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Community Mourns the Passing of Jeff Giosi

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In today’s edition:

  • Masters athlete and CrossFit Morgantown owner, Jeff Giosi, passed away unexpectedly over the weekend.
  • CrossFit Media hire signals shift.
  • Gym owners share some success strategies during the pandemic.

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  Community Mourns Passing of Masters Athlete Jeff Giosi 

Community Mourns Passing of Masters Athlete Jeff Giosi

The CrossFit community is grieving after the news of the unexpected passing of Jeff Giosi on Saturday morning in Morgantown, WV. According to his wife Sarah, doctors believe a genetic aortic aneurysm, a condition that ran in his family, likely caused his sudden death and that an autopsy will be performed to confirm the cause of death. He was 40-years old.

A family man and pillar of the community: Giosi leaves behind two young sons, Arlen and Mackie with his wife.

  • Giosi owned and managed CrossFit Morgantown with his wife, who he met when he bought the gym in 2014. They soon married in 2015.
  • A native of Long Island, NY, he made his way to the Mountain State to attend college at West Virginia University as a decathlete.
  • Giosi later worked as an assistant strength and conditioning coach for WVU, working with both the men’s and women’s basketball programs.
  • He would later leave the Mountaineers program to become a firefighter and train professional and Olympic athletes.
  • In 2018, Giosi became the first and only CrossFit Trainer in the state of West Virginia to earn his Certified CrossFit Trainer Certification (CCFT CF-L3).
  • Giosi started to make his name known in the competition circuit recently as a Masters athlete.
  • This past season was his first in the 40-44 age division and he placed a career best 55th in the Open.
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  • The CrossFit Campground is now open for reservations for the 2021 Games. There are options for camping with and without power and for RVs.
  • WODwell is hiring a new Product Marketer.
  • OnlineWOD is giving away five “Aerobic Builder: Assault Bike” programs.
  • PRVN Fitness launched a new YouTube channel that will feature workouts with elite athletes like Tia-Clair Toomey, Brooke Wells, Alec Smith and Will Moorad, as well as behind-the-scenes action, instructional content, and more.
  • The South China Morning Post published a story last week on the push the International Functional Fitness Federation is making to have CrossFit included in the 2028 Olympics (Paywall).
    • Gretchen Kittelberger, President of the International Functional Fitness Federation: “Our sport has basically all the qualities the IOC is looking for in new sports,” she said. “We are a youth-oriented sport. We have gender equality across our competitions, including equal prize money for men and women and equal broadcast time and coverage. We don’t require a specific or specialized stadium configuration or complicated equipment in order to do the sport.”
  • The Ten Thousand launched its first product line for 2021, the “Recover Kit.” It includes pants and shirts that are tailored for your recovery.
  • Remind me: Nancy Hoshaw, a 73-year-old heart attack and breast cancer survivor competed in the CrossFit Open in 2016. What’s your excuse again?
  CrossFit Media Hire Signals Shift In Content Approach 

CrossFit Media Hire Signals Shift In Content Approach

The CrossFit media approach for the 2021 season is slowly coming into focus, as a recent media team hire of a former employee gives clues to a more committed approach to content output coming from CrossFit HQ.

Nikolaj Ronnow, a longtime videographer in the CrossFit space and former contractor and employee for CrossFit starting in 2012 announced via Instagram that he has been hired to produce content throughout the season on behalf of the CrossFit Games through the company Hamilton Road Productions.

Why this matters: Hamilton Road Productions is a production company based in Santa Cruz, CA that has been contracted by CrossFit LLC to produce content around the sport for the 2021 season.

  • The company is owned and run by former HQ employee Charlie Dube, who during his tenure at CrossFit was in charge of producing studio and livestream content surrounding the CrossFit Games including the CrossFit Games Update show, live open announcements, live Regional coverage, and live and post-production coverage of the CrossFit Games on ESPN and CBS.
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  Gym Owners Share Some Success Strategies During the Pandemic 


Gym Owners Share Some Success Strategies During the Pandemic

While there’s plenty of data indicating that CrossFit gyms stayed profitable in 2020, there’s not one single answer to how. We talked to five affiliates and discussed how they stayed on top of an unpredictable pandemic.

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