Teams of warriors in Medieval armor gather in France to try to injure each other with axes and maces.
We grappled, spinning and hacking at each other, until we both ended up slamming against the fence. In a flash, the Belarusian was gone and I felt the weight of another opponent on my back.
Against the fence and immobile, I leaned into the barrier and threw one arm around a post to keep from being borne… Continue Reading
Former pro cyclist Jeff King recounts the spread of cycling’s drug culture from Europe to North America.
The first thing I noticed in Belgium was the speed.
We were racing at a pace at least five miles per hour faster than anything I had ever done in North America and not taking the usual rests that would allow me to survive three-hour races like this. I was getting my legs ripped off.
It… Continue Reading
Bill Starr recommends a host of exercises to build a strong upper back and neck.
For those athletes who participate in contact sports, such as hockey, lacrosse, football and soccer, having a strong neck is an absolute must. It can mean the difference between getting a stinger in the neck after a head-on-head collision or being carried off the field and into the emergency room.
The sad… Continue Reading
At 13, Anna Tunnicliffe decided she wanted to win an Olympic medal in sailing. And she did, taking gold in the Laser Radial class at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.
“(It’s) the most amazing feeling in the world,” she says. “Not too many people can say they’ve won one.”
Now 30, Tunnicliffe began training at CrossFit B&S in Miami about a year and a half ago.
“I was fit, but I was just not getting fitter. I wasn’t getting… Continue Reading
Krista Guloien is an Olympic rower who brought home a silver medal for Canada last year. She’s also now a CrossFit athlete.
“Working with and for other people was the key to me doing as much as I did or going as hard as I did,” says the rower who competed in the women’s eights in London.
She adds, “(That) extra something ... was about not letting my teammates down.”
Guloien says working with and against others in… Continue Reading
On Episode 265 of CrossFit Radio, host Justin Judkins interviewed CrossFit affiliate owners Jon Jansen and Joe Westerlin. This episode was webcast live at 6 p.m. PDT on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013.
2:26 Jon Jansen played in the NFL for 11 seasons and now owns CrossFit Petoskey. Jansen talked about playing for the University of Michigan when the Wolverines won the national championship in 1997, and he compared his training… Continue Reading
As a 2012 Olympic silver-medalist rower, Krista Guloien has a thing or two to say about the erg.
“(It’s) a bit of a torture device,” she says with a smile, “something that we use as a tool and we almost have to learn to love, in a way. It’s not one of the most easy pieces of sporting equipment by any stretch.”
In this video, Guloien offers some tips on how to approach the rower, starting with having a seat.
“Typically… Continue Reading
Can you get stronger during your sport’s season? Bill Starr says yes and tells you how to do it.
Strength training currently plays a critical role at every level of athletics, from junior high schools to the professional ranks. Yet, some of us who have been associated with strength training for some time recall all too vividly that this was not always the case.
As recently as the late ’60s, some coaches… Continue Reading