When 500 Pounds Was Too Much

By Emily Beers – October 4th, 2018 In January 2017, one of Olivia Sewell’s good friends was killed in a motorcycle accident. But while others said their graveside goodbyes, Sewell stayed behind. “I knew I wouldn’t be able to get off the bus and walk the 200 meters and then stand there for very long,…

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Lani Fry Reclaims Her Life

By Emily Beers – September 22nd, 2018 Lani Fry was tired of going to funerals. Her mother died from an aneurysm—attributed to high blood pressure—at 48. Two of her brothers died of congestive heart failure, both in their mid-30s. Fry’s remaining siblings aren’t in perfect health, either. Two have Type 2 diabetes—one had to have…

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Face a Fear, Drop 100 Pounds

By Hilary Achauer – September 10th, 2018 In late September 2017, Mario Newton pulled into the parking lot of CrossFit Logan Martin in Pell City, Alabama. He had just parked the car and was about to walk in when he saw a group of people run out the gym door carrying medicine balls. At 5…

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Why One Busy Mom Made Time for Fitness

By Emily Beers – September 6th, 2018 Julie Valdez had a bad case of “mom guilt.” “You know, the guilt moms feel that they aren’t doing enough,” she said. “I had all this guilt that I wasn’t doing enough to balance all my kids’ needs.” Valdez, 32, is mother to two sets of twins: Aiden…

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

By Emily Beers – August 26th, 2018 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…

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Teen Loses Half His Body Weight, Offers Tips to Peers

By Emily Beers – July 28th, 2018 Karan Mehta was your average teenager with a weight problem. Lack of education about nutrition led to a diet of soda and pizza. It had been that way for years. Mehta became overweight in the fourth grade when he was 9, and by the time he turned 15,…

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Reporter’s Notebook: CrossFit in Prison

By Andréa Maria Cecil – July 9th, 2018 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…

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Cut the Caramel Rolls, Avoid the Knife

By Emily Beers – June 26th, 2018 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…

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Diabetic and Deluded No Longer

By Emily Beers – June 6th, 2018 Cheri and Jason Miyashiro used to weigh more than 350 lb. each. Now, they teach people to deadlift that much and more. Ten years before the couple opened CrossFit OTS3 in Fort Worth, Texas, both had high blood pressure. Jason was prediabetic and Cheri took insulin for Type…

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