CrossFit Fraudster To Spend Next 41 Months Studying New Workout Technique

Working titles include “YardFit” and “Big House Health Club.”
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Alen Ištoković [CC BY 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Alen Ištoković [CC BY 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Joshua Newman is going away for a while. After a series of meteoric rises—venture capitalist at Yale, film production entrepreneur, CrossFit evangelist—and subsequent Icarus-like falls, in which everyone not named Joshua B. Newman lost money, he finally took things a little too far, bilking “investors” out of $2 million to start a second CrossFit gym. A year-and-a-half after pleading guilty to said crime, he’s ready to do his penance. He said so himself, right on his blog: “The only thing to do with a sin is to confess, do penance and then, after some kind of decent interval, ask for forgiveness.”

In the case of U.S. v. Newman, that decent interval will be 41 months followed by three years of supervised released. Not that he’s waiting for the forgiveness, necessarily, offering his apologies at sentencing, because once he’s cleared that hurdle, he can move on to the unwritten portion of that blog post plan: “…and reinvent yourself again.” Before being shipped off to prison, Newman was already hard at work on a new endeavor called “Composite Fitness.” A composite of what? We don’t yet know. But we do know he’ll have the chance to learn some specialized new fitness techniques in the yard of whatever minimum-security federal prison camp he calls home for the next three-and-a-half years. Stay tuned: He might need a few million bucks to get started.

Joshua Newman, a Fitness Entrepreneur, Sentenced to 41 Months in Prison [NYT]

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