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CrossFit is based on measurable, observable and repeatable results, and extensive data support the safety, efficacy and efficiency of the CrossFit method. Criticisms of the program, however, are seldom based on data or valid science.

An Answer, by CrossFit Chief Scientist Dr. J.A. Glassman, presents a thorough, evidence-based response to the unsubstantiated claims made in the Consensus Paper by the Consortium for Health and Military Performance (CHAMP) and the American… Continue Reading

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August 27, 2012

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At 17, Kyle Bryant was diagnosed with Friedreich’s ataxia. The rare inherited disease causes nervous-system damage and movement problems. Bryant has symptoms of scoliosis and diabetes, and he experiences vision impairment, hearing loss and life-shortening heart complications. There is no cure for Friedreich’s ataxia.

Nonetheless, 30-year-old Bryant comes to CrossFit King of Prussia in Bridgeport, Pa., twice a week.

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Adaptive Assets

By Various

In HD Videos, LEO/Mil, Medical/Injuries

August 19, 2012

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CrossFit has always had a strong connection to the military and law-enforcement communities, and wounded warriors occupy a special place of honor in the CrossFit world.

Around the world, and in the United States in particular, affiliates work with wounded warriors to help them overcome their injuries, get fitter and improve their quality of life. Up to now, most of those efforts have been independent, but the website Real World Six aims… Continue Reading

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Thin Air, Thick Bonds

By Todd Bittner

In CrossFit, Medical/Injuries, Videos

May 27, 2012

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Birth defects left 46-year-old Todd Bittner with only one kidney and damage to his heart, and he wears two artificial legs. That doesn’t slow him down much.

Bittner is a high-school assistant principal and athletic director, as well as a member of CrossFit Thin Air in Winter Park, Colo. He’s played baseball, and he was a rings specialist in high school. He was a member of the U.S. Disabled Ski Team in the… Continue Reading

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In Memory of Sarah

By Chris Cooper

In Medical/Injuries

May 09, 2012

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Catalyst Fitness sees one of its members die from a brain tumor and re-dedicates itself to exercise for the benefit of the brain. Chris Cooper explains.

Sarah Grand arrived at our gym in 2008, bald and pierced, with a chip on her shoulder.

She wore the baldness as if she was daring you to ask why. There was no victim in her swagger, no black cloud over her death-metal baseball cap.

Two weeks earlier, she’d been… Continue Reading

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400 Percent

By Jeff Martin

In Kids, Medical/Injuries

April 23, 2012

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Forcing children into sport-specific training can be detrimental. Jeff Martin explains.

A 400 percent increase—that’s huge.

If we were talking about your deadlift, that would be spectacular. Instead, we’re talking about a 400 percent increase in anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries in children, according to a February 28 episode of Today.

The rise is largely due to children’s lack of general physical conditioning and the increasing trend toward early sport… Continue Reading

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A Fight to Remember

By Molly Godby

In CrossFit, Medical/Injuries

April 18, 2012

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Molly Godby commits to a lifelong fight against the disease that took her mother.

When people ask me why I do CrossFit, I can give the standard answers: “It’s addictive. I love the way it makes me look and feel. There is an awesome community built into CrossFit.” And all of that is true. Another reason, perhaps the main reason, I CrossFit is to fight the disease that is stealing my… Continue Reading

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“The first thing I thought was, ‘How’s my face doing?’ because this is how I make my money.”

Nicholas Thom of CrossFit Rubicon has the courage to make light of injuries suffered when he was the victim of an IED in Afghanistan. Thom lost three fingers and both legs above the knee, and he sustained severe damage to his arms. It took six months for Thom to learn how to walk with prosthetics, and it was a year before he was… Continue Reading

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