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TJ Murphy is a veteran marathon runner, triathlete, former editorial director of a number of fitness magazines and a NYT best selling author.

He tried CrossFit Endurance “with the attitude that I would do it 100% so that I could test it in a valid way and prove that it was wrong for me. A month later and I was ticked off at myself for not having found it sooner,” Murphy said.

Since setting his preconceptions aside, and finding success and fun with CFE, Murphy has co-written a book with CFE founder Brian MacKenzie to set the record straight on: the difference between CrossFit and CrossFit Endurance; what CrossFit Endurance really is (not what the critics think it is); and how athletes, regardless of their backgrounds, can use the CFE program to tackle any distance from a 5K to an ultramarathon.

Check out Murphy’s article here.


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Check out the latest WLC blog post by Andy Petranek, where he explains RICE is not the preferred treatment for an injury anymore.

He interviews the author of ICED!, Gary Reinl, which takes an in-depth look at how athletes recover after an injury. What Gary learned during his research is astounding. No clinical research whatsoever suggests that icing an injury will help. Did you get that? There’s no research supporting this treatment modality. In fact, icing the injury delays the healing process. And resting after an injury is also wrong. You know what increases healing? Physical activity.

You can listen to the interview here.


Andrea with her coach, Cara Heads Slaughter.

Andrea with her coach, Cara Heads Slaughter.

USA Weightlifting is the official governing body for the sport of Olympic Weightlifting under the US Olympic Committee. Come learn from the best, Coach Michael McKenna and Coach Cara Heads Slaughter, to be the best! The course includes theoretical classroom, and practical hands-on portions including technical progressions of the Snatch and Clean & Jerk. Course duration is over one weekend (March 8-9) and lasts approximately 13-14 hours with up to 9 hours being practical and 4-5 hours lecture based.

This course is suitable for Strength & Conditioning/Sports Performance coaches, Health & Fitness professionals and beginning level competitive Weightlifting Coaches.

Register here for the USAW Level 1 Sports Performance Coaching Course.


For those of you who are not familiar with Christmas Abbott, check out this profile. While she’s already well-known in CrossFit circles, she’s now trying to break into NASCAR as part of the pit crew for Turner Motorsports. She talked about her journey to NASCAR  with the Charlotte Observer back in October. Definitely check out this gallery of her practicing in the pit.

While it’d be a huge step for Abbott to break through the NASCAR wall, the other takeaway from this is how transferable the strength and stamina you build from CrossFit is to other areas. Next time you’re doing sit-ups or thrusters, remember that they’re more applicable than you think.

H/T to MetConPhotos