By J.C. Herz
The soaking up, definitive account of CrossFit's origins, its explosive grassroots progress, and its emergence as a world phenomenon.
One of the main illuminating books ever on a activities subculture, Learning to respire Fire combines shiny activities writing with a considerate meditation on what it capacity to be human. within the publication, veteran journalist J.C. Herz explains the technology of extreme attempt, why the trendy health club fails an overweight society, and the psychic rewards of finishing up at the flooring feeling as if you are approximately to die.
The tale lines CrossFit’s upward thrust, from a unmarried underground health club in Santa Cruz to its adoption because the exercise session of selection for elite precise forces, firefighters and police officers, to its attractiveness because the go-to health regimen for normal Joes and Janes. specifically riveting is Herz’s description of The CrossFit video games, which commence as an off-the-cuff throw-down on a California ranch and evolve right into a televised worldwide proving flooring for the fittest women and men on Earth, as good as thousands of lesser mortals.
In her portrayal of the sport's big name athletes, its passionate coaches and its “chief armorer,” Rogue health, Herz powerfully conjures up the individuality of a health tradition that cultivates primal fierceness in average people. And within the shared ordeal of an all-consuming work out, she finds the ritual depth that is been with us on account that people invented activities, exhibiting us how, on a deep point, we are all tribal hunters and primary responders, anticipating the sign to head all-out.
From the Hardcover edition.