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Accessing Athleticism

By Anna Woods

In Special Populations

February 06, 2013

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Trainer Anna Woods reports great success adapting the CrossFit program to clients with disabilities, whose PRs are measured not in seconds or pounds but improved daily function.

When I tell people I am a CrossFit trainer, the first assumption is that I work with skilled athletes. And I usually respond that I work with a different kind of athlete. I train athletes with more determination, fearlessness, ability and competitiveness than most… Continue Reading

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The Parent Trap

By Emily Beers

In Coaching, Special Populations

January 23, 2013

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Emily Beers convinces her mother to try CrossFit and experiences the trials and rewards of raising a new athlete.

I’ll never forget the moment her CrossFit life was conceived.

My mother phoned me up, hesitated a moment, interrupted and then blurted, “Em … I think … I think I’m ready to try CrossFit.”

I had been trying for months, but to no avail. At one point, I was so desperate I tried more artificial ways to get the… Continue Reading

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CrossFit Radio Episode 258

By Justin Judkins

In Affiliation, Radio, Special Populations

January 09, 2013

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On Episode 258 of CrossFit Radio, host Justin Judkins interviewed CrossFitter Yvetta Ripley and CrossFit New Zealand owner Darren Ellis. This episode was webcast live at 6 p.m. PDT on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013.

The Words of Wisdom are from Doug Chapman of CrossFit Ann Arbor/Hyperfit USA. In Being Consistent, Chapman explains how important consistency is to training and any other endeavor in which you desire success.

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Killing the Fat Man: Episode 11

By Sevan Matossian

In CrossFit, HD Videos, Special Populations

December 21, 2012

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Gary Roberts is back.

In this episode of Killing the Fat Man—called “Embracing It Forever”—Roberts is finishing his Level 1 seminar in Oahu, Hawaii.

“It taught me there’s still a freakin’ whole world of stuff I need to learn and master and practice,” he says of the seminar.

Then he adds: “I think I’m gonna do a muscle-up right now.”

To the cheers of many in attendance, Roberts finally nails his first muscle-up after a few tries.

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In Athletes, HD Videos, Special Populations

December 15, 2012

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For Tyler Belanger, coaching special kids is about allowing them to live without limitations.

At CrossFit Catalyst in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., the coach works with an almost non-verbal, functioning autistic boy.

“Does he understand what is actually being said, and pitch and tone of voice? Probably not,” Belanger explains. “But we can’t really tell either. What we know is that he really enjoys when people smile, and he doesn’t like when… Continue Reading

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CrossFitting Through Pregnancy

By Catherine Cochran

In Medical/Injuries, Special Populations

December 14, 2012

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For pregnant CrossFitters, resources on how to continue hitting the WOD are becoming easier to find. CrossFit Chantilly owner Catherine Cochran, a Type 1 diabetic, shares her experience.

In 2009, as a Type 1 diabetic struggling with my condition and experiencing life-threatening hypoglycemic episodes, I did my first CrossFit workout: Fran.

It was heavily scaled, but I completed the workout and was immediately hooked. In the… Continue Reading

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Addiction, Recovery and CrossFit

By Andréa Maria Cecil

In Medical/Injuries, Special Populations

December 13, 2012

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Ron Gellis, a recovering alcoholic and psychologist, started a program that combines elements of a traditional 12-step model with CrossFit. Community, he says, is key. Andréa Maria Cecil reports.

About a year ago, Zach’s 7-year-old brother found him lying on the floor of their parents’ Washington home, passed out from a heroin overdose. Two weeks later, his sister saw him in the bathroom with a needle in his arm.

The 21-year-old, who asked that his last… Continue Reading

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CrossFit Radio Episode 250

By Justin Judkins

In Affiliation, Athletes, Radio, Special Populations

November 15, 2012

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On Episode 250 of CrossFit Radio, host Justin Judkins interviewed CrossFit Steele Creek owner Dr. Brian Strump and recovering addict Scott Ries. This episode was webcast live at 6 p.m. PDT on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2012.

The Words of Wisdom are from Roy Baumeister, professor of psychology at Florida State University, and they were spoken in an interview with Dan Ariely: Why Willpower Doesn’t Work.

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