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This Pin was discovered by am books. Discover (and save!) your own Pins on Pinterest. Even if you're not a CrossFitter and want to learn more about the movement's history, you'll want to check out the book Learning to Breathe Fire, by J.C. Herz. Learning to Breathe Fire book. Read 64 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. The absorbing, definitive account of CrossFit's origins, i.
Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other: Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Learning to Breathe Fire by J. Learning to Breathe Fire: Herz Goodreads Author. The absorbing, definitive account of CrossFit's origins, its explosive grassroots growth, and its emergence as a global phenomenon.
In the book, veteran journalist J. Herz explains the science o The absorbing, definitive account of CrossFit's origins, its explosive grassroots growth, and its emergence as a global phenomenon.
And in the shared ordeal of an all-consuming workout, she unearths the ritual intensity that's been with us since humans invented sports, showing us how, on a deep level, we're all tribal hunters and first responders, waiting for the signal to go all-out. Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages. More Details Other Editions 2. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Learning to Breathe Fire , please sign up. Be the first to ask a question about Learning to Breathe Fire.
Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. Sort order. Feb 18, Dan Schwent rated it really liked it Shelves: From the ages of 19 to 34, I worked out religiously times a week. The last couple years, however, I let myself gradually slip out of the habit. After all, that's more hours a week I could be reading.
However, my girlfriend read up on CrossFit and told me we were going to start going a few times a week. Since I was still reasonably fit for a couch potato, I figured I could handle it.
I could not. It kicked my ass in less than 20 minutes and I was sore for three days, something that never From the ages of 19 to 34, I worked out religiously times a week. It kicked my ass in less than 20 minutes and I was sore for three days, something that never happened to me in over a decade of lifting weights nearly every day.
After that, I was more than a little intrigued about the torture we were paying for. Then this book popped up on Netgalley. Learning to Breathe Fire tells the story of CrossFit and the science behind how it works.
It talks about key figures in CrossFit history and explains why health clubs nerf everything and why they are largely ineffective at getting results. It also covers the CrossFit games.
It was pretty enlightening. I thought the people at CrossFit Warrior RX were just torturing me for fun the first couple of times. The science behind it sounds accurate. It made sense to me that we were doing workouts that blended cardio and strength training to spend maximum energy in a relatively short amount of time. The minute workouts of the day WODs sure seem more efficient than lifting weights and doing cardio for a hour.
Like Fran, reps of thrusters and pullups, which frequently makes people puke. Or Karen, which is wall balls. If I had to gripe about something in the book, it's that maybe it went a little too deep into the stories of the notable figures in CrossFit history. They were inspirational but I felt like I was watching a CrossFit infomercial after a while.
For someone who wants to see immediate results with the minimum time spent at the gym, CrossFit is the way to go and if you want to learn all about CrossFit, this is the book to read. Four sweaty stars!
View all 4 comments. Jun 07, Jim Stogdill rated it really liked it. If you're a Crossfitter and want to learn more about the origins of your favorite cult, read this book. If you're not a Crossfitter and you want to understand what the hell we Crossfitters are up to, don't read this book, go start crossfitting and then come back later and read this book to shake the mosaic pieces into place.
Either way you probably won't be able to put it down. JC mixes history, science, and participant narratives into a great read that makes you want to set it down only long enou If you're a Crossfitter and want to learn more about the origins of your favorite cult, read this book.
JC mixes history, science, and participant narratives into a great read that makes you want to set it down only long enough to go hit your next WOD even harder. I love the description of the experience o fa WOD from page 16 of the hardback: There isn't even an abstract notion of heroic effort, or any abstract notion -- the part of your brain that tells stories is off line.
There is only the raw impetus to finish somehow…" This book is destined to find its way into every Crossfitter's library, and perhaps some cultural anthropologist's reading lists too. Jun 29, Timon rated it liked it. THere's some good stuff in here on how crossfit runs its game and business, but mainly it's just an over glorification of crossfit. Dec 17, Michelle Garcia rated it it was amazing. Very well written. Whether you're a CrossFitter or not, this book will take you into the depths of how it all began and why CrossFitters continue to multiply year after year.
Apr 10, Darlene Cruz rated it it was amazing. Crossfit - rest is not a part of the program, ignore the part of the brain that tells them it's impossible to keep moving. Stopping is not an option, no finish line but to finish what you started. Combination of weightlifting, sprints and gymnastic movements and pull-ups, pushups and unweighted squats as many rounds as possible in 20 minutes.
Do you believe that? Wall ball shots, sumo dead lift high pull, inch box jumps, 75 lbs push press, rowing machines, high intensity regime, C Crossfit - rest is not a part of the program, ignore the part of the brain that tells them it's impossible to keep moving. Wall ball shots, sumo dead lift high pull, inch box jumps, 75 lbs push press, rowing machines, high intensity regime, Crossfit obvious way to train, duh: Boy, can you not move so fast!
Don't forget the Russian Kettle Bell and those crazy boxes. This book talks about fuel for the body ATP, muscle cell, molecule, phosphates, plus metabolic pathways, fuel production system, etc. Examples for different men in different groups. Crossfit became a hit, helped people achieve what they thought was unachievable. Crossfit overcame the part in your mind when you are physically exhausted, a flash of aggression as stated gives you a strange dignity in this last moment, last moment to finish.
A fitness cult, yeah Even employers encourages Crossfit because it's a win-win situation. Employees are healthier less burden on health insurance cost for them. What a wonderful read, it's intensity describing the workout was my favorite part. Won this book on Goodreads, First Read Giveaway. Thank you, Darlene Cruz I'm an avid CrossFitter myself, so I did find this book entertaining, inspiring, and motivating.
I loved the first third of the book, especially the chapters on the science behind the maximum effort and CrossFit's origins.
However, after the first few informative and well-organized chapters, Learning to Breathe Fire becomes extremely repetitive, a bit pointless, and way over the top. In fact, I'm a bit surprised that J. Herz is an accomplished journalist, because her book is sorely lacking in journalistic objectivity: It looks like J. Herz has been paid to write a propaganda or something. Mar 06, Joe rated it it was amazing.
I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the history of CrossFit and some of the key names from games gone by. It really does sound as though it was never intended to be the huge global industry that is has become and that is more due to the success of the techniques and effects of training which spread by word of mouth and not due to clever marketing. It also makes most of the people involved sound very genuine. There is clearly an interest for those at the top in ensuring that everyon I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the history of CrossFit and some of the key names from games gone by.
There is clearly an interest for those at the top in ensuring that everyone gets results. To sit there and collect their money and focus on the games while neglecting the grass routes would be a very short term strategy.
As someone who has been aware of CrossFit for a few years and been training off and on for about a year, with more intensive training in the last 2 months I was sometimes sucked in by the negativity and scepticism towards those at the top, something I now believe is unfounded.
A number of elite athletes, special forces soldiers, firemen, police, swat, DEA, recreational athletes, executives, housewives have all been among those to derive huge benefits from CrossFit with some branches of the military adapting their training to focus on CrossFit with less lengthy endurance.
I do believe that those who compete and go on to win the CrossFit games are blessed with excellent genetics, dedication to training and clearly have the time or make the time to train. Throw in some longer runs and they could be one of those people excellent at everything. The book has nothing that I could easily identify as training tips, it is really just an interesting story of CrossFit, its history and some of the key people involved with HQ or as competitors.
Aug 12, Deane Barker rated it it was amazing. Good overview of the history of CrossFit. This is not a practical book -- it will not teach you how to burpee better. But it will explain where CrossFit came from and hopefully get you to understand the culture a little more.
Extremely well-done. Apr 13, Irwin marked it as to-read. I just won this book free as a goodreads giveaway! I am waiting to read it. Sep 06, Ericayo rated it really liked it. Reading this book made me want to run straight to the nearest Crossfit box, or at least go bust out a set of burpees. A very evocative description of the spirit and drive of Crossfit. Jan 20, Audrey rated it liked it. Interesting origin story about Crossfit but too rah rah for me. Genesis of Rogue and their manufacturing was particularly fascinating.
The author totally drank the kool aid. My background: I also hiked, backpacked, and had a combat deployment as a civilian, but I did use the opportunity to do workouts in body armor. I told my CO that although I was not told to, I wanted to be comfortable in body armor before I needed it. A few years back, realizing that my running had dropped down, I joined my son in taekw My background: A few years back, realizing that my running had dropped down, I joined my son in taekwondo, and last year, as I approached black belt, I added dumbbells to my TKD and bodyweight training.
Where is CrossFit in this? It's definition of fitness is constantly varied, functional movements delivered at intensity, with a goal of preparing an athlete for the unknown and the unknowable.
And the means to do this are metabolic conditioning, gymnastics, and strength training. And my experiences in the TKD dojang of trying to outdo the teenagers that dominate those venues in bodyweight fitness and conditioning workouts has a hint of this. Also switching from marathon runs, to rucking in body armor, to fitness tests conditioning also hints of this. And as I read the book, I realized that this is what I wish I knew many years ago as I pounded out long miles on weekend mornings.
This book is a book of stories of different ways people came into CrossFit. While there are a number of the alpha-male military and first responder types, the pride and joy of the book comes in the stories of the non-testosterone pumped types who were part of CrossFit. Women, and the not-so-macho who came into this because they were looking for a way to be fit because of a scare or a desire to change their life.
And they get hooked on something that had the benefits of team sport camaraderie, competition, cheering , without the downsides sidelines, put downs. And a culture where people were equally setup to struggle and succeed, and cheered when they struggled with integrity and grew with it. The book has many stories that are variations on "that which does not kill me makes me stronger" as the stories of workouts that left people knocked out on their backs and realizing that this is the kind of push they want and this is where they could get it.
In particular, attention is paid to women in CrossFit. How the focus on effort and encouragement to be strong over looks makes CrossFit atmosphere more attractive than other sporting environments. And how even from the beginning, the philosophy of strength and intensity to the limit of the athlete applied to the women involved, so that they could use women as exemplars when introducing CrossFit to alpha males in military or law enforcement who were surprised that they were left on the ground.
And the book also has a chapter on the pressures society puts on women, to not have strength as a goal and how those who stay in CrossFit have to fight those types of pressure.
It was an entity of its own. Its feel was remarkable and unmistakable. That was the burgeoning culture that made CrossFit special, and it's exactly what Herz has a knack for describing. About the Book The story opens with Jerry Hill, an ex-Marine yearning for the feeling he would get during his toughest physical labors and the lengths he went to to get that feeling back.
The book is full of personalities like Jerry, and it follows him and others as they weave through the path to becoming the juggernaut that CrossFit is today. From new coaches renting out space in dojos just to get a crew of enthusiasts inside, to the advent of the CrossFit Games , which became the biggest sporting event by participation in the world, and then on to big corporate sponsorship, this book covers a huge swath of the cultural history of CrossFit.
One of my favorite sections is about the CrossFit legend Rich Froning. His story interested me because he was a small-town guy working out in his family barn, which reminds me of my own childhood. No matter who you are, you will identify with one or many of the personalities that make the CrossFit culture as big as it is today. As far as books go, this one is pretty much the CrossFit of books.