“True freedom is impossible without a mind made free by discipline.”- Mortimer J. Adler
Lucy Campbell Finishes Just Outside the Podium at Wodapalooza, Proving to Herself and Fans “I’m good enough to be there”
Stepping onto the competition floor at Wodapalooza, European athlete Lucy Campbell was a new face to many – at least before the end of the competition. Finishing the weekend just two points from standing on the podium, Campbells 4th place overall placement was just the boost she needed heading into the 2022 CrossFit season.
“I’m good enough to be there.”
Although many of us might consider Campbell still very new to the sport, only just walking into a CrossFit gym less than four years ago, her athletic background is really what formed some of the essential building blocks to already be as competitive as she is in the sport.
Until Campbell was 12-years-old, she competed in gymnastics at the regional and national level. From there, she became a competitive swimmer through nearly her entire teenage years until ultimately feeling “burnt out,” and stepping away from the pool. That’s when – like so many of us – someone suggested CrossFit and she was instantly hooked.
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Diablo Crossfit in Pleasant Hill, California was robbed over the weekend of about US$5,000 worth of gym equipment. Two men were caught on camera and owner Craig Howard said this is just adding insult to injury now.
“You get that feeling of being violated. We had someone who came in and prowled around our premises at will, with ease, and obviously very comfortable.”
Got Khan? Everyone’s favorite cool dude Aussie Khan Porter has a podcast about mental health, called Weirdly Normal. Porter, who has been open about his struggles with mental health, has written about that very subject for Morning Chalk Up. 👌
The 2022 Winter Olympics start this week in Beijing. The Games have been marred by controversy, and China’s zero-Covid strategy is already being put to the test, however, the noise should die down in about four days when the opening ceremonies return to the Bird’s Nest. 🇨🇳
Mayhem Athlete Expands Programming Options With Mayhem Español
Mayhem Athlete has significantly expanded its options for everyday athletes and those preparing for a competition by now offering two key parts of Mayhem programming in Spanish: Mayhem30 and Mayhem Compete.
One big thing: While there aren’t specific numbers for the Spanish-speaking CrossFit market, the audience has the potential to be significant, encompassing a vast majority of Central and South America, North American residents whose primary language is Spanish and parts of Europe. It also introduces a first-tier programming player, especially for competition-minded athletes, that could raise the level of competition in other parts of the world.
The details: Mayhem Español includes the Mayhem Compete line of programming built for athletes trying to reach the next level of fitness. Mayhem Español also includes another programming option in the Mayhem 30. This program focuses on those that either frequently travel or train at home without access to a lot of equipment.
Mayhem Español is available for $19.95 per month, and there is a free month of programming for those that register by January 31.
The programming provides a glimpse into what Rich Froning does on a daily basis, albeit with a lower volume. There are fewer pegboard climbs or handstand walks over obstacles.
A key part of the expansion is Facundo Etchecolatz, an Argentinian native who has coached the CrossFit Mayhem Freedom team and worked with numerous athletes around the world.
“At Mayhem here, we’re always looking to connect with our Spanish-speaking countries, families, and communities,” Froning explained on Instagram. “So that’s why we’re now offering M30 and Compete in Spanish. So we’re going to run a special program for you here.”
The big picture: While Mayhem Español is not the first or only option available for athletes in Spanish-speaking countries – both CompTrain and NCFIT have had programs for a few years – but where these programs differ is Mayhem’s recent effort to recruit top talent from South America, signing athletes like Mel Rodriguez and Agustin Richelme, cementing a more permanent presence in Spanish-speaking countries.
Pro Tip: If You’re Redlining, You’re Kind of Doing it Wrong
In the early days of CrossFit, redlining in a workout—you know, like when you’re dizzy, can’t see straight and have gone deaf in one ear, and maybe puke after the workout—was seen as a badge of honor.
Remember the pukie t-shirt? I rest my case.
The wayCrossFit programmed their daily workouts encouraged each day being a test day, as every day provided a prescribed version of the workout that was measurable and repeatable, thus providing a way to make everyday a competition.
Things like EMOMs, percentage-based programming, or rate of perceived exertion were unfamiliar to the average CrossFit athlete circa 2002-10. Instead, those who followed CrossFit’s mainsite WODs were essentially asked to test themselves everyday and then post their scores to the leaderboard.
As a result, there was, and continues to be a belief in the CrossFit community, that testing yourself and redlining everyday is the way to improve performance.
Will we see bar muscle-ups in the Open? Getting that first one in is always a big separator on the leaderboard. If you’re struggling with that first rep, try this technique for getting the most momentum out of your kip to give you that extra push.
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Think you and your workout partner have what it takes to compete with the very best? Well here's your chance to prove it. Beat Rich Froning and Gui Malehiros' time in this partner WOD to win a t-shirt...and some serious bragging rights. Watch till the end to hear the challenge rules.
We know that Chandler Smith, Noah Ohlsen, and Justin Medeiros are competitive when it comes to fitness. But that's nothing compared to a real test...The Potato Push. Find out who takes the crown in the latest Buttery Bros Miami video.
Congratulations to Jeff Richards and Garett Drainville from Ocean State CrossFit North in Smithfield, RI on your first ring muscle-ups.
Congratulations Jose Cruz from Lightning CrossFit in Okaloosa County, FL on the 251 pounds/114kg snatch PR.
Congratulations Maddie Staniszewski from West Palm Beach, FL on the 170 pound/77kg snatch PR.
Congratulations Milciely Mendoza from CrossFit Cataclysm in Harker Heights, TX on your 4th place finish in the Intermediate Women’s Division at The Fittest Experience.
🥇 Garrett Clark from Three Kings Athletics in Noblesville, IN took first at The Fittest Experience in Austin, TX. Clark took an event win in Event 3: The Squat-Pull with a time of 9:09.
The Garage Games Masters Tour is kicking off their 2022 season in April with events planned for Oklahoma, Minnesota, and Texas, and more locations expected. Registration is open now through the end of March.
RX and Scaled divisions begin at age 30 and increase in 5 year increments up to 70+ for men and women.
All three events act as qualifiers for the Master of the Masters Tour Championship in January 2023.
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