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CrossFit

Just because one can, doesn’t mean one should. It’s the quickest way to “CrossFitter’s doin CrossFit” immortality.
Last weekend I competed in my first big individual CrossFit competition, and it was an incredible experience.
Together we can minimizing the risk for preventable injuries with non-competitive populations.
Last year, Patrick McCarty shared his athlete journals that detailed his journey to the CrossFit Games.
When it was first announced that the Masters events were going to be moved to mid-week, we felt like it was yet another slap in the face to the Masters population. And boy, were we wrong.
This Saturday I leave for the 2013 CrossFit Games. I've made a lot of progress in the last year, but it's not over yet. Here are my goals for the Games this year.
This week there was some controversy over the prize purse for masters athletes. One Facebook comment fired me up. Here's what I have to say to all the Ryan McGrottys out there.
Ask anyone what they love about CrossFit and they'll probably mention the word "community." But like any community, forming a community starts with individuals - with me and you.
Last Monday I decided to include “ring handstand pushups” in my warm up, with some unpleasant results. Now I'm making a vow: no more crazy shenanigans until after Carson.
There are really only two post-competition experiences. You either thrill the crowd with a fantastic showing, or you feel like you just made a total ass of yourself. This is a story about the latter.
When Chris Spealler didn't make it to the 2013 Games, the crowd went wild with accusations about the judging. I'm inclined to think the fault lies more with the choice of programming.
We sometimes forget the importance of the gym environment. The community at your box is like water - when the water rises, all of the boats are lifted up. How’s the water in your box?
Shortly after I started CrossFit, I decided to stop avoiding pain during workouts and take myself to my limit. After that everything improved. It all reminds me of a Star Trek episode I saw once.
Last week an article about the kettlebell swing created a lot of buzz. It got me thinking about how CrossFit and other sports have evolved through the years and how discussion fuels those changes.
This week I started thinking about our "CrossFit Heroes." Mine is Amanda Miller, a remarkable athlete who I can emulate, as an athlete, a coach, and even a person. That's what a hero should be.
In order to really compete, you need a coach and you need programming. The question for us masters - and for any athlete really - is what program? Or should I say, whose?
Training is getting intense as Regionals approach, but I'm taking two rest days each week which allows for more intensity.
This week provided a lesson in the difference between quitting and making a judgment call to avoid injury. As promised, I've also included video of my progress on my goals from last week.