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My Date with Fran, a Chapter from Inside the Box

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T.J. Murphy describes how it feels to attempt the CrossFit workout known as "Fran"

Get Paid to CrossFit

Some employers are paying their employees to get in shape!

Minimalistic Shoes and Restoring Your Feet

Are minimalist shoes hurting your feet or will they help you become stronger in the long run?

5 Rules You Must Know Before Taking a Fish Oil Supplement

Not all fish oils are equally good for you.

3 Keys to Preventing Rhabdomyolysis

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Rhabdomyolysis can kill you. Here are the three ways to prevent getting rhabdomyolysis.

What Happened When a 300-Pounder Tried CrossFit

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This dude lost huge amounts of weight after taking up CrossFit.

Optimizing Your CrossFit Potential

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What's the best way to train for the CrossFit Games?

Is CrossFit Really Killing Us?

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Like you, I’ve been told more than once to not “Drink the Kool-Aid” when it comes to CrossFit. Honestly, I’d be happy to speak about CrossFit only when asked directly, and otherwise shut up about it.

How to Find a Great CrossFit Gym

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10 great ways to find a Crossfit gym

How to Do 30 Ironmans in 30 Days: A Sports Psych Technique

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Kurtz told me about his remarkable journey earlier this year, being one of 8 triathletes to set a world record: They did 30 Ironmans in 30 consecutive days.

CrossFit: A Threat to America

This says it all. In Inside the Box, veteran journalist and marathoner T.J. Murphy goes all in to expose the gritty, high-intensity sport of CrossFit®. From staggering newcomer to evangelist, Murphy finds out how it feels, why it’s so popular, and whether CrossFit can fix his broken body.

The Diagnostic Power of a Squat

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Thanks to CrossFit coaches, I not only learned how to squat safely, but effectively,

What CrossFit Is Really Like

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There’s been a flurry of reporting on CrossFit in the last few weeks appearing on the likes of, NPR’s website and

“CrossFit Mirrors American Militarism,” on Salon. A Response.

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One writer for Salon says that the popularity of CrossFit is a reflection of how American culture has embraced militarism.

CrossFit Isn’t For Everyone

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My very unscientific observations suggest that less than 50% of the people I’ve seen in Elements classes, or On-Ramp classes, ever last much longer than a few weeks.

CrossFit, Olympic Wrestling and Dan Gable

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Olympic Wrestling is in danger of getting chopped from the 2020 Olympic Games.

CrossFit: The Waiting Surprise for Consistent Beginners

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If you stick with CrossFit, you'll find improvements come quickly!

Highway Through Hell: Getting Back Into CrossFit

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TJ Murphy offers tips on getting back into CrossFit after a break.

Why Is High-Intensity Training Making Headlines?

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Why is high-intensity training constantly in the news?

Another CFE Attack

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In a rather tempestuous post by running coach, Jason Fitzgerald flames CrossFit Endurance and Brian MacKenzie.

Becoming a Supple Leopard: Book Review

(quick note: A disclaimer: one of the reasons I’ve been able to read BASL with such apparent speed–it’s nearly 400 pages and just went on sale a couple of days ago–is that I helped with the content editing in one of the final phases of the creation of the book. So I actually had aRead more »

CrossFit and the Future of Fitness

Crossfit is reshaping the fitness landscape.

The Opposite Effect

After the tragedy at the the Boston Marathon, many runners still ran the streets the next day with a renewed passion and new motivation.

Strength & Conditioning: A Triathlete’s Secret Weapon

Strength and conditioning exercises can be the secret to reaching your potential as an endurance athlete.

No Excuses: Beating Back the Limitations of Age

Crossfit is not just for younger athletes. Older athletes can participate in CrossFit, and gym owners should have classes catering to these athletes.

NYT Story, Keystone Habits and the Power of CrossFit

Creating good keystone habits is critical to success, and crossfit can be one of those.

How to Win the CrossFit Open (Even if You Come In Last)

The CrossFit Open is all about your individual experience.

New Ohio State Study: CrossFit Builds VO2max, Burns Body Fat

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This study from Ohio State shows the benefits of CrossFit.

The Dedication and Discipline of Diane Fu

Diane Fu mixes crossfit with Olympic lifting and coaching.

You Have a Goat? You Lucky Dog! A Discussion on CrossFit, Running and Being a Masters Athlete

Work on your weakness and warm up well to excel in CrossFit.

WOD Talk magazine’s Online Review of Inside the Box

WOD Talk magazine reviews Inside the Box by T.J. Murphy.

The Post-Workout Snack: More Important Than You Know?

What you eat after your workout is crucial to good recovery.

Run Faster and With Less Injuries? An Introduction to the Pose Method

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Increase your speed and decrease your chance of injury using the Pose Method.

How This CrossFit Author Found CrossFit


Author T.J. Murphy recounts his journey to finding CrossFit.

Lessons From the Greats: Rich Froning’s Attitude

Learn the secret behind Rich Froning's positive attitude.

The Big Secret For CrossFit Beginners

If you're just starting out in CrossFit, these secrets will help you improve faster.

Annie Sakamoto Versus Greg Amundson

Watch the epic CrossFit battle between Annie Sakamoto and Greg Amundson.

No Excuses

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The testimonial of one new comer to CrossFit will inspire you to get involved.

Fixing the Feet Bonus

Learn how to properly land on your feet for better balance and a reduced chance of injury.

Setbacks and Motivation

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Setbacks are a part of training, but so is becoming motivated to get back on track.

CrossFit Myth-buster #1 and 7 ways to reduce the chance of injury

Busting the number one myth in CrossFit and seven ways to lower your risk of injury.

Fix the feet, fix the knees?

After a long period, author T.J. Murphy was able to fix his long standing knee issues with this simple drill.

Lessons from the Greats: Annie Sakamoto’s Diet Tweak

Dial in your diet with tips from CrossFit legend Annie Sakamoto

CrossFit Endurance Tested in Outside Magazine

Am Outside Magazine contributor tries out Crossfit Endurance and gives his take on this new sport.

Into the Red

Author T.J. Murphy recounts going into the red at the Rumble in Paradise CrossFit competition.

Dave Bennett gets an edge in the Rumble

David Bennett perfects the towel throw.

Rumble in Paradise

T.J Murphy gives his take on the Rumble in Paradise CrossFit competition.

A Barefoot Runner Explores CrossFit

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In this recent interview, TJ Murphy speaks with a prominent member of the barefoot running movement about CrossFit for runners. Here’s a list of topics and their time marks during the interview: 0:00 What is Crossfit? What are the distinctive things about it? 3:23 The problematic notion of functional fitness 6:46 Why has Crossfit gottenRead more »

Power Speed Endurance: Finding the Goat

Author TJ Murphy discusses what he learned from power endurance crossfit.

No Excuses — A Visit To CrossFit Elysium

TJ Murphy pays a visit to Crossfit Elysium.

Greg Amundson to Beginners: How to Prepare for CrossFit

CrossFit legend Greg Amundson gives his advice to CrossFit beginners.

“Power Speed Endurance”–A New Book

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TJ Murphy, author of Inside the Box, gives his review of the new book Power Speed Endurance by Brian MacKenzie

Greg Glassman Wins–CrossFit Avoids Anthos Purchase

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A message from CrossFit CEO and founder Greg Glassman.

Box Jumps for Runners

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T.J. Murphy responds to one readers question about how to deal with bad knees and performing box jumps.

Identifying weak links

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Author TJ Murphy discusses his own weak links in his abilities as he hopes to improve them.

WOD Talk magazine reviews Inside the Box

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WOD Talk Magazine check in with TJ Murphy, author of Inside the Box.

Warning Shot

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How will the Lance Armstrong situation affect the sport of triathlon?

Women can’t do pull-ups?!

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TJ Murphy, author of Inside the Box, responds to a story in the New York Times.

CrossFit for Women Runners

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Is CrossFit a good idea for women runners?

CrossFit Book Inside the Box Is Now Available as an E-book!

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Inside the Box is now available as an e-book.

Interview with Dathan Ritzenhein

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TJ Murphy, author of Inside the Box, interviewed three time Olympian Dathan Ritzenhein.

Biomechanics, Mobility and Running

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TJ Murphy gives his current thinking on biomechanics, mobility, and running.

Half-Marathon Training with CrossFit–Notebook Entry 1

Get TJ Murphy's notes on how to use CrossFit to train for a half marathon.

Annie Sakamoto and the culture of CrossFit

CrossFit legend Annie Sakamoto talks about the culture of the sport she loves.

CrossFit and Running

TJ Murphy gives his advice on how to make CrossFit a part of your run training.

Visit to CrossFit Amundson

TJ Murphy pays a visit to CrossFit Amundson.

Filthy Fifty at United Barbell

TJ Murphy describes his experience at the Filthy Fifty workout.

How to Start CrossFit

The best five tips for getting started in CrossFit.

Read TJ Murphy’s New Book Inside the Box: How CrossFit® Shredded the Rules, Stripped Down the Gym, and Rebuilt My Body

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Veteran Journalist T.J. Murphy Exposes CrossFit in Inside the Box: How CrossFit® Shredded the Rules, Stripped Down the Gym, and Rebuilt My Body Boulder, CO, USA — September 10, 2012 — Veteran journalist and endurance athlete T.J. Murphy was 47 years old when his knee gave out. Limping away from yet another lackluster marathon, heRead more »

16 Tips for the Zone Diet

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16 key tips on using the Zone diet for CrossFit.

Getting Started: Tips for Smooth Entry into the World of CrossFit Endurance

Use these tips for a smooth start in CrossFit Endurance.

Embracing Discomfort

Part of CrossFit is learning to embrace the discomfort to reach your potential.

Visit to River North CrossFit In Chicago

TJ Murphy visits River North CrossFit in Chicago.

10 Tips for Runners Making the Jump to CrossFit

TJ Murphy outlines the top 10 tips for making the transition to CrossFit.

Coaching Irene: From the depths of morbid obesity to competition-hungry CrossFit athlete

Coach Irene Mejita inspires her athletes with her drive, determination, and ability.

CrossFit Endurance for Triathletes

Long time triathlete TJ Murphy gave CrossFit a chance and never looked back.

Beginning Runner

TJ Murphy reflects on how letting go of his running past helped him improve at CrossFit.

Icing Your Injury: A Big Waste of Time?

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Is icing an injury worth it?

Dean Karnazes, Michelle Obama and the most inspiring CrossFitter I know

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TJ Murphy discussed three people all connected through CrossFit.

“No Days Off”

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No days off isn't only about training, it's also about taking care of your body.

Five Ways CrossFit Can Make You a Better Runner

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I’ve been a runner and triathlete since 1983 (even before if you count junior high and high school track). Over the last year and a half I’ve been training at CrossFit gyms and looking into CrossFit Endurance. In talking with other runners and in recently reading Jeff Gaudette’s article, “Can CrossFit Make You A BetterRead more »

General Fitness Versus Specific? A Critical Question

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When training, how much should be specific to race day and how much should be general fitness?

“Will CrossFit Make You a Better Runner?” Let’s Discuss This.

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TJ Murphy answers the question about how CrossFit will help your running.

Coming Soon: A New Book About the CrossFit® Revolution

Inside the Box: How CrossFit® Shredded the Rules, Stripped Down the Gym, and Rebuilt My Body by T.J. Murphy is coming this September. Please follow this site, like our page on Facebook, or join our e-mail list using the form to the right of the page.

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