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I They Wed

By Chris Cooper

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Polygamous members of Utah CrossFit affiliate explain their controversial views on plural marriages.

One man’s sin is another man’s commandment.

Though illegal, polygamy is still practiced in Utah, Arizona and other small pockets of the United States. Driven from the public eye, plural marriages are often the subject of scorn and always under legal suspicion.

Though most polygamous groups are Mormon, they’ve been disavowed by their own church and call… Continue Reading

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By Lisbeth Darsh

In Columns, Rest Day/Theory

April 08, 2014

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The word “feminism” has been poisoned, but no replacement exists. Lisbeth Darsh asks why.

If “feminist” is such a tainted word, what word do we use now?

“I think feminist has been given a bad name. I think any label is bad. I’m more than a label. I don’t want to be labeled anything.” Governor Nikki Haley (R-South Carolina) said this in 2012, and who could disagree with her? Many people don’t like labels, and “feminist” has turned into what… Continue Reading

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The F-Word

By Hilary Achauer

In Rest Day/Theory

April 07, 2014

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Even those who work for gender equality and women’s rights recoil at the word “feminist.” Is feminism dead or has the term been poisoned?

“I wouldn’t call myself a feminist.”

I looked at the strong, intelligent, accomplished woman in front of me. Only 11 years separated us, but at that moment the gulf between us felt enormous.

I’m 40 years old and attended college in the mid-’90s. It was the height of the grunge and riot grrrl movement, an… Continue Reading

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From Mud to Mortar

By Dallin Frampton

In CrossFit, Rest Day/Theory

March 18, 2014

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Over three years, CrossFit Inc. and affiliates around the world have literally changed the landscape in a handful of villages in Kenya.

CrossFit Inc. has been involved with changing lives along the eastern seaboard of Kenya for the past two-and-a-half years. Taking the early initiative, CrossFit HQ stepped up in 2011 and sponsored the construction of a school building in the village of Dzendereni after learning that about… Continue Reading

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In CrossFit, Rest Day/Theory

March 14, 2014

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Journalist Jon Friedman offers his views on why CrossFit has become an easy target for media criticism.

Throughout history, there is one other constant in addition to the inevitability of death and taxes: It is the principle that the media love to build you up and then knock you down. You can chalk it up to the price of success.

This syndrome affects politicians, rock ’n’ roll stars, athletes, movie… Continue Reading

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Sweat and Sobriety

By Hilary Achauer

In Athletes, Rest Day/Theory

March 07, 2014

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Researchers are discovering exercise—especially intense exercise—can be an effective part of treatment of addiction, but it isn’t the only part.

The solitary-confinement cell at Florence State Prison in Florence, Ariz., is 8 feet by 5 feet. It contains a bed and a toilet. Prisoners in the hole are permanently shackled, and they spend 23 hours a day in the tiny cell.

Michael Gonzales spent five years in that cell. He lost 60… Continue Reading

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The Greek and the Games

By Jane Drexler

In CrossFit Games, Rest Day/Theory

February 26, 2014

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Epictetus never did Karen or Fran, but he definitely would have understood your determination to get through the many tests of the CrossFit Games Open.

“Let others practice lawsuits, others study problems, others syllogisms; here you practice how to die, how to be enchained, how to be racked, how to be exiled.” —Epictetus, The Discourses

The 2014 Reebok CrossFit Games Open is almost here, and we are about to be tested again… Continue Reading

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In Rest Day/Theory

February 13, 2014

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Long-married couples offer relationship advice that has nothing to do with an obnoxious red teddy bear holding an I-love-you sign.

We’re good at Valentine’s Day. From fine chocolates to red-and-pink candies, shelves are stocked with heart-shaped everything the moment Christmas ends.

Feb. 14 allows flower stores to make a killing on roses and sweetheart bouquets, while restaurants enjoy one of the busiest nights of the year. Children in grade… Continue Reading

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