The absorbing, definitive account of CrossFit's origins, its explosive grassroots growth, and its emergence as a global phenomenon.
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One of the most illuminating books ever on a sports subculture, Learning to Breathe Fire combines vivid sports writing with a thoughtful meditation on what it means to be human. In the book, veteran journalist J.C. Herz explains the science of maximum effort, why the modern gym fails an obese society, and the psychic rewards of ending up on the floor feeling as though you're about to die
The story traces CrossFit’s rise, from a single underground gym in Santa Cruz to its adoption as the workout of choice for elite special forces, firefighters and cops, to its popularity as the go-to fitness routine for regular Joes and Janes. Especially riveting is Herz’s description of The CrossFit Games, which begin as an informal throw-down on a California ranch and evolve into a televised global proving ground for the fittest men and women on Earth, as well as hundreds of thousands of lesser mortals.
In her portrayal of the sport's star athletes, its passionate coaches and its “chief armorer,” Rogue Fitness, Herz powerfully evokes the uniqueness of a fitness culture that cultivates primal fierceness in average people. And in the shared ordeal of an all-consuming workout, she unearths the ritual intensity that's been with us since humans invented sports, showing us how, on a deep level, we're all tribal hunters and first responders, waiting for the signal to go all-out.
About the Authors
J. C. Herz is a former rock critic and tech writer for Rolling Stone and Wired, and wrote The New York Times' first game design column. A two-time author and technology entrepreneur, she started doing CrossFit in a gym where white-collar professionals and new moms hit WODs with active-duty military and members of the presidential Secret Service detail. Her favorite CrossFit workout is "Cindy."
Foreword Andrew R. Hersam vi
Preface Ian Torrence ix
Chapter 1 Trail Running; Past, Present, and Future 1
Chapter 2 Getting Started 13
Chapter 3 Trail Running Technique 29
Chapter 4 Trail Training at Every Distance 61
Chapter 5 Strength Training for the Trail 91
Chapter 6 Stretching for the Trail 99
Chapter 7 Equipment 111
Chapter 8 Nutrition On and Off the Trail 138
Chapter 9 Injuries and Injury Prevention 157
Chapter 10 Hazards of the Trail 171
Chapter 11 Running Partners 189
Chapter 12 Caring for the Trail 199
Chapter 13 Racing and Directing a Race 205
Appendix Competing at the International Level 235
About the Authors 254