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Buttery Bros CrossFit Games Doc?


Earlier today, the Buttery Bros posted an interesting photo to Instagram showing a license agreement with Gravitas Ventures, the same company responsible for handling the global distribution for Fittest on Earth: Redeemed and the Dominant and Fittest on Earth: A Decade of Fitness.

  • Securing distributing is a key hurdle to getting this together. Gravitas is one of the largest digital distribution companies in the world.
  • It’s very likely that the name will have to be changed from the Fittest on Earth series as it’s a registered trademark owned by CrossFit.

Heber Cannon on Talking Elite Fitness: “We’re making a movie. We’re excited to announce we’re making one for the 2019 season…CrossFit has been great enough to allow us to do that; they’ve given us a contract.”

  • To be clear, there’s no documentary on the 2018 Games in the works.
  • TBD whether it will be a documentary or documentary-series.

Take note: Marston Sawyers was the only media staff shooting action on the field of play and it wasn’t for the live broadcast.

  • The two former CrossFit HQ documentarians have been traveling across the world over the past six months grabbing footage for road-to-the-games-esque episodes for their popular YouTube channel.
  • Other notable filmmakers were seen snagging interviews with top athletes throughout the Games week.

Reading between the lines: This idea has been floating around for a while, even teased on the Buttery Bros YouTube channel, but getting a documentary like this requires a lot more than a YouTube channel. The Gravitas deal gives them the firepower needed to put this together.

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WATCH: Rory Mckernan and Mat Fraser
Rory Mckernan sat down with Mat Fraser after securing his fourth straight title of Fittest Man on Earth at the 2019 CrossFit Games. Fraser talks about how he feels about his performance this year, what it was like competing with the changes, and he addressed what happen during the ruck event when he lost some weight from his bag.


HEAR: Games Final Day of CrossFit Games 
Sean Woodland and Tommy Marquez of Talking Elite Fitness head back to their RV at the 2019 CrossFit Games to give you a rundown of the last day. Plus, the Buttery Bros Heber and Marston make an announcement about their upcoming project.


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  • PRO-TIP: ROPE CLIMBS — Alison Scudds shares a tip to make your rope climbs quicker and feel easier by being more efficient on the way up and the way down.
  • THE IRON GAMES — The Iron Games will take place in Cedar City, UT from September 5 – 7 at Southern Utah University. Spectating will be free and there will be a vendor village, ninja courses, beer garden, and much more for everyone to enjoy. There will also be seminars and activities with Matt Bruce, Nick Fowler, and Adrian Conway.
  • FUNDRAISER FOR COACH — Timeless CrossFit in Franklin, MA is hosting a fundraiser for coach Lee Soares to help him with his trip expenses to Ultimate Hawaiian Trail Run organization and raise donations to the Keala Foundation. This family friendly fundraising event is being held on August 24.

CHALK UP IN 2 MINUTES (a highlight reel around social media of CrossFit pros and average joes)

Serena Goode clean and jerks 215 pounds for a PR • Holly Parker gets her first ring muscle-up • Congratulations to Drew and Jamie who got engaged on the Reebok Fit Barge while in Madison, WI • The CrossFit Games colorway of Reebok Nano 9 is on sale now • Jen Floyd gets a 155 pound bench press PR • Brittany Bene overhead squats 200 pounds for a PR • Jenn and Sam Dancer will be at Jomo CrossFit in Joplin, MO today at 6:00 PM.

Greg Glassman on the State of CrossFit — Greg Glassman, Founder of CrossFit, joined Games athlete Dr. Julie Foucher on the Pursuing Health podcast to share the currect state of CrossFit. 

–“Our public health effort is centered in what the affiliates do and that happens at 15,000 locations where refined carbohydrates should be assiduaously avoided and constantly varied high-intensity functional movement is the order of the day. They got that figured out and every two hours and forty minutes another gym opens up committed to that end. So we can check off the public’s health. We’re taking great care of it.”

— “The tagline of CrossFit Health is lets start with the truth and I am of the opinion that until the depth and scope of a problem is fully appreciated, a solution is exceedingly unlikely. And, me personally, I have near zero hope for the public’s health largely because it seems like the entire world is largely in denial as to the depth and scope of the problem. And so, it’s unlikely to solve.”

What Coaches of Champions Focus On — In a recent article in Stack, Jim Sannes explains three of the things that champion coaches emphasize.

— “They say that sports teach life lessons. Do you agree? If so, what life lessons are you teaching? We hear coaches saying that they want their athletes to be better brothers and sisters, better mothers and fathers, better employees and leaders. When you get in conflict with your spouse, villainizing them does not seem like a transferrable approach. When negotiating a business deal, trying to ‘tear their throats out’ is probably not the appropriate instinct. If you’re working on a big project and you try to jump ahead and skimp on the basics, things aren’t going to turn out well.

— “If you want your athletes to execute the game plan effectively, stay motivated, and demonstrate resilience, then focus on enhancing your team more than worrying about an opponent. Doing so will give you the best opportunity to win and compete at a high level, but also better prepare them for life.”

Brooke Ence on How She Got Her Movie Break — CrossFit athlete Brooke Ence shared with Parade how she went from the CrossFit Games to starring in movies like Wonder Woman.

— “My audition for Wonder Woman was a bit of a surprise. I was on my way to the CrossFit Games and I received a call inviting me to audition for a role. At the time I didn’t know what the role really was or the movie it was for. They sent over a script (from the movie 300). I checked in to the CrossFit Games and then headed over to WB to read for this movie and just waited for the call. It was very nerve-racking, I had never done anything like that before and had no idea what to expect.”


“Helping Army Soldiers Return from Kuwait as Coaches,” by Jessica Danger, Morning Chalk Up 

Courtney Donmoyer is a three -time regional athlete, coach at CrossFit Gamma in Hershey, PA and personal nutrition coach with a 14,000 plus social media following who shares her health and fitness tips, coffee brewing skills and her life with her dogs, chickens, and husband. You’d never know that when she started CrossFit a decade ago that she hated, absolutely hated, CrossFit.

When she started CrossFit in Ft. Hood, Texas it was because she desperately wanted to join the military. But at 5’ 2” and weighing in at 100 pounds, she needed to put in some work first if she was going to be taken seriously.

“It was never vanity. It was never about weight loss. Or looking a certain way. It was purely about gaining respect and being useful —  while also not being a limp noodle that couldn’t fend for herself,” Donmoyer told Morning Chalk Up. “Like I do anything in life, I threw myself into the movement. CrossFit was such a high speed, elite thing back then. Any girl lifting real weights or doing pull-ups was sort of like seeing a unicorn in a corn field.”

Turns out, her frame was perfect for CrossFit and the more she did it, the more she loved it. In 2012, she started coaching and realized she had found her calling.


8/10: CFE’s Sugar & Spice Co-Ed Partner Competition (Burlington, MA)
8/10: Best of the Midwest Team Series (Brownsburg, IN)
8/10: OUTWOD North Brunswick at Iron CrossFit (North Brunswick, NJ)
8/10: OUTWOD Phoenixville at CrossFit Lock 60 (Phoenixville, PA)
8/10: Sparrow Classic 2 Scaled Partner Competition (Pearland, TX)
8/10: Summer Battleground 2019 (Farmingdale, NY)
8/10: Goddess Games (Charlotte, NC)
8/10: All Day Row (Alexandria, VA)
8/10: Mustache Barbell Bash (Ft Wright, KY)
8/10 – 8/11: No Surrender Survival Games (Wooster, OH)
8/11: The Rise of The Resilient (Hopkinton, MA)
8/16: OUTWOD Charlotte (Charlotte, NC)
8/16 – 8/17: WodFest 2019 (Joplin, MO)
8/17: Fittest in the Fork (Ft. Sill, OK)
8/17: Barbells For Bullies at CrossFit QDA (Buffalo, NY)
8/17: CrossFit Sua Sponte’s Summer Slam (Raleigh, NC)
8/17: The Fossil Games (Denver, CO)
8/17: Warhorse Games KC (Kansas City, KS)
8/17: CrossFit Shatter Summer Slam (Albany, NY)
8/17: The Syndicate Series Presents The Battlegrounds (Columbia, MD)
8/17: Poore Beer and CrossFit Benefit (Hendersonville, NC)
8/17: Unbroken Series Adaptive Games (Marion, NC)
8/17: 6th annual Babes and Bros (Grand Rapids, MI)
8/17: The Battlegrounds at 12 Labours CrossFit (Columbia, MD)
8/17: Back Lot Bout (St. Charles, MO)
8/17 – 8/18: Mayhem on the Mountain (Pelham, AL)
8/18: Red Raider Backyard Brawl III (Coatesville, PA)
8/18: Summer Sizzler (Akron, OH)
8/21: Wodapalooza Individual Qualifier (Online)
8/24: Battle For the Badge (Vestal, NY)
8/24: OUTWOD Miami at Move.Lift.Live (Miami, FL)
8/24: OUTWOD Las Vegas at CrossFit Social City (Las Vegas, NV)
8/24: Deadlifts for Kids (Lilburn, GA)
8/24: The Southern Games 2019 (Louisville, KY)
8/24: 2019 Koda First Timer’s Open (Oklahoma City, OK)
8/24: Rumble on the Bay (Green Bay, WI)
8/24: Ragin’ Games (Lafayette, LA)
8/24: The 10th Annual Iron Belle (Austin, TX)
8/24 – 8/25: Oregon CrossFit’s Best of the West Summer Event 2019 (Bend, OR)
8/24 – 8/25: Railyard Riot (Lincoln, NE)
8/30 – 8/31: The Southwest Championships (Orem, UT)
8/30 – 8/31: The 3rd Annual Tampa Bay Games (Tampa, FL)
8/31: The Big WODowski Partner Competition (Delafield, WI)
8/31: Girls Gone RX (Charlevoix, MI)
8/31: Roots Ruck Around the Clock (Poulsbo, WA)
8/31: Saved By the Barbell (Waite Park, MN)
8/31: T-Town Throwdown Partner Comp (Tyler, TX)
8/31: Battle of the Beasts (Quebec, Canada)
9/5 – 9/7: The Iron Games (Cedar City, UT)
9/7: Power Output Challenge 8 (San Antonio, TX)
9/7: Family Fitness Faith Festival (College Station, TX)
9/7: Sirens of September (Smithfield, RI)
9/7: Garden State Open (Berkeley Heights, NJ)
9/7: Hill City Throwdown (Lynchburg VA)

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