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Practice SLIPS for 20 minutes

Zercher squat 2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2 reps

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The Zercher Squat

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Rest Day

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David Diamond: Deception in Cholesterol Research

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Workout of the Day

Complete as many rounds as possible in 20 minutes of:

12 bench presses
12 strict pull-ups

♀ 95 lb. ♂ 135 lb.

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The Diabetes Code

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Workout of the Day

Complete as many rounds as possible in 10 minutes of:

25 squats
50-ft. handstand walk

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The Heart, Part 3

Discover magazine provides an overview of the meaning and regulation of the "grass-fed beef" label. The article notes that USDA regulation of “grass-fed” labeling is limited, with the third-party American Grassfed Association overseeing a more rigorous inspection process. Cows raised on grass take longer to reach market weight than those fed on grain, passing higher costs onto consumers. Major benefits of grass-fed beef include differences in taste, small changes in nutritional profile, reduced use of antibiotics, and improved soil and ecology health.

Read the article What Makes Grass-Fed Beef Different, and Are You Buying the Real Thing?

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5 rounds, each for time of:

Run 400 meters
15 clean & jerks

Rest 3 minutes between rounds.

♀ 65 lb. ♂ 95 lb.

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Running Modifications

This 2007 study found increased pancreatic fat is strongly associated with diabetes, independent of overall BMI or waist circumference. These results support the hypothesis that organ-specific fat accumulation, due to its effect on insulin sensitivity and glucose tolerance, directly predicts and may play a causal role in the development of metabolic distress.

Read MorePancreatic Fat Content and β-Cell Function in Men With and Without Type 2 Diabetes

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Rest Day

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CrossFit Scholarship's Opening Weekend

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"The relationship between doctors and patients is undergoing a profound change, which is reflected in medical journals," Richard Smith, former editor of the BMJ writes. Patients are ceasing to be "human guinea pigs" and are becoming participants in their own health care. In this chapter from "The Trouble With Medical Journals," Smith discusses the shift toward informed consent and patient participation in medical research and explains why there's still a long way to go.

Read MorePatients and Medical Journals: From Objects to Partners

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Fran
21-15-9 reps for time of:

Thrusters
Pull-ups

♀65 lb. ♂95 lb.

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Coaching the Thruster

Will focusing on running endurance interfere with your strength numbers? Will prioritizing your back squat slow down your mile time? Traditional exercise science has consistently reported differing training stimuli interfere with one another. Tyler Hass examines the research and explains what happens when we ask a different question: How can we maximize the total physical adaptation of the human body?

Read MoreMake Every Calorie Count: Optimizing Adaptation

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4 x 4-minute rounds, for max calories/reps of:

Bike for 20 seconds, rest 10 seconds
Burpee for 20 seconds, rest 10 seconds
Row for 20 seconds, rest 40 seconds
Row for 20 seconds, rest 10 seconds
Burpee for 20 seconds, rest 10 seconds
Bike for 20 seconds, rest 40 seconds

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The Deadlift Setup Position

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Workout of the Day

Overhead squat 1-1-1-1-1 reps
Front squat 1-1-1-1-1 reps
Back squat 1-1-1-1-1 reps

Try to increase the load on each rep.

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The Heart, Part 2: Muscular Organization

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Rest Day

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Happy, Healthy, and Well Fed

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3 rounds for time of:

500-m row
21 push-ups
12 strict toes-to-rings

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The Strict Toes-to-Rings

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Call it the erg. The literal definition of ergometer is "a device that measures work," and this offers some insight into the intentions of Peter and Dick Dreissigacker, the founders of Concept2, as they developed their first commercial rowing machine.

Read the article What Is an Erg?

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Complete as many rounds as possible in 20 minutes of:

Run 400 meters
15 L pull-ups
15 hip extensions

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Pull-Up Variations

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Dr. Timothy Noakes reanalyzes the findings from the famous Framingham Heart Study and notes the flaws and biases in lead researchers' conclusions. Rather than supporting Ancel Keys' diet-heart hypothesis, the study demonstrated "the absence of any relationship between diet and blood cholesterol concentrations or CHD risk."

Read MoreAncel Keys' Cholesterol Con, Part 5