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    Aug 1, 2017
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Embrace the Suck

What I Learned at the Box ABout Hard Work, (Very) Sore Muscles, and Burpees Before Sunrise

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About the Book

Former Editor In Chief of Bicycling magazine Steve Madden shares his journey "inside the box" with the fitness revolution sweeping America, CrossFit. With irreverence, humor, and journalistic curiosity, Madden relates how he got in the best shape of his life and reveals the story behind the CrossFit phenomenon.

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Stephen Madden

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Stephen Madden is the chief content strategist for the enthusiast publisher F+W edia. website Sports on Earth. He was the founding editor of Sports on Earth, Outdoor Explorer and Fitbie. Madden has held various staff positions at Sports Illustrated, Fortune, and Bicycling, where under his editorship the magazine won two National Magazine Awards. His writing has appeared in more than 25 publications and websites. He graduated from Cornell University. An avid Crossfitter, cyclist and swimmer, Madden lives in Chatham, NJ with his wife and three children.


“The numerous workout anecdotes will entertain the CrossFit faithful, but Madden’s well-written personal narrative may appeal to a more general fitness audience.” Booklist

“Even if you’ve never lifted a kettlebell, you’ll be fascinated by Madden’s view of the challenges and psychology behind the phenomenon.” Self Magazine

“Stephen Madden’s engaging, open, and funny book about how it changed his life—but kept him resolutely who he is—did away with all that: He finds the human side of the sport, the activity, and the community. A perfect introduction to a worldview that can change yours.” —Will Leitch, founder of Deadspin, contributing editor for New York magazine, and author of God Save the Fan and Are We Winning?

“A book that seemed to be about tough-minded, solitary self-improvement for masters-of-the-universe types turned out to be a story about sharing, community, and love. That’s right! ...Turns out in sports, according to Madden, winning isn’t everything: It still matters how you play the game.” —Alex Gibney, Academy Award-winning writer and director of Taxi to the Dark Side

“Madden’s entertaining and inspiring fitness memoir is ultimately about life, love, and so much more.” Reader’s Digest

“Surprisingly personal and compelling…Madden’s epiphanies are genuine, and well rendered…. He may be subpar as an athlete. He’s far, far above that as a writer.” —

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