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In today’s edition:
Which elite teens to watch this weekend at the Pit Teen Throwdown.
CompTrain makes its affiliate programming free.
A memorial workout for the 13 service members who died in Afghanistan.
Sara Sigmundsdottir lost her period for two years.
“In every day, there are 1,440 minutes. That means we have 1,440 daily opportunities to make a positive impact.”- Les Brown
Athletes to Watch at the Pit Elite Teen Throwdown
The Pit Fitness Ranch is gearing up to host over 150 athletes this weekend – the largest teen-exclusive CrossFit competition in the world. With a US Army sponsorship added to their name, the Elite Teen Throwdown was able to add six new divisions and nearly triple last year’s roster, making for some star-studded fights to look out for this weekend.
The Throwdown has taken up a rookie division this year, aimed at teens with less than a year of experience. While it will be most athletes’ first recorded competition, there’s still some standouts that could make a big splash in the future
WHOOPs I did it again. Just two days after they raised $200 million “to develop new technology and features”, WHOOP announced they’ve acquired PUSH, a Toronto-based sports technology startup that will allow them to integrate more velocity-based technology specifically for weightlifting.
According to Will Ahmed, Founder and CEO of WHOOP, PUSH’s “technology will be integrated directly into the WHOOP sensor over the course of the next 6-12 months.”
File this one under headlines we didn’t expect to read today…Ultra-endurance runner Jeff Garmire ran a 5K wearing Crocs, crossing the finish line in 19:02 (a 6:09/mile pace. “[I] never particularly loved how hard you had to run in a 5K race, so I haven’t run one in 10 years,” Garmire told Runner’s World. “So I decided, if I’m going to run this distance again, I’m going to do it in a unique way.”
To be fair, Bethany Shadburne does full WODs wearing Crocs so we guess it’s not that weird.
Episode 2 of the CrossFit Games Podcast, again features Chase Ingraham as host along with Dave Castro and Danielle Brandon as featured guests.
Dave on his offseason: “This year I’m thinking a lot about next year already, specifically the Games and things we can do there. But pretty soon I’m going to have to switch focus and really focus on the Open and some of those stages that come first…Recently I’ve put some thought into the Open.
DISCUSSION STARTER: Sara Sigmundsdottir recently revealed that she lost her period for two years when she first started CrossFit, in an interview with Insider: ”overtraining and under-recovering led to functional hypothalamic amenorrhea.”
Sigmundsdottir: “That was my first big injury because my body wasn’t recovering. When you mess up your menstrual cycle, that’s a sign from your body that you’re not eating enough, your hormones are imbalanced.”
Rogue Update: Add these names to the confirmed athlete list: Haley Adams, Laura Horvath, Patrick Vellner, Bjorgvin Karl Gudmundsson, Will Moorad and Jayson Hopper.
Reminder: You have until September 13 to complete the three-event online qualifier for Mayhem Desert Heat. All three WODs have been released and you can still register.
CompTrain Offering Affiliate Program for Free
CompTrain is taking their gym programming and making it more inclusive to affiliates by taking away the price tag. The online training program developed over the past four years is doing away with charging affiliates $39.99 a month and providing the same programming material for free.
The details: For affiliates who are on the paid program of CompTrain Gym, expect all of the same amenities that you’re used to seeing on SugarWOD, but now it will be free to current and new gyms that sign up.
The program offers affiliates class programming and coaching development to run an effective hour-long CrossFit class.
Included is a timeline, workout brief, class logistics, general and specific warm-ups, daily focus, and strategy.
If you still have members who aren’t back to working out at the gym, they also offer at-home workouts and equipment-free options.
To help explain specific movements, you’ll have access to a full video library.
Every week, our team of journalists publishes exclusive stories available only to RX members, covering topics from professional coaching, the latest affiliate trends, feature stories on CrossFit Games athletes, and more. Here are a few RX stories we published this week. Start reading for just $1.
Every Friday, we normally bring you an exclusive workout challenge programmed by a CrossFit Games athlete. This week, we are featuring a workout programmed by CrossFit Cibolo, honoring the 13 service members who died in Afghanistan.
One of those service members is Max Soviak, a CrossFitter from Custom Fitness in Guam.
8 snatches for the month and because they were “snatching” citizens and allies out of the grasp of terrorists.
26 sit-ups for the day and because their loss was punch to the gut.
13 U.S. Service Members killed in Afghanistan on 8/26/2021.
U.S. Marine, Sgt Johanny Rosario (25)
U.S. Marine, Cpl Hunter Lopez (22)
U.S. Marine, LCpl Kareem Nikoui (22)
U.S. Marine, LCpl Rylee McCollum (20)
U.S. Marine, LCpl Jared Schmitz (20)
U.S. Marine, LCpl David Lee Espinoza (20)
U.S. Navy, Maxton Soviak (20)
U.S. Marine, SSgt Taylor Hoover (31)
U.S. Marine, Cpl Daegan Page (23)
U.S. Army, Ryan Knauss (23)
U.S. Marine, Cpl Humberto Sanchez (22)
U.S. Marine, Sgt Nicole Gee (23)
U.S. Marine, Ricky Thompson (21)
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How To Manage a CrossFit Athlete's Health
Ever wondered what CrossFit looks like from the medical perspective? Check out this lecture given by avid CrossFitter and Orthopedic surgeon Sean Rockett on treating patients who CrossFit. This should be required viewing by any physician taking care of CrossFitters.
You know a daily WOD is crucial to a happy and healthy life, but sometimes convincing those closest to you of that fact isn't easy. Check out these tips on getting your partners, kids, and parents off the couch and into some exercise with you.
Get better at running with only two sessions a week? But more training is always the answer, right? Check out this clip of Chris Hinshaw explaining why doubling down on your running is not the quickest way to see improvements.
Mat joined the Hybrid team to talk about his transition from athlete to coach. Hear Mat on going to the Games for the first time as a spectator, how to welcome anxiety and fear in your training, and how coaching brings its own new challenges.
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