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Fit to Teach

By Brittney Saline

In Kids, Special Populations

January 04, 2015

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Staff at Cannon School set an example for their students as CrossFit is set to become part of the elementary curriculum in 2015.

At 16 years old, Meredith Davis (then Wittman) was strong.

A ballerina of 12 years, her thick, sinewy thighs propelled her nimbly across the floor as music swelled overhead. Her back muscles rippling as she extended in a graceful arch, she looked to her instructors for approval.

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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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In HD Videos, Kids, Special Populations

December 24, 2014

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The Wellington School, located in Columbus, Ohio, is an independent private school for students in preschool through Grade 12. Four-time CrossFit Games athlete Lindsey Smith is its athletic director.

The school is also home to TWS CrossFit. When Smith accepted the job at the prep school, a Wellington parent who does CrossFit reached out to ask how CrossFit would be implemented into the athletics program.

“(The parent) gave us some restricted funds… Continue Reading

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In Affiliation, HD Videos, Special Populations

October 20, 2014

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Old City CrossFit in Washington, D.C., is located near Gallaudet University, a federally chartered private university for the education of the deaf and hard of hearing.

“We knew there was a chance that we’d get some deaf members,” says Old City coach Erin Losie. “We had some ideas as to what we would do.”

Shortly after opening, Old City indeed became home to many deaf members. Coaches began to learn sign language, and a community… Continue Reading

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Kupuna

By Jon Gilbert and Jay Vera

In Affiliation, HD Videos, Special Populations

October 04, 2014

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K.C. Stallsmith is the owner of CrossFit AllStar in Waimea, Hawaii. When she first opened the affiliate, she was eager to share CrossFit with her community.

“I felt like I had an opportunity, as well as a responsibility, to introduce it to our community in an important way,” she says, “and that was to allow everyone accessibility to the methodology because truly I think that’s what (Greg) Glassman had in mind. ”

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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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