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Five weeks, five workouts, worldwide attention on fitness.

This sounds like something that should happen year-round, but what exactly makes the CrossFit Open so special? For anyone new to this event, we’ll give you a quick high-level summary:

The Open is the first stage of a two-part process to reach the Reebok CrossFIt Games in Madison, Wisconsin (formerly hosted in Carson, California). Each workout during the five-week period is scored. If athletes place within the allotted spaces to advance, their next step is CrossFit Regionals. Their finish amongst the Region then determines if they advance to the pinnacle of tests: The Reebok CrossFit Games.

That is the most basic explanation; but if you’re intrigued, check out the CrossFit Games lowdown.

But we're here for more than that. Because the vast majority of us will be basking in the enjoyment of the Open. Which is the essence of what the CrossFit community represents.

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Between parties, traveling, and various other social events, the holidays spanning from November to January can be a bit of a disruption to your weekly schedule. With that can bring a bit of nutritional confusion, especially when enjoying every bit of the special holiday season.

There are a few key pieces of advice that we've developed to help you make healthy decisions the next few weeks. Our goal is to mitigate some stress and increase overall happiness with your food choices.

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Whether you're working to maintain a certain dietary plan through the next few months, or simply struggling to stay on-track when faced with sweet treats and different holiday challenges, this post from Stephanie Gaudreau puts the perfect perspective:

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Today's nutrition landscape is filled with advice; things you should eat, things you shouldn't, what's good, and what's not-so-good. There are reasons to advocate for and against certain ideals and all are backed by different studies and arguments. But one of the main elements of the nutrition discussion is simply: education.

Today, one of our 12L Nutrition Coaches aims to educate you on two hot topics: Probiotics and Antioxidants. Gain a basic understanding of what these things do, and why we need them.

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Our whole lives we are told to make healthy habits a priority. We are encouraged to develop a lifestyle that promotes longevity and activity. But somewhere along the lines, life happens- we find reasons to not make health the priority.

It could be work or family obligations, or a mixture of both that can seemingly cause men and women to neglect one of the most beneficial pieces of equipment we own: our own bodies.

Since 12 Labours opened nearly 10 years ago (BWI location), we have introduced fitness to all ages and ability levels. But we also understand that there are still some intimidating factors of CrossFit that may keep you from trying. Which is what prompted an OG member and coach, Shannon Smiechowski, and a member-turned-coach, Aimee Sirmon to develop the 12L SHE program.

This 12-Week fitness and lifestyle primer will not only introduce women to healthy living, it will prime you with the knowledge and confidence you need to continue even after the program concludes.

We are currently accepting members for this program that...

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The training methodology of CrossFit is one reason why members continually join and stick with their regimen. But many athletes may also find that their best friends, and strongest bonds, are forged with those who workout right beside them.

The concept shines light onto CrossFits military ties but also to the community and camaraderie that surrounds the sport. When CrossFit ReVamped and 12 Labours Columbia opened their doors five years ago- they were neighboring businesses. Fast-forward to 2017 and the two gyms are no longer neighbors, but have managed to build up the Columbia, Maryland CrossFit community with impressively fit athletes with a loyal local and global following.

Both gyms have sent individual (ReVamped) and team (12 Labours) athletes to the CrossFit Games in the past. This year, both facilities are sending a team of six athletes to the CrossFit Games in Madison, WI.

To celebrate this feat, we have decided to join forces as a collective CrossFit community- the foundation of this sport.

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We're feeling funky fresh and ready for the Summer... and even more ready for the CrossFit Games in Madison, WI.

Every year, we design a new limited-edition apparel line to commemorate the occasion. This not only gives you the opportunity to get some different 12L gear, it gives you a way to stand out during the Games season- while repping your team.

This year, we're throwing it back to the glory days of MTV. We're rooted in our obsession with bright colors, fun times, and a perfect playlist for every workout. While the Games competition is fierce, we still are enjoying every bit of this journey. Join us in celebrating this season and supporting your crew!

T-shirts and tank tops are available for the men. Tank tops and crop tops are available for the women.

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From the moment team 12L stepped off the podium at the 2016 Reebok CrossFit Games, they were anxiously awaiting preparation for 2017. This is not to say that their efforts were not appreciated and celebrated, but it is a testament to the agreed work ethic of the group.

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17.5 Open strategy

The fifth and final workout of the 2017 CrossFit Games Open IS HERE. It's a painfully elegant (as Pat Sherwood would say) of thrusters and double unders. We've got your workout information and tips from around the web to help you finish this years Open strong.

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The repeat Open workout is here! 17.4 is indeed a repeat from 2016: 16.4.

In 13 minutes, complete as many rounds as possible of:

55 Deadlifts

55 Wall Balls

55 Calorie Row

55 Handstand Pushups

This is a great opportunity to directly test your progress from last year. Most importantly, if you have already completed this workout, you will be able to improve upon last years strategy. We've put together our favorite bits of advice from around the internet.

If you're looking for some last-minute skill reminders for handstand pushups and rowing efficiency, head over to our YouTube station.

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