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Stephen Madden is a writer and editor who has held staff positions at a number of publications and websites, including Fortune, Sports Illustrated, and Bicycling, which won two National Magazine Awards while he was editor-in-chief. Madden was a founder of Sports On Earth as well as Fitbie and Outdoor Explorer. An avid CrossFitter, swimmer, and cyclist, he lives in Chatham, New Jersey, with his wife, Anne Thompson, and children, Luke, Catherine, and Christine. This is his first book.


"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 "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." -- SportsIllustrated.com "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? "Madden's entertaining and inspiring fitness memoir is ultimately about life, love, and so much more." -- Reader's Digest

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