Happy Friday and welcome to the Morning Chalk Up. Major sports leagues like the PGA and NBA have deployed wearable technology as part of protocols for restarting their seasons; could heart-rate monitoring wrist straps and rings help CrossFit competitions ensure athlete health and safety too? And, the CrossFit community and training methodology has proven immensely helpful to those recovering from addiction, Emily Beers profiles one such story below. Today:
Can wearable tech help the CrossFit Games?
CrossFit and sobriety at Surfside Structured Sober Living.
Castro on Fraser: “I think he lost his edge.”
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Can Wearable Tech Help The 2020 CrossFit Games?
Recent closures in the state of California have thrown yet another wrench into the gears of the 2020 CrossFit Games.
Even as Dave Castro continues to test events in Aromas with a collection of past individual Games athletes — most of whom would’ve qualified before cuts to the roster were made back in May — the growing number of COVID-19 cases in California is a troubling trend. It brings into focus the importance of the safety plans the Games team is developing to properly manage the athlete field in compliance with the state and county’s restrictions.
Technology enters the chat: One thing that hasn’t been discussed much, but could potentially play a significant role in the game plan for the CrossFit Games, is the usage of wearable tech to provide valuable insight and data into the well-being of the athletes and key players involved in the operations of the Games.
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It’s almost a cliche at this point, but the CrossFit community and the CrossFit training methodology have become a lifeline for thousands and thousands of people around the world. And the Morning Chalk Up is committed to featuring the inspiring stories of those who have transformed their lives. Scott Hansen’s story and the story of Surfside Structured Sober Living shines a bright light on the healing power of fitness.
Scott Hansen’s Story: Growing up in a good home in northern New Jersey with “all the opportunities in the world,” a young Scott Hansen attended a private school and excelled at sports. His successes allowed him to play baseball at Lehigh University, a Division I school in Bethlehem, PA.
On paper at least, Hansen doesn’t sound like the ideal candidate to become heavily addicted to alcohol and cocaine by the time he was in his early 20s. But this is exactly the path he went down, a path that ultimately caused him to quit both baseball and school.
“Once drinking and drug use took hold of my life,I was ready to get rid of my first love just to party. I walked away from baseball and I walked away from school,” he said.
Now, at the age of 29 and three years sober, Hansen has gained perspective as to why he went down this road.
“There’s this cliche you hear in recovery rooms about never feeling comfortable in your own skin, never feeling like you fit in, and I remember even from the earliest of ages, any time I walked in front of someone who was new, I would get immensely anxious. Then I found drinking and drugs and being in the middle of a party was the best way for me to fit in,” he said.
“He’s Slipping,” Castro Doubts Fraser Can Repeat as the “Fittest” at 2020 Games
In one of his daily Instagram Live Q&A sessions last week, Director of the CrossFit Games Dave Castro voiced his opinion and answered questions on a variety of topics including his thoughts on Mathew Fraser winning a record-breaking fifth title in this year’s iteration of the Games.
One big thing: While interacting with followers during the live session, Castro was asked the much-disputed question within the community of “who’s the more dominant CrossFitter, Rich Froning or Fraser”.
“If Mat can win, which I don’t think he will,” answered Castro. “I actually don’t think he will this year, but if he can, then he will be the most dominant athlete on the individual side.”
Castro then reiterated that he didn’t think Fraser would repeat as Games champion and gave some of his thoughts on why.
“He’s slipping,” said Castro. “I think he lost his edge. He has all the fame and popularity, being a slave to the IG, the travel and priorities I think aren’t there.”
Continuing a trend: Leading up to last year’s Games, Castro expressed his doubts on whether Fraser would continue his dominance of the sport. Though he would eventually win his fourth-straight title, it didn’t come easy for Fraser as he entered the final day of competition without the leader’s jersey for the first time since the 2015 Games. He would go on to turn a 15-point deficit heading into a 35-point win, tying Froning’s record of four Games titles.
The field had appeared to gain ground in 2019, which Castro predicted and one of the reasons why he thought Fraser wouldn’t win heading into last year’s Games.
Is Castro Overly Optimistic about the CrossFit Games Happening This Year?
As a handful of athletes are testing Games events at the CrossFit Ranch this week, Tommy Marquez and Sean Woodland discuss on the Talking Elite Fitness podcast whether Dave is being too optimistic about the Games going forward given the situation in California and if it’s even worth holding them at this point.
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This limited edition Gainz Box, available until August 20, is packed full of Rich’s favorites from Froning Farms and Mayhem Nation. Plus, there are more than 300 golden tickets stashed in select boxes that could get you a free pair of Reebok Nanos.
Congratulations to Bradley F., who was the first to correctly answer what were the heaviest programmed weights for men and for women in an Open Workout. The correct answer was 365 lbs for men and 225 lbs for women. These weights were for the last segment of Deadlifts in Open Workout 14.3. This was Bradley’s third time to be the first person to correctly answer the trivia question.
Today’s question: What were the first three CrossFit Games Individual Events to be held entirely indoors?
Here’s a quick round-up of a few things we have our eyes on at the moment, including an opportunity to help out the local community of fitness professionals in New York City:
The Give Box: Based in New York City, The Give Program is a nonprofit whose mission is to provide income relief for those in the fitness industry who have been negatively impacted by the current pandemic by offering “The Give Box” subscription service. When you become a subscriber, you
receive nine pounds of quality protein (a combination of beef, chicken and shrimp) via contactless delivery and 100% of the proceeds go to supporting local fitness professionals in New York City and Long Island. You can also donate a box directly. So far the organization has given out more than 2,300 donated boxes and helped more than 2,700 fitness trainers.
The Dakota Games Garage Sale: Due to its cancellation this year, the Dakota Games in Fargo, ND is holding a “virtual garage sale” to move some of the equipment that is not being used. Jump on it quick, though, there are still some med balls, axle bars, and ropes left.
PR Buddies – Dogbone: For all the dog lovers in the community, Barbell Flair, a custom gym equipment company has created 1.25 pound change plates in the shape of a dogbone. They are perfect to throw on the bar for a one-rep max attempt to add an extra 2.5 pounds to your lift!
Postpartum Training:Kat Suchet, the founder of Hatch Athletic, is on a mission to help new CrossFit mamas. Hatch Athletic’s 12-week online postpartum training program provides guidelines for training after childbirth and is designed to build confidence and mental resilience
along with physical strength. Learn more and check out Suchet’s blog for some great reads.