The CrossFit Life

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Loading Dock CrossFit

By Hilary Achauer

In The CrossFit Life

November 29, 2012

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Jenna Johnson doesn’t have a CrossFit box near her home in Racine, Wisc., so she set up a gym next to the loading dock at work. Her co-workers think she’s crazy, but she’s never felt better. Hilary Achauer reports.

Jenna Johnson works for a company with more than 500 employees, but pretty much everyone knows who she is. That’s because every day at lunchtime, 26-year-old Johnson goes outside to a space next to the… Continue Reading

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Road Test: Headbands

By Hilary Achauer

In The CrossFit Life

November 21, 2012

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Hilary Achauer was tired of headbands that came off in the middle of a WOD, so she went in search of the perfect headband for CrossFit.

I was in the middle of a surprisingly brutal 20-minute AMRAP of 4 thrusters, 8 toes-to-bars, 12 pistols and 16 double-unders. In the third round, right in the middle of the thrusters, I felt my headband slip back on my head.

By the time I got to the… Continue Reading

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Planes, Trains and CrossFit

By Hilary Achauer

In The CrossFit Life

November 15, 2012

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Veteran Level 1 Seminar flowmasters Chuck Carswell and Adrian Bozman talk about their strategies for surviving life on the road.

Chuck Carswell is a master of efficiency. As a veteran Level 1 Seminar flowmaster, Carswell spends almost every weekend of the year traveling around the world and teaching people how to move well.

When he goes to the airport, he parks in the same spot each time. He walks through the same security gate each… Continue Reading

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Suffering in Silence

By Molly Godby

In The CrossFit Life

November 08, 2012

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Molly Godby may work out alone, but in the middle of the WOD she feels the presence of other garage CrossFitters who urge her to keep going.

Tick-tock. It’s just the clock and me. No one else dropping weights. No coach yelling at me to pick up that bar, to explode from the hips. Only me, my music, my sweat, my thoughts and that ticking clock, mocking me as I struggle for… Continue Reading

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Intensity in Action

By Master Sgt. Eric N. Johnson

In The CrossFit Life

November 01, 2012

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Master Sgt. Eric Johnson believes true intensity and focus can make the difference between good and great.

At the age of 41, I have spent 22 years as a United States Marine, and I’ve been an avid weightlifter, American Mountain Guides Association rock-climbing instructor, ski instructor and martial-arts instructor. I’ve always thought of myself as being in pretty good shape. I can run three miles in under 21 minutes and do 20… Continue Reading

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Athlete Again

By Hilary Achauer

In The CrossFit Life

October 25, 2012

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Dylan Rivera struggled with a painful nervous-system disorder for most of his childhood, missing out on the physical challenge of sports. Then he found CrossFit and rediscovered the joy of athletics.

Dylan Rivera was always an active child. He played soccer and baseball and spent much of his childhood outside kicking around a soccer ball. One day that all changed.

“When I hit fifth grade, my health turned for… Continue Reading

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In Coaching, HD Videos, The CrossFit Life

October 23, 2012

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Matt Lodin started doing CrossFit just out of college at a 24-Hour Fitness. He focused on power cleans and other “explosive stuff” he learned about as a collegiate lacrosse player.

“I got kicked out for being too loud and having chalk,” Lodin says.

So he joined CrossFit East County in El Cajon, Calif., making the 25-minute drive from San Diego. Shortly thereafter, CrossFit Pacific Beach opened across from his neighborhood grocery… Continue Reading

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Out of the Water and Into the Box

By Emily L. Ciraolo

In The CrossFit Life

October 11, 2012

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Burned out from years of competitive swimming, former All-American swimmer Emily Ciraolo rediscovers the joy of fitness through CrossFit.

I used to hate holiday workouts.

Swimmers do holiday workouts. My club team did 100 100s on New Year’s Eve. Holiday workouts suck. They suck more than the usual workouts suck.

I thought about this as I drove home from the Fittest on the 4th at CrossFit 716 back in… Continue Reading

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