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Examining The Rise Of Crossfit

OPB | Aug. 21, 2014 12:35 p.m.

Courtesy of Runar Eilertsen, Creative Commons

On Saturday, individuals and teams from across the Northwest will gather in Bend for the Oregon CrossFit Games. The Oregon games come on the heels of the National CrossFit Games, which took place in late July and were broadcast on ESPN.

CrossFit is no longer just a workout regime — it’s a full-blown phenomenon. The exercise program has more than 10,000 locations and has its own superstars and celebrity endorsements.

But CrossFit has not grown without controversy. As opposed to an individual gym workout, CrossFit classes take place in a competitive group atmosphere, and many of the exercises are judged on how fast you can do them and how much weight you can take on. There have been concerns that these factors can push people to extremes, which can result in injury.

What’s your experience with CrossFit?


  • Adam Neiffer: Owner and head coach at CrossFit Fort Vancouver
  • John Runyeon: Director of the Human Anatomy Lab at the University of Oregon
  • J.C. Herz: Author of Learning to Breathe Fire: The Rise of CrossFit and the Primal Future of Fitness



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