“To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.”- Steve Prefontaine
Cleanliness Protocols Prove Costly for Gym Owners, But Necessary, Nationwide Poll Shows
Part of the charm of the early CrossFit gyms was that they lacked the bells and whistles and shiny equipment of the Globo gym. Often housed in rugged home garages, few expected them to be clean. In fact, the humble, even grungy garage-feel, was at least part of what drew members to the CrossFit culture. And while this has changed over the years — many gym owners have become more fastidious when it comes to cleanliness — it’s also clear that the global pandemic has changed expectations about how clean a gym should be.
One big thing: According to a new Morning Chalk Up/Triib/TrueCoach nationwide poll of CrossFit athletes and gym owners, there’s a sizable gap between how clean gym owners think their gyms are and individual members’ perspectives.
86.7 percent of affiliate owners surveyed said they’re doing a “very good” job with cleanliness, health and safety. Only 62.9 percent of members agree.
From Fonda To Functional Fitness: The Evolution of Virtual Coaching and a Global Pandemic
In 1982, workout guru Jane Fonda released a series of workout tapes, which would soon turn into one of the most popular workout routines for fitness enthusiasts of the 1980s and beyond. Since then, the concept of coaching via video has evolved greatly. 30 years later, Peloton rolled out what would soon become the next big thing in home workouts, giving athletes the chance to communicate and take live classes with their favorite instructors.
One big thing: While other modes of fitness from spin to boot camp have migrated online in the past few years to give athletes the chance to workout from the comfort of their own homes, the CrossFit industry has remained largely in person, with classes almost exclusively occurring in brick-and-mortar affiliates. That was until the pandemic of 2020.
Stage 1 Set, International Functional Fitness Championship Starts Friday
A select group of CrossFit and functional fitness athletes from all over the world will be competing this weekend in the International Functional Fitness Federation (iF3) Continental Cup. The online competition takes place December 11-13 as a replacement for the iF3 World Championships, which were canceled due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.
One big thing: The Continental Cup has created another opportunity for the top CrossFit Games athletes to compete during the global pandemic. Kristin Holte (Norway), Khan Porter (Australia), Melina Rodriguez (Argentina), Jacqueline Dahlstrøm (Norway), Jessica Coughlan (Australia), Omar Martinez (Venezuela), Nicolay Billaudel (Norway), João Ferreira (Portugal) and 15-year old Emma Lawson (Canada) are just some of the athletes with Games appearances that will be representing their country this weekend.
The details: Top athletes were selected by each of the iF3’s National Federation members to represent their country in the competition.
WORK is a virtual competition hosted by apparel company The Ten Thousand and the premise is simple: one workout, an all-out effort, see how you stack up against thousands of other athletes. The December workout in this series is a fun couplet of weightlifting and gymnastics, so get registered and send it.
Phoenix Strength & Conditioning used the Healthy Steps Nutrition mentoring platform to build a wildly successful nutrition program despite the pandemic. Listen to their story on Episode 52 of the Grow Your Nutrition Business Podcast and learn two strategies that will help you build a nutrition program and increase virtual engagement with your members!
How Breathing Works and How to Make it Work for You
There are so many times when an athlete is deep into a WOD and her or his coach yells "don't forget to breathe!" But, what does that actually mean and how can you use some physiological knowledge to help you perform better in workouts? Learn more in this easy-to-digest article from CrossFit.
Developing a proper range of motion is critical for safe, strong lifts and exercises. These oblique openers from CrossFit Invictus, aided by a kettlebell, can help increase mobility in internal torque movements, like hinging. When working through this progression, focus on mind-body connection and feeling which muscles are activated when and how.
There were no complete responses to Monday’s trivia question – who are the six athletes that have competed in 100 or more individual division CrossFit Games events. A couple of respondents were able to name four to five of the six athletes. The six were Ben Smith, Annie Thorisdottir, Rebecca Voigt Miller, Katrin Davidsdottir, Scott Panchik, and Camille Leblanc-Bazinet.
Today’s question: How many rowing-only CrossFit Games events have there been in the Individual division?
FTX’s 12 Days of Christmas: In Wheaton, IL, FTX CrossFit is hosting a toy drive between December 1-12. They kicked it off with a “12 Days of Christmas” WOD and they will end it with a “12 Days of Christmas” WOD. On Saturday, December 5, they also participated in the FAITH RXD Gift of Fitness fundraiser. The toy drive benefits the Evangelical Child and Family Agency in Wheaton.
Black Sheep Christmas Eve 5k/Toy Drive: CrossFit Boynton Beach in Boynton Beach, FL is hosting a Christmas Eve 5k and toy drive on Christmas Eve morning. The event begins at 8 AM on December 24 and participants are asked to bring a toy donation. Learn more and get registered.
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