When teenager Luke Fletcher and his grandmother, Pat Derbyshire, walked into Dragon Athletic, they were both a little broken. Fletcher had been bullied relentlessly throughout school; meanwhile, Derbyshire was on a long and difficult road to recovery following a near-fatal brain bleed.Watch
The CrossFit stimulus—constantly varied high-intensity functional movement coupled with meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch, and no sugar—prepares you for the demands of a healthy, functional, independent life and provides a hedge against chronic disease and incapacity. This stimulus is elegant in the mathematical sense of being marked by simplicity and efficacy. The proven elements of this broad, general, and inclusive fitness, in terms of both movement and nutrition, are what we term our CrossFit Essentials.
The Phoenix, a nonprofit founded in Boulder, Colorado, uses CrossFit for athletes who are recovering from addiction. Per Ignem CrossFit, the affiliate within The Phoenix, takes its name from the Latin for “through fire.” “Just like the story of the phoenix rising from the ashes, that’s what happens here for people in recovery,” says founder Scott Strode.Watch
Since starting CrossFit two years ago, Pegg has lost 168 pounds and even found a way to combine CrossFit with her dream of becoming a personal trainer.Watch
The CrossFit Scholarship Program seeks to spark meaningful healthcare changes in underrepresented and underserved communities by providing free access to the CrossFit Level 1 Certificate Course. CrossFit, in partnership with Steve’s Club and the Green Beret Project, recently held its fourth Scholarship Level 1 Course at CrossFit South Philly in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.Watch
Laurie Roth decided to change her nutrition habits, which resulted in a 60-lb. weight loss.Watch
While pregnant with her first child, Mandy Engle decides to continue working out with husband Chas at CrossFit Takeover in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Chas says people are sometimes surprised when Mandy declines help when carrying groceries or dog food, but the two agree she’s pregnant, not dead, and can handle daily life and fitness training.Watch
“I was on Wellbutrin for anxiety. I was on cholesterol medication … . I wasn’t getting any advice to work out. It was just, ‘Here’s another medicine,’” Bob Soulliere recalls. “The gift was that I got laid off.” With his newfound free time, Soulliere started taking CrossFit classes. “When I walked into CrossFit, no question, stress was managing me, and now I manage stress,” he says.Watch