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Desert Ninjas

By Chris Cooper

In Gymnastics/Tumbling, Special Populations

September 09, 2014

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“American Ninja Warrior” qualifiers meet in Sin City to try and conquer Mt. Midoriyama for the first time.

It’s hard to catch your breath in Las Vegas, Nevada.

In a city renowned for its sights—but not its views—the American Ninja Warrior Final transformed a dusty parking lot in the desert into a glowing extension of the famed Las Vegas Strip.

Scattered across two acres were four stages; three were at eye level, and the last, Mt. Midoriyama, loomed over… Continue Reading

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Baby on Board

By Kristin Auger

In Special Populations

May 10, 2014

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Athlete Kristin Auger shares her experiences with CrossFit training while pregnant.

I stand just inside the open door with one leg forward, feeling the customary adrenaline and prickly anticipation I always feel before the start of one of my favorite benchmark workouts. The familiar elements are all in place: my comrades milling beside me, bars loaded in rows behind us on the gym floor, music pulsating on high from the stereo… Continue Reading

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My Sprinter

By Lisbeth Darsh

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Can movement serve as therapy for kids on the autism spectrum?

When you’re the parent of a child on the autism spectrum, you’re used to your child moving, but often in a manner that may not be in sync with the rest of society. In this special world, there are arm-flappers and toe-dancers and body-rockers, among others.

I have a sprinter.

My son, who is now 14 years old, technically hits some end of… Continue Reading

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Rewired by the WOD?

By Chris Cooper

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As researchers start to close in on the causes of autism, some CrossFit gyms are testing treatment theories that suggest exercise can help.

(Corrects to clarify that some children with Asperger’s, not all, are averse to touch.)

Living with autism is about making connections.

Since the earliest diagnosis of autism in 1911, parents have searched for ways to relate to children whose symptoms often make interaction challenging. With no cure for the developmental disorder… 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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All Access: Part 1

By Chris Cooper

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Improved prosthetic technology and user-driven innovation are opening new avenues for adaptive athletes who refuse to accept limitations.

On Dec. 22, 2013, vigilant U.S. Transportation Security Administration agents pulled Kendra Bailey out of a screening line.

Bailey’s carryon contained a length of hollow pipe, a short chain, a leather strap and various connectors because she was hoping to do power cleans while visiting a gym on the West Coast. Bailey is… Continue Reading

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In Kids, Special Populations

March 02, 2014

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Knowledge Is Power Program school relies on Los Angeles affiliate owners to help bring CrossFit to new East L.A. junior high.

Paul Austad, Candice Ryu and Shirley Brown didn’t know each other until recently, even through the three grew up in the same rough area of East Los Angeles and have been exposed to much of the same adversity.

But now they’re banding together for a greater cause. Along with a woman named… Continue Reading

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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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