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    saw this the other day too. props to her.

    funny how all of the top 'crossfit' champs don't actually train crossfit much
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    Tone Deaf CrossFit exec gets excommunicated during Pride month

    CrossFit exec fired after calling LGBT community ‘sinners’
    By Chris Perez June 7, 2018 | 12:45am


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    A CrossFit executive got excommunicated from the sport on Wednesday after posting a series of tweets blasting the LGBT community as “sinners.”


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    The statements made today by Russell Berger do not reflect the views of CrossFit Inc. For this reason, his employment with CrossFit has been terminated.

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    “He needs to take a big dose of ‘shut the f–k up’ and hide out for awhile,” said CrossFit CEO Greg Glassman during an interview with BuzzFeed News.

    “We do so much good work with such pure hearts — to have some zealot in his off-time do something this stupid, we’re all upset.”

    Russell Berger, the company’s Chief Knowledge Officer, was given the boot Wednesday just hours after his ****phobic Twitter rant went viral.

    He made the comments as a way to show support for a CrossFit gym in Indianapolis that chose to cancel an LGBT event this week that was planned for Pride Month.

    “As someone who personally believes celebrating ‘pride’ is a sin, I’d like to personally encourage #CrossFitInfiltrate for standing by their convictions and refusing to host an @indypride workout,” Berger wrote in a since-deleted tweet.

    “The intolerance of the LGBTQ ideology toward any alternative views is mind-blowing,” he added. “The tactics of some in the LGBTQ movement toward dissent is an existential threat to freedom of expression. The lack of tolerance for disagreement, which has been replaced with bullying Twitter mobs promising ‘consequences’, should be a concern regardless of your political stance.”

    Berger’s stance sparked widespread outrage on social media, with countless users and members of the CrossFit community calling him out Wednesday. The company issued an online statement in response and distanced itself from his comments, but didn’t initially fire him.

    The high-ranking exec was first placed on administrative leave before the backlash proved to be too much to bear for CrossFit officials.

    “The statements made today by Russell Berger do not reflect the views of CrossFit Inc.,” the company said. “For this reason, his employment with CrossFit has been terminated.”

    Glassman, the sport’s founder, told BuzzFeed that “the whole company” was upset about the Berger rant, which he called “appalling.”

    “This changes his standing with us,” Glassman explained, not long before Berger was axed Wednesday. “It’s so unfortunate.”


    Quote Originally Posted by Oso View Post
    funny how all of the top 'crossfit' champs don't actually train crossfit much
    That's a funny observation Oso. So they crosstrain for crossfit? One of my Kung Fu brothers is into it, but he cross trains a lot of stuff. And of course, I have several friends that are into it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GeneChing View Post
    That's a funny observation Oso. So they crosstrain for crossfit? One of my Kung Fu brothers is into it, but he cross trains a lot of stuff. And of course, I have several friends that are into it.
    from my roughly 2 years of training in my buddies crossfit box I learned that most of the top winners of the crossfit games utilized common strength building programs with periodization (sp?) vs. the random approach crossfit pitches..but, it's been 7 years now so, I could be wrong about current players
    "George never did wake up. And, even all that talking didn't make death any easier...at least not for us. Maybe, in the end, all you can really hope for is that your last thought is a nice one...even if it's just about the taste of a nice cold beer."

    "If you find the right balance between desperation and fear you can make people believe anything"

    "Is enlightenment even possible? Or, did I drive by it like a missed exit?"

    It's simpler than you think.

    I could be completely wrong"

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    CrossFit Workshop: Be Your Own Bodyguard

    I'll just leave this here.



    CrossFit Workshop: Be Your Own Bodyguard
    OVERVIEW DETAILS
    "THE ABILITY TO PROTECT YOURSELF OR A LOVED ONE IS THE SINGLE GREATEST SKILL YOU COULD POSSESS." –TONY BLAUER
    The CrossFit Workshop: Be Your Own Bodyguard™ is a single-day, immersive course designed to improve physical self-defense, situational awareness, verbal de-escalation skills and fear management. Through a mixture of classroom discussion and innovative partner drills, participants leave the workshop with simple, practical but effective self-defense skills.

    Created by Coach Tony Blauer—a pioneer of modern self-defense and champion of the CrossFit community—the workshop leverages the SPEAR™ concept, which is based on human physiology and natural biomechanics. The “startle-flinch response” is part of the human survival reflex, and attendees learn to harness it as a catalyst for protective movement.

    LEARNING OBJECTIVES
    The CrossFit Workshop: Be Your Own Bodyguard teaches participants:

    How to develop better situational awareness.
    The importance of fear in life.
    How to recognize “real” danger from “imagined.”
    How to manage fear in a crisis.
    “Biologically hard-wired” physical self-defense skills.
    “Human Weapon” system principles.
    SPEAR™ system fundamentals.
    PREREQUISITES
    None

    CERTIFICATES
    Sent electronically 1-2 weeks after course completion to the email address used for registration.

    LANGUAGE
    The default language for the CrossFit Workshop: Be Your Own Bodyguard is English. In some countries, a translator is provided. Lecture and small-group practical sessions are translated in real time. Courses with a translator are specified in the "Language" section from the event registration link. Generally, translators are used in Latin America and some countries in Europe and Asia.

    CONTINUING EDUCATION UNITS (CEUS)
    Upon successful completion of this course, a Certified CrossFit Trainer may claim seven CEUs towards their continuing education.

    PRICE
    Currency Course Price**
    USD $249
    CAD $335
    AUD $300
    GBP £190
    ** CrossFit reserves the right to update pricing at any time. Pricing is applicable at the time course registration is opened. Applicable local taxes are additional.

    CrossFit does not accommodate refunds or transfers.

    Email sme@crossfit.com for discounts for active duty or retired military personnel and first responders.

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    links to the lamb basting?
    "George never did wake up. And, even all that talking didn't make death any easier...at least not for us. Maybe, in the end, all you can really hope for is that your last thought is a nice one...even if it's just about the taste of a nice cold beer."

    "If you find the right balance between desperation and fear you can make people believe anything"

    "Is enlightenment even possible? Or, did I drive by it like a missed exit?"

    It's simpler than you think.

    I could be completely wrong"

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    bast that lamb!

    Quote Originally Posted by Oso View Post
    links to the lamb basting?
    Well, sitonmyfacebook ain't a searchable database (which is one reason why this antiquated medium of an online forum is superior - the archive). If you're friends with our old member David Ross on fb, look at his page. He's active on fb and you'll find some lambasting on his timeline. There are others, but that's a start.
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lnrU_LCyK24

    pretty good review of it i think
    "George never did wake up. And, even all that talking didn't make death any easier...at least not for us. Maybe, in the end, all you can really hope for is that your last thought is a nice one...even if it's just about the taste of a nice cold beer."

    "If you find the right balance between desperation and fear you can make people believe anything"

    "Is enlightenment even possible? Or, did I drive by it like a missed exit?"

    It's simpler than you think.

    I could be completely wrong"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oso View Post
    from my roughly 2 years of training in my buddies crossfit box I learned that most of the top winners of the crossfit games utilized common strength building programs with periodization (sp?) vs. the random approach crossfit pitches..but, it's been 7 years now so, I could be wrong about current players
    From what I have seen, this holds true still. Crossfit teaches you how to exercise. PERIOD. Crossfit does NOT teach you how to train. When you train for something you have a goal, a plan and a way to measure your progress. The average person going to the gym....sorry, I mean "the box" will exercise and improve their overall fitness and health for sure. But, they aren't training.

    The top guys know that in the competitions, there will be many different workouts that include various skills and lifts. They have to have a plan to get better at those individual components. So, they will come up with a plan to progress in those specific skills and then measure their progress through weight and time like they would in a competition.
    "God gave you a brain, and it annoys Him greatly when you choose not to use it."

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    cross tinder?

    Capitalizing on meeting singles and 'self defense' - how is this new for gym clubs?

    Is CrossFit the new Tinder? How the latest fitness craze is giving Hongkongers the chance of finding true love
    Hong Kong’s hottest fitness regimen is making waves in the dating game as the tough training sessions help exercising individuals bond, and before you know it romance blossoms

    PUBLISHED : Thursday, 26 July, 2018, 8:01pm
    UPDATED : Thursday, 26 July, 2018, 8:01pm
    Patrick Blennerhassett



    Tired of Tinder, or heading to the nightclub at the weekend to try to find that special someone? Then it’s time to trade your evening wear for something a bit more sporty as CrossFit is sweeping through Hong Kong, and it’s the new way of meeting people.

    A variety of media outlets such as The Huffington Post, Muscle & Fitness and The New York Times have highlighted the recent trend within the CrossFit world, where thanks to it people are meeting for the first time and eventually dating.

    The fitness regime runs groups through various workouts that incorporate everything from powerlifting and high-intensity training to gymnastics and plyometrics. Doing this together helps build community and camaraderie between those taking part as Crossfitters suffer through their workouts of the day together, in timed sessions.

    Cris O’Brien, the owner of CrossFit Asphodel in Kennedy Town, was the first gym of its kind to open in Hong Kong back in 2010. O’Brien met his wife Vanessa Cheung at CrossFit and the couple got married last year. O’Brien said they’ve had multiple relationships start at their gym. As a coach, he stays out of his clients’ personal lives, but can definitely see the allure of why meeting someone at CrossFit might make for a good fit, given the anecdotal evidence he is seen at CrossFit Asphodel.


    Cris O’Brien met his wife, Vanessa, at CrossFit and the couple got married last year. Photo: Crossfit Asphodel

    “It’s not an uncommon story now I would say,” says O’Brien of CrossFit couples. “Our head coach, Ash [Booth], met his wife through CrossFit and one of our other senior coaches – our strength specialist coach Taylor [Rank] – also met his wife through CrossFit. So it’s definitely not a unique occurrence now by any means.”

    I always say, we’re the nicest, healthiest cult out there DAN WAN, COACH
    O’Brien said a lot of the people who come to his gym live “high-intensity” lives, so meeting someone who shares a similar outlook on life checks off a pretty important box right from the start. “There’s a certain type of person that is drawn to this high-intensity workout, too,” he added.

    Sophie McKenzie, a senior coach with CrossFit 852 in Central, said she has seen lots of romantic relationships start during workouts. She noted the gym has about 150 members and they’re usually split into people who like to take morning classes and those who come after work.


    Alan Mckenzie (left) and his wife Sophie, a senior coach with CrossFit 852. Photo: David Wong

    Of course, like everywhere, she said some of the romantic relationships have lasted and some have flamed out, but there’s an added bonus of meeting someone at CrossFit that might not apply to Tinder or meeting someone randomly in a bar.

    “People can be a lot more careful than, say, just drunkenly hooking up with somebody,” she says. “If you know you’re going to the gym the next day and will see that person, you might be a bit more careful in your selection. And we all know each other. So you’re a little bit more careful about doing stupid things, and you also don’t want to ruin your gym environment because people love coming every day.”

    McKenzie said on top of classes where people can mingle before and after their session, many head out together for drinks or food after the evening classes to unwind. She said they also do regular junk boat trips, host parties and have a tight-knit community on social media.

    “It’s really good because sometimes the morning group won’t meet the nighttime group, so it’s just a good way for them to socialise even if they’re not in a class together. And they also think, ‘Well this is great – there are more people than just the 10 people I see every morning at my class.’”

    McKenzie didn’t meet her husband at CrossFit; however, she said he embraced the fitness craze while dating her and fell in love with it in the process.


    CrossFit training first started in 2000 in the United States. Photo: Alamy

    “I think he realised if he didn’t get into it he would never see me,” she says. “Now he is probably the most famous person there. He is better known than me. It’s always cool to see couples who met at CrossFit working out at the gym together. You can really see that bond in action.”

    CrossFit first started back in 2000 in the United States, and has exploded internationally since. A recent Men’s Health article estimates there are around 13,000 gyms worldwide. The CrossFit Games, sponsored by Reebok and held every year, have also gone from a fringe event to sold-out stadiums, and finals are televised across the US.


    Alan Mckenzie and his wife, Sophie. “I think he realised if he didn’t get into it he would never see me,” she says. Photo: David Wong

    Valentina Tudose, who has been working as a dating coach in Hong Kong since 2014, said physical activities are a great way to meet suitable partners. She said CrossFit meets a number of requirements when you’re choosing a suitable partner, as you already have a shared interest for a very specific type of fitness.

    “You have one thing in common with everybody who is there,” says Tudose. “And that might extend to your love of nutrition or just working out, but you already have something you can talk to these people about, and that just makes it a lot easier. And when people share passions, they connect a lot better. And they do say CrossFit is a bit like a religion.”

    CrossFit 852 coach Dan Wan agrees, saying the fitness regime definitely has a bit of a theological aspect to it.

    “I always say, we’re the nicest, healthiest cult out there,” he quips.
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    Burning the most calories

    There's no graphics in this article, but there's a little embedded vid plus a lot of the references are hyperlinked.

    Which Exercise Burns the Most Calories? Here's What Science Says
    By MARKHAM HEID September 12, 2018
    TIME Health

    Your time is precious — and limited. So when it comes to working out, it’s not uncommon to wonder: what exercise burns the most calories?

    Exercise scientists have rigorously studied the amount of energy people expend during different types of exercise, and they’ve determined which workouts are best for burning calories. The thing to keep in mind: the more muscles you engage and the harder (and longer) you push those muscles, the more energy your body will churn through, says Dr. Tim Church, an exercise researcher and a professor of preventative medicine at Pennington Biomedical Research Center at Louisiana State University. So in order to maximize the number of calories you’ll burn, “you want an exercise that uses both lower and upper body muscle groups and is performed at a high intensity,” Church says.

    You might therefore expect something along the lines of CrossFit or Tabata-style interval training to burn the most calories. And you may be right.

    A study on one popular CrossFit workout called the “Cindy” — in which a person does a series of pull-ups, push-ups and squats in as many rounds as possible — found that it burned an average of 13 calories per minute. The workout lasts 20 minutes, so exercisers burned an average of 260 calories in total. While perfect apples-to-apples studies aren’t available, some Tabata research has shown that one of these workouts — composed of 4-minute training blocks that mix maximum-intensity bouts of resistance and aerobic training with short periods of rest — burns 14.5 calories per minute, or 280 calories during a 20-minute workout.

    These per-minute calorie averages beat out many traditional forms of exercise. “But there’s such a variety within these classes and the people doing them that scores are all over the map,” says John Porcari, author of the Tabata study and a professor of exercise and sports science at the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse. For example, some people in his Tabata study burned up to 360 calories during the 20-minute workout, or 18 calories per minute.

    Yet “per-minute” calorie burn isn’t always the best way to assess a workout’s energy demands, Porcari says. The total time spent training and a person’s willingness to stick with a workout are also important factors. “You can crank like the dickens for 30 seconds and burn a lot of calories,” he says. So if you’re extremely short on time, high-intensity interval training (HIIT) is probably your best option. But in the real world, Porcari says, many people won’t be comfortable (or capable of) engaging in regular or extended bouts of high-intensity training.

    He says a “more fair” way to assess an exercise’s true energy demands is to ask people to do it at a pace that is comfortable for them. And when it comes to vigorous, calorie-burning exercises that people are comfortable doing for extended periods of time, running usually comes out on top. “When you look at the literature, running tends to burn more calories than other modalities,” he says.

    According to an online calorie estimator from the American Council on Exercise, a 115-pound person running for 30 minutes at a slow-to-moderate pace (a 10-minute mile) would burn about 260 calories: the same amount people who did CrossFit typically torched in 20 minutes, according to the research. A 175-pound person would burn nearly 400 calories during that same 30-minute run. Pick up the pace, and you can achieve an even greater rate of calorie burn.

    You may be wondering whether more intense forms of exercise lead to a higher rate of calorie expenditure even after training is finished — or a so-called “afterburn effect.” Research from Colorado State University has shown that, yes, intense exercise does keep a person’s metabolism humming longer than mild exercise. But this afterburn effect tends to peter out quickly — within a few hours — and it accounts for a small fraction of the total calories a person expends during and after exercise.

    Also, a workout’s length — not just its intensity — helps to keep a person’s metabolism elevated after training, finds a review from the University of New Mexico. So if your goal is to burn the maximum amount of energy, you’ll want to find an exercise that is vigorous and that you can stick with for a long stretch of time.

    For a lot of people, that mode is running. For others, it may be fast stationary cycling or Tabata or using an elliptical. The research suggests all are more or less comparable if you’re able to put in the time and keep up the intensity.

    The bottom line? The best workout for burning calories is “the one you actually do,” Church says. You can find extreme forms of exercise that maximize per-minute calorie burn. But if you don’t stick with them or do them regularly, they’re not much good to you.
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    Crossfit

    We don't have a Barre thread? Well, we do now. Also copied this to our Crossfit thread.

    I Traded My CrossFit Workout For Barre Class, and This Is What Totally Shocked Me
    April 11, 2019

    While I was visiting my best friend in New York City, she treated me to her favorite barre class. I teach yoga, do CrossFit, and love working out and getting stronger. But I actually had never done barre in my life, so I slipped on the grippy socks and was excited to have at it!



    First Impressions
    In the small carpeted room, three walls had ballet bars attached, and there were mirrors on two of the walls. The very friendly instructor introduced herself, and said, "You've done barre before, right?" My friend answered yes for me, then whispered to me that this was not a beginner class, but that I'd be fine. That was my first indication that I, in fact, was not going to be fine.

    Everyone in the room was younger than me, wearing adorable matching sports bras with leggings — I felt like I was in a barre commercial! And they all clearly had done barre before because they all seemed to know exactly what to do when the instructor called out exercises and equipment. It was inspirational to see them all moving so gracefully with soft smiles on their faces. And then there was me. I felt like I was struggling the entire hour-long class!

    What Was the Workout Like?
    The very first thing we were told to do was grab a set of dumbbells. All right! Starting off with something I was familiar with! I was surprised to see that the dumbbells only went up to six pounds. I thought, hmmm, I better grab some five-pounders, because from my two-class SoulCycle experiences, I had a notion there was going to be a lot of reps in my future. We faced the mirror for a series of fast-paced arm exercises. It was weird to see myself — there are no mirrors in CrossFit! But truthfully, I felt pretty pumped seeing my muscles working, and I had no trouble doing the thousands of bicep curls in the arm series (thank you, CrossFit!). Boom! I'm a barre master!

    Then we moved over to the barre. There we put a large, squishy ball between our knees. The instructor had us bring our heels together, then raise them off the floor, then do a million small squats. Holy hell! I thought my legs were strong from weighted squats, deadlifts, and sled drags, but man — I could not keep up! I had to take breaks every couple of reps while everyone else was still going strong! I cursed that frickin' ball.

    After putting the ball away, we then did some squats and awkward (for me, at least) leg lifts/kicks while holding onto the bar. I had to look around the entire time since I couldn't get the thought, "What the heck am I supposed to be doing?" out if my head. As a visual person, I needed someone to follow. The instructor could tell, and she sweetly kept coming over to me, moving my limbs where they needed to go like a puppeteer, saying, "Sugar, you're doing great!"

    We then grabbed mats and moved on to the floor. "Sweet relief," I thought, but I was sorely wrong (ha, pun intended!). On all fours, we did a bunch of isolated booty lifts, followed by plank holds, and then core work. After two minutes of stretching, the instructor said, "Have a great day, barre-tenders!" ushering us out and welcoming the next group in. Phew!



    How Did Barre Compare to CrossFit?
    It was quite the whirlwind experience! I mean, I wasn't bored at all, so that was a bonus! But the floor work was probably the hardest part for me, emotionally and physically. This is the moment I saw the instructor demonstrate some move — we were on all fours and she lifted her leg back to do some lifts and I saw it, and my first thought was — holy magnificent marshmallow! She had this perfectly round, plump, firm, marshmallow pom-pom of a glute. I mean this in the most loving way possible.

    I just couldn't believe my eyes, but it made me realize that CrossFit and barre were like polar opposites. CrossFit is all about building strength through functional movements — picking up barbells translates to an easier time picking up your kids or carrying groceries. Box jumps make climbing stairs (or mountains) easier. Suffering through burpees not only makes you appreciate life, but they build speed and agility in case you had to get up and run away from an attacker or a bear (hey, it could happen!).

    Now barre? To me, it seemed like all the exercises we did were purely for aesthetic purposes. I mean when I was leaning on the barre lifting my extended leg up behind me, bending my knee so I could target a section of my glutes, which I had no idea I was engaging until the next day when I felt it aching on the airplane ride home, I knew that barre must be the reason butts are called peaches. I felt like barre was all about making you look good, while not necessarily feel good, which is what CrossFit does for me. The class didn't make me feel confident and strong the way CrossFit does; it made me feel the opposite.

    I definitely felt worked by the end of barre, but it wasn't as intense or competitive as CrossFit — two things I love about that workout. There's an element of always trying to lift more, move faster, or improve in some way, and that's what drives me to go back again and again. CrossFit is exciting and even though the workouts push me to the point of feeling like I may puke or cry (or both), that's what sets CrossFit apart from anything else. I just didn't feel that same exhilaration and joy after barre.

    Will I Go Back?
    After the class I looked at my friend and thought, "I don't know if she loves me or hates me!" I've been doing CrossFit for almost three years and I'm no weakling! But that barre class completely humbled me. I felt uncomfortable not knowing if I was doing the exercises correctly, and my muscles were shaking — I couldn't believe a barre class could be that hard!

    As a yoga instructor and an avid CrossFitter, I actually enjoyed being put in the position where I was a newbie. It made me appreciate how far I've come in my fitness journey and how good it is to try new things. Sweating it out, balancing on the balls of my feet, feeling my inner thighs incinerating in barre made me realize just how much I love CrossFit, and that realization made the experience worth it. I don't see myself seeking out a barre class on my own, but if a friend invites me to go, I definitely won't pass up the opportunity to feel humbled again at the barre.

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    Eric Bedunah

    North Texas Fitness Coach Arrested After Hidden Camera Discovered At CrossFit Gym
    By Robbie Owens April 26, 2019 at 6:22 pm

    ALLEN, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Secret recordings, a sordid text and a fitness community in Allen left furious and betrayed.

    A popular coach and part owner of a CrossFit gym was arrested and charged with online solicitation of a minor and invasive visual recording.

    This was not the Eric Bedunah that most of them thought they knew.

    “He’s a father, he’s a husband, he’s a coach,” said a father and former client whose name CBS 11 is not disclosing for privacy reasons. “I thought he was was a great person.”​


    Eric Bedunah

    Those former friends now say the “family man” was a predator looking for an opportunity. ​

    “As a parent, I felt like a failure, because I didn’t protect our daughter,” admits the teen’s mother.​

    The couple says Bedunah coached their daughter at Allen CrossFit while also quietly grooming her for months. Then came the text that went too far.​

    “He sent a naked picture of himself,” says her father. Their daughter told a school resource officer. Then Allen Police launched an investigation and the sense of betrayal would spread.​

    “That led them to execute a search warrant and confirm there had been a hidden camera in the women’s restroom,” adds the father at the CrossFit gym.​

    “Shocked. Horrified,” say the couple, almost in unison. And still they are so very grateful that a teenager found the courage to come forward.​

    “I’d like to call her a savior,” adds her mother. “I feel like she saved a lot of children and saved a lot of women from this abuse.”​

    Her father says the change in her was instant and explained some of the struggles of prior months. “I could almost physically see the weight lifted off her shoulders once she came forward.”​

    Allen Police and CrossFit gym partners have confirmed that Bedunah was terminated as soon as the accusations surfaced and has no current involvement with the facility.

    In a statement, CrossFit partners told CBS 11 “Our hearts go out to everyone who was affected by his conduct, as we remain committed to the safety and unity of our entire CrossFit Allen community.”​

    Bedunah turned himself into police last week and has since been released on bond, but these grieving parents want to see him in jail.​

    “My daughter has been confined in her own jail…she has kept this secret inside. I think it only seems right that he serves his time.”​
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    Taiwan & PRC

    As always, I try to remain neutral with political issues here, but this is relevant to the global impact of CrossFit

    CrossFit Games 2019: Taiwanese athlete must represent China under new country rules
    Tsai-Jui Hung says she ‘would proudly say I come from Taiwan’
    Situation brings self-ruled democracy’s complicated relationship with China back into the sporting spotlight
    BY PATRICK BLENNERHASSETT
    21 MAY 2019



    While Ruei Tsai-Jui Hung will represent China if she heads to the 2019 CrossFit Games, there will be little doubt in her answer when asked where she is from.

    “I would proudly say I come from Taiwan,” said Hung, who came 805th in the CrossFit Open, a five-week, user-submitted workout contest.

    Hung, who finished first in China (CrossFit has Hong Kong and Taiwan under China concerning its new country representative rules jurisdiction) is hoping to raise enough money to travel to Madison, Wisconsin this summer to compete in the Games.

    Hong Kong’s own Ant Haynes, a former rugby player, was the top male in the 2019 CrossFit Open. Hung, 26, is Taiwanese and trains out of Kaohsiung at both CrossFit X Ray (where she is a full-time coach) and Lian CrossFit (her original gym).

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    Beijing doesn’t control Taiwan but claims the self-ruled democracy as its territory. And the Chinese Communist Party has in recent years ramped up a campaign to isolate Taiwan internationally, including forcing airlines to change the way they refer to Taiwan and censoring display of the Taiwanese flag.

    “I also respect the whole CrossFit structure,” Hung said. “All my focus now will be mainly on doing my best in the games and letting people who support me feel proud.”


    Tsai-Jui Hung finishing an event at the recent Asia CrossFit Championship which was held in Shanghai. Photo: Handout

    In a statement released after CrossFit announced it would do away with “Regionals” and implement “country representatives”, it stated “we are generally following national sovereignty, informed by US government policy” when it comes to drawing country lines. However, the official US policy toward Taiwan has been deliberately ambiguous since it switched formal diplomatic recognition from Taipei to Beijing in 1979.

    Taiwan was also recently warned by the International Olympic Committee that it could lose its right to compete if it changes its name from “Chinese Taipei” for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

    Both Hung and Haynes competed at the first ever Asia CrossFit Championship, which was held in late April. Haynes came third while Hung finished 12th in a field that included marquee athletes like Kristin Holte and Eik Gylfadottir, both of whom will head to the Games this summer.

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    Hung originally got into CrossFit after graduating from university in 2016, noting she played a number of sports growing up including volleyball, table tennis and karate. She said she was sold right away.

    “I had my first trial class at Lian CrossFit, that’s when I knew I was going to do this for my lifetime, and that’s how I fell in love with CrossFit immediately.”

    Hung said she trains five to six days a week, in three to four hour sessions each day. This is capped off with a rest day and a recovery day where she does light exercises. She said there isn’t anything special about her diet and she follows the norm when it comes to diet choices.


    Tsai-Jui Hung during a CrossFit competition in Taiwan. Photo: Handout

    “I do know what I’m eating to keep my body in optimal status to train. I try to eat as clean as possible like everyone who does CrossFit would do,” she said.

    “I avoid processed food and sugar contained food for the most of time. I adjust my food intake according to my training volume and my body condition.

    “I usually take more dense carbs before and after training session to support my training and have better recovery.”

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    She noted CrossFit is growing in Taiwan as well, but has a way to go to catch up to other mainstream sports.

    According to CrossFit’s official website, Taiwan is home to 17 “boxes”, as CrossFit gyms are know as. Five are in the Taipei area while Taichung has three and Kaohsiung also has five. Tainan and Hualien also both have one while Hong Kong has six.

    Gene Ching
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    Cookeville TN

    What the heck is in the water of Cookeville?

    How a small US town became CrossFit's global mecca
    By Will Edmonds, CNN
    Updated 6:04 AM ET, Tue November 19, 2019

    (CNN)Imagine if tennis legends Roger Federer and Serena Williams lived and trained in the same small town. Both arguably the greatest of all time in their own disciple, living and training side by side, pushing each other to new heights.
    Or perhaps soccer stars Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar all taking root in the same small village in Spain. Bumping into each other at the grocery store and all getting together for dinner once a week.
    You can't. It just wouldn't happen.
    Well, in the sport of competitive CrossFit, that unlikely scenario has become reality with arguably the three greatest competitors in the sport's history all residing within a few short miles of each other, deep in the heart of rural Tennessee.
    As a result, Cookeville, a city of just 30,000 people, has become a mecca in CrossFit, with devotees making pilgrimages all over the world just to work out in the company of some of the fittest people on Earth.
    The reason for this mass migration to Cookeville, is Rich Froning. The 32-year-old Cookeville native dominated the sport from 2011 to 2014 -- winning four straight individual CrossFit Games titles -- before making the switch to the team format, and subsequently going on to dominate that too.
    Froning opened his gym -- CrossFit Mayhem -- in 2009, primarily for himself to train in, but soon the best in the world flocked to work out alongside him.
    CrossFit stars such as Josh Bridges (fourth at the 2014 CrossFit Games), Dan Bailey (fourth at the 2015 Games), and Sara Sigmundsdottir (third at the 2016 and 2017 Games) have all made Cookeville their home at various times.


    Sara Sigmundsdottir trained in Cookeville.

    In 2017, CrossFit's really big hitters moved in.
    After winning the second of his fourth (to date) men's individual CrossFit Games titles, Mat Fraser relocated to Cookeville, "I just want company in the gym." Fraser told CNN Sport. "So whether I'm in Vermont or in Cookeville, that's what I'm getting. It's just in Cookeville they're a little fitter."
    The company he keeps certainly is fitter. For the last year, Fraser has been training alongside the three-time defending women's champion Tia-Clair Toomey.
    In what may be unique in the history of any sport, the men's and women's world No. 1's train together daily. The two do so under the watchful eye of Toomey's husband Shane Orr, who now coaches them both.
    "I'm excited when I know there's so many other people here who are trying to achieve the exact same thing as me," Toomey told CNN Sport ahead of her move to Cookeville.


    Mat Fraser has won four men's individual CrossFit Games titles.

    And it's not just those two training in Cookeville.
    Froning's team, CrossFit Mayhem Freedom who have won four of the last five CrossFit Games, also trains in Cookeville, as well as aspiring individual competitors such as Haley Adams -- her sixth placed finish at the 2019 Games earned her the "Rookie of the Year" award -- creating a unique competitive training environment.
    "It's just a constant competition in here," Froning told CNN Sport ahead of his eighth CrossFit Games title (four individual and four team) earlier in 2019.
    "When we push ourselves and we push each other, it just kind of elevates the whole group. And so it's been fun to get those like-minded individuals together and to really push and see what we're made of. It's fun."
    While arguably Cookeville cannot take credit for creating such talent, rather just cultivating it, not every success story has been a post-Froning transplant.
    Angelo DiCicco grew up in Cookeville, joining Mayhem after hearing Froning speak at his middle school. DiCicco quickly rose up the ranks, eventually claiming two world championships in the teen divisions.


    You too could train with Tia-Clair Toomey ...

    Now, it's become a destination for CrossFit fanatics to make a pilgrimage to central Tennessee, flying in from all over the world, just for an opportunity to see and workout alongside some of the biggest stars in their sport.
    Remarkably, it's not uncommon for stars such as Toomey to step in and coach classes at the gym. So, if you're looking for somewhere to help shed a few pounds and aren't intimidated by working out alongside the fittest men and women on Earth, perhaps a trip to Cookeville is on the cards for you.
    Gene Ching
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    Author of Shaolin Trips

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    Tactical Games


    Dubai CrossFit Championship: American Callerina Natori doubles up with tactical games and marksmanship experience

    As an expert marksman, Natori has a unique skillset outside of competing
    BY PATRICK BLENNERHASSETT
    11 DEC 2019



    When it comes to badass CrossFit athletes, there are a lot to choose from, but one might take the cake.

    American Callerina Natori has another passion outside of CrossFit – tactical games events in which athletes complete obstacle courses and do physical fitness challenges similar to CrossFit, but then also shoot weapons in between to score points.

    Natori, 29, was raised in the southern United States outside of Birmingham, Alabama and said she’s always been around guns and had proper training on how to use them and safety measures since a child.

    “I grew up in the South where we grow up hunting and shooting guns, and shooting was just something that I was raised to respect and understand,” said Callerina, who currently sits tied for eighth after the first event at the Dubai CrossFit Championship, which started on Wednesday and runs for three more days in the United Arab Emirates city. The first event took place at the beach by the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah and featured swimming and sandbags.

    She picked it up last year and is the only competitive CrossFit athlete mixed in with tactical games opponents who all have either a military background or are professional shooters. She said having an elite level of fitness gives her a leg up in one regard of tactical competitions as she fine-tunes her shooting skills.

    “I’m lucky in that I get to do CrossFit and just have to get better at my marksmanship whereas they have to go through the whole CrossFit style training to be in shape.”


    Callerina Natori said marksmanship is all about technique and calming the mind in the heat of competition. Photo: Facebook

    Natori first got into tactical games last year in Atlanta – she works as a full-time chiropractor in Sandy Springs, Georgia – and said she was hooked right from the start. Shooting is largely mental, however there is definitely some crossover with CrossFit she added.

    “Any mistake firing your weapon you are going to miss your mark, so you can’t muscle it, you can’t fake shooting a gun. You either know how to do it or you don’t. And it is a lot of breathing and calming yourself, there is technique to it just like CrossFit.”

    Natori first competed in the CrossFit Open back in 2014 and came 212th in the world this year. She has competed at regionals twice and said there is an element to shooting that requires much more than an elite level of physical fitness.

    “You could just toss someone who is fit into a CrossFit workout and they will make it, it will be ugly, with the shooting you can get through the fitness part but if you don’t have the marksmanship, you’re done.”

    The hurdle with tactical games is that athletes are scored on how quickly they can hit targets, meaning the more you miss, the more time you are penalised. In the heat of competition, Natori said there are once again similarities to CrossFit. She noted the dreaded “FFI” in tactical games, which stands for “failure to follow instructions”, which can cost competitors dearly if they are unable to concentrate and follow the rules and regulations in the heat of the moment.

    “You have to think a lot, we call it in CrossFit, WOD [workout of the day] brain. When you can’t count your double unders or you lose count, it’s similar. You have to be able to think on the fly.”

    Breathing patterns while shooting are huge she said, which includes trying to lower ones heart rate after competing a gruelling physical fitness challenge, which is no small feat in itself.

    “If you’re breathing violently and you squeeze the trigger and you pull, you’re going to miss, so you have to take a second. And on top of that you have other people shooting next to you, so you can’t get distracted because of course it is loud, so you have one athlete shooting a whole bunch right around you and you just have to breathe and just go with what you know you’ve got to do and cap off a bunch.”

    Her goal is to continue competing in tactical games competitions, she has one lined up for February in Mississippi, and then the ultimate goal is the 2020 CrossFit Games, which will take place August in Madison, Wisconsin. Natori said she will head to Montreal in March for CrossFit Atlas Games and then to Iceland’s Sanctional, the Reykjavík CrossFit Championship, which will take place early April.


    Natori said the goal is to make the CrossFit Games as well as continuing to compete in tactical games competitions. Photo: Facebook

    But first, competing in Dubai is squarely in her sights.

    “Dubai is probably your best chance to put yourself in a Games situation, there’s the run and the swim and all the outdoor elements and the best of the best are competing here. And so I’d really like to see where I stack up, I have expectations for myself, but it’s my personal goals I’m focused on. I know I can clean and jerk, but can I do it under pressure?”

    Natori has a long term plan too, run out the clock on her CrossFit career and tactical games as well before she zeroes in on other elements of life.

    “Before I have to really focus on my family and run a business I want to give everything that I can to CrossFit for a certain amount of time and know that I left nothing out on the table. Knowing that I gave it my all when I retire and go into regular CrossFit classes, that I didn’t hold anything back. So that is really what the goal is now just to see what I am capable of.”
    Why don't we have a thread on Tactical Games? I'm starting one now, copying this off the CrossFit thread.
    Gene Ching
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    Author of Shaolin Trips

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