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Son of Anarchy?

By Pat Sherwood

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October 21, 2013

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Motorcycle nomad Pat Sherwood says he understands the lure of gangs—and he’s proud to be a member of the CrossFit crew.

I understand why people join gangs. In my mind, your gang is simply the crew you share common interests with. It could be as tame as your neighborhood book club or as extreme as the local chapter of the Hells Angels.

Before anyone loses his or her shit because I’ve implied that I understand why someone… Continue Reading

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Diamond in the Roughhousing

By Mike Warkentin

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With MLB playoff battles raging, Mike Warkentin looks at the anatomy of the bench-clearing baseball fight.

A precisely manicured ball field is a thing of beauty, and the best are gorgeous temples built in honor of the sport of baseball.

There’s a geometric elegance to the ball field, which is home to skilled specialists who run the spectrum from amazing physical specimens to freakishly talented trolls who… Continue Reading

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In CrossFit, HD Videos, Rest Day/Theory

October 17, 2013

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For five weeks, Emily Beers obsessed about the CrossFit Games Open. She tied her self-worth to her performance. Then she went to Haiti. And things changed.

“Today I’m surrounded by poverty and hunger. The Open is the furthest thing from my mind,” she says only days after completing the final workout of the five-week competition.

At a school, Beers dishes out a salty cornmeal paste for children. The meal includes weeds, leaves and dirt.

“It’s so… Continue Reading

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In CrossFit, Rest Day/Theory

October 14, 2013

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Pat Sherwood explains the delicate balance between pupusa and push-ups.

On my current incredible CrossFit motorcycle adventure, I’m constantly exposed to new local food and drink at the affiliates we visit. Each country, region or town has some delicious delicacy that the local CrossFit athletes insist we try.

There have been grilled steaks, chicken and seafood that even the strictest nutrition-crazy athlete would have eaten… Continue Reading

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In CrossFit, HD Videos, Rest Day/Theory

October 09, 2013

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In Haiti, life is hard. Most Haitians are just looking to survive from one day to the next.

“It feels as though their everyday life is what we do at CrossFit for a workout,” says Jessica Coulter, one of three Canadian athletes who accompanied Julie Roberts to the Caribbean country where she has made multiple humanitarian trips.

Simply watching Haitians pour concrete is an eye-opening experience.

“When you’re watching people do the labor, you… Continue Reading

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In Rest Day/Theory, Special Populations

October 09, 2013

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The final part of this three-part series looks at the day-to-day lives of Haitian people and how they find happiness in a country filled with constant physical struggle and hardship.

About two hours away by car from McDonald, where Julie Roberts does most of her work in Haiti, is the tiny village of Jarvais. Because the village isn’t close to any cities, its people don’t have access to imported goods. They depend entirely on each… Continue Reading

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In CrossFit, Rest Day/Theory

October 07, 2013

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Road warrior leaves home with seven pairs of socks and discovers one of life’s great secrets.

Today is my 42nd day away from home and living on a motorcycle. Every now and then I compare a rough list of what I have with me to all the stuff—the tons of stuff—I have filling my house and garage at home in Santa Cruz, Calif., and I think about how I have not needed any of it… Continue Reading

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In CrossFit, HD Videos, Rest Day/Theory

September 27, 2013

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Haiti is the poorest place Emily Beers has ever been. Life expectancy is 61 years, and in the tiny village of McDonald going to school is optional for children—half the population never learns to read.

It’s here that Beers’ friend Julie Roberts has spent so much time, starting microcredit loans and funding latrine projects.

“Basically, we’re making a small investment to people that can’t afford a business,” Roberts explains. “What they… Continue Reading

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