“I play real sports. I’m not trying to be the best at exercising.” – Kenny Powers. There is a longstanding, endless and circular argument that surrounds CrossFit when it comes to injuries. It usually starts with someone outside the CrossFit community making a claim that “CrossFit causes rhabdo” or “Kipping pull-ups are bad for the shoulders.” What do you think? Do you enjoy CrossFit, or do you think it’s a waste of time.
Rich Froning won the 2014 CrossFit Games for the fourth consecutive year and was again crowned the “fittest man on Earth.” Rich, 27, has suggested he will retire from individual competition after the 2014 CrossFit Games, but will continue competing in team events. However, Froning appears to have had a change of heart. “I am not retiring, I am just switching gears,” he said after winning the CF Games for the fourth time. Last week, Froning signed a lucrative long-term contract with Reebok, sponsor of the CrossFit Games. While terms of the deal were not disclosed, a rep told Men’s Fitness Froning’s endorsement deal makes him one of Reebok’s highest-paid athletes whose earnings are on par with NBA and NFL stars.
9 years ago Matt Leone crashed his motorbike in Pennsylvania, after being introduced to physical therapy shortly afterwards he realised he had a strong passion for it. The rest as they say, is history. Today Matt is a dead set beast in the gym and motivates people worldwide with awesome videos like this one. Shout out to Steve Hufferman for the submission.
A cyclist was hit by a car in Romford, slammed into the windscreen and miraculously landed on his feet – and caught the whole thing on his helmet cam. “The second time I rode into London in an effort to gain some fitness, rather than take the train, ended like this. After a very uncomfortable trip to the hospital in a neck brace and spinal board and various x-rays I escaped with just bruising. So I consider myself lucky.” – Cycle Jack.
It’s hard work being a sumo wrestler. The amount of food alone is a daunting task. Meet world sumo champion Byamba Ulambayar – who consumes 10,000 calories a day to keep his 6-foot-1 360 pound frame. The video follows Byamba as he makes chankonabe – a stew with fish broth, meat, tofu, eggs and vegetables. The Mongolian born athlete, who moved to Japan as a child, explains that his enormous diet is still about nutrition. “If you want to be a sumo wrestler you have to be able to practice, you know? And then after that the body is going to be tired, right? And then it has to eat healthy and take a lot of portions,” he said.
“I was clipped by a pickup at around 8:20 AM in Bullard TX. This really is a little difficult to watch. The sounds are unedited. The video is in two parts, some from the rear facing camera and some from the front facing camera. Injuries sustained, broken scapula, 5 broken ribs, collapsed lung, and a gash to the head. Also various minor road rash spots.” – Mark Cathey
Benedikt Magnusson is the world record-holder for deadlift, lifting 1015 lbs/460 kg. Andy Bolton was the man he beat – the strongest European powerlifter ever, the first man ever to dead lift over 1000lbs / 453kg, whose PB at squat is 1213.6lbs/550.5kg. For guys who train to add size or sculpt aesthetics, these powerlifters illustrate a different approach to lifting weights, like never training to failure, and eating huge amounts of calories. These beasts of the gym may not be on the cover of the magazines, but as athletes, they are the best in the world at what they do.
Way back in 2008, Los Angeles Lakers’ shooting guard Kobe Bryant created a minor uproar with a viral video filmed and released by Nike. In it, the 16-time NBA all-star vaulted a moving Aston Martin. The promotional plug of the whole thing was that Bryant’s ups were courtesy of his new Nikes, although he later admitted that “Hollywood” had a big part in the video. This new footage is allegedly real and stars a Swedish man named Al the Jumper. Rather than an Aston Martin, Al jumps a Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera, which is heading right for him at 80 miles per hour. It is, if it’s as real as claimed, a very impressive feat!
Thanks to cycling Phil Jones has gone from a 152kg taxi driver to a 82kg, fit cycling outreach officer. Phil landed his dream job with a recycling bike project and can now ride more than 100 miles at a time – and it’s all thanks to being inspired by watching Sir Chris Hoy at the London Olympics. Check it out!