THE WEEK'S MOST READ STORIES: CrossFit controversy highlights problems of overexercise; police arrest man connected to body found near Boonville

Sunday, October 13, 2013 | 6:02 p.m. CDT; updated 7:31 p.m. CDT, Sunday, October 13, 2013

COLUMBIA — The week's most read stories include the controversy surrounding an apparent link between CrossFit programs and rhabdomyolysis, an arrest after a woman's body was found near Boonville and an interview with Marina Shifrin, an MU graduate whose "I Quit" YouTube video went viral.

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  1. CrossFit programs have come under fire for being linked with the muscular disease rhabdomyolysis, and a recent Huffington Post article about the apparent link between the two has brought negative attention to the program. Owners of CrossFit locations in Columbia say they don't push clients beyond their limits, but when athletes push too hard, they can find themselves at risk. A number of factors can contribute to the problem of overexercising. (2,005 views)
  2. Missouri fans dominated the pregame crowd at the Oct. 5 football game against Vanderbilt in Nashville. Though the game was tightly contested, visitors said they were impressed with the hospitality of their Tennessee hosts — at least until they were asked to predict the outcome of the game, which Missouri would go on to win 51-28. (1,951 views)
  3. A fight outside an Aspen Heights party ended in gunfire early Oct. 6. Residents said a group of men arrived at a party and tried to enter the house. After being pushed out of the house, people from the party started confronting them, and a man fired several shots into the air. Police said there were no reported injuries or property damage. (1,478 views)
  4. In a From Readers post, former MU professor Charles Davis reflected on his move from Columbia to Athens, Ga., after being named dean of the University of Georgia's journalism school. Davis taught at the Missouri School of Journalism for more than a decade before returning to his hometown. (984 views)
  5. The Cooper County Sheriff's Office arrested Bryant L. Holmes Jr. of Columbia in connection with the death of Satina Beckner, whose body was found near Boonville on Wednesday morning. The Sheriff's Office later determined that blunt force trauma killed Beckner. (959 views)
  6. Vanderbilt is building tradition and made positive steps as a football program, but that didn't stop Missouri from crushing the Commodores 51-28 on Oct. 5. Missouri fans filled a significant portion of Vanderbilt Stadium for the game that put the Tigers to 5-0, providing evidence of Missouri's own progress. (921 views)
  7. MU junior Alex Templeton landed a spot on "Dressed to Kill TV," a show in development about women who are also serious hunters. Templeton grew up hunting and said she works with the TV show because she wants to break the image that says hunting is just a man's sport. (881 views)
  8. The Show-Me Strength Strongman and CrossFit Challenge on Oct. 5 brought out competitors like Libby Cowgill, who walked a 360-pound yoke in one competition. Cowgill, 34, has been lifting weights since she was 22, but she entered the strongman competition "on a whim" and had never competed in such an event. After quitting smoking two years ago, she joined a knitting group and members came out to support her.  (835 views)
  9. This month, Marina Shifrin, 25, who graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism in 2010, quit her job in a YouTube video that went viral. Since that, she has been receiving job offers from film, advertising and marketing industries. Shifrin talked with the Columbia Missourian about public responses to her "I Quit" video, comments from her former boss and a job offer from Queen Latifah. (788 views)
  10. The Tigers took a quick 17-0 lead on their way to a 51-28 victory against Vanderbilt on Oct. 5, taking home their first Southeastern Conference win of the season. Vanderbilt scored four touchdowns, but Missouriquarterback James Franklin proved too much for the Commodores. (767 views)

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