If there’s one word that describes Bob Brown, it’s “competitive.”
But in 2004, a motorcycle accident changed that for a while.
“Went into a coma and woke up two weeks later and my leg was gone,” Brown explains.
What followed was depression.
“I didn’t cope—that was the problem. Dealing with the physical loss of a leg is remarkably easier than dealing with the mental loss of a leg,” he explains. “The first day you get out of bed and you… Continue Reading
At 19 years old, Nick Zavoda was diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis. The symptoms: pain, swelling or stiffness in one or more joints, and joints that are red and warm to the touch.
While in paramedic school years later, he met Shannon Hildebrand, co-owner of CrossFit Sonora in California.
“She’s like, ‘Ya know, you should try this new workout. It’s really good for you. I think it’ll help with your joint problems,’” Zavoda recalls. “I was… Continue Reading
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
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.
At first… Continue Reading
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
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 ’90s… Continue Reading
May 09, 2012
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 swinging… Continue Reading
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 specialization… Continue Reading