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Inside the Box: How CrossFit ® Shredded the Rules, Stripped Down the Gym, and Rebuilt My Body

Inside the Box: How CrossFit ® Shredded the Rules, Stripped Down the Gym, and Rebuilt My Body

by T.J. Murphy


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In Inside the Box, veteran journalist and marathoner T.J. Murphy goes all in to expose the gritty, high-intensity sport of CrossFit®. Murphy faced a future with a permanent limp from one too many marathons. Desperate to reclaim his fitness and strength, the 47-year-old signed up for his first CrossFit® workout with nothing to lose. Anaerobically blasted by each workout of the day, Murphy discovered a sweat-soaked fitness revolution that’s transforming bodies and lives. CrossFit is the sport of fitness, a radical new approach to exercise that is turning the traditional gym workout upside down. Every day at thousands of CrossFit gyms across America, fitness seekers of all shapes and sizes flex their inner athlete by racing to finish fast-paced workouts. Each workout mixes weight lifting and gymnastics into an explosively effective and addictive new way to lose weight and carve out a new physique. Inside the Box is Murphy’s journey through CrossFit. From staggering newcomer to evangelist, Murphy finds out how it feels, why it’s so popular, whether it can fix his broken body.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781934030905
Publisher: VeloPress
Publication date: 09/01/2012
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 730,614
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 15 Years

About the Author

T.J. Murphy is a veteran endurance athlete, CrossFitter, and former editorial director of Triathlete, Inside Triathlon, and Competitor magazines. He is author of Triathlete Magazine’s Guide to Finishing Your First Triathlon and contributor to Start to Finish: 24 Weeks to an Endurance Triathlon.

Table of Contents

1 The Encoounter: The Many Paths to CrossFit2 The Unknown and the Unknowable: What Is CrossFit All About?3 Inside the Box: The World Within a CrossFit Affiliate4 Making the Invisible Visible: CrossFit’s Focus on Movement and Mobility5 Two Oars in the Water: CrossFit’s One-Two Punch of Diet and Exercise6 CultFit: The Community and Sociology of CrossFit7 Irene’s Journey: A Case Study8 The Jet Stream of High Performance: The Making of a Firebreather9 My Date with Fran
Epilogue: The Future of CrossFit
Glossary of TermsGlossary of ExercisesAbout the Author

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“For me, Inside the Box was like a walk down memory lane. I highly recommend it to anyone who has been considering starting CrossFit but just hasn't been sure if it's right for them.” — Greg Amundson, the original CrossFit Firebreather, former SWAT officer, and founder of the CrossFit Goal Setting Course “Murphy's experience [in Inside the Box] is one that will be lived thousands of times in the coming years. It is an awakening not only of the physical but of consciousness to one’s ability and what is possible. He eloquently takes you on the ride of finding community and bringing purpose back into one’s own life.” — Brian MacKenzie, founder of CrossFit Endurance

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