To hear Albert Azaryan tell the story, you’d think he was just doing his due diligence.
At the 1953 U.S.S.R. Championship, while holding an iron cross on the rings, he actually checked in with the judges to see if he was meeting the standards for the movement.
“I would turn my face to the left and the right, and I asked the judges, ‘Is it enough holding the cross?’ And they said, ‘Yes.’… Continue Reading
Twenty-two stages and multiple moving and stationary targets—all in Hurricane, Utah.
It’s the U.S. Practical Shooting Association’s Open and Limited 10 National Handgun Championships.
“Basically, for most folks this is sort of a culmination of the year. It’s also one of the most difficult matches from a shooting-test standpoint,” explains Dave Re, a practical shooting grand master who works at CrossFit Inc. headquarters in Scotts Valley, Calif. Re… Continue Reading
CrossFit Striking combines punches and kicks with traditional CrossFit movements to introduce new elements into training.
I closed my eyes and spun in a circle, around and around, until I felt a tap on my shoulder.
“Knee strike!” someone shouted.
I opened my eyes and dizzily threw three unsteady knee strikes into a focus pad. Before I could finish the third one, I felt another tap on my shoulder.
Each time I finished one set… Continue Reading
Three years ago, the Angel City Derby Girls were at the bottom of the barrel in the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association rankings.
“We couldn’t win a single game,” says team captain Jane Wilkins.
As of Sept. 30, the squad is ranked sixth of 166 teams spread over three divisions.
Roughly a year ago, Angel City started incorporating CrossFit into its training.
It began with one of the team’s jammers, who goes by the name… Continue Reading
Can the uptight ever hang loose? Hilary Achauer examines her complicated relationship with surfing.
The paddle out was easy that day. I didn’t even get my hair wet. I sat on my board with my dry hair and forced myself to look at the ocean, at the sky. I looked at the people walking on the beach and made up little stories about the surfers around me.
For 15 minutes I tried… Continue Reading
Bill Starr offers advice to athletes training hard in the dog days of summer.
This is the time of year when athletes have to deal with temperatures soaring close to or over the century mark, as well as extremely high humidity in some areas. It’s also when many sports teams train for the upcoming season.
Extreme heat can be debilitating to any athlete, regardless of age, if he or she does… Continue Reading
When Louie Zitting and his brothers were kids, his dad would call them “little jerks” whenever they got into trouble. That trouble, though, was the most fun.
Today, Zitting, his brothers and his family are known as the Jercs, a group of rock crawlers in Utah. They take their modified Jeeps, trucks and buggies for extreme off-road driving in Moab, Utah, where they spend days and nights camping out.
There are two… Continue Reading
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