Learning to Breath Fire is a book about the global and cultural phenomenon that is CrossFit; its humble beginnings, the science behind the madness and how and why it has become a movement that has captured the attention of tens of millions of men and women throughout the world. In the book, veteran journalist J.C Herz offers an exhilarating examination of the essence of CrossFit and how it taps into the primal fierceness that seems to lie just underneath the surface of seemingly average individuals.
The story explores the fascinating characters who have contributed to CrossFit’s history and delves into the reasons why it’s become the workout of choice for not just your average Joe or Jane, but also the elite special forces and emergency personnel such as firefighters and the police. Herz’s story is a riveting, spellbounding and often touching look into what we’re truly capable of when we are more in touch with our instincts and when we are tested, physically, mentally and emotionally. The story puts you right in the gym, amongst sweaty, loud, grunting trainers who are pushed, shouted at and on the verge of collapsing exhaustion. Herz then investigates and expertly weaves in the science of why it is this exact supercharged and high intensity environment that forces normal, average trainers to become some of the strongest, fittest and most resilient people in the world.
J.C Herz’s Learning to Breathe Fire is a must read for anyone who has always wanted to learn more about CrossFit; want to get into CrossFit or simply wanting to maximise their potential. The book expertly captures what the sport represents and why it is challenging the failings of the traditional gym. Whether you’re a fitness enthusiast or someone who has recently made the decision to get fit again, this formidable, uplifting and informative book will light a fire of desire back into your spirit and ultimately change how you live for the better.