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QUOTE OF THE DAY
“I truly believe that everything that we do and everyone that we meet is put in our path for a purpose. There are no accidents; we’re all teachers – if we’re willing to pay attention to the lessons we learn, trust our positive instincts and not be afraid to take risks or wait for some miracle to come knocking at our door.” — Marla Gibbs
CHALK UP IN 2 MINUTES
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU HIT THE BOX
These are the gold shoes Nike gave Mathew Fraser after winning the Games. Janis Finkelman set a new 496 pound deadlift World Record at a bodyweight of 132 pounds. Annie Thorisdottir tops the list of all time female CrossFit earners. Camille Leblanc-Bazinet is scheduled for surgery on August 21. Sara Sigmundsdottir is hanging out in the Caribbean. Michele Letendrecame home from the CrossFit Games pumped up and clean and jerked 235 pounds. Dubai Fitness Championship online qualifier registration is now live.
The 2017 CrossFit Games was magical. There were so many “OH MY GOSH” moments that it was so hard to choose our top 10. But here are a couple extras that almost made the cut:
- Stacie Tovar leaves her shoes out on floor after her final event to close out her 8-year CrossFit Games career. WATCH.
- Thirty-five-year-old Masters athlete Teresa Trojanowski snatched 202 pounds, which tied for second as the heaviest snatch across all divisions. WATCH.
- Tia-Clair Tommey and Kara Webb’s nail-bitting final 45 seconds of Heavy 17.5. WATCH.
Stacie Tovar on her final WOD…“I thought, ‘Man, this is the last workout I’ll ever do on the competition floor’…I didn’t want time to stop. I just kept looking at that clock. I started crying and tried to take in the moment and soak it all in one last time.”
Margaux Alvarez on the 2018 season…“With Dave Castro hinting about a new format, I know today as I evaluate 2017 how tough it will be in 2018 to get back to Madison. The thought of retiring has crossed my mind when I started our wine business and brand as doing both was extremely tough to juggle…Luckily I have Alex Cardenas in my corner and my family to help run the business, so the 2018 season starts tomorrow, and I’m fired up!”
WATCH: Max Greenfield Explains the CrossFit Games
Ya know Max Greenfield – A.K.A. Schmidt from the sitcom New Girl. Well if you didn’t already know, he’s a crossfitter and he was at the CrossFit Games last weekend. He joined Late Night with Seth Meyers for a pretty funny segment on how strange the CrossFit Games must seem for non-crossfitters.
WORTH A LAUGH.
HEAR: Meet Rory McKernan, Your CF Games Host
CrossFit Media went from handheld cameras filming roughly cut WOD videos to broadcast level production and award winning documentaries. How’d they do it? Rory McKernan joins Julie Foucher’s podcast to talk about the evolution of CrossFit Media into today’s tier 1 production.
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EAT: Chorizo Sheet Pan Breakfast
If you’re like us, then you’ll love oven-baked breakfasts where all the flavors and spices mold together to fuel your morning with some Southwestern goodness. Chorizo + avocado + jalapeños = happy.
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WEDDING OF THE DAY…
Same acronym, very different event, but it happened at CrossFit RVC. Doug Brosseau and Amanda Caringi decided to get married at their box over the weekend. Lights were strewn up along barbells and kettlebells and friends, family and coaches sat atop boxes at the Lenanon, NH affiliate.
CHALK THIS ONE UP TO THINGS YOU’LL NEVER SEE AT A CROSSFIT AFFILIATE, THANKFULLY…
A sign reading “No F*****G Cops!” Jim Chambers, the owner of an Atlanta-based gym, recently hung that sign up outside his gym. When press caught wind of it he elaborated further saying, “Rules: Do whatever the hell you want, correctly, except CrossFit cultism. No f*****g cops.” Oh yeah, and that includes active duty military too. Instead of getting into a debate on the constitutionality of such a policy, we’ll just take this moment to write our own sign: “Law enforcement and military, thank you for your service.” #LandOfTheFree #BecauseOfTheBrave
Watching the world’s fittest athletes compete in the CrossFit Games can scare the booty shorts off of a lot of average gym-goers.
It’s not everyday that you get to see a 5-foot-3 woman repeatedly sling 200 pounds over her head or watch a man walk 60-feet on his hands. To an outsider, CrossFit can seem intimidating, and at times, downright dangerous.
Since moving to NYC to pursue his master’s degree in telecommunications in 2014, Romero has shot nearly every angle of some of the most popular boxes in Manhattan from CrossFit Union Square, to Neo Fifth and ICE NYC. He’s edited photo essays and highlight tapes on some of the sport’s top athletes such as two-time Games champion Annie Thorisdottir, three-time Games qualifier Frederik Aegidius, and Regional qualifiers and brother/sister duo Jay and Liz Adams. Romero’s work has even caught the eye of CrossFit’s main Instagram account which has reposted his photos many times in the past year.
“I remember one athlete who was crying mid-workout but she was so determined to finish. That was amazing,” said Romero. “Another time, one athlete was just smiling throughout her workout and her energy was infectious.“
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8/7 – 8/16: World Police and Fire Games (Los Angeles, CA)
8/13: TriFit Games (Lincoln, NE)
8/16: 2017 Cascade Classic Online Qualifier (Online)
8/26: Garage Games ONE (Buford, GA)
8/26: New WODs on the Block (Nationwide)
9/8 – 9/10 – USA Functional Fitness National Championships (Colorado Springs, CO)
9/8 – 9/10: 2017 Kill Cliff Granite Games (St. Cloud, MN)
9/9: World Wide WoD (Online)
9/10: Railyard Riot (Lincoln, NE)
9/20 – 10/2: CrossFit Games Team Series (Online)
9/22 – 24: Icon Athlete Training Camp (Park City, UT)
9/30: Caffeine & Kilos Invitational (Elk Grove, CA)