The Ultimate Fighting Championship has captured the fascination of the American sporting public like few events in recent history. The UFC provides the spectator with a truly “up close and personal” experience. Faces distort as the punches land. Joints twist when holds are applied. Yet, despite the proximity, we sometimes forget that these skilled fighters are people just like you and me. Normal folks with extraordinary jobs. And some of them are absolutely hilarious.
Tom “The Filthy Mauler” is Funny
Tom Lawlor is a three time national champion in wrestling from the University of Central Florida. He earned his way to the highest level of MMA (mixed martial arts) after a strong showing on “The Ultimate Fighter.” Lawlor, also known as “The Filthy Mauler,” and/or “Filthy Tom,” has developed a bit of a cult following. His current record, 8-4-0, and his entertaining entrances keep his fans crowing for more. In fact, his weigh-ins and entrances have become the stuff of UFC legend (see video footage below).
Whether he’s impersonating Dan “The Beast” Severn or Apollo Creed, Tom Lawlor never fails to entertain. Tom was gracious enough to answer a few questions for Progenex, and as always, he didn’t disappoint! Read the rest of this entry »
“From The Hottest Fires, The Hardest Steel”
There are few of us who knows what it means to see real battle. Most of us will never spend a year thousands of miles away from our family being fired upon. We will never see our friends sent home in a box, draped in a flag. We’ll never hold our breath as mortar rounds whistle past our tents. Awful though they may be, these situations allows for the true strength of our character to be revealed. The intensity and sheer weight of the moment allow for greatness to surface. These are the moments that give birth to heroes.
A Defining Moment
On a desolate mountainside, in the Kunar Province of Afghanistan in 2005, Lt. Michael Murphy, and his team of US Navy Seals, found themselves in throes of one of these battles. Their position given had been given away and they were now taking fire from a much larger group of Taliban fighters. Pinned down, and severely outnumbered, it became obvious that support was needed. With only one possible means of communications, Lt. Murphy made the kind of decision defines a hero.
Joining Elite Company
Among the ranks of professional athletes there exists a hierarchy of greatness. There are those who’ve amassed absurd numbers over the course of long and fruitful careers only to have a championship evade them. There is another level of athlete who’s built a wonderful resume and been fortunate enough to win a title along the way. Yet another group sits atop the Mt. Olympus of athletics, the Greatest of the Great athletes. Their long, celebrated careers culminate in multiple championships. They are discussed by last name only. Jordan, Montana, Bird. This year, 2008 CrossFit Games Champion Jason Khalipa looks to add his name to that list and become the first repeat champion in the history of the CrossFit Games.
Hearts all over the world of CrossFit have recently suffered a painful blow. You could almost hear the collective sigh from thousands of single athletes when the news broke that dashed so many farfetched dreams. Let us not be bothered with the reality that most of us never had a shot anyway, it still stung a little. All joking aside, congratulations are in order. Dave Lipson and Camille Leblanc-Bazinet are engaged!
CrossFit’s Power Couple
Dave Lipson and Camille Leblanc-Bazinet have developed an impressive CrossFit Games resume over the years. Dave has posted a pair of CrossFit Games births since beginning CrossFit in 2008 while Camille has made a pair of trips herself, and posted a pair of Top 10 finishes. Camille enters the 2012 Canada East Regional having placed first overall in her CrossFit Games Open Region and 5th in the world. Dave enters the 2012 Southern California Regional having placed 5th in the SoCal Region. Add that to Dave deadlifting THREE TIMES his bodyweight and the diminutive Camille deadlifting nearly three times her own and you have a legitimate CrossFit Power Couple.
This Is What Elite Fitness Looks Like
Matt Chan may be one of the most well rounded, versatile athletes on the planet. His list of hobbies and his athletic resume are enough to cause fatigue in people outside of CrossFit. The scope of activities is varied, seemingly all inclusive and physically demanding. Matt Chan has made a life of testing his physical limitations at work and at play. Reading his bio causes two immediate questions to come to mind:
Does Matt Chan ever rest?
Can he earn his FOURTH Top 10 Finish at the 2012 CrossFit Games?
A Winding Road
Some of us recognize our calling in life from a young age. Our goals, our hopes and our dreams lay out in front of us like an easy road. All we have to do is point ourselves in the right direction and put our foot on the gas pedal. For others, that easy road isn’t found quite as easily. We work and we play, doing the best that we can, all the while waiting for our internal GPS to point us towards the right exit. The road wasn’t always clear for Christmas Abbott, but in 2006 she found CrossFit and her gas pedal has been on the floor ever since.
In an interview with MyAthleticLife.Com, Christmas admitted to having been branded an underachiever for a portion of her youth. She left college before graduating and headed to Iraq as a civilization contractor. A lifetime smoker, when she decided to alter her fitness plan, the act of running a mile was a near-crippling endeavor. One year later, smoke free, Christmas discovered CrossFit.
Defining An Athletes Legacy
In the life of an athlete there are moments that define our legacy. They collectively serve as our calling card as an athlete once our careers have ended. These moments become the first thought in a fans mind when our name is spoken. Whether a triumph or a stumble, once these moments take place, it’s near impossible for an athlete to separate themselves from them. In 2012, AJ Moore is trying to change the tenor of his CrossFit Games legacy.
A New World To Dominate
In the world of athletics there is no substitute for standing atop the podium and being handed the trophy. Having helped athletes from CrossFit to the NFL get stronger and recover faster, Progenex decided it was time to conquer another athletic avenue. We all know that Progenex can make athletes stronger and faster, but could it possibly bridge the gap between man and machine, and make a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series truck faster?
As the world waited impatiently for #TheSauce to come off of back order, there were rumblings that something major was on the horizon. While soreness and fatigue ran rampant in the absence of the one and only Recovery, the internet was alive with rumors about possible developments in that original shiny silver bag. Well, for once, the internet was right. We have heard your cries for “More Progenex!” and have responded in grand fashion! While the world waited anxiously, the masterminds at Progenex were locked in the lab whipping up two new additions to the Progenex family…
Welcome to The Sport Of Fitness
The world was introduced to The Sport of Fitness by a fleet of helicopters, trains and semi trucks carrying container boxes bearing the Reebok CrossFit logo across a myriad of global landscapes. This dramatic display of marketing brilliance announced to the world that Reebok was putting its soul behind this Sport of Fitness. On the surface the 10 year, $150 million dollar investment in the world’s fastest growing fitness community, by one of the world’s most recognizable athletic lines, seems like a perfect match. However, the partnership is not without its doubters from outside, as well as within the CrossFit community. Further examination of the new partnership reveals nearly as many questions as answers. Read the rest of this entry »
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