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For the Love of Coffee

By E.M. Burton

In Rest Day/Theory

February 13, 2014

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Love: you know it when you taste it.

A great many people take their coffee very seriously; they say they love coffee and can’t do without it. Some even say they have found the perfect cup, and it’s at CrossFit HQ.

There are a handful of brewing methods practiced at the office, but the one that has taken hold most firmly is rooted deep in the West Coast practice of “letting it drip.”

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Under Cover

By Andréa Maria Cecil

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In December 2013, CrossFit offered its first women-only Level 1 Seminar. It was two days in Dubai that hinted at rebellion, equal rights and a movement still at its infancy. Andréa Maria Cecil reports.

Abeer Al Khaja was visibly excited as she introduced herself to CrossFit Inc. Level 1 Seminar Staff in late December 2013. It’s a scene that plays out every weekend inside CrossFit affiliates the world over, but at Reebok… Continue Reading

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Blind Spots

By Maureen O’Hagan

In Medical/Injuries, Rest Day/Theory

January 28, 2014

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Bodybuilder Coco Kissack shares her story of a dark descent into the world of steroids and side effects. Maureen O’Hagan reports.

At first, her vision started to go. There was blurriness and vertigo. And everywhere she looked, there was a floating spot.

She was putting on weight, watery, puffy weight. She was just plain uncomfortable in her clothes, and she sweated right through them. That was new. Meanwhile, she was losing her voice.

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Minarets and Muscle-Ups

By Bryan Anderson

In Affiliation, Rest Day/Theory

January 23, 2014

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At Cairo’s lone CrossFit affiliate, athletes sweat out the stress of living through the Egyptian Revolution. Bryan Anderson reports.

Adham Salloum, 26, is standing inside a health club on the edge of Cairo, Egypt. He grabs a pair of gymnastics rings and heaves himself up.

A dozen of his comrades are standing around him. They clap and they shout, urging him on: “Yalla, Adham!” (“Yalla” means “come on” in Arabic.)

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In Affiliation, Rest Day/Theory

January 21, 2014

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After home and work, there are “third places.” Eleanor Brown examines why we lost them and how CrossFit affiliates are bringing them back.

Melissa Chernaik spent 17 years working as a political consultant in Portland, Ore. She was driven and focused on her career, and her work was a large part of her identity.

“A big chunk of my friends were all in that same field,” she says. When she met new people, there would always be “that first… Continue Reading

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Tending Bar

By Andréa Maria Cecil

In Gymnastics/Tumbling, Rest Day/Theory

January 09, 2014

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About 10 years ago, a man called Giant started the Bartendaz fitness movement in the United States’ black-culture capital. Today, he’s spreading his message beyond Harlem and seeking to change more than your body.

Most call 5-foot-7 Hassan Yasin-Bradley “Giant.” The name was born of being “the shortest guy with something really big to say.” At 44, Giant—and the Bartendaz group he founded—is known throughout Harlem, and he and his crew are known on the Internet for the… Continue Reading

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Weak for a Week?

By Mike Warkentin

In Nutrition, Rest Day/Theory

December 24, 2013

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The period between Christmas and New Year’s can destroy your fitness. Proceed with caution.

The week between Christmas and New Year’s is the Death Valley of fitness.

I’d wager more pounds are gained and more fitness lost in this period than during any other eight-day stretch of the year that isn’t spent on an all-inclusive cruise ship.

Many people simply stop caring about a lot of things when… Continue Reading

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Noble Life Lessons

By Various

In CrossFit, HD Videos, Rest Day/Theory

December 20, 2013

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At Noble Street College Prep in Chicago, Ill., administrators rearranged the school’s schedule to allow for a fitness-leadership program involving CrossFit. Likewise, the founding campus, Noble Street Charter School, got rid of its gym’s machines, replacing them with rowers and bumper plates.

“It has supercharged the culture in the school to orient towards teamwork and pushing each other, developing grit and optimism—all those things that ... have taken… Continue Reading

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