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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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In Kids, Rest Day/Theory, Special Populations

November 30, 2013

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Noble and Empower charter schools find CrossFit fits their mandate to pursue excellence in education.

The Noble Network of Charter Schools is located in the worst neighborhoods of Chicago: Englewood, Garfield Park, West Humble Park. Ninety-five percent of its students live below the poverty line, and many of the schools in the neighborhood are equipped with metal detectors to curb violence. When students enter Noble schools in the ninth grade, they’re… Continue Reading

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In Kids, Rest Day/Theory, Special Populations

November 26, 2013

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Chicago student wins charter-school “education lottery” and earns full college scholarship.

Daniel Rodriguez won the lottery when he was 13.

A kid from Chicago’s inner city, Rodriguez faced a bleak outlook. His mom is from Puerto Rico, his dad from the Dominican Republic, and English is not the first language of either parent. Rodriguez struggled in elementary school, and his parents feared for his future in high school.

“I was so far behind as… Continue Reading

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Blind Athlete: Might as Well Jump

By Bettina Dolinsek and Randy Landgrebe

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Bettina Dolinsek was born blind, but she never asked to be treated differently. That same attitude carries over into her CrossFit training, and she doesn’t shy away from movements—even box jumps.

“Growing up blind, you weren’t expected to do much,” she explains. “It honestly makes me angry. That’s not how I want to be treated. I want to be expected to do what everybody else is expected to do.”

So Dolinsek started CrossFit and recently… Continue Reading

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Lifeline to Independence

By Anna Woods with Emily Beers

In Coaching, Special Populations

October 16, 2013

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Anna Woods describes workouts that showcase the creativity needed to provide functional movement skills to clients with challenges including cerebral palsy, Down syndrome and paraplegia.

CrossFit for people with developmental disabilities involves adapting movements for mental and physical delays while nurturing and growing a culture that encourages improved function for day-to-day life. I usually have to adapt things such as the… Continue Reading

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