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Water Wise

By Hilary Achauer

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Top scientists bust hydration myths at the 2015 CrossFit Conference on Exercise-Associated Hyponatremia.

In 1998, Dr. Dale Benjamin Speedy stood in front of Ironman competitors in Auckland, New Zealand, and prepared to make an announcement he knew was going to be unpopular: He told the athletes he was reducing the number of hydration stations throughout the race, which was made up of a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bicycle ride and 26.2-mile run.

“People freaked out,” said… Continue Reading

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What if almost everything you know about hydration and sports is wrong?

Dr. Tamara Hew-Butler, a devoted marathon runner and sports-medicine podiatrist, was working in the medical tent at the 2000 Houston Marathon in Houston, Texas.

“It was hot that day,” Hew-Butler said, “and all these runners came (into the tent) and collapsed.”

Hew-Butler and her colleagues knew exactly what to do. Assuming dehydration, the medical aides started IVs for the collapsed runners. Then something strange… Continue Reading

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The End of Tolerance

By Mike Warkentin

In Legal, Medical/Injuries, Rest Day/Theory

February 05, 2015

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CrossFit questions the leadership of the fitness and exercise-science communities.

“Consume the maximal amount that can be tolerated.”

The line seems innocuous at first, just a recommendation in a 1996 position stand on hydration published by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). But if you read it a few times, the words don’t sit well. Their imprecision alone seems enough to disqualify them from a publication titled Medicine & Science in Sports… Continue Reading

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In Athletes, HD Videos, Medical/Injuries

January 18, 2015

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Jacob Marinez has wanted to be a firefighter in Phoenix, Arizona, for as long as he can remember. He worked hard in school, got a college education and started CrossFit to ensure he was physically ready for the challenges of the job.

“My goal after high school was to go to college, get my degree and get on the fire department,” says Marinez, whose father, uncle and cousin have served as firefighters in Phoenix. “It’s an extended part of my… Continue Reading

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In HD Videos, Medical/Injuries

December 07, 2014

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Cogen Nelson lives with post-traumatic stress disorder. The 29-year-old served in two deployments with the U.S. Marine Corps and endured experiences that have stayed with him in retirement.

“You have this feeling of guilt. You have this feeling of, ‘Can I live with some of the decisions I’ve made?’ Just that burden of the stuff you saw, the stuff you’ve been through,” Nelson explains. “You can’t sleep. You’re having horrible nightmares. You don’t do… Continue Reading

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Working Wounded Games

By Mike Koslap

In HD Videos, Medical/Injuries

November 05, 2014

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Adaptive athletes travel from all around the globe to CrossFit Rubicon in Vienna, Virginia, to participate in the Working Wounded Games, a competition that levels the playing field for severely wounded veterans and permanently injured civilians.

David “Chef” Wallach, founder of CrossFit Rubicon, says the event provides a competitive outlet for athletes who may otherwise not have the opportunity to compete.

“It’s the richest, most dedicated group of people… Continue Reading

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Injury and Opportunity

By Bill Starr

In Medical/Injuries, Olympic Lifts, Powerlifting

September 17, 2014

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Smart athletes look at injuries as a chance to put in some extra work on the healthy parts of the body.

Anyone who trains seriously for any length of time is going to sustain an injury. This is simply a law of nature and no one, as of yet, has found a way to avoid it.

Even those who do fitness routines and use light weight for higher reps still get dings somewhere along the way. Then there are those… Continue Reading

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Make Your Own Luck

By Hilary Achauer

In Affiliation, Medical/Injuries

September 14, 2014

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Three cups of coffee, six hours of coaching, four hours on the computer and one-life changing encounter: a day in the life of affiliate owner Mark Lin.

Mark Lin was not happy to be in AutoZone.

“After the DMV and a country-music concert, AutoZone is my least-favorite place,” Lin said. He just wanted to get into the parts store, buy the battery for his mini-motorcycle—which he uses to chase the members of his gym when… Continue Reading

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