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“Who is strong? He that can conquer his bad habits.” — Benjamin Franklin

Your fish tacos just went plant-based.


The story.

Meatless meat is on the rise. If you’re a plant-based eater then this is music to your ears. If you’re a Ron Swanson, bacon and eggs type, you might be skeptical. But hear us out.

First there was the Impossible Burger from Impossible Foods. They’ve made a legit, meat-free burger that certainly looks as good as they claim it tastes. But what do plant-based eaters do when that craving for fish tacos hits you hard? The answer: vegan seafood.

Fishless fish?

Good Catch is a company that has created a line of vegan seafood products expected to launch later this year. We’re talking vegan tuna, crab cakes, and even fish burgers and sliders. The products are primarily made from chickpeas, soy, lentils, and beans and even offer the same Omega-III benefits as traditional seafood.

But Good Catch is not the first company to dive in to vegan seafood. One of the bestsellers from Sophie’s Kitchen is their Vegan Toona and Gardein has an entire line of fishless fish products.

Sounds fishy…

There’s been a 600% increase in people identifying as vegans in the U.S in the last three years and mainstream health organizations like the American Institute for Cancer Research and the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee are recommending a plant-based diet. Even Walmart, the world’s largest retailer, is asking its suppliers to offer more plant-based products.

Seeing as how 85% of global fish stocks are overfished or fully depleted and scientists predict that global fisheries will totally collapse by 2048, it is the  perfect time for Good Catch to enter these waters. Their mission is to preserve the ocean’s natural resources while introducing awesomely delicious “seafood” choices that benefit you and the world.

We’re hooked.

Sounds good to us. You’ll see Good Catch’s new fishless fish line on store shelves in December. Just hit us with an invite for taco night and we’ll let you know what we think.


Coffee Break Conversations


Hey girl. What’s your sign?

The next time someone slinks up next to you and uses this one, let them know you only use your zodiac sign to decide your workout. Some people think their zodiac sign says a lot about them. For instance, a Gemini might find themselves snoozing during spin class, but an independent Aquarius might thrive on a bike. One thing the entire zodiac can agree upon is the necessity of wellness and the ridiculous of this age old pick-up line. 

What to tell your SO when you’re planning for life after retirement…

This will be you and your swolemate, except with burpees box jump overs and double-unders. Have you seen what CrossFit athletes are doing “past their prime” lately? Like 60-year-old Mark Landry who got his first muscle-up at the CrossFit Games. Don’t think anyone told him he’s too old to be doing gymnastics. 

Things To…


WATCH: He Just Wanted to Do Something to Help

Matt Olson is a CrossFit coach, veteran, husband and father who was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma earlier this year. Olson and his community completed 74,741 squats during a 24-hour squat challenge in support of other cancer warriors, raising over $11K.



HEAR: How We Can Work Together for the Good of Girls

On this episode of Meathead Hippie, Chrissy Chard, the co-founder of Smart Fit Girls, Inc., a non-profit adolescent girls’ empowerment program, addresses body image and the systems at play in today’s society that she says are misrepresenting true body size and shape. 



VOTE FOR: Women’s Health Australia Sportswoman of the Year

The Fittest Woman on Earth for two years running has been nominated for the 2018 sportswoman of the year. Let’s do what we do best and give her a little nudge cause we know she deserves it. 



EAT: Peach Crisp with Salted Caramel  

Juicy gluten-free peach crisp with a crunchy pecan-oat topping and a drizzle of the easiest homemade dairy free caramel. You’re going to love this summertime dessert. Don’t forget the ice cream!



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  • FUNDRAISER WOD — CrossFit Mentality and CrossFit Tripoint are hosting a free workout at 4:00 PM on August 26 for 21-year-old Savvy Stough who was recently diagnosed with cancer.
  • DONATE TO THE C4 FOUNDATION — The C4 Foundation, dedicated to supporting the families of Navy SEALS, is in the middle of purchasing a property to support Navy SEAL families before, during, and after deployments. 

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

Paige Sousa got a 155 pound push press PR • Instead of a first dance this couple did a first deadlift Quiana Welch got a 110 kg/ 242 pound snatch PR • Miranda Alcaraz shows her 19 year progression with fitness • Adrian Conway and his wife are having another baby • Jared
bar slam is blown way out of proportion and it’s hilarious 15-year-old Morgan McCullough hit a 374 pound clean and jerk PR. 

…and sometimes your kid just really wants to help you grow as an athlete.  

Khan Porter Skied a Marathon — On Sunday night, Khan Porter decided that rowing a marathon wasn’t bad enough so he decided to ski one and donate his average 500m pace to charity. Except that it didn’t go as planned (WARNING: video gets a little graphic). 

“With 8km to go I started to feel a little dizzy and my stomach began doing flips. I threw up. A lot,” Porter said. “This continued, progressively getting worse and worse until I had to sit and ski using just my arms as I was so dizzy from throwing my head up and down with each stroke…turns out I think I may have had food poisoning…I believe resilience needs to be practiced, but last night I blurred the line dangerously close between resilient and ridiculous. I felt like I was drunk, hungover, had food poisoning and vertigo all at once.”

But he still mailed $216 — his average pace — to help with drought relief for Australian Farmers. 

24 Hours of CrossFit for Breast Cancer — CrossFit Fareham is hosting a charity fitness event on September 1 to benefit local non-profit, Breast Cancer Haven. Twenty-four Crossfit members will be taking 24 benchmark WODs back-to-back over 24 consecutive one-hour classes. Breast Cancer Haven Wessex community fundraiser Heidi Rehman said, “We are totally in awe of the challenge that the members of CrossFit Fareham are undertaking. Their dedication and enthusiasm to help raise much needed funds and awareness is
much appreciated. We wish them all luck.”

Firefighter and Comptrain Athlete Cayla Haney on Being Present –“I live in almost a constant state of stress. Going from one job to another, usually not sleeping well (if at all) at work, not getting to follow programming the way I want, having my meals messed up, missing out on events with friends and family, wanting to be perfect at everything I do, ensuring that I’m always 100% mentally and physically prepared for any call I may encounter, trying to be a good friend and confidant, or how much I weigh.

“A lot of times we can’t control our circumstances. We can’t always control if we sleep well, if we get to eat what and when we want, how others will react to us or treat us, or if we get chosen for a certain job we wanted. We can’t control how the day is going to go or where we will always end up. One thing we can control is our attitude. We can make the best of any circumstance we come to. We can take the time to learn from others and show patience when we really don’t want to. We can love people when they don’t deserve it…care for them when they need it most. We can use the really difficult days to make us better, to become examples to anyone else who may need it. We can control how hard we work and just how present we
make ourselves each and every day. Life is so short, stop stressing and don’t worry about tomorrow. Don’t become so blinded by how you think your life should be, that you miss your life completely.”



“CrossFit Games Layoffs Signal Big Changes to Come,” by Justin LoFranco, Morning Chalk Up 

Last Tuesday, more than forty CrossFit Games staff were let go. Based on a partial list of names we’ve seen but are declining to publish out of respect for the individual staffers, the majority of personnel were on the CrossFit Games media team: video, photography, graphic design, and Games operations.

The restructuring, orchestrated by CrossFit founder Greg Glassman, came just a week after the 12th CrossFit Games and a surprise to many in the company. One employee who was not laid off estimated it was “close to 30 – 40%” of staff in CrossFit’s Santa Cruz, CA office.

So what could be the reason for this massive downsizing?

On May 3, 2018, while sharing his vision for the CrossFit Health initiative and his plans to disrupt the public health space, Glassman painted a stark contrast between the work that CrossFit is doing, versus the CrossFit Games.

Glassman, who regularly attends the Games, admits he doesn’t pay close attention to the competition. Instead:

“I’m [at the Games] for the people who want to talk and increasingly what they want to talk about is recovery from addiction and other chronic diseases. They all have great stories to tell and I never tire of hearing it, and the fact that people know I want to hear that and am proud of that, and that the better of my affiliates are proud of that is really where the leadership is at, where the adults are. That’s where the adult table is at CrossFit.”



8/25: Iron Belle and Femme Royale Women’s Competition (Austin, TX) 

8/25: CrossFit Sua Sponte Summer Slam (Raleigh, NC) 

8/25: AMRAP For Autism (Waxhaw, NC)

​8/25: CrossFit Decathlon (Indianapolis, IN) 

8/25: Best of the West Summer Event (Bend, OR)

8/25: 2018 Firewall Frenzy (Holliston, MA)

8/25: The Hero Games 2018 (Farmington, AR)

8/25: 2018 Rivertown Throwdown (Cape Girardeau, MO)

8/25: South Central Summer Games 2018 (Richland, MS)
8/25 – 26: Battlegrounds Nevada (Reno, NV)

8/25 – 8/26: Battle at the Barn (Ft. Worth, TX) 

8/25 – 8/26: Battle of the Boxes Highland Games (Mt. Airy, MD) 

​8/31: Greece with VoyEdge RX

9/1: Tampa Bay Games (Tampa, FL)

9/1: Battle At The Base 3 (Oklahoma City, OK)

9/6 – 9/9: Kill Cliff Granite Games (St. Cloud, MN) 

9/7: Koski Training Camp (Lloret de Mar, Spain) 

​9/8: Midwest Fall Classic (Tulsa, OK)

​9/8: The Sugar Skull Showdown (Agawam, MA)

9/8: I Can CrossFit Competition (Georgetown, TX)

9/8: Global Aftermath 2018 (Online)

9/8: The Catalyst Games (Bastrop, TX) 

9/8: BoxLife Games @ CrossFit Bear Cat (Bunnell, FL)

9/8: BoxLife Games @ CrossFit Wynwood (Miami, FL)

9/8: Booties in Action (Wilsonville, OR)
9/8: Hookd2Hops 2018 (Newtown, CT)

9/8: Rumble in the Jungle 2018 (LaVista, NE)

9/8: 2018 Battle of the Bluegrass (Louisville, KY) 

9/8: Decima Throwdown (Littleton, CO)

9/8: First Timers Fitness Festival 2 (Burlington, MA) 

9/8: Girls Gone RX (Bridgeville, PA) 

9/8: BoxLife Games at CrossFit James Island (Charleston, SC) 

9/8: Femme Royale (Denver, CO) 

9/8: Double Trouble Throw Down (Twinsburg, OH)

9/8 – 9/9: The Vermonster Team Challenge (Berlin, VT)

9/15: Warrior Affiliate League Three Amigos (Pomona,CA)

9/15: No Mans Land 4 (Painesville, OH)

9/15: Average Joes (Troy, MI) 

9/15: Stateline Throwdown 2018 (McHenry, IL)

9/16: 2018 Battle at the Rock (Castle Rock, CA)

​9/16: 5th Annual North East Masters Classic (Plainville, MA)

9/22: Shatter the Stigma III (Boyertown, PA)

9/22: New Kids on the 321 Block 2018 (Topsham, ME)

9/22: Femme Royale at Eagle Wing CrossFit (Orange, CA)
9/22: 2nd Annual CrossFit TUFF Charity Row-A-Thon (Nashua, NH)

9/22 – 9/23: The Cascade Classic (Seattle, WA) 

9/23: Cadre Crucible Team Competition (Hudson, OH)

9/23: Detroit Red Wings WOD (Detroit, MI)  

9/28 – 9/29: The Primal Games (Savannah, GA)

9/29: Fallout Powered by Battleground Events (Long Beach, CA)

9/29: Battle for Boise (Meridian, ID)

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