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The Masters Division: An Origin Story

Back in the summer of 2015, I was 6 months into CrossFit and I was enjoying training. I had just watched the 2015 CrossFit Games. It fueled my desire to get fitter and stronger and it really helped me see female athletes look strong and healthy and I really wanted that for myself.  I was training five days a week and was working on my nutrition in relation to my fitness. In August, I was out of town at a convention and throughout the weekend, I started experiencing cyclical tingles/tremors on the left side of my body. At the time, it was primarily in my hand and foot. At the time, I thought that it was stress. But when I got home, it didn’t go away. In fact, it got more intense. Within a couple of weeks, the tremors got really intense and I decided to see a doctor about it because the pain was spreading. But I didn’t know what kind of doctor to see. I started with Patient First and the doctor that saw me said that the symptoms I was experiencing sounded like someone who had Multiple Sclerosis. I made a follow up appointment with my general physician who ordered blood tests to rule out a whole host of conditions. She also referred me to a neurologist who order MRIs on my brain because by this time I was also experiencing days where I couldn’t move at all, short term memory loss, temporary blackouts, and intermittent difficulties using correct words. During this time, I started doing research about the value of continuing fitness during health challenges. I had seen several CrossFit YouTube videos of people with various health challenges who still made room for fitness within their abilities each day. For many, continuing fitness lifted their spirits ...
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Share your story!

So many master athletes inspire the folks in their lives. If you have used fitness and nutrition to change your health for the better, we want to hear your story. Go to the Athlete Interview form to give us a summary of your experience as a masters athlete and how you have used fitness and nutrition to help improve your health ...
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Team Thick Thighs

I’m a thick girl and I always have been...and that’s ok. Getting into CrossFit taught me that there’s nothing wrong with having muscles. They help me do amazing things. Let me tell you, it took over 40 years for me to be cool with not shrinking my body and to appreciate it for what it can do. In the past four years, I have some of the best fitness experiences. I have done Spartan races, ...
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You are brave and worthy of love and belonging

Brene Brown once said... “I define wholehearted living as engaging in our lives from a place of worthiness. It means cultivating the courage, compassion, and connection to wake up in the morning and think, No matter what gets done and how much is left undone, I am enough. It’s going to bed at night thinking, Yes, I am imperfect and vulnerable and sometimes afraid, but that doesn’t change the truth that I am brave and ...
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Four Years; Four CrossFit Opens

Four years; four different stories. Each year that registered for the Open, I have had different goals: 2016: I was definitely about my ranking. I Rxed all the workouts and carefully watched the leaderboard in my box and on the games site. I didn’t get my first bar muscle ups in 16.3 like everyone else and that shook my confidence. But I ended up in the top 10 in my state for my age group ...
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I Love EMOMs

I love a good EMOM, Every Minute on the Minute. The basic idea is to take movement and a set number of reps that can be performed in under one minute. Then you decide how many minutes you will do those sets. Ideally, you want to do a number of reps that you can still have 20 or so seconds of rest in each round. Example:  7 minute EMOM 5 clean and jerks (touch and ...
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The 2019 CrossFit Games Season is Here!

It’s finally here; the 2019 CrossFit Season has finally arrived! Registration for the Open is live and we finally have an official CrossFit Games rulebook. Many people have been waiting a long time for the rulebook given all that changes coming to the 2019 Games season.   What changes, you say?
  1. Starting in 2019, there will be no more Regionals. But you probably already knew that because the internet lost its mind back in ...
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