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Amanda Barnhart Joins Reebok's World-Class Line-Up, Fifth Sponsored Athlete Added this Year
Today, Reebok announced it has added yet another well-known CrossFit Games athlete to its sponsored ranks: Amanda Barnhart.
REEBOK: “Barnhart joins a growing list of world class athletes as part of the Reebok team, including partners who range from fitness veterans and legends like Rich Froning Jr. and Annie Thorisdottir to top rising talent like Saxon Panchik and Haley Adams.”
Stat de Jure: In 2020 alone, Reebok has added a total of five athletes, including Barnhart: Saxon Panchik, Haley Adams, Chyna Cho and Christian Harris.
One big thing: Adding Amanda Barnhart to their roster is yet another confirmation that Reebok plans to be a leader in the CrossFit ecosystem for years to come. Her sponsorship solidified once more their commitment to the community.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Amanda into the Reebok family,” said John Lynch, Reebok’s vice president of partnerships, in the press release.
Abs Are Overrated: Kelsey Kiel Finds Beauty and Acceptance In Performance
If you were to run into Kelsey Kiel in your local grocery store. You might not think much of her. To most people, she’s just an ordinary person shopping the produce section at Whole Foods and browsing the clearance section at Target.
But put Kiel in a gym and something different happens. Her powerful legs give her the strength to move over 200 pounds with ease and her sheer athleticism is enough to outjump, and outlift nearly anyone who challenges her. Her confidence radiates and she takes pride in her body and what it can do, but it hasn’t always been like that.
One big thing: Earlier in 2020, Kiel moved to Lake Placid to train with USA bobsled after spending the better half of the previous decade training to be an elite CrossFit athlete. After moving to Lake Placid, Kiel found her body going through changes that began to make her question her identity as an athlete.
“I think because I was so used to my body looking a certain way for the last four years, I’ve been transitioning into this new sport and it’s different,” she said.
The crazy 2020 CrossFit competition season officially came to a close this past weekend in Goodyear, AZ, as 300+ athletes aged 35-65+ competed at the Legends Masters Competition. Organizers Bob Jennings and Joe Linton faced some obstacles due to last minute COVID-19 restrictions brought upon by the host city but nevertheless put on a great competition that included nine grueling events that tested the fitness levels of the athletes spread across 14 divisions. Here’s a breakdown of each one:
The 35-39 divisions:
Men: 2018 Regional team athlete David Syvertsen took home the championship in his masters competition debut. The owner and head coach of CrossFit Bison in New Jersey, won by 22 points despite winning just one event. His consistency across the nine scored events was the difference maker, logging seven top-five finishes. Chilean Andres Escobar rallied from a slow start to the competition to average a third place finish over the last six events to claim second. Patrick Midgley overcame Dustin McWilliams and Chuck Brehm to take the final podium position.
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Most of us have a common sticky point in our heavier bench presses -- on the chest, at the mid-point or at lock-out. The good news is its pretty easy to diagnose the problems or deficiencies and this article from T-Nation offers up a ton of accessory exercises to fix them.
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Our community round-up today focuses on three more fundraisers and toy/food drives for the holidays:
College Park Food Bank + PG CrossFit: In Beltsville, MD, PG CrossFit has partnered with the College Park Food Bank for a non-perishable food drive taking place until December 17. Bring your canned or boxed food items to donate at the gym.
Holiday Toy Drive:CrossFit iQ in West Palm Beach, FL, is hosting a holiday toy drive. New, unwrapped toys can be dropped off through December 17.
12 Days of Christmas: CrossFit Empower in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada will hold is 11th annual 12 Days of Christmas event on December 19 via Zoom. Participants are asked to donate to a fundraiser supporting a member who has experienced a medical emergency. Learn more and donate.
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