“If you believe you can, you probably can. If you believe you won't, you most assuredly won't. Belief is the ignition switch that gets you off the launching pad.”- Denis Waitley
BREAKING: CrossFit Announces New Games Season Structure, Dates For 2021
The CrossFit community got an early holiday gift this morning, as CrossFit LLC announced a slate of details about the 2021 CrossFit Games season, including some new additions to the season.
CrossFit’s General Manager of Sport Dave Castro teased the announcement Tuesday evening via Instagram, and in classic Castro fashion, the post included a cryptic photo that left many wondering the details of the announcement and implications for the season.
One big thing: Amongst a host of new adjustments to the season, a new qualifying step for the Games will be added in 2021. Labeled the “Quarterfinals,” this stage will be conducted online in the same fashion as the Open and will serve as an additional competition stage after the Open. The change makes it the first time in history the CrossFit Games season will feature four distinct stages for individuals and teams.
The Quarterfinal stage will include approximately 10% of the Open athletes, which means a wider range of athletes worldwide will have the opportunity to continue their season beyond the Open. For reference, Regional qualifying athletes for team and individual competition accounted for roughly .3% of the total Open registration in 2018.
The Ketogenic Diet for Aerobic Performance; Silver Bullet or Too Good to be True?
The Ketogenic diet is one of the most popular diets that exists today. It is a low carbohydrate, adequate protein, high fat diet mainly used to control epilepsy in children but also touted as one superior for health in the general public. The low carbohydrate levels force the body to use fat as its primary fuel source, converting stored fat into ketones to supply energy. Every once in a while, you will also hear claims that it can help athletic performance by forcing the body to become more efficient at using fat stores for energy.
HAM Plan Releases Masked Up E-book to ‘Optimize Training While Wearing a Mask’
In response to COVID-19 restrictions and mask mandates, The HAM Plan has released the Masked Up e-book, a resource containing 62 workouts designed to “optimize training while wearing a mask.”
Remind me: HAM Plan is a training platform run by Austin Malleolo, James Hobart, Spencer Hendel, and Travis Herbanek (between them, they have 35 years of coaching and 24 CrossFit Games appearances). Around 100 affiliates across the globe follow their programming, which includes plans for gyms, individuals, at home training, and lifting.
Malleolo says their global reach has kept the HAM team in tune with coronavirus restrictions around the world, though masking up for workouts wasn’t a major factor in programming and strategy until New York added the restriction for gyms.
“We started tweaking workouts in our lesson plans, we started creating logistical constraints like, are you outside, because a lot of gyms were open, but not inside,” Malleolo says.
Breathing and bracing make all the difference in heavy lifts (squats, deadlifts and Olympic lifts) and practicing these skills can pay off in big ways. It's not as simple as a deep breath in, learn more from Squat University.
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Three Things Brooke Wells Does that Benefit Her Health
Brooke Wells joins Julie Foucher on this episode of Pursuing Health to talk about her career and her experience in the 2020 CrossFit Games. And, learn three things that she does that benefit her health.
Congratulations to Margaret H., who was the first to correctly answer — two times a married couple has competed in the same CrossFit Games as individuals during the Open Era (2011 to present), who were the couples? The correct answer was the Chans and Helmicks (Cherie & Matt Chan  and Alea & Gary Helmick ).
Today’s question: Who won the most CrossFit Games events in the Individual Division as a rookie?
Just one piece in our round-up today, but it’s a great one:
Army Captain Carey DuVal and Biodesigns Prothetic Technology:Army Captain Carey DuVal is helping test a new robotic prosthetic hand that is changing the game for amputees across the world. DuVal lost his hand in an IED attack in Afghanistan six years ago. After little to no success with previous prosthetics, he eventually discovered Westlake Village interface company, Biodesigns. Their prosthetic allowed him to return to weightlifting, CrossFit and yoga. It even allowed him to return to his job in the infantry, becoming the only amputee to get through Special Forces assessment selection. This prosthetic technology was also available at Wodapalooza this year as a demo for athletes and spectators.
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