“Everyone has his superstitions. One of mine has always been when I started to go anywhere, or to do anything, never to turn back or to stop until the thing intended was accomplished.”- Ulysses S. Grant
Georgia Gym Raises $437,766 for Childhood Cancer, Hopes to Hit $500,000 this Summer
For a few years, John Manser participated in a local 24-hour bike ride fundraiser, raising some “serious money” for childhood cancer research along the way.
When the bike fundraiser was canceled, he was left feeling “a void,” explained Manser, the owner of CrossFit Dynamo in Cumming, GA for the last 11 years.
At the same time, Manser looked around at his gym’s space and thought, “This has to be more than just for CrossFit. We should be able to leverage this for other stuff,” he said.
That’s when Manser decided to bring the 24-hour fundraiser idea to his gym community.
The result was 24 in 24—where participants complete 24 WODs in 24 hours—a fundraiser that has raised $437,766 for childhood cancer research since 2017.
The details: Manser didn’t know what to expect that first year and had humble goals for his community.
CrossFit’s Ed Morrison Shares His Take on Setting Up Lines of Communication and Growing Engagement in the Oceania Region
CrossFit has experienced rapid growth in the Oceania region over the last 18 months, with active affiliate numbers skyrocketing by over 15 percent during this time.
Leading the way in this region is CrossFit’s Oceania Manager Ed Morrison, who was first brought in as Country Manager of Australia and New Zealand in October 2020.
With the recent explosion of growth in Oceania, CrossFit has increased its representation in the region, with individual Country Managers now found in New Zealand, Korea and Japan, and a Country Manager who oversees South Asian countries including India, Thailand, Philippines and Indonesia.
As the Oceania Manager, Morrison supports the Oceania country managers as well continuing in his role as Australia’s Country Manager.
Celebrity Trainer Turned CrossFitter Ron Mathews Steps Away from the Sport, Finds Passion for Dungeons & Dragons
When Ron Mathews isn’t training celebrities or working out himself, you can find him at the table…well a Dungeon & Dragons table that is.
The former crossfitter said he’s taking some time away from the sport for now and dove head first into the popular role-playing game, informally known as D&D, alongside some familiar names like Joe Manganiello and Vince Vaughn.
Remind me: Mathews, a former college football player, started CrossFit when he was 41. He went on to be a five-time CrossFit Games masters athlete with his best year being in 2016 when he won the 45-49 Division.
“My experience with CrossFit was kind of weird because I came in with a weird skill set,” said Mathews.
“There were things that from day one I was incredibly good at, like already Regional/Games level-ish on day one. And there were things that I was an absolute beginner on day one. So my journey was always how can I maintain what I’m good at and bring up all of those other pieces.”
“I love having a goal to train for. I was always creating goals for myself, so the CrossFit Games was the perfect thing to aim for.”
Mathews is 6’3 and weighs roughly 245 pounds. He says he would lose weight to compete in CrossFit, but was still between 50 and 70 pounds heavier than the next heaviest competitor and taller than most.
This Podcast Busting Myths About Lifting During Pregnancy
You’ve seen a lot of more content coming out about navigating pregnancy for athletes thanks to athletes like Tia Toomey, Kara Saunders and Annie Thorisdottir who very publicly documented their experiences of working out through pregnancy. But what is truly safe to do? Listen to pelvic/ortho PT Christina Prevett bust the myths behind what you can and can’t do during pregnancy.
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