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After struggling with her health for years—surviving cancer and developing Type 2 diabetes—Patti Goldenson decided to turn her life around. Since joining CrossFit South Bay in Torrance, California, she’s lost 135 lb. and no longer needs to take diabetes medication.

Goldenson’s journey began after she broke her back at work. While she was in recovery, her physical therapist, Ron Satow, invited her to a contest at his gym. He was surprised when… Continue Reading

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In CrossFit, Medical/Injuries, Rest Day/Theory

January 31, 2016

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Exercise is not medicine, and suggestions to the contrary do nothing to help fitness trainers improve the health of their clients.

“An apple a day keeps the doctor away.”

This popular saying portrays certain activities as having the ability to improve health. Most people accord a notion of truth to the adage, but would anyone suggest a farmer or retailer could be held out as an exemplar of a health or medical profession? Probably not.

Yet this is exactly… Continue Reading

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In Affiliation, HD Videos, Medical/Injuries

January 23, 2016

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In this video, Rommel Cinco describes his personal journey with CrossFit, and Madeline and Jimi Letchford share what he means to the community at Cinco CrossFit in Ladero Ranch, California.

Cinco was the first member to join the Letchfords at their new box. He recalls coming in for the first time and seeing “guys going up and down the rope like spiders.”

He almost walked out but instead started coming every day. Now he’s the “spirit of… Continue Reading

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In Affiliation, HD Videos, Medical/Injuries

December 26, 2015

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The 2015 Working Wounded Games were held Nov. 7-8 at CrossFit Lorton in Lorton, Virginia. An annual fitness competition, the event brings together wounded veterans, permanently injured people and adaptive athletes. This year, 63 competitors from the U.S., Canada, Chile and Brazil came to CrossFit Lorton to test their mettle.

Amanda Kloo, an athlete from CrossFit 77, has cerebral palsy and competed for the first time this year.

“I started all this because I wanted to learn… Continue Reading

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Sweet and Low

By Brittney Saline

In Medical/Injuries, Nutrition, Rest Day/Theory

December 02, 2015

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Brittney Saline details how exercise and healthy eating might be the best way to combat sugar-fueled depression.

America has a happiness problem, and Coca-Cola’s got the answer. On the multi-billion-dollar beverage company’s website, the brand juxtaposes the words of Aristotle, Mahatma Gandhi, Buddha and others with the prose of its marketing team: “Open an ice cold Coca-Cola and choose happiness!”

It didn’t work so well for Roxanne Melillo. A survivor of… Continue Reading

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Soda Widows

By Andréa Maria Cecil

In Medical/Injuries, Nutrition

November 08, 2015

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Scientists link repeated hydration with sugar-sweetened beverages to kidney disease and early death in Central America.

It’s called La Isla de Viudas: Widows’ Island.

The name comes from the rural sugarcane-worker community of La Isla in Nicaragua, where thousands of men have died from the same epidemic over the last two decades. All perished of chronic kidney disease, referred to as “CKD,” and researchers estimate the overall death toll in Central America is at least 20,000. The… Continue Reading

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In HD Videos, Medical/Injuries

October 15, 2015

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Zack DeBaltzo is a coach and athlete at CrossFit Apogee in Gibsonton, Florida. The 29-year-old found CrossFit when a nearby barber suggested he give it a shot.

On DeBaltzo’s first day, affiliate owner Don Moss made him feel right at home—even with the oxygen tank DeBaltzo was carting beside him. DeBaltzo has cystic fibrosis, a genetic disease that affects the lungs and makes breathing difficult.

“I work out with oxygen,” DeBaltzo says… Continue Reading

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Sugar Bombs

By Emily Beers

In Medical/Injuries, Nutrition

August 14, 2015

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Believing sports drinks are a necessary part of athletics, many athletes fail to notice substantial amounts of added sugar that can affect their health and performance.

Tommy Marinoff used to live off pizza, burgers and Coke. When he went to the gym, he often guzzled a Gatorade mid-workout. He knew sugar-laced sodas weren’t the healthiest options but believed Gatorade was a wise choice, especially for athletic performance and… Continue Reading

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