ARTICLE: STAR IN THE TEAM SERIES LIVE ANNOUNCEMENT

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CrossFit:

Record your best Clean & Jerk 1 rep max lift.

Time cap 20 mins

Then,

For 4 cycles:
AMRAP in 2 mins of:
10 Burpees
Run, 400 m
Max Rep Burpee

Rest 3 mins between each cycle.
For each cycle restart the AMRAP.

ARTICLE:

The CrossFit Team Series kicks off Sept. 19, with the live announcement of Week 1. Rory McKernan and Adrian Bozman are searching for partners for fun exhibition of the events during the live show. 

INTERESTED IN JOINING THE SHOW? 

Record a video that is 1-minute or less and post to social media using the hashtag #TeamSeries18. We'll pick from the submissions and fly winners out to participate in the show. 

READ MORE https://games.crossfit.com/article/star-team-series-live-announcement/teamseries

ARTICLE: THE TEAM SERIES: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

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CrossFit:

5 Muscle Up Progressions
Every 1 min for 18 mins.

EMOM 18, 3-5 reps of one of the following, ranked from highest to lowest profiency:
1) Strict Muscle-Up
2) Muscle-Up Negative
3) 5 Transition Rocks -Elevated (most difficult) -Supine (medium difficulty) -Incline (least difficult)
Notes Athlete should select a variation which allows them to maintain the 3-5 rep range with excellent mechanics and some room in the tank.

Then,

3 rounds for time of:
Row, 750 m
20 Box Jump Overs, 24/20 in

TIMECAP: 18:00 GEAR: 3
Competition: Same
Performance: 20/16”
Fitness: 500m Row 16/12’’

Article:

The 2018 CrossFit Team Series will be underway in less than a month. We’ve compiled some information to help you through the process of finding a teammate, registering your team, completing the workouts and submitting your scores.

Have you found a teammate yet? If not, it’s time. The competition kicks off Sept. 19, when the first set of workouts will be released.

GETTING STARTED

Step 1 is choosing a teammate. The Team Series allows female/female pairs, male/male pairs or mixed-gender pairs to compete, so invite your sister, brother, friend, significant other, co-worker, mom, dad—the list goes on—to participate in CrossFit’s all-inclusive offseason competition.

Once you have your teammate, it’s time to register. Head over to the CrossFit Games website to get started. Registration goes like this: Team Managers will log on, create a team and pay US$40. When they're done, they'll get a unique link to invite their teammate to join their team. The second athlete then follows the unique link to join the team.

Read More https://games.crossfit.com/article/team-series-what-you-need-know/teamseries

ARTICLE: Top Five Benefits of Physical Activity for People with Disabilities

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CrossFit:

Record your best Deadlift 3 rep max lift

Then,

3 rounds for time of:
20 Burpee Box Jump Overs, 30/24 in
2 Legless Rope Climbs

TIMECAP: 12:00 GEAR: 2.5
Competition: 24/20” Regular Rope Climbs
Performance: 20/16” Strict Ground to Standing (4 to 1)
Fitness: 16/12” Ground to Standing (3 to 1)

Article:

If you have any kind of disability, some people would have you believe that you shouldn’t exercise. In reality, though, this couldn’t be farther from the truth.

The government’s physical activity guidelines apply to everyone, regardless of their abilities. Many people with disabilities don’t seem to realize this, though, as nearly 50 percent of them are inactive on a regular basis.

If you or a loved one has a disability, it’s important to understand why regular physical activity matters for overall health and well-being. It’s also important to note that there are many different ways in which one can be physically active.

Read on to learn more about the benefits of regular physical activity. And how people with disabilities can incorporate exercise into their routine.

BENEFITS OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

Some of the main benefits of regular physical activity for people with disabilities include:

  • Improved physical health: Physical activity helps decrease the risk of developing all kinds of weight-related health problems. Including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, and cancer. Physically inactive adults with disabilities are 50 percent more likely than those who are physically active to develop these kinds of diseases.

Read More http://www.therxreview.com/crossfit-disabilities-physical-activity/

 

 

ARTICLE: Mental Training Program Preview

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CrossFit:

Record your best Hang Clean + Clean 1 Rep Max lift.

Build to Max

Article:

You asked for it! Here is a preview of 1 of the mental training pieces in the BRAND NEW MENTALITY WOD Online Program!

The general layout of the training pieces is similar to what you see below.  It starts with a reading full of tips, then you go into a drill or exercise for you to do, and I often leave you with some other bonus content, like an MP3 download

 

1. READING

“Awareness of Your Focus”

Before, and during workouts you may find yourself feeling negative, stressed, or upset. It’s likely that what you’re thinking about has a lot to do with how you feel. If you’re focusing on a lot of things out of your control, you won’t find it easy to perform your best.

What you focus on is what you give your energy to. We have limited amounts of energy, so let’s make sure you’re using it wisely on things that matter the most.

Focusing on these things, will not help you perform your best.

Here 6 Common Unhelpful Focuses

Focusing on the past or future. For example – “I can’t believe I messed up!” or “If I’m going to succeed I can’t let him pass me.” All you can control is what you do in the present, so thoughts about the past or assuming you know “what has to happen” are wasteful.

Focusing on mistakes or weaknesses. For example, “My pullups suck.” or “I hope they don’t program snatches” Acknowledge areas you want to improve in your personal development plan or to your coach, but don’t beat yourself up, because it will impact your confidence and focus.

Focusing only on outcomes. For example, “I have to get this” or “I have to beat her.” You can only control your own behavior, not the behaviors of others. Plus, putting your thoughts on the process of what you’re doing will help you do that movement better.

Focusing on things out of your control. For example, “I hate training when it’s cold.” or “Why did he have to come to this class– now I won’t get the best score.” This takes your mind off of what you can do to improve your behavior.

Focusing on achieving perfection. For example, “I must get all of my lifts today” or “I have to make this muscle-up perfect.” This can set you up for frustration.

Focusing an all you did “wrong” and generalizing. For example, the whole WOD wasn’t TERRIBLE, just because you made a small mistake, or struggled with one movement. Struggling is actually a sign of future flourishing, it means you’re pushing your limits and to be your best, you gotta struggle. You mess up a few times on a few reps, that doesn’t mean that you are horrible or that you’ll never get it right.

Read More http://mentalitywod.com/mental-training-preview/

 

ARTICLE: WHO WON WHAT AT THE CROSSFIT GAMES

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CrossFit:

Record your best Front Squat 3 rep max lift.

Then,

For time:
50 Overhead Squats, 75/55 lbs
75/55 Chest-to-bar Pull-ups
50 Overhead Squats, 75/55 lbs

EVERY 3:00, including 0:00, run 200m.
TIMECAP: 25:00 GEAR: 3

Competition: 65/45# Pull-Ups
Performance: 45/35# Banded Pull-Ups or Ring Rows
Fitness: Find Weight Banded Pull-Ups or Ring Rows

Article: 

The 2018 Reebok CrossFit Games are behind us. At this year's competition, we saw athletes overcome fears, set PRs, push through pain and perform incredible feats of fitness. It's back to the drawing board for those who have high hopes for 2019.

On Aug. 5, 2018, CrossFit crowned the fittest man, woman and team on Earth, the Rookie of the Year, the Most Improved athlete and the Spirit of the Games Award winner.

Miss the action? Catch up on who won what below or watch the live archived footage here.  

MEN

Fittest Man on Earth: Mat Fraser, USA
Second place: Patrick Vellner, Canada
Third place: Lukas Högberg, Sweden

Read More https://games.crossfit.com/article/who-won-what-crossfit-games/games

ARTICLE: 1,500 Calories a Day, 50 Miles a Week, 1 Broken Hip

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CrossFit:

Record your best Hang Snatch (Above The Knees) 2 Rep Max lift

Then,

Complete as many rounds as possible in 10 mins of:
5 Squat Snatches, 185/125 lbs
15 Toes-to-bars

Competition: 155-105#
Performance: 95-135#/65-95# Toes as high as possible
Fitness: 45-65/35-45# Knee Raises

Article:

When Amy Williams' bones began to spontaneously break before she turned 30, she knew it was time for a change.

Her body fat had dropped to just six percent, and her dangerously low bone density contributed first to a broken hand and then to a broken hip.

"I hit rock bottom when I broke my hip from basically just walking," said Williams, now 34. At the time she had also been trying to get pregnant but had stopped menstruating, which interfered with her ability to conceive.

For Amy Williams, a restrictive diet coupled with high-volume running led to more injury than fitness. (Courtesy of Amy Williams)

While Williams said that she wasn't anorexic—she never deliberately restricted her caloric intake—the effects of her diet on her body were similar to that of anorexia. A long-distance runner logging 50 miles a week, Williams said she simply wasn't educated about how to fuel her body to support her training volume.

At 5 foot 4 and 95 lb., she was consuming fewer than 1,500 calories a day, which she thought was enough to support her active lifestyle.

But when she fractured her hip in 2014, Williams had to put running on hold. In the meantime, she started going to CrossFit War Town in Warner Robins, Georgia. The gym, which Williams purchased in 2017, is now called CrossFit Carnivore.

Read More https://journal.crossfit.com/article/williams-beers

ARTICLE: Off the Carbs, Off the Couch

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CrossFit:

Front Squat 3-3-3-3-3 Rest as needed between sets

Then,

Every 1 min for 15 mins, alternating between:
15 Burpees
15 Toes-to-bars
15 Row Calories

EMOM 15, alternating:
a) 10-15 Burpees
b) 10-15 Toes-to-Bar
c) 12-18/10-15 Calorie Row

GEAR: 3
Competition: Same
Performance: Toes as high as possible or Laying Toes to Post
Fitness: Knee Raises or Sit-Ups

Article:

“Nutrition is just as—if not more—important than movement.”

CrossFit Seminar Staff member Joe Westerlin said that shortly after he had drawn a small triangle in the upper-left corner of a whiteboard at CrossFit Omaha. He had divided it into five sections from top to bottom, labeling each: sport, weightlifting and throwing, gymnastics, metabolic conditioning, and, at the base, nutrition.

It was Day 2 of the CrossFit Level 1 Certificate Course, and it was time to talk food.

The two-day course teaches the fundamental principles and movements of CrossFit. Those who attend the course and pass the subsequent exam earn the title CrossFit Level 1 Trainer.

Many think the Level 1 course is focused on movement—so why was Westerlin talking about nutrition? And why did he say nutrition is at least as important as movement in CrossFit?

Read More https://journal.crossfit.com/article/nutrition-saline

ARTICLE: 10 to Watch in 2018—Revisited

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CrossFit:

Back Squat 3-3-3-3-3
Use the heaviest weight you can for each set.
Rest as needed between sets.

Build over the first three sets to a challenging but manageable weight

Then,

5 rounds for time of:
Walking Lunge, 100 ft 15 Pull-ups

TIMECAP: 12:00 GEAR: 3
Competition: Same
Perfornance: 75ft Banded Pull-Ups or Ring Rows
Fitness: 50ft Banded Pull-Ups or Ring Rows

Article:

Before the 2018 season started, I wrote my annual article covering the top 10 athletes and storylines I’d be watching this year.  

I selected a mixture of dark horses, up-and-comers, teams and competitive battles that I felt would prove relevant at some point during the season.

With the 2018 Reebok CrossFit Games now in the rearview, I’m circling back to revisit those storylines and examine how the season ultimately played out.

MEREDITH ROOT

Offseason changes, including a move to Canada West, led me to believe Meredith Root was ready to break through out of the newly combined West Regional.

Root won the Open in Canada West and kicked off Regionals with a third-place finish in Triple 3. A tough 20th place in Linda knocked her down to seventh place overall to close the first day.

Meredith Root at the 2018 Reebok CrossFit Games

Three straight top-10 finishes would move her up into the fifth and final qualifying spot heading into the Event 6 finale. She finished the event in 22nd, and for a moment it appeared her CrossFit Games hopes were dashed as she slid down to sixth place overall.

But the disqualification of an athlete ahead of her due to a failed drug test meant that Root rightfully received her invitation to Madison.

At the Games, Root’s best event finishes came in Crit (17th), 30 Muscle-Ups (13th) and Madison Triplus (15th).

She finished her rookie year at the Games in 30th overall.

All things considered, it was a tremendous effort on her part, and something to build on for 2019.

Read More https://games.crossfit.com/article/10-watch-2018-revisited/games

ARTICLE: DAVE CASTRO ANNOUNCES EVENTS AT ATHLETE CEREMONY

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CrossFit:

Back Squat 5-5-5-5-5
Use the heaviest weight you can for each set. Rest as needed between sets.

then, 

Complete as many rounds as possible in 9 mins of:
Goblet Walking Lunge, 50/35 lbs, 50 ft
12 Dumbbell Snatches, 50/35 lbs

Competition: 40/30#
Performance: 30/20#
Fitness: 20/10#

Article:

Director of the CrossFit Games Dave Castro made a few big announcements at tonight’s Athlete Ceremony in the Coliseum at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wisconsin. After 553 athletes walked across the floor waving their countries’ flags, Castro took the stage.

His first announcement told the details of one of Saturday’s events.

“Typically, we do our swim events early on in the week,” he said. “This year, we did a row on Day 1. … We’re doing the swim event for everybody on Saturday.”

Castro then reintroduced the team rescue sled from the 2015 Games to the teams.

The 2018 swim events are as follows:

MADISON TRIPLUS (INDIVIDUALS)

For time:

Swim 500 meters

Paddle 1,000 meters

Run 2,000 meters

Athletes will begin on the Lake Monona shoreline, enter the water and swim a 500-meter course, concluding back on land. They will then grab a paddleboard and paddle a 1,000-meter course. Finally, the athletes will exit the water and run 2,000 meters to the AEC, where they will cross the finish line.

Time cap: 40 minutes

Read more https://games.crossfit.com/article/dave-castro-announces-events-athlete-ceremony/games

ARTICLE: 2018 ATHLETE GUIDE: INDIVIDUAL MEN

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CrossFit:

High Hang Snatch + Hang Snatch + Snatch 1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1
Use the heaviest weight you can for each set. Rest as needed between sets.

High Hang Snatch = from top third of thigh. Hang Snatch = just above knee. Athletes with an established 1RM should start with ~73%. Athletes without an established 1RM should start with a load that they can perform with excellent mechanics and little to no fatigue, and build from there at coach's discretion. Build by feel, but the goal is to make all eight sets with excellent mechanics, not to push to top weights.

Then,

Every 1 min for 10 mins, alternating between:
8 Thrusters, 145/100 lbs
10 Strict Pull-ups

EMOM 16:
a) 5-8 Thrusters, 145#/100#
b) 6-10 Strict Pullups
GEAR: 2

Competition: 115/75#
Performance: 75-95/55-65# Strict Banded Pull-Ups or Ring Rows
Fitness: 45-65/35-45# Strict Banded Pull-Ups or Ring Rows

Article:

How well do you know this year's Games athletes? Scroll to peruse bios and stats for the 40 individual men set to compete in Madison, Wisconsin, at the 2018 Reebok CrossFit Games.

Click here to download the PDF version.

 

ARTICLE: 2018 ATHLETE GUIDE: INDIVIDUAL WOMEN

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CrossFit:

Pause Clean And Jerk 3-3-3-3-3-3
Use the heaviest weight you can for each set. Rest as needed between sets.

0:03 pause just below knees (on the way up, NOT from hang.) Athletes with an established 1RM clean & jerk should start around 73%. Build over the first three sets to a challenging but manageable weight, and repeat for three more sets. Athletes without an established 1RM should build from the bar, performing triples until the coach decides they have reached an appropriate load, they perform that load for three more sets.

Then,

30-20-10 reps, for time of:
Row Calories
Dumbbell Clean & Jerk, 50/35 lbs

Time Cap 10 mins
Competition: 40/30#
Performance: 30/20#
Fitness: 20/10#

Article:

How well do you know this year's Games athletes? Scroll to peruse bios and stats for the 40 individual women set to compete in Madison, Wisconsin, at the 2018 Reebok CrossFit Games.

Click here to download the PDF version.

 

ARTICLE: CASTRO REVEALS EVENTS AT ATHLETE DINNER

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CrossFit:

5 Muscle Up Progressions Every 1 min for 15 mins.

EMOM 15, 3-5 reps of one of the following, ranked from highest to lowest profiency:
1) Strict Muscle-Up
2) Muscle-Up Negative
3) 5 Transition Rocks -Elevated (most difficult) -Supine (medium difficulty) -Incline (least difficult)
Notes Athlete should select a variation which allows them to maintain the 3-5 rep range with excellent mechanics and some room in the tank.

Then,

Complete as many rounds as possible in 25 mins of:
15 Deadlifts, 185/125 lbs
12 Toes-to-bars
9 Strict Handstand Push-ups
6 Strict Ring Dips
Rest 1 min

Competition: 165/110# 1 Abmat Unnassisted Bar Dips or THIN Band Ring Dips
Performance: 135/95# L-Sit DB Press Banded Bar Dips
Fitness: 115/75# L-Sit DB Press Box Dips

Article:

CrossFit has officially descended upon Madison, Wisconsin. Hundreds of competing athletes, CrossFit staff members, volunteers and fans have invaded the town that hosts the Fittest on Earth.

Earlier this evening, athletes attended the traditional athlete dinner where they’ve become accustomed to learning about what the week has in store. Director of the Games Dave Castro always has hints, tips and information up his sleeve, and much of it gets revealed at the yearly dinner.

This year’s dinner took place at Cento, the premiere Italian restaurant in downtown Madison. Athletes were enjoying the rustic Italian fare when Castro stood up in a booth and quieted the crowd. The eager competitors looked on with faces full of anticipation, waiting to hear their fate.

 

First, Castro revealed Individual Event 7 (IE7), which will take place on Friday, Aug. 3. Castro said it would be a chance at “redemption” for those athletes who attempted the workout at the 2017 Games. IE7 is a repeat:

Fibonacci

For time:

5-8-13 reps of:

Parallette handstand push-ups

Double kettlebell deadlifts

Then, lunge 89 ft. with 2 kettlebells overhead


M 14-in. deficit, 2 203-lb. KB for deadlifts, 2 53-lb. KB for lunges

F 8-in. deficit, 2 124-lb. KB for deadlifts, 2 35-lb. KB for lunges

Time cap: 6 minutes

Athletes will complete 5 handstand push-ups and 5 kettlebell deadlifts, 8 handstand push-ups and 8 kettlebell deadlifts, then 13 handstand push-ups and 13 kettlebell deadlifts. They then will pick up 2 kettlebells and lunge with them overhead to the finish line.

Logan Collins was the only man to finish Fibonacci Final in 2017. Several of the women finished the event that year. This year the women’s version features higher reps but less of a deficit on the handstand push-ups.

Read more https://games.crossfit.com/article/castro-reveals-events-athlete-dinner/games

    ARTICLE: Paper Proves How We Get Swole—Or Not

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    CrossFit:

    Pause Clean And Jerk 3-3-3-3-3-3
    Use the heaviest weight you can for each set. Rest as needed between sets.

    Then,

    Every 1 min for 16 mins, alternating between:
    8 Power Cleans, 185/125 lbs
    15 Toes-to-bars

    5-8 Power Cleans, 185#/125#
    10-15 Toes-to-Bar

    Competition: 165/110#
    Performance: 115-135/75-95# Toes as high as possible
    Fitness: Find Weight Knee Raises

    Article:

    Reviewed: Burd NA, West DWD, Staples AW, Atherton PJ, Baker JM, et al. Low-load high volume resistance exercise stimulates muscle protein synthesis more than high-load low volume resistance exercise in young men. PLoS ONE 5(8): e12033. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0012033. 2010. Available here.

    For decades, people have debated which rep, set and intensity schemes produce the best degree of muscle hypertrophy—more mass—or the best gains in strength.

    The discord among the bodybuilding, weightlifting, powerlifting, sporting and fitness communities has inspired millions of written words but very little progress on a consensus. The scientific community has done very little quality exploration, as critical reviews and meta-analyses consistently point out that poor replicability and poor experimental design prevent confident conclusions.

    Concomitant to that debate has been the struggle to provide a working hypothesis on why the varying rep-set-load schemes used by various groups result in such varied outcomes. Poorly designed research of limited quality leaves most of us to simply conjecture on mechanisms. One of the favored conjectures has long been that different rep-set-load schemes activate muscle-protein synthetic pathways differentially along a dose-response continuum between myofibrillar proteins (active in contraction) and sarcoplasmic proteins (active in metabolism). Lower-volume training using higher intensity (low reps, high weight) is suggested to favor myofibrillar protein synthesis, and higher-volume training using lower intensity (high reps, low weight) favors sarcoplasmic protein synthesis. Those in favor and those against have debated this convention, which is generally derived from early Russian training theory. A new paper has now added some insight—or confusion—to this debate.

    Read More https://journal.crossfit.com/article/volume-kilgore

    ARTICLE: 2018 CROSSFIT GAMES EVENT GUIDE APP

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    CrossFit:

    Pause Snatch 3-3-3-3-3-3
    Use the heaviest weight you can for each set. Rest as needed between sets.

    0:03 pause just below knees (on the way up, NOT from hang.) Athletes with an established 1RM snatch should start around 72%. Build over the first three sets to a challenging but manageable weight, and repeat for three more sets. Athletes without an established 1RM should build from the bar, performing triples until the coach decides they have reached an appropriate load, they perform that load for three more sets.

    Then,

    Complete as many rounds as possible in 25 mins of:
    60 Double Unders
    40/30 Row Calories
    20 Burpees
    Rest 2 mins

    Competition: DUA
    Performance: 180
    Singles Fitness: 120 Singles

    Article: 

    The official virtual home of the 2018 Reebok CrossFit Games in Madison, Wisconsin, is the CrossFit Games Event Guide app, and it’s available now on Apple and Android.

    The CrossFit Games Event Guide app allows users to track their favorite athletes and teams on the Leaderboard, make a personalized spectator schedule and discover which athletes, venues and vendors are trending at the Games. Through the app you’ll also have access to venue maps, local Madison information and social media posts.

    Stay connected through the app as the top athletes in the world fight for the title of Fittest on Earth.

    The CrossFit Games will take place Aug. 1-5 at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wisconsin. Get tickets now

    Download the app now.

    Read More https://games.crossfit.com/article/2018-crossfit-games-event-guide-app/games

    ARTICLE: Violence or Disease: What's Killing Americans?

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    CrossFit:

    Record your best Squat Clean + Front Squat + Push Press + Push Jerk 1 rep max lift.

    Then,

     

      For time:
      15 Clean & Jerks, 115/75 lbs
      30 Wall Balls, 30/20 lbs, 10/9 ft
      12 Clean & Jerks, 115/75 lbs
      20 Wall Balls, 30/20 lbs, 10/9 ft
      9 Clean & Jerks, 115/75 lbs
      10 Wall Balls, 30/20 lbs, 10/9 ft

      9 min Cap
      Competition: 95/65#
      Performance: 75/55# 14/10#
      Fitness: 45-65/35-45# 10/6#

      Article:

      We live in a time of unrelenting media coverage of war and cataclysmic weather events.

      There’s an old saying in the media industry: “If it bleeds, it leads.” And so we see widespread, relentless coverage of battlefields, mass shootings, local crime and violence, and natural disasters.

      This focus generates fear and confusion, and it takes the focus off what’s really happening. But data needs no spokesman.

      So what’s killing the majority of Americans? Is it violence? Is it weather and natural disasters? Is it war?

      Let’s look at the data.

      What’s Killing Americans?

      The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists the top 10 killers in America in 2015 as follows:

      Read More https://journal.crossfit.com/article/mortality-cooper

      ARTICLE: Why Men and Women Are Always Equal in CrossFit

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      CrossFit:

      Find your Deadlift 8 rep max.

      Then,

      3 rounds for time of:
      75 Double Unders
      15 Kettlebell Swings, 70/53 lbs
      Run, 400 m

      TIMECAP: 18:00 GEAR: 2.5
      Competition: DUA 53/35#
      Performance: DUA or 200 Singles 35/26# 300m if needed
      Fitness: 150 Singles 26/17# 300m if needed

      Article:

      In 2007, Wimbledon made a change to award equal prize money to men and women.

      It was the last major tennis tournament to do so, and it was behind the U.S. Open by 34 years.

      That same year, the Sport of Fitness was born, and equality was a prominent feature from Day 1.

      In the first CrossFit Games, held June 30-July 1, 2007, in Aromas, California, James FitzGerald and Jolie Gentry (now Gentry Macias) were both awarded US$500.

      Dave Castro hands a wad of cash to 2007 CrossFit Games winner Jolie Gentry. The men’s champion received the same amount. (Staff/CrossFit Journal)

      Dave Castro, Director of the CrossFit Games, explained why the prizes were equal.

      “When we first created the CrossFit Games in 2007 and decided to award cash prizes for the winners of events and the overall title, it never even crossed my mind to do anything but make the amounts equal. We do not look to major sports or leagues for guidance on how to handle our sport. We make decisions based on what’s right for our sport, and oftentimes that has to do with what’s fair, morally and ethically,” he said.

      Read More https://journal.crossfit.com/article/equality-warkentin

      ARTICLE: Reporter’s Notebook: CrossFit in Prison

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      CrossFit:

      Front Squat 8-8-8-8
      Use the heaviest weight you can for each set. Rest as needed between sets.

      Build over the first three sets to a challenging but submaximal weight, leaving one solid rep in the tank. Use 90-95% of that weight for the fourth set.

      Then,

        For 4 cycles:
        AMRAP in 3 mins of:
        15 Wall Balls, 20/14 lbs, 10/9 in
        15 Sumo Deadlift High-pulls, 75/55 lbs
        Rest 1 min between each cycle.
        For each cycle restart the AMRAP.

        *Sumo Deadlift High Pull, 32kg/24kg Kettlebell or 75#/55# Barbell
        Competition: Same
        Performance: 14/10# 65/45#
        Fitness: 10/6# 45/35#

        Article:

        I was 200 feet away from the prisoners when the commotion started. The men were yelling and laughing.

        I tried not to listen. I tried not to hear what they were saying.

        But a lull in the ruckus betrayed me. With utmost clarity, I understood what one man barked at me as I walked past.

        “Hey, baby, can I get some head?”

        The small group erupted in laughter.

        I didn’t flinch.

        I didn’t cringe.

        I didn’t change my gait.

        “I’m sorry,” said the prison official on my left.

        He looked deeply concerned.

        “Don’t worry about it,” I immediately responded.

        A few more steps and we were behind heavy sliding metal doors. It was quiet there.

        “I’m sorry,” he repeated.

        “It’s OK,” I said. “I get it.”

        I was near the end of my second nine-hour day at Limon Correctional Facility, a men’s maximum-security prison roughly 100 miles southeast of Denver, Colorado. Men here were locked up for crimes that included murder, rape and assault on police officers. This particular group of men resembled caged animals. Guards were moving them around like cattle.

        I got it.

        Read More https://journal.crossfit.com/article/limon-2-cecil

          ARTICLE: CROSSFIT EXTENDS CONTRACT WITH MADISON

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          CrossFit:

          Record your best Front Squat 1 Rep Max lift. Only include the heaviest 1 rep, do not include sets prior to it.

          Then,

           

            21-18-15-12-9-6-3 reps, for time of:
            Front Squat, 135/95 lbs
            Toes-to-bar

            Competition: 115/75#
            Performance: 95/65# Toes as high as possible
            Fitness: 45-75/35-55# Knee Raises

            Article:

            Today CrossFit announced a contract extension with the city of Madison, Wisconsin, that will keep the CrossFit Games at the Alliant Energy Center through 2021.

            The Games had a tremendous debut in Madison in 2017—more than 70,000 people attended, generating $12 million in spending throughout Dane County. Fans and athletes were warmly welcomed and they explored the city before and after the competition, patronizing Madison’s restaurants, bars and other attractions.

            Director of the Games Dave Castro speaking at today's press conference in Madison. 

            “Last year we moved the Games from California for the first time. We were looking for a city that would embrace our community and competition in new ways,” said CrossFit Games General Manager Justin Bergh. “Madison immediately rose to the top. We see this as a great meeting place for our athletes and fans from around the world. Our first year in Madison proved that there is a great fit. Now we’re looking forward to extending our term and building this partnership. Our goal is to take our festival to new heights. We are looking forward to building excitement with the residents of Madison.”

            This year, more than 416,000 athletes competed in the CrossFit Games Open, but only 560 earned a chance to compete at the Games. The 2018 Reebok CrossFit Games will take place Aug. 1-5.

            Purchase Games tickets here.

            Read More https://games.crossfit.com/article/crossfit-extends-contract-madison/games

            ARTICLE: OUTSIDE ACTIVITIES EXPAND AT 2018 GAMES

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            CrossFit:

            1 Snatch, pick load
            Every 1 min for 15 mins.

            Then,

            Complete as many rounds as possible in 9 mins of:
            10 Power Snatches, 75/55 lbs
            10 Chest-to-bar Pull-ups
            10 Ring Dips

            Competition: 65/45# Pull-Ups Thin Band Ring Dips or Unassisted Bar Dips
            Performance: 45/35# Ring Rows or Banded Pull-Ups Banded Bar Dips
            Fitness: 35/25# Ring Rows or Banded Pull-Ups Box Dips

            Article:

            For a second year, the CrossFit Games will bring the Woodstock of fitness to the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wisconsin. Everyone knows that the CrossFit Games bring together the fittest fans and athletes on Earth for five glorious days of competition. But the competition is only part of the Games experience.

            This year, spectators at the Games will have more options outside the competition than ever before. The 2018 Games bring more space, more accommodations, and more community events.

            Discover what’s new this year, what you can do outside the Coliseum and what to expect as you make plans to attend the 2018 Reebok CrossFit Games.

            NORTH PARK STADIUM

            The North Park Stadium is getting a facelift this year. The new stadium will now seat more than 10,000 people—nearly 50 percent more than the 2017 stadium—plus offer plenty of standing room, a massive video board, and food and beverage options galore.
             

            FESTIVAL AND SINGLE-DAY TICKETS

            This year, Festival Tickets give spectators access to the majority of the Games action, allowing access to all events that take place outside the Coliseum. This includes over 50 percent of the individual events, 75 percent of the team events and 100 percent of the various age-group events, weather permitting. Festival Tickets are still available and can be purchased here.  

            Unable to attend the entire weeklong festival? No problem. Single-day tickets start as low as $25! Purchase single-day tickets here.

            Read More https://games.crossfit.com/article/outside-activities-expand-2018-games/games

            ARTICLE: Cut the Caramel Rolls, Avoid the Knife

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            CrossFit:

            For time: Max Farmers Walk (Dumbells), 70/50 lbs

            70#/50# Dumbbells OR 32kg/24kg Kettlebells x Max Distance x 1 Dumbbells are preferable to kettlebells if available. Turn every 50'.

            Then,

            Each for time:
            Row: 3x 250 m
            Rest as needed between efforts.

            3x250m alternating with partner, increasing intensity with each effort This is a warm-up for the 1k time trial, athletes should be getting up to a pace that'll be tough for their 1k, but shouldn't really be hard for 250m.

            Then,

            Row 1000 m
            This is an all out effort for time.

            A good way to pace the 1000m TT is as follows: --Hard but submaximal 200m to start --Back off *slightly* for the middle 400m --Start pushing a bit harder at the 600m mark --At the 800m mark, put the hammer down!

            Article:

            408 lb.

            That’s how much Adam Kuntz weighed at 6 feet when he showed up at Big Muddy CrossFit in Bismarck, North Dakota, in 2016.

            “Maybe if I casually walk out, nobody will notice,” he thought to himself as he labored through his first workout.

            Though fearful and apprehensive, he had decided it was time to make a change. He was tired of being an overweight smoker suffering from obstructive sleep apnea, dependent on two different medications for high blood pressure.

            CrossFit had an immediate impact on his life, he said.

            Read More https://journal.crossfit.com/article/kuntz-beers-2