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Breaking the Burpee World Record

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May 24   |   POWERED BY


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In today’s edition:

  • Angela Chatman shattered the burpee world record a few months ago, learn how she did it.
  • Will this be the year that a team from Europe or Oceania breaks through for a podium spot?
  • Guest writer Brianna Battles lays out three ways pregnant athletes can adjust their training.

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  Angela Chatman Shatters Guinness World Record, Completing 5,529 Burpees in 12 Hours 

Angela Chatman Shatters Guinness World Record, Completing 5,529 Burpees in 12 Hours

When Angela Chatman began CrossFit at Elk Grove Fieldhouse in 2019, her goal was to learn how to climb a rope. Two years later, she’s breaking a Guinness World Record and making a name for herself in the CrossFit Open. But not for rope climbs, for burpees…5,529 in 12 hours to be exact.

The details: As gyms were shut down globally due to the pandemic, many coaches programmed WODs that members could do at home with minimum to no equipment. So what did many of us do for months on end? Burpees. And that’s exactly how Angela Chatman’s journey to break the Guinness World Record for most burpees in 12 hours began.

  • “A few friends and I would wake up and get on zoom at 5 AM after the gym closed down at the beginning of the strict COVID restrictions,” Chatman said. “Since we didn’t have a ton of equipment at our homes, most of the WODs consisted of bodyweight movements, and burpees always seemed to sneak their way in.”
  • But the irony of it all is that Chatman doesn’t even really like burpees. She said, “they are exhausting, tire out your entire body, and are super unforgiving, but the CrossFit community is really what inspired me to start this journey.”
  • She added, “right as the gyms started reopening, my friend Catherine said that she thought I could break the previous record. At first, I laughed at the thought of it but one of our coaches, Thorsten, said he thought I could also do it and would help me accomplish it.”
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  • This week on the Clydesdale Fitness and Friends podcast, Brandon Swan talks about why the Torian Pro is the perfect place for him to make his comeback and earn his spot at the CrossFit Games!
    • Swan: “I was extremely excited when I saw that, that was the Semifinal event for Oceania. If I was gonna pick one competition in the world to qualify for the Games through, it would be the Torian Pro… for me I have always had a good history there, I have never not finished on the podium in that competition. I’ve won the last two, and it’s in my backyard, ya know. I really do believe in hometown advantage…I feel it’s my jungle, and I am the king of it, and I want to maintain that crown!”
  • The West Coast Classic is selling competition-used Rogue Echo Bikes. Order now and pick up at the end of the event.
  • ICYMI: The Buttery Bros are hosting a West Coast Classic After Party at Marquee Dayclub at The Cosmopolitan on June 20, 4-10 PM. Tickets available now.
  • MLB player Joey Gallo is the newest member of the FITAID Team.
  • The Granite Games released a final team workout yesterday. This one is called “One-Rep Max Snatch and Clean and Jerk into Push Race.”
    • For Load:
      Score 1: Male Combined Load | Score 2: Female Combined Load
      From 0:00-6:00
      Male 1: Three Attempts at a Max Snatch
      From 6:00-12:00
      Male 2: Three Attempts at a Max Clean & Jerk
      2 Minute Transition
      From 14:00-20:00
      Female 1: Three Attempts at a Max Snatch
      From 20:00-26:00
      Female 2: Three Attempts at a Max Clean & Jerk
      1 Minute Transition Into…
      “Push Race”
      In Relay Fashion, For Time:
      6 Minutes to Complete,
      Athlete 1:
      50 Yard Sled Push
      150 Yard Sprint
      Athlete 2:
      50 Yard Sprint
      50 Yard Sled Push
      100 Yard Sprint
      Athlete 3:
      100 Yard Sprint
      50 Yard Sled Push
      50 Yard Sprint
      Athlete 4:
      150 Yard Sprint
      50 Yard Sled Push
      Time Cap: 33 Minutes
  • The Torian Pro, the Oceania Semifinal released a finalized schedule for its event on May 28-30.
  • The Fittest in Cape Town, the African Semifinal, released a tentative schedule for its event on June 4-6.
  • The Brazil CrossFit Championship, the South American Semifinal is asking for local media/content development help.
  Ending The International Team Drought At The Games 


Ending The International Team Drought At The Games

The 2021 season brought a host of changes to the CrossFit Games, not least of which was the switch in the team competition format back to a more affiliate centric model, and one befitting of the Affiliate Cup name.

The announcement of the changes left many prospective team athletes and gyms scrambling to field a competitive roster under the new guidelines. Amidst the chaos CrossFit Mayhem looks primed to take home yet another title, but a handful of international teams are hoping to capitalize on the moment and break a drought that almost doesn’t seem real at first glance.

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  • CrossFit Ramallah in Palestine is organizing and sponsoring a fundraising event for the injured children of Gaza. The fundraiser will be held on June 3 and all funds raised will benefit the Palestine Children’s Relief Fund.
  • Reach for the Rings Presale: The new documentary focusing in the 2019 iF3 World Championships is available for presale now and special pricing ends today.
  • Hellroaring CrossFit Relocates: At the end of April, Hellroaring CrossFit in Columbia Falls, WA relocated over the course of two days after losing a lease. The affiliate, owned by Sarah Murphy and her husband Gabe, is going strong in the new location.
  • The Atlanta Masters Classic is coming on June 26. The event, hosted by Melanin CrossFitters, has four age groups — 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50+ — and will host male and female athletes, as well as fitness, RX and legend divisions. The competition is taking place at CrossFit Conyers-Stonecrest. Register now.
  • Cerus Performance x Steve’s Club: Cerus Performance, started by CrossFit Games veteran Jeff Evans, was launched last October. Their first product, Flow, an herbal, pre-workout supplement helps increase capacity through better breathing, vasodilation and improved stamina. Cerus donates a percentage of their profits to child-focused charities and has partnered with Steve’s Club, where they recently donated $900. Another CrossFit-related kids charity that they’ve partnered is Foster Fit.
  Three Ways to Adjust Your Training During Pregnancy 

Three Ways to Adjust Your Training During Pregnancy

If you’re a pregnant athlete, you’ve likely been told to “listen to your body,” “do what feels good,” “keep doing what you’ve always done!” OR, “don’t lift over X amount of pounds,”
“Is that safe for the baby?!”

It’s frustrating to have generalized or extreme advice when you’re already hyper aware of the changes your body is experiencing as an athlete.

I get it. I get you.

Your body and training are entering a whole new season as an athlete. It can be exciting and overwhelming, and I want you to feel informed about your training and confident in how to adjust it as your pregnancy continues!

Here are 3 adjustments to consider as a pregnant athlete:

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  Three Ways to Adjust Your Training During Pregnancy 

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