🏋️ 2 new crossfit games champs crowned
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Here’s what’s on tap today:
Two new winners were crowned at the 2023 CrossFit Games.
The rise and fall of the original Muscle Beach.
Twelve of the best supplements to build muscle.
New Blood Rising
The 2023 CrossFit Games are officially in the books! On the women’s side, Laura Horvath took the top spot, beating the likes of Emma Lawson, Arielle Loewen, and Alex Gazan. Horvath was the third-place finisher in 2022 and was an early favorite to take the title this year, with reigning champ, Tia-Clair Toomey, sitting out for 2023.
It was a completely different story on the men’s side, where Jeffrey Adler pulled off the upset victory over a stacked field. Not only did he beat two-time reigning champ Justin Medeiros, but he also toppled favorites like (an injured) Roman Khrennikov and Patrick Vellner to nab his first Games win.
And that’s just a taste of the action that went down this weekend in Madison, Wisconsin. To catch up on everything, check out our comprehensive results page below.
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Birth of an Icon
Muscle Beach Venice is one of the most iconic destinations in the history of fitness culture. But this bodybuilding paradise isn’t actually the original. Before Arnold and Franco pumped iron in Venice, the first Muscle Beach was born in nearby Santa Monica.
You might be confused right now, wondering what happened to the original iteration. We’re telling the lost story to fill in the blanks.
From its initial conception to a manufactured moral panic forcing its closure, here is the history of the original Muscle Beach. There’s a heck of a lot to unpack.
Fast Track Your Muscle Growth
Building muscle is about so much more than lifting really heavy and eating the right foods. There’s a lot of nuance to this process where you have to account for every step. But if you pick quality nutritional supplements, you’ll be way ahead of the game.
Today we’re breaking down 12 of the best supplements on the market for muscle growth. Whether your goal is optimizing your hard work in the gym, having better blood flow to promote better lifts, or intensifying your mental toughness, these supplements are all geared toward helping you reach new heights.
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“Up” Your Muscle
If you’re still in a CrossFit mood, spend some time learning and perfecting the muscle-up.
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The Results Are In!
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