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CrossFit Announces Season Boundaries For 2021
We are less than a week into the 2021 calendar year and Dave Castro is up to his old tricks again. CrossFit’s General Manager of Sport took to Instagram Tuesday evening to tease some upcoming details about the season, as well as reveal how the world would be divided up structurally for the 2021 Games season.
Continental divide: Castro revealed that the boundaries used to determine six of the world’s seven continents(excluding Antarctica) would be used to divvy up the world into six regions accordingly for the season, making good on comments made during his appearance on the Talking Elite FItness podcast where he hinted that the world would be split up based on “areas in the world…already defined by society,” before letting the word continents slip out later in the episode.
One big thing: The sport is no stranger to change considering the announcement representing the 7th different boundary structure used during the season to organize athletes on their path to the CrossFit Games, and the six continents represent the smallest organizational structure in terms of total groups so far.
In 2009, qualification was sorted by more than a dozen regional competitions that included a motley of formats and names including the Hell’s Half Acre, the Northeast, the Dirty South, and the Icelandic Regional Qualifier.
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DRIVING THE DAY: The 2021 CrossFit Games rule book drops this morning. Stay tuned. We’ll breakdown the major changes later today.
O2 just released oxygenated water in 16 ounce cans, instead of plastic bottles.
PRVN Fitness launches affiliate programming, joining others like NCFit, CompTrain, and Mayhem. It focuses on general physical preparedness and creating an exceptional everyday experience for gym members.
Julie Foucher opens up about some personal struggles over the last six months: “I’m a little embarrassed to admit it, but the way I’ve portrayed my life to you all and even to my closest friends and family in the past made it seem like I was living an ideal life, while deep down I was experiencing a lot of internal struggle. Over the past six months, my life has been turned upside down.” Read the full post.
Jazzercise, Retro Fitness, and [solidcore] joined theCrossFit-led Community Gyms Coalition to urge Congress to provide direct aid to local gyms.
You Can’t Outwork a Bad Diet: Long-Time CrossFitter Josh Mintz Fixes Nutrition, Recruits Son and Loses 40 Pounds
Josh Mintz gained a lot of strength and fitness in the seven years he had been going to Big Mountain CrossFit in WhiteFish, MT, but he never took the plunge to dial in his diet and shed the weight he wanted to lose.
“Then 2020 rolled along, and I had gotten to my heaviest I had ever gotten — 206 pounds,” said the 5-foot-10 Mintz. “I was strong, but I wasn’t happy about how I looked or felt.”
By August, as COVID-19 was in full swing, Mintz decided “enough was enough.” He also knew being overweight was a serious comorbidity for COVID-19, and on top of that, he suffers from a chronic, persistent cough that started to concern him.
So the 48-year-old cut out sugar and dairy, and carbohydrates, like pasta and white potatoes and fastidiously started tracking his calories. “It was really mostly about portion control, and I started to make sure I always ate a good protein…making sure the quality of food is better so my body functions better,” Mintz said.
Today: Mintz is down 40-plus pounds; he consistently weighs in somewhere between 161 and 163 pounds. And after five months of clean eating, his cravings for sweets have largely subsided. Healthy eating has become his new normal, and his mind, body, and performance at the gym, thank him for it, he explained.
Saga Ends as CrossFit Settles Legal Case with NSCA
CrossFit LLC wrapped up its six-year-long legal battle with the National Strength and Conditioning Association in a private settlement, according to Andrew Weinstein, CrossFit’s Head of Communications and Public Policy. The settlement, which was made in private, was not issued by Judge Janis L. Sammartino of the U.S. District Court of San Diego and therefore not in the public record.
Weinstein: “The case has been settled in CrossFit’s favor. The payment terms are confidential. We are very pleased to have this matter resolved, so we can focus on our mission of building the world’s leading platform for health, happiness and performance.”
The news comes on the heels of Law360’s reporting that the NSCA and its insurer, National Casualty Co, reached a deal on Monday. The two were locked in a legal battle since July 2018 when National Casualty sued the NSCA so they were no longer liable to cover NSCA’s damages.
Why it matters: Essentially Judge Sammartino’s ruling a little more than a year ago that the NSCA’s actions constituted “extensive perjury,” and called them “inherently untrustworthy” was essentially the nail in the coffin. Now the legal battle is officially over and CrossFit can go on to doing other things with its time and money.
Shane Farmer from Dark Horse Rowing offers some examples of why you might not be improving on the rower. As with most elements of fitness, the foundation is consistency, you simply have to get enough practice for noticeable progression.
Five Habits Of Highly Successful Nutrition Clients
After helping over 30,000 people worldwide become the healthiest version of themselves through a simple, habit-based approach, it's obvious what the most successful clients have in common. On the Nutrition Made Simple Podcast, Nicole Aucoin and Ashley Osterman discuss five habits of highly successful nutrition clients.
Finding the optimal split stance can be complicated, but it doesn't have to be -- coach Greg Everett from Catalyst Athletics provides three quick steps to get you most of the way there (you may still need a few minor adjustments).
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