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Rise of the Machines

By Bill Starr

In Rest Day/Theory

January 09, 2015

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Bill Starr chronicles how Universal and Nautilus changed the face of fitness and made black iron a memory in most gyms.

The earliest pieces of equipment used by men wanting to get stronger and build more impressive physiques were kettlebells, dumbbells and barbells with rounded globes at each end. Then barbells advanced so plates of different weights could be added and removed. The next step in the evolution was to put ball… Continue Reading

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What makes people stick with CrossFit year after year? Long-term CrossFit athletes talk about what keeps them interested and motivated after seven, 10 or even 19 years of CrossFit.

In a recent Businessweek article, Yuri Feito said CrossFit is peerless in encouraging people to keep working out. Feito teaches exercise science at Kennesaw State University and studies CrossFit.

Statistics from the fitness industry show traditional gyms generally have a… Continue Reading

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The Need for Speed

By Hilary Achauer

In Athletes, Coaching, Rest Day/Theory

November 02, 2014

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CrossFit Games athlete Valerie Voboril and powerlifter Laura Phelps Sweatt explain how they use intensity to limit their time in the gym.

On a Friday afternoon in early October, Valerie Voboril—a five-time CrossFit Games competitor with four top-five finishes—worked out with the sounds of “Dora the Explorer” drifting into her backyard gym from the living room.

Her 3-year-old daughter, Vin, repeated Spanish words to the TV while Voboril and her… Continue Reading

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Motown Solo

By Andréa Maria Cecil

In Affiliation, Rest Day/Theory

October 28, 2014

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In a city long at conflict with itself, Jarrod Bell runs the only operating CrossFit affiliate because, he says, it’s the right thing to do. Andréa Maria Cecil reports.

The 400 m surrounding Detroit’s first and only operating CrossFit affiliate is a microcosm of the city’s decay.

There are overgrown lots—a couple outlined with rusted chain-link fences forbidding the curious—and abandoned turn-of-the-century Victorian-style brick homes whose vine-covered walls, broken windows… Continue Reading

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In ExPhysiology, Rest Day/Theory

July 10, 2014

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Lon Kilgore takes a look at the machine that produces fitness professionals, and he doesn’t like what he sees.

The problem with sport, exercise and fitness certifications is that they propose to supplant university education. The problem with sport, exercise and fitness university education is that they can.

Before you applaud or get your shotgun, no one really wins in this scenario—not the trainer, not the trainee.

It is an all-too-common occurrence for graduates in… Continue Reading

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Born to Be Mild

By Eleanor Brown

In Rest Day/Theory

June 06, 2014

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Eleanor Brown examines the role of introverts in world full of selfies and overwhelming stimulation.

A group of friends and I were meeting for lunch at a local restaurant. Near our table, two televisions were tuned to a sports channel, the volume low.

We were the only customers, and we weren’t there to watch television. I walked over and turned them off.

“Televisions in restaurants are so annoying,” I explained when I returned… Continue Reading

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A Workout to Remember

By Chris Cooper

In Rest Day/Theory

June 02, 2014

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USA Memory Championship tests the skills of competitors who can memorize a deck of cards in 60 seconds.

The elevator to the top of the Consolidated Edison Building is jammed with bodies and big brains. On the way to the 19th floor, where the USA Memory Championship will be held, contestants, fans and parents maintain a nervous silence. Among them is tall, bearded Nelson Dellis, the 2011 and 2012 USA Memory Champion.

“Did you do your… Continue Reading

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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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