“Better remain silent, better not even think, if you are not prepared to act.”- Annie Besant
Eat, CrossFit, Love: Couple Shares Fitness and Foodie Journey
Agnes and Michael Ricatto met in 2017 while the two were both working for Nike, and you could say it was love at first workout.
“Michael was visiting Barcelona from the Netherlands and wanted to check out Nike’s latest retail and consumer experience concept space that I was managing,” said Agnes.
“It so happened that she was also coaching a Boot Camp on the beach later that evening, which I decided to join,” said Michael.
That evening the two were part of a group dinner, and then continued to connect long distance through Whatsapp and Facetime. Two years later, Michael proposed at the very same spot he locked eyes with Agnes in Barcelona, and as they say, the rest is history.
Michael, who is from Southern California, had been doing CrossFit since he moved to Amsterdam in 2016, and quite quickly, it became part of the couple’s routine. He said Agnes, who grew up in Germany, was keen but (as most of us are) quite green at the start.
“She was the typical first timer, looking at the board and it might as well have been written in another language,” he said. But now, “Vondelgym (the CrossFit box the two go to in Amsterdam) has become our second, sometimes even first home.”
About three years into their CrossFit journey together, in October of 2021, the newly wedded Ricattos were invited by friends to join in a new fitness competition coming to the Netherlands— HYROX.
“They asked us if we were interested a week prior to the event. We had no idea what we signed up for or what we were getting ourselves into,” said Michael. The two would soon find out that competitive fitness was exactly what they wanted to be getting into. In their most recent competition together, the Ricatto’s placed first in the 30-39 Mixed Doubles Team division of the 2022 European HYROX Championships, and are now preparing to compete in the World Championships in Las Vegas next month.
Of course the two had more in common than CrossFit it turns out, which included creating and indulging in high-quality food.
“I enjoyed giving my mom a hand in the kitchen, “said Michael, “only slightly incentivized by the privilege of licking the spatula after her famous cookie batter was complete.”
“I had been helping my Polish mother and grandmother make their traditional recipes since I was a little girl,” added Agnes.
Originally, Michael had launched #CattosKitchen to share his culinary creations with friends on various social media platforms. “The hashtag really became a thing when I moved to Amsterdam and friends were always asking, ‘What is Catto’s Kitchen?’ and, ‘When do I get to try Catto’s Kitchen?”
By 2017 Agnes had joined the venture, which then was fully launched as a website, blog and social media pages that quickly gained an international following as a place for readers to find recipes and inspiration for macro-friendly munching that tastes good and can also fuel a grueling CrossFit WOD.
Catto’s Kitchen remains a passion project while Agnes runs her own nutrition and lifestyle coaching business, The Palmtree Lifestyle, and Michael is the Director of Marketing for Hyperice, Inc., which many CrossFit athletes recognize by the self-massaging Hypervolt.
But Michael said he has his eyes wide open for what the future could hold:
“One day, we would love to expand out into other areas, and create solutions to people’s problems,” he said. “That could be a physical space or just changing the way people think about food, fitness, and their health journey.”
However something remains clear, they’re going to need a bigger workspace.
“One thing is for sure, in five to ten years, we will have a bigger kitchen.”
The FLY Shoe Keeping Scott Panchik In The Game
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Score submissions are due in three separate blocks. The first score submission deadline, for events 1 and 2 are due by 12:00 PM PT today, April 22; the second score submission deadline, for events 3 and 4 are due by 12:00 PM PT on Saturday, April 23, the final score submission is due by 12:00 PM PT on Sunday, April 24.
In case you missed it, Lauren Kalil, the host of The Bottom Line, spoke to analysts Brian Friend and Patrick Clark about their thoughts on the initial seeding for the Mid Atlantic CrossFit Challenge.
Kyle Kasperbauer, who made 10 appearances at the CrossFit Games, is calling it a career:
“After much deliberation with my beautiful wife @mkasperbauer5 and those very close to me, I will be retiring from @crossfitgames competition. More to come on this, but for now it’s time for a change and I’m excited and fully charged for that change!”
Calling all Masters athletes! Want to keep competing beyond The Granite Games? The winner of each community Masters Division gets an invite to compete at the Masters Fitness Collective in Fort Wayne on October 21-23. 🙋🏼
The Occupational Games start today, and the top three in each division will receive free entry into a Level 1 or Level 2 CrossFit Training Course. Registration for the Occupational Games is open to the top 10% of men and top 10% of women in their occupations after the CrossFit Open. The competition begins Thursday, April 21.
Occupational Divisions (Active-duty military, Military veterans, Law-enforcement officers, Firefighters, First responders, Medical professions, Educators, College students)
The Cortisol Connection: Can You Be Too Stressed to Make Progress?
Let’s talk about cortisol. While we have discussed cortisol in the context of competing and training, we have not discussed it in the context of fat loss.
Cortisol is a key hormone in the human body, and it controls our response to stress. It is the subject of immense fascination, discussion, and confusion within the fitness and nutrition industry. It is a steroid hormone that is produced by the adrenal glands located on top of the kidneys. It is loosely correlated to our circadian rhythm, but outside stressors like exercise, fasting, waking, work and relationship stress also cause us to release cortisol.
When you want to run fast, lift heavy, flight or flee – high cortisol is a good thing.
Even in times of low stress, your body will produce cortisol to help with energy regulation and substrate mobilization. In times of high stress, cortisol helps your body become more efficient at accessing and producing glucose from protein (muscle). It also mobilizes fat stores and helps fat cells produce energy.
Today’s workout is programmed by two-time Games athlete Kate Gordon. The native of New Zealand is also a member of the CrossFit Seminar Staff as well as runs the popular Instagram page @crossfitterwithsign. Gordon’s workout is courtesy of CFK Programming, her own individual, affiliate and nutrition programming for all athletes.
Five Rounds For Time:
20 Kettlebell Deadlifts (2x 53/35 LBs – 24/16 KGs)
60 Double unders
30m Farmers Carry (2x 53/35 LBs – 24/16 KGs)
Time Cap: 20 Minutes
Reduce weight as needed
Scale double unders to 100 single unders per round
Try doing 60 seconds of double under attempts
Some advice from Kate: “Do not strategize, go out hard and hang on. Push yourself to do one more rep when you think you are done and take one more step when you want to rest. Your mantra for today is ‘go before you want to,’ repeat that to yourself and remind yourself that you have to push to get better. The grip endurance will force you to break up the work at some point, keep an eye on the clock and do not walk away from your KB’s while you rest. Using grips will help you avoid the need to chalk up excessively.”
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Burpees for Ukraine Raises $8,500 as CrossFit Community Continues Push to Help War-Torn Country
Though he has no direct connections to the country, when Russia invaded Ukraine at the end of February, Nicholas Worley, a member of CrossFit Asphodel in Hong Kong, felt compelled to help in any small way he could.
The result: Worley’s fundraiser, which ran March 11 to April 16, raised $8,500 and had CrossFit athletes from all over the world doing burpees, including at gyms in the United States, to CrossFit Latvia, CrossFit Asohodel in Hong Kong, CrossFit Tooting in the UK and CrossFit Tempered Ormeau in Australia.
It was “brilliant, as different stories came through.People doing burpees in hotel quarantine, having their kids get involved,” Worley said.
“When I was doing my 500 burpees during a class, the coach and crew at CrossFit Tempered Ormeau were cheering me on and then spontaneously all jumped in to help push me through the last ones together,” he continued.
The top two-person team from Hong Kong—Chris Lee and Tyler Botha—raised $3,419 between the two of them,and because the number of burpees they had to do equalled the amount of money they raised, it took them five-and-a-half hours to complete their burpees on the final day of the fundraiser, Worley explained.
The big picture: Though $8,500 is but a drop in the bucket, efforts like Worley’s are another example of how the CrossFit community is “one of the most passionate and supportive groups in the world,” he said.
“To me, CrossFit means supporting and lifting each other up as a community. This is true during a workout (and) in a situation like this when an entire country needs help, so it was wonderful to see people from all over the world and of different ages participate and to get messages of support, donations and sponsors from all over the globe,” Worley said.
He added: “Hopefully this will also get others motivated to try and figure out their own ways to help raise funds or other events for charities in Ukraine as every little helps.”
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