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

Veteran Journalist T.J. Murphy Exposes CrossFit in Inside the Box: How CrossFit® Shredded the Rules, Stripped Down the Gym, and Rebuilt My Body

Inside the Box book cover image 72dpi 400x600pBoulder, 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, he faced a permanent limp or difficult surgery. Desperate to reclaim his fitness and strength, Murphy signed up for his first CrossFit workout with nothing to lose.

The workout of the day challenged his body in a way no run ever had. Flat on the floor with his stomach in his throat, Murphy had stumbled onto something different: a sweat-soaked fitness revolution transforming bodies and lives. In Inside the Box, Murphy goes all in to expose the gritty, high-intensity sport of CrossFit. Inside the Box is now available in bookstores, CrossFit gyms, and online. Preview the book at Learn more about CrossFit at

CrossFit is the sport of fitness, a radical new approach to exercise that is turning the traditional gym workout upside down. From humble roots in a California garage to more than 4,000 barebones gyms worldwide, CrossFit trades in the shiny chrome workout machines and pampering personal trainers for an amped up form of training that channels strength, power, mobility, and stamina through a wild variety of intense workouts. CrossFitters occupy industrial spaces called boxes to perform explosive workouts forged from gymnastics, weight lifting, track and field, and plyometrics. Fitness seekers of all shapes and sizes flex their inner athlete by racing to finish the fast-paced workout of the day.

Inside the Box is Murphy’s journey through CrossFit. Transforming from staggering newcomer to ardent evangelist, Murphy finds out how CrossFit feels, why it’s so popular, and whether it can fix his broken body.

Inside the Box: How CrossFit® Shredded the Rules, Stripped Down the Gym, and Rebuilt My Body
T.J. Murphy
Paperback with photographs throughout
6″ x 9″, 192 pp., $18.95, 978-1-934030-90-5

T.J. Murphy is a veteran journalist, 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. His writing has also appeared in Outside magazine and Runner’s World. He is a five-time Ironman® finisher and a 2:38 marathoner.

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