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Loree Smith, who was on the 2008 U.S. Olympic Track and Field team for hammer throwing, was exposed to CrossFit via Fran.

She had to do banded pull-ups, the weight was scaled down and she ended up with blisters on both hands.

“I was hooked,” says the 29-year-old. “I’m a competitor. I hate losing more than I love winning, so that atmosphere of people giving 100 percent and driving, I really like that.”

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Throwing a baseball is a complex movement.

To simplify it, gymnastics and movement guru Carl Paoli explains it as squaring up the hips and then external shoulder rotation followed by internal shoulder rotation.

“When we’re unilaterally loaded … our joint tends to cave into internal rotation,” Paoli explains. “So what we’re seeing is that in order to train more speed and rotation … all I need to do is do some unilateral loading.”

In Part 2, Paoli… Continue Reading

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CrossFit 650 is home to Game Prep Baseball Academy, a facility catering to baseball players in the San Bruno, Calif., area.

Anthony Granato and Lucas Robinson founded the affiliate. Granato played professional baseball for eight years, including minor league baseball for the Chicago Cubs and Colorado Rockies. In this video, gymnastics and movement guru Carl Paoli, also a coach at San Francisco CrossFit, learns how to throw a baseball… Continue Reading

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In Sports Applications

May 07, 2012

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Considered one of the best young basketball players in the country, this teenager got bigger, faster and stronger through sport-specific CrossFit training. Dan Edelman explains.

The mayhem of March Madness is long over, and if you’re into college hoops, you probably watched the Kentucky Wildcats defeat the Kansas Jayhawks for the NCAA title. Some of you have also probably heard of Shabazz Muhammad.

Muhammad is a senior at… Continue Reading

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CrossFitter Signs With Steelers

By Andréa Maria Cecil

In Athletes, Sports Applications

April 27, 2012

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After missing a post-college shot at the NFL because of the 2011 lockout, Will Johnson became determined to make it to the big league. CrossFit, he says, made the difference. Andréa Maria Cecil reports.

In most ways, Will Johnson is a quintessential CrossFitter.

After just two weeks, he started to see results, got addicted and had to be instructed to take rest days.

But there’s one difference, a big one: in late March, the 23-year-old was… Continue Reading

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CrossFit Radio Episode 221

By Justin Judkins

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On Episode 221 of CrossFit Radio, host Justin Judkins interviewed CrossFit trainer and yoga instructor Nikki McGowan. Judkins also interviewed CrossFit newcomer Brent Bearup. This episode was webcast live at 6 p.m. PDT on Wednesday, April 25, 2012.

The WOW (Workout of the Week) is from CrossFit Invictus in San Diego, Calif.

Four sets of:
Turkish get-up, 2 reps
Rest 60 seconds
Kettlebell swings, 25 reps
Rest 60 seconds

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A little more than two weeks after he competes in the Canada West Regional as part of the team Pure Fitness Red Deer, Jason MacDonald will head to Virginia for a UFC fight.

The 36-year-old has been training as a mixed martial artist for 13 years.

“I fought a lot of tough guys, had a lot of fights,” MacDonald says. “Some of ’em went my way, some haven’t.”

Like CrossFit, MMA requires mental toughness… Continue Reading

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In HD Videos, Sports Applications

April 05, 2012

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It’s like “Fran on steroids, and you haven’t even lifted a weight.”

That’s how Mike Savitch describes bobsledding.

The co-owner of CrossFit Praxis in Washington, D.C., spent seven years on the Virgin Islands bobsled team and competed in the Olympics until his 2002 retirement. The former college baseball player was the brakeman on the team—the last guy in who stops the sled at the end.

“Gotta be as fast as possible ’cause the… Continue Reading

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