Danette "Dizzle" Rivera is our resident vegan CrossFitter and weekly contributor. She's also a mom, CrossFit coach, wife, long-time athlete, bike commuter extraordinaire, balcony gardener, and all-around awesome lady. Here are twelve of her best articles from 2012.

 

Is My Slow Progress TOO Slow?

I’ve been CrossFitting for over two years now. Much to my surprise, I cannot handstand walk to the grocery store. Sometimes I get frustrated at what feels like my very slow progress.

 

Just Love the Bleep Out of It

It took me a long time to sort out my passions. I love my bike, I love food, and I love CrossFit. I'm not too cool to be embarrassed by it anymore. I'm gonna love the bleep out of it.

 

What the 2012 CrossFit Open Workouts Have Meant to the Everyday Athlete

What has the CrossFit Games Open meant to the rest of us? The non-elite? What about someone like me whose history of Rx’ing workouts is not long and still inconsistent?

 

The Secret Advice of a Vegan CrossFitter

After a particularly grueling CrossFit workout, one of my gym mates motioned me over to the rowers. This was not the first time I’d been pulled into the shadows to whisper about – gasp! – vegetables.

 

Ed Bauer: The Poster Man For Vegan CrossFitters

Vegan since the age of 16, Ed Bauer was a competitive bodybuilder and now competes in CrossFit. Ed wants to lead by example and show people how vegans can be successful athletes, too.

 

Daughters, the CrossFit Games, and Self Image

As my daughters grow up I worry about their self image and what society will push upon them. I am grateful for CrossFit and the Games for showing my daughters strength is beauty.

 

Something's in the Coconut Water - Pregnant CrossFitters

Lately there has been a bit of a pregnancy boom at our CrossFit gym. I was fascinated to talk to these women about their workouts, giving birth, and recovery and how CrossFit helped.

 

I Am Not My Deadlift, and Other Ways I Don't Measure My Fitness

I am not my deadlift. I am not my front squat. I am not my body weight or my body fat. These things are just measurements and they do not define my worth, or anyone else's.

 

CicLAvia: How One Bike Event Does the Impossible

It seems impossible that The City of Angels, where we act like cars are the angels, would ever allow ten miles of streets to be completely free of cars for five hours on a Sunday afternoon.

 

My Life as a CrossFit Intern: An Exercise in Mindfulness

Twice a week, I steal away from the sinking ship that is my job to intern for a few hours at CrossFit LA. The simplicity of my internship serves as a meditative portal to a more meaningful phase.

 

Corey Reed: Blind Amputee, Adaptive Athlete, CrossFitter

Eight years ago a single choice changed Corey Reed's life forever. He hasn't let his resulting blindness or amputee status stop him though. He continues to compete in athletics, and to inspire.

 

7 Ways For New Coaches to Become Better Coaches

As I transition from coaching kids to coaching adults, I realize all the things I don't know. Here are 7 tips that are helping me on my journey, that I know will serve any new coach well.

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