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Doing the Sport She Loves: Lauren “Lil Fish” Fisher!

Doing the Sport She Loves: Lauren “Lil Fish” Fisher! Interview by Nichole DeHart Lauren Fisher has been doing CrossFit since she was 16 years old. However, she did CrossFit to help her in other sports, like basketball. She didn’t start competing until she was 18, when she qualified for the NorCal Regional as an Individual; the following year, she participated on Team Invictus at the 2013 CrossFit Games. This year she is heading to the CrossFit Games as an Individual. Lauren has worked extremely hard to earn her spot at Games, qualifying in one of the toughest regions! We are

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The Invictus Veterans: Val Voboril and Josh Bridges!

The Invictus Veterans: Val Voboril and Josh Bridges! Interviews by Nichole DeHart The Incredible Val Voboril Val Voboril. There are not enough words I could use to describe the incredibleness of this woman. She is a full-time wife, mother, and teacher and is one of the most accomplished athletes in the CrossFit world. She is definitely no stranger to the CrossFit Games; this will be here fifth time competing as an individual at the Games (she had to sit out one year when she had her baby), she took third place on the podium at last year’s 2013 CrossFit Games and

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The Honey Badger: Jacob Heppner

The Honey Badger: Jacob Heppner Interview by Nichole DeHart You may have heard the name “Jacob Heppner” announced repeatedly during the North Central Regional as Jacob and two other athletes battled it out for the top three podium spots all weekend long. It was a close race up to the last event, and Jacob came out with a solid 2nd place at Regionals, earning himself his first trip to the CrossFit Games! Jacob was not banking on making it to Games this year; in fact, he and his fiancé are getting married a week before the big CrossFit Games weekend. So

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Your Must-Have Checklist for the 2014 CrossFit Games!

**REMINDER – Both Invictus Locations will be closed at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday through the weekend so that the Sea of Green can support Team Invictus, Josh Bridges, Lauren Fisher and the other Invictus athletes at the CrossFit Games. Read below on how to follow their progress.** Your Must-Have Checklist for the 2014 CrossFit Games! Written by Jaimie Bougie We are just three days away from the start of the 2014 CrossFit Games! What could be more exciting than carpooling up to Carson, California, with all of your friends to watch over a dozen amazing Invictus Athletes leave it all

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Staying Relaxed and Having Fun: Regan Huckaby

Staying Relaxed and Having Fun: Regan Huckaby Interview by Nichole DeHart Regan Huckaby hails from the beautiful Pacific Northwest region. This is her first time competing at the CrossFit Games, but I have no doubt this won’t be her last! Read on to learn a little more about your Oregonian Invicti! Nichole: How did you become a part of the Sea of Green? Regan: I attend CrossFit Hood River and Invictus has been doing our group programming for the past couple of years. About a year ago I started to follow the Invictus Competition Programming and I had heard nothing but

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Tips For Getting Your First Bar Muscle Up!

Tips For Getting Your First Bar Muscle Up! Written by Heather Hippensteel Oh, the bar muscle up. It’s one of my favorite movements! If you are trying to get your first bar muscle up, here are some tips to help you get there. Now, before you try to attempt this, you should be proficient with kipping pull-ups, kipping chest-to-bar pull-ups, and dips. The bar muscle up is actually quite simple, considering how much momentum you can gain by using your hips. Maintaining a strong core throughout is key, because if you lose your midline, you’ll lose your momentum. When I

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The Invictus Post-Games Bonfire Celebration!

The Invictus Post-Games Bonfire Celebration! Written by Michele Vieux Fire, sand and marshmallows! What better way to celebrate the ending of another successful CrossFit Games season than a bonfire on the beach complete with S’mores? Join us on Friday, August 1st from 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm for our Invictus Post-Games Bonfire Celebration on Coronado Beach! If you’ve ever taken a trip to the Games with the Sea of Green, you know the awesome party we have at the hotel pool each night of the competition to celebrate both our athletes and our amazing community – you guys! We know

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Abs Quest 2014

Abs Quest 2014 Written by Kim McLaughlin If you’ve ever been to the CrossFit Games in Carson, CA or watched it on TV, you know that the StubHub Center, during the second to last weekend in July, houses the fittest concentration of people in the entire world. Please note – I’m not even including the 100 or so athletes competing for the title of the “World’s Fittest” in that assessment. I’m referring to the thousands of spectators that are there to watch these athletes workout. During a quick stroll through the competition venue, you are guaranteed to see thousands of

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Technical Failure

Technical Failure Written by Bryan Miller We have all seen someone successfully snatch a weight that they probably shouldn’t have attempted, based on the technical proficiency of their previous lift. Even if the lift sets a PR/PB, is a technically poor lift really a success? Often during training or coaching I see something called a technical failure. A “technical failure” is a repetition that deviates from ideal form. It is my belief that during training you should not continue to lift once you have reached technical failure. Technical failure is a good indication that your form isn’t mature enough to

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Planks – A Gateway Exercise!

Planks – A Gateway Exercise! Written by Nick Hawkes Planks, or “prone bridge”, get a bad rap from a lot of uninformed meatheads and self-proclaimed strong men. They are thought of as the “tofu of the strength and conditioning arsenal” and something that only the skinny fat and B.C.A.A. deprived dabble in. I am here to tell you “Nay!” to that sentiment, and that if done properly, the plank and its variations can add some Valerian steel tipped arrows to your quiver of tools. Planks are a great core exercise and should be a go-to in teaching people anti-extension and training of

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