From Couch to Community

By Emily Beers – May 21st, 2018 Four years ago, at 34, Courtney Marino rarely left the house. At 5 foot 7, she weighed more than 300 lb. and was on various medications for high blood pressure, high blood sugar and anxiety. “I don’t even know the exact amount that I weighed, to be honest.…

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You Were 308 Pounds? Really?

By Emily Beers – May 13th, 2018 Taco Bell. Applebee’s. And doughnuts. “That’s pretty much what I lived on,” said 40-year-old Laura Heath. At her heaviest, the 5-foot-10 Heath reached 308 lb. After 17 years of being overweight, she was also prediabetic and on medications for high blood pressure and depression. “I knew I had…

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CrossFit: The Cure for the Modern Plague

By Ben Bergeron and Christine Bald – May 5th, 2018 In the Late Middle Ages, Europe experienced the deadliest disease outbreak in history. The Black Death, a pandemic of bubonic plague, was fast and ruthless—once infected, victims died within 10 days. From 1346-1353, the Black Death killed about a third of the human population. Historians…

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Mind Over Migraines

By Emily Beers – May 3rd, 2018 Fifteen. That’s how many days Amanda Libke gave up to crippling migraines every month. “It’s like having a brain freeze that doesn’t go away for two days,” said 40-year-old Libke, who has suffered from chronic migraines since 16. Migraines affected every aspect of her life: her ability to…

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What Couch to CrossFit Actually Looks Like

By Lauren Walker – May 1st, 2018 Chris Walker before CrossFit. (Courtesy of Lauren Walker) Nutrition—it really is everything when trying to lose weight. I came across one of the latest articles in the CrossFit Journal about how important healthy eating is when trying to lose weight, and this is the one thing my husband…

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Reconstruction Worker Wants to Do Fran at 90

By Emily Beers – April 24th, 2018 He never thought he’d become overweight. A former competitive swimmer and the owner of three construction companies, Chris Flury spent most of his life healthy and fit. But that all changed when he got into his 40s. “I was working 16 hours a day six or seven days…

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CrossFit at the DMZ

By Daniel A. Anderson – April 18th, 2018 On July 27, 1953, an armistice put a halt to open hostilities in the Korean War. As part of the Armistice Agreement, the 2.5-mile-wide Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) was created, with the Military Demarcation Line running through its center. The heavily militarized border continues to be a…

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When You Never Rx Anything

By Kai Rainey – April 15th, 2018 The timer beeps, signaling the end of your workout. You normally feel pretty exhilarated after it’s over, but this was one of those workouts. One where there wasn’t a single movement you could come close to performing. The rest of the athletes had hung from the rig, doing…

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Dr. Pepper Prescribes Death to Daniel Long

By Hilary Achauer – April 11th, 2018 In the early 2000s, 23-year-old Daniel Long was working as a licensed plumber in Waco, Texas. He spent his days in the field, often digging ditches. Out all day, sweating in the hot Texas sun, Long—who weighed 270 lb. at 5 foot 9—got thirsty. His beverage of choice…

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