowed under his weight. Once they joined, Marlo was thinking she would try her damnedest to be there three… Continue Reading
What’s holding you back, and why do you let it?
The legless man in the wheelchair made a very strong point without saying anything.
On the way to the gym for a workout, I was bemoaning my situation and wishing I didn’t have to do a 5-kilometer run. My inner monologue alternated between bitching about my tight left hip and outlining the reasons I prefer power to endurance.
You know the drill. I longed for… Continue Reading
Older trainees can prove that aging populations need not be diseased populations.
I’m older than 86 percent of the Earth’s population.
I’m an aging academic. I’m an aging parent. I’m an aging worker. I’m an aging trainee. And I am part of one of the largest segments of our population: 33 percent of us are over 50 years of age.
If you look at any textbook within exercise academia, you will generally find aged individuals, older individuals and… Continue Reading
October 01, 2016
After a poisonous snake bite, CrossFit athlete Anthony Kemp treks 45 minutes for medical attention, flat-lines three times, receives 32 doses of antivenin and lives.
A rattlesnake bite nearly claimed Anthony Kemp’s life. He survived minus one limb, an amputation he calls “a paper cut.”
On Feb. 7, 2015, 23-year-old Kemp set out on a hike with two fellow Marines. They had just PR’d their back squats and felt a… Continue Reading
September 19, 2016
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
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
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
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