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CrossFit Announces Live Stream of Games

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Fear is always worse than reality. The fear of failure is worse than failure. Failure is no big deal. You just get up and start over. The fear of rejection is worse than rejection. The fear of embarrassment. Why? Because the fear goes on for hours and days and years. Fear is ‘False Evidence Appearing Real.’ Fear is a fake.” — Rick Warren

From Home to Horn: How One Box is Supporting their Own While Deployed


The story.

Lieutenant Colonel Cecil Piazza and his wife, Sara, opened CrossFit Virtus in Gonzales, LA in 2011. They named it CrossFit Virtus, because Cecil remembered learning about virtuosity during his CrossFit L1 course, doing the common uncommonly well, and he wanted to reflect that. So they settled on the Latin word for virtue, “virtus.”

Their community thrived and they opened CrossFit Virtus Prairieville in 2014, just ten miles away from their other location. Together, they have 14 coaches and more than 200 members between the two gyms. 

Cecil, now in the Army Reserves, commands the 411th Civil Affairs Battalion in Danbury, CT. He found out in November he would be deploying to Africa until March of 2020, so he rallied his coaches to cover for him while gone.

An 8,000 mile journey.

“We knew we needed to come up with a way for members to feel connected to Cecil while he was away,” said Sara. Sara and two other women started to exchange ideas on ways to do this. They Googled the distance between home and Djibouti, and saw it was just over 8,000 miles. They decided they’d do something with running.

The three women made a map and set up grids. Each square of the grid would be the equivalent of five miles. Each map has roughly 800 squares, so 5 miles per square is 4,000 miles per gym, and 8,000 miles total. Members could run or row on their own time, and mark off a square on the grid when they were done.

The miles can be shared among two or more people, and do not have to be completed at the same time or in the same day. The idea is to “bridge the gap” between Louisiana and Africa, or us and him.

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CrossFit Announces New Media Policy, World Feed Live Stream at the Games

With the 2019 CrossFit Games are just over a month away, CrossFit Inc. announced that there will be a live stream of the Games in the form of a “World Feed,” along with a new media policy for fans, outside media, and anyone interested in covering the sport.

The Nitty Gritty: We’ve heard rumors of a potential live stream of the competition circulating in recent weeks, but this announcement confirms that fans in the very least will be able to watch the premiere test of fitness live.

  • The CrossFit Games team will provide what they’ve dubbed a “professional feed,” that will be open source, and available to anyone.
  • Broadcasters, media outlets, and literally anyone else can take the feed and provide their own elements, and commentary in whatever language or style they choose, on whatever platform they choose.
  • Anyone interested can email [email protected] for more info.
  • The announcement confirmed that the Games will officially start August 1st – which is a Thursday – leaving four days of competition to crown the fittest.

This also indicates that the feed provided by the Games will be absent of commentary and potentially most visual elements utilized for the live stream in the past if you plan on watching the feed provided by CrossFit.

Translation: Fewer bells and whistles.

This is just a hunch, but given the nature of the changes this season and the announcement, it appears that the Age Groups will be left out of the live stream.

In addition to the world feed, the announcement of a new media policy onsite signals a more lenient approach towards fans, and other outlets covering the event.

  • Fans wanting to capture the event are now allowed to take photos, video, and audio of the event for use on personal social media platforms, websites, and sharing amongst your gym buddies.
  • Previously banned equipment such as tripods, detachable and long lenses, and selfie sticks are now allowed.
  • CrossFit will be issuing as many professional use permits as possible. After filling out a Professional Media Agreement the necessary credentials will be issued by CrossFit.
  • Commercial use licenses will also be issue pending application and approval by CrossFit prior to the event.
  • Both professional use applications and commercial licenses can be obtained by emailing [email protected].

The takeaway: In both instances CrossFit, Inc. is relaxing regulations and opening up opportunities for others to be involved from a media standpoint. In the case of the world feed, it means a step down – at least for this year – in the level of production that fans were used to at the Games. The consolation is that everyone will have more freedom to snap selfies, take higher quality photos, and record media of their own.

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WATCH: The Floor is Hot Lava with Jacob Heppner
Noah Ohlsen issued a challenge: Do 20 muscle-ups and 20 bar muscle-ups unbroken for time and you could win a pair of shoes from him. Well, Jacob Heppner took it to the max, per usual, and added a twist: use the bat technique and never touch the floor.


HEAR: Marcus Filly on Coaching and Connection
Gabriel Yanez and Arielle Bloom, hosts of the West Coast Advantage podcast, welcome guest Marcus Filly of Revival Strength. He discusses starting in a small warehouse that left more to be desired, to building out arguably the nicest fitness facility in Marin County, and how he and his team create long lasting connections with their community.


GET: Handstand Walks By the Next Open
Gymnastics is often the weakest level of fitness for CrossFitters. It doesn’t need to be. With the Invictus Gymnastics program you get specialized training plans to help you improve your gymnastics movements, even handstand walks and muscle-ups.


EAT: Fireball Grilled Pineapple
This recipe isn’t for everyone, but if you’re up to it this weekend give this fireball grilled pineapple a go. The smokey flavors from the grill plus a pinch of cayenne for heat makes this boozy snack insanely addictive.  A scoop of vanilla ice cream wouldn’t hurt.


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  • MARATHON ROW FOR TROOPS — On July 13, 44 CrossFit in Mount Washington, KY is raising money to benefit TroopsDirect with teams of athletes rowing 42,195 meters. All donations will go to TroopsDirect, who provides critically needed items to the military.
  • CROSSFIT KIDS IN TEXAS — EPUC CrossFit and Uncommon CrossFit, both in the El Paso, TX area, are offering CrossFit Kids classes all summer long. Palo Duro CrossFit in Canyon, TX offers CrossFit Kids two days a week through the summer. 
  • OUTWOD — Foundation CrossFit in Seattle, WA is hosting an OUTWOD event this coming Sunday, June 23.
  • HONOR RILEY HOWELL — On July 13, CrossFit Asheville in Asheville, NC is holding a fundraiser WOD to honor 21-year-old Riley Howell, who died while charging a gunman at UNC Charlotte on April 30. All proceeds raised will benefit the Riley Howell Foundation. 

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

Chestee and RP have teamed up to host a giveawayChestee will also be in the July Barbella Box • Enter to win a copy of Squat Bible and Conscious Coaching with Squat University and Brett BartholomewCompTrain Camp kicked off yesterdayKara Saunders has partnered with ESC Sounds and is celebrating with a giveawayAnthony cleans 355 pounds • Happy third birthday to Freya Ann Faith Townsend.

…and don’t ever let anyone tell you not to dream just as big as this dog did.

A Dose of Inspiration For the Day — 103-year-old Julia Hawkins just took home a gold medal for the 100 meter dash at the 2019 Senior Games in Albuquerque, NM.

— “I’m thrilled I did as well as I did but I didn’t do as well as I have done. I don’t know if it’s because I’m older, or maybe it was the atmosphere.”

— When it comes to planning ahead for her next race, Hawkins said, “You never know.When you’re 103, every day is a miracle,” she said. “I just keep getting up and I’m here again.”

Sales of NOBULL Flag Trainers Helps the USO — NOBULL is donating 50% of proceeds from every purchase of the flag trainer to the United Service Organizations now through the Fourth of July.

— “For over 77 years, the USO has been the nation’s leading organization to serve the men and women in the U.S. military, and their families, throughout their time in uniform.”

CrossFit Fills in Missing Facts — Russ Greene, CrossFit’s Director of Government Relations and Research, wrote to the Montreal Gazette’s readers of facts missing from an article that claimed  injury rates among CrossFit participants are higher.

— “CrossFit has responded to proven data fabrication and related scientific misconduct. As court sanctions have established, the National Strength and Conditioning Association ‘made the false statement in the Devor Study with the intention of disparaging CrossFit and thereby driving consumers to the NSCA.’

— “Barker relies on the article ‘Likelihood of Injury and Medical Care Between CrossFit and Traditional Weightlifting Participants,’ published in the Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine. This May, CrossFit formally requested this paper’s retraction. Barker briefly quoted our objections, namely that it “is beset with scientific error, cites retracted studies that contained fabricated data and inaccurately cites other studies concerning our CrossFit® brand.”


“The U.S. Army Wants the Fittest People in America,” by Jessica Danger, Morning Chalk Up 

U.S. Army 1st Sgt. Glenn Grabs had an idea: If the Army wants the fittest people in America, then the Army would need to interact with the fittest people in America. Grabs, an L1 CrossFit coach, knew just where to look.

So last November, the U.S. Army notified servicemembers they were building a competitive CrossFit team, the Warrior Fitness Team.

“Having a functional fitness team in national competitions gives the U.S. Army an opportunity to interact directly with the fittest people in the American population,” Grabs said. “We are looking for dedicated, driven Soldiers. We want Soldiers who are looking for an opportunity to perform, develop and assist in the recruiting mission.”

The Warrior Fitness Team will represent the Army at fitness competitions, Sanctionals, and health expositions, helping to bring awareness to the Army and the recruiters at those events.

More than 350 Army soldiers applied for the team. In February, 25 selected applicants came to Fort Knox, KY to try out through three grueling individual workouts, one team workout and a personal interview.

Fifteen soldiers made the cut, many of them already established competitors like 1st Lt. Chandler Smith, who just earned his ticket to the CrossFit Games at Rogue Invitational, and Anthony Fuhrman, an Army recruiter who recently won the World’s Strongest Man competition in his category and placed second on the premiere episode of NBC’s The Titan Games.


6/21 – 6/23: The Bacon Beatdown (Daytona Beach, FL)
6/21 – 6/23: The MiHi Games (Glendale, CO)
6/22: The Brethren Throwdown (Morgan Hill, CA)
6/22: Strength in Our Streets (Indianapolis, IN)
6/22 – 6/23: Clash on the Concrete (Miamisburg, OH)
6/22: Femme Royale (Fort Atkinson, WI)
6/22: OUTWOD (Winter Garden, FL)
6/22: Flower City Throwdown – Men’s Division (Rochester, NY)
6/22: Barbells and Beer at CrossFit Electric City (Anderson, SC)
6/22: 2019 Midsummer Melee (Houston, TX)
6/22: Girls of Summer Competition (Katy, TX)
6/22: Asbury Park Games (Asbury, NJ)
6/22: New Wods on the Block (Lubbock, TX)
6/22: Trained to Go Summer Series 2019 (Raliegh, NC)
6/22: Fifth Annual Box Crawl (Torrance, CA)
6/22: Barbells For Bullies Detroit (Farmington Hills, MI)
6/22: Barbells For Bullies Raleigh (Wake Forest, NC)
6/22: Big Orange Brawl (Knoxville, TN)
6/22: Gut Check at Unfinished Athletics (Pottstown, PA)
6/22: OUTWOD (Sunnyside, NY)
6/22: The Rookie Rumble at CrossFit PowerHour (Lebanon, NJ)
6/22: CrossFit Wicked (Middleton, MA)
6/23: Third annual Bro Royale (Fort Atkinson, WI)
6/23: OUTWOD (Seattle, WA) 
6/28: Boomtown Summer Throwdown (Burkburnett, TX)
6/28 – 6/29: The NorCal Classic (West Sacramento, CA)
6/28 – 6/30: CrossFit French Throwdown (Yvelines, France)
6/29: Master’s Of The Midway: Team Edition (Lake In the Hills, IL)
6/29: Girls Just Want to Have Fun (Raeford, NC)
6/29: 2019 Chattanooga Classic (Chattanooga, TN)
6/29: Partner Throwdown Part Deux (Apple Valley, MN)
6/29: Unicus Athletics Summer Slam 2019 (Denton, TX)
6/29: 2019 Soul Games (Miami, FL)
6/29: The Freedom Games (Greenwood, SC)
6/29: OUTWOD (Collingwood, ON)
6/29: The Mountain Meltdown Twin Cities (Afton Alps, MN)
7/5 – 7/6: The UG Games (Collingwood, ON)
7/6: The Guardian Games (Lebanon, OH)
7/6: 2019 Rex Rumble 8 (Ocala, FL)
7/13: Warrior Affiliate League Barbellas (Anaheim, CA)
7/13: Wods For A Cause Nova Scotia (Bedford, Nova Scotia)
7/13: The Mountain Meltdown Wilmot (Wilmot Mountain, WI)
7/13: Battle of the Beasts (Hudson, NY)
7/13: The Freedom Fitness Festival (Gainesville, FL)
7/13: River’s End Rampage 2019 (Sharpsburg, KY)
7/13 – 7/14: The BeneFIT Challenge (Murray, KY)
7/20: The CFB Gymkhana (Burlington, VT)
7/20: Masters Mayhem (Kilgore, TX)
7/20: Belmar Beatdown (Belmar, NJ)
7/20: Battle at the Falls (Granite Falls, NC)
7/20: Old Timers Classic (Williamsburg, VA)
7/20: Hero Games 2019 (Bedford, VA)
7/20: 2019 McCall Throwdown (McCall, ID)
7/20 – 7/21: Battle of the Barbells (Nashville,TN)
7/27: The Mountain Meltdown (Arapahoe Basin, CO)
7/27: 7th annual Dog Days of Summer Competition (Roswell, GA)
7/27: The CF Summer Circus (Des Moines, IA)

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