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2018 European CrossFit Games Regional: Standing the Test of Time

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In today’s edition:

  • In 2018, the European Regional was stacked, how with the 2021 Semifinals compare?
  • “Kid Fit for Fun” offers fitness curriculum for 10 to 14-year-old athletes.
  • Why keep membership prices off your affiliate website might improve your business.

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  Standing the Test of Time: The Staggering Depth of the 2018 European CrossFit Games Regional 

Standing the Test of Time: The Staggering Depth of the 2018 European CrossFit Games Regional

While the United States is home to the most affiliates of any nation (more than 6,000), there is a surplus of high-level Games competitors across Europe. And, that has been the case for several years now.

In the first part of our analysis of the 2018 Regionals, we noted that across all regions, 18 women had qualified for the Games in both 2019 and 2020. Seven of those women placed in the top ten in the European Regional that year (Laura Horvath, Sara Sigmundsdóttir, Kristin Holte, Camilla Salomonsson Hellman, Gabriela Migala, Karin Frey, and Emma McQuaid).

And there could’ve been more:

  • Annie Thorisdottir won the European Regional that season but missed the 2020 Games because she was pregnant.
  • Katrin Davidsdottir won the East Regional that year because she lives in New England, but will have to compete in Europe this season.
  • Alessandra Pichelli won the West Regional in 2018 but has competed under the Italian banner for the last two years.

In the meantime, in the Meridian Regional, notable European athletes such as Eik Gylfadottir, Jaqueline Dahlstrom, Carmen Bosmans, and Emilia Leppanen were competing.

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  • PUMA drops their first CrossFit community clothing collaboration, kicking off with AfroBrutality.
  • JUST LAUNCHED: New podcast: Noah Dean, a CrossFit on-floor commentator has released a podcast called “How To Be 40.” The podcast is “dedicated to an attempt to delineate what it means to transition from juvenile thinking and behavior to genuine maturity” and there are currently seven episodes available for download.
  • The 2021 Battle Cancer Online Program is now open for registration. If you are post-cancer treatment, you can access the workouts and do them at-home or in the gym.
  • Cobra Kai star, Pavel Trusov incorporated CrossFit workouts to break the world record for most punches in one minute.
    • Trusov: “It was during this training that I learned what incredible muscle pain is,” he said. “But motivation and family support is the best motivational medicine.”
  • RomRod hits Kickstarter: RomRod is a new compact portable mobility tool, specifically designed to help you improve your flexibility, barbell lifting techniques and joint mobility. RomRod launched via Kickstarter this month and already raised over $40,000 thanks to over 800 backers.
  • Rogue Fitness announced its first challenge of 2021, “The Bear Hug Challenge.” The goal: hold your sandbag for longer than any other competitor in the world. Registration Opens Friday, February 5th. The competition will begin on Friday, February 12.
  “Kid Fit For Fun” Teaches Health, Fitness, and Fun 

“Kid Fit For Fun” Teaches Health, Fitness, and Fun

Erin Crain says there’s one key thing to remember when working with kids: make it fun. And that’s what she brings to her recently-released children’s book, Kid Fit For Fun, a resource for kids and their parents, teachers, or coaches.

The book: Crain, who earned her L1 in 2015 and CrossFit Kids certificate in 2016, describes Kid Fit For Fun as a curriculum for kids age 10-14; pages are built from lesson plans she created teaching fitness to first through eighth-graders. In the book’s five chapters and 30 lessons, Crain goes through the foundational movements of fitness, 10 general physical skills, muscular strength, gymnastics, and skill work.

The lessons: Each lesson starts with a movement, like the deadlift, push jerk, or handstands. Crain describes the movement through beautiful, hand-lettered and illustrated pages, in some cases – for instance, the gorilla on the deadlift section – connecting back to the CrossFit Kids methodology.

  • The movement pages come with workouts, like the medball cleans, where, after illustrating technique (through stick figures much like the well-known Instagram account Whiteboard Daily), Crain writes a 10-minute AMRAP.
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  Removing Prices From Their Websites Brings Sales Success, Gym Owners Say 


Removing Prices From Their Websites Brings Sales Success, Gym Owners Say

While it seems intuitive to include your prices on your website, more and more affiliate owners are choosing to remove them, requiring prospects to request pricing information instead. And it’s proving to be valuable.

What they’re saying: Owners who no longer advertise their prices say it has helped them, not just generate more clients, as it allows them to properly explain the value behind their pricing.

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A solid split jerk is fast, snappy and aggressive. If you struggle in the split jerk, this post from coach Greg Everett and Catalyst Athletics offers some great cues to consider that can speed up and correct your footwork. In Everett's words "don’t split like a wounded gazelle trying to get over a fence."




Tabata Songs on Spotify

Why use a timer for at-home workouts? Athletes streamed Tabata Songs 45.5 million times on Spotify in 2020. That's like listening to a song on repeat non-stop since the year 1706! Every week the musicians at Tabata Songs re-create and record your favorite songs set to the timing of the Tabata protocol.



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