Good morning and welcome to the Morning Chalk Up. In June, CrossFitter Amanda Nye experienced every parent’s worst nightmare, her seven-year-old son, Kevin, passed away in a tragic accident. In the days after, her own community and the global CrossFit community offered her love and support and today she sends a message of thanks. And, Tyler Friese broke the world record for number of “Murphs” completed in 24 hours, Patrick Clark has more.
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“Surround yourself with people who love and support you and ignore the noise in the background. Love those who are hurting and who need you, and help where you can. For me, that is making a world of difference right now. The CrossFit community is good people.”– Amanda Nye
Grieving Mother Offers Message of Thanks to the CrossFit Community
Three minutes: That’s all it took for 7-year-old Kevin Nye to tangle himself in the tarp used to cover his family’s above ground swimming pool. He died the following day, on June 18, from the injuries he sustained.
“The pool was 33 inches deep and he was 52 inches tall. He has been a great swimmer his entire life. We often went to the YMCA and he passed their most rigorous swim test. I never worried about him in the pool. So I went upstairs to grab the trash. I was only gone for three minutes according to video footage.” said his grieving mother Amanda Nye.
She paused and added: “ I wish I had never gone up to get the trash.”
Three minutes later, Amanda returned and found her son unconscious in the pool, tangled in the tarp they used to keep out Arizona’s notorious dust. A paediatric nurse, she performed chest compressions on her son and managed to regain a pulse.
“The ambulance arrived within six minutes and Kevin started taking breaths on his own again. They told us we would be able to take him home from the hospital the next day, that he would need physical therapy, but that he’d be OK,” Amanda said.
But then things went downhill. Kevin’s brain had swelled, and he passed away unexpectedly, leaving Amanda, Kevin’s father Adam Nye and 5-year-old sister Kayla Nye “completely shattered,” Amanda said.
The CrossFit community steps in: Though nothing can ease the pain of losing a child, Amanda is adamant that the CrossFit community has made these recent days just a bit more manageable.
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17-Year Old Tyler Friese Sets New Mark for 24-hour “Murph”
It didn’t take long for the world record for total number of “Murphs” completed in a 24-hour period to be broken. Last week, 17-year old Tyler Friese took on the challenge and finished 16.75 rounds of the iconic workout, setting the new standard to beat.
Friese completed all 16 rounds of “Murph” under one hour each, averaging 51 minutes per round.
In all Friese ran 33 miles, did 1,700 pull-ups, 3,400 push-ups and 5,100 air squats finishing his final air squat right before the 24 hour time cap.
Preparing for the record: Friese in an Instagram post said he did “little to nothing to train for it,” the most he trained was doing a double “Murph” three weeks prior to setting the record.
Friese credited Josh Bridges’ Training Program for preparing him for the feat. Bridges is a retired Navy SEAL and has developed a 4-in-1 training program for military, strength, fitness and competition.
Jared Enderton on Body Image and More
On this episode of Make Pods Great Again, hosts John Wooley and Niki Brazier talk with CrossFit Games athlete, Jared Enderton about his home training, staying motivated and his strategy for returning to the CrossFit Games. Enderton has battled weight gain throughout his life and in the interview talks about body image issues, something that we often do not imagine men worrying about.
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