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“Whatever you are not changing, you are choosing.” — Mark Groves

Survival of the Fittest


By Adrian Conway

Please make this the title of event 1! Am I right? If you haven’t seen the way the cutting structure will work once the Games get rolling, here it is:

Event 1: 150 to 75
Event 2: 75 to 50
Event 3: 50-40
Event 4: 40-30
Event 5: 30-20
Event 6: 20-10

Then we advance forward with the top 10 for the remaining events and we are not quite sure how many that will be.

Some of you will be up in arms about this as spectators, as if your opinion matters (shakes head at you). And there will even be some competitors that won’t like the idea of such a large cut and so soon. Dave Castro doesn’t care about your feelings incase you didn’t already know that.

This year the CrossFit Games has hit us with all kinds of “change” and this is just another one to add to the long list. While it does seem crazy that only half the field will get a shot at more than 1 workout, I freaking love this!

You can’t show up with ANY holes in your fitness. In years past we’ve seen athletes toward the top of the podium and literally even crowned champion with as low of finishes as 37th place.

With a larger field and an even more diverse skill set when it comes to measurable fitness those kinds of finishes will send you home early, “Bye Felicia”.  Previously we’ve assumed the Games would open with a long endurance based event and hopefully this new format brings something of a change. (Although I’m not sure how they will put 150 athletes through anything complex or very dynamic in nature, so hopefully you boys and girls are ready to be top half in something simple and dirty.) 

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CrossFit Inc, WIT Strike Global Partnership


In another large scale change, CrossFit Inc. is joining forces with WIT, a global sports retailer, which will officially make WIT the global e-commerce partner of CrossFit.

If you’re unfamiliar with WIT, the London based company caters specifically in the training vertical, sort of like Foot Locker for Basketball, with their stores offering an assortment of products including all major brands in the space. They also sponsor top Games athletes like Scott Panchik, Jamie Greene, Jessica Griffith, Cody Mooney, Haley Adams and Elliot Simmonds.

The implications.

First and foremost: The CrossFit store ( and The CrossFit Stuff store ( will be combined into a single store on CrossFit’s website, managed by WIT. The switch over took place Saturday morning at 12:01 AM GMT.

Second: WIT will also be bringing their retail and brand experience to the CrossFit Games.

  • At Strength in Depth in February, WIT built a shop, train, buy experience to the London Sanctional with Chris Hinshaw on hand to run seminars and allow athletes to test out footwear.
  • In Paris, to coincide with both the global launch of the Nike Metcon 5 and the French Throwdown, WIT was the only retailer globally to introduce the Metcon 5 in person for athletes to try on and test in a WOD.
  • We’d bet money that you see the like of NOBULL and/or Nike somehow built into this experience.

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WATCH: Armen Hammer on the Elimination Announcement
Armen Hammer explains the announcement of the cut schedule that will take place at the 2019 CrossFit Games. He addresses how important seeding will be, why the scoring system will need to be adjusted, and his guesses on what the workouts will be.


HEAR: The LifeCycle of a CrossFit Athlete
Jon Colborn and Luke Homes of the Legion Podcast sit down to share the life cycle of a competitive CrossFit athlete. They cover how long someone can do CrossFit competitively and how someone should decide when they need to move outside of classes and follow either an individualized training program or a more competitive group program.


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  • BARBELLS FOR BULLIES — CrossFit QDA is hosting a Barbells For Bullies on August 17. All proceeds raised will go to deserving local animal rescues and shelters.
  • STRONG BODY, STRONG MIND — Tony Gentilcore and Dr. Lisa Lewis are holding a one-day Strong Body-Strong Mind workshop to Chicago, IL on August 18. 
  • FUNDRAISER FOR A MEMBER — On July 4, CrossFit Brown Gold held a fundraiser WOD for Chris Brown, a member that was recently injured in a UTV accident. Together, members of the gym raised over $2100 for Brown as he recovers.
  • WEEK ONE OF CUTTING WEIGHT — Our Managing Editor, Jessica Danger, finished her first week cutting weight with the RP Diet App.

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

Dean Linder-Leighton ran a sprint triathlon for Games simulation and took second place in his division • CrossFit Algiers in New Orleans, LA filled more than 300 sandbags to help the community prepare for tropical storm Barry • The Woddity 2019 CrossFit Games fantasy bracket is up and running • Alyssa Ritchey does five sets of back squats at 264 poundsHappy birthday Brooke WellsHappy birthday Michael CazayouxLaura Horvaht deadlifts 395 pounds for two • Vinícius Martin Bouquet does a snatch complex at 175 pounds • Guilherme Malheiros back squats 418 pounds for three. 

…and the next time you want to impress someone with a pistol, try this version.

Connor Duddy Accepts Invitation, Replaces Khrennikov — With Roman Khrennikov unable to obtain a visa, his individual invitation trickled down to Connor Duddy. Over the weekend, Duddy announced he will accept the invitation.

— “I am humbled and honored to be heading to Madison in a few short weeks. The changes to the sport of CrossFit have certainly made for an unpredictable future, and I couldn’t imagine passing up the opportunity to surround myself with the fittest in the sport.

— “The past two months have not been games caliber training. I tweaked my wrist at the Reykjavik Championship and have been working around a low back injury. I’m unsure what this means for me when I arrive in Madison but a ticket to the games has been a goal of mine for the past seven years. I want to step foot in the arena, give my best effort, stay healthy, learn, and enjoy each moment I am given.”

Official Demo Team Announced — Over the weekend, CrossFit Games formally announced the 2019 CrossFit Games Demo TeamPaul Tremblay, James Hobart, Christian Harris, Chelsey Grigsby, Meredith Root and Alex Parker.

Lessons From Posting Weekly Warm-Ups — Coach Garrett Johnson posted a weekly weightlifting warm-up to Instagram every week for a year. Turns out, he learned just as much as his athletes in the process. 

— I started the Weekly Weightlifting Warmup as a way to post more consistently to instagram and to provide what I felt would be valuable content.”

— “Turns out, if you consistently do something for a full year, you get better at it. I had no intentions to make technique changes myself when I began this, however filming these exercises and intentionally working to make them as technically sound as possible helped improve my own awareness and proficiency in the movements.

Amelia Boone Opens Up About Her Eating Disorder — Elite obstacle course runner Amelia Boone spoke with Outside Magazine about her long-time struggle with anorexia. 

— ” I’ve known that probably a huge reason that my bones keep breaking is because I have a 20-year history with anorexia. But I wanted to be that person that could right the ship on my own. I’d been in and out of treatment so many times in my life, I wasn’t ready to admit that, in my mid-30’s, I was still battling it. There’s an awful sense of shame in feeling helpless to fix things when you pride yourself on being self-sufficient and able to do hard things.”

— “When I started racing and gaining attention for my athletic accomplishments, I didn’t talk about it during interviews. I didn’t mention it during my rise to dominance in obstacle racing. I didn’t tell interviewers who asked me about my athletic background that the reason I didn’t play sports in college was because I was too sick and weak to even walk up stairs, let alone play sports.”


“CrossFit Games Reveals Individual Cut Schedule, Announces Team Cuts” by Tommy Marquez, Morning Chalk Up 

The CrossFit Games dropped a bomb today on the individual competition, revealing the progression of cuts for the competition at the Games via a series of tweets and a formal announcement on the CrossFit Games website.

Here’s what we know: Approximately 50% cut in event 1. The field of 148 men and 134 women will narrow down to 75 athletes in each division after the first event.

Cuts will be made to progressively to narrow the field down to 50, 40, 30, 20, and then to the final 10 athletes respectively.
The team competition will also have cuts but we don’t know when.
Announcements on scoring and schedule are on their way in the coming weeks.

Although fairly thin in terms of the full details, this announcement could have some major implications when you consider the following:

Roughly 47% of the individual field will be sent packing after just one event at the Games, meaning that most of the lower-ranking National Champions or anyone who has a bad event will step on the competition floor once, then become a spectator.

Through correspondence with athletes, we’ve learned that there will be a gear re-outfitting after the Friday events, which points towards the field being cut down to at least 40 athletes (the Games field size the past 4 years) by the end of competition Friday.

That would mean nearly 72% of the field is cut at the halfway point, leaving another 2-3 cuts on Saturday to get down to the final 10 athletes by Sunday that Greg Glassman has stated was his goal.


7/19: OUTWOD Las Vegas CrossFit Social City (Las Vegas, NV)
7/19 – 7/20: The 2nd Annual 24 Hour Kettlebell Challenge (Chino, CA)
7/20: OUTWOD Twin Falls The Pack CrossFit (Twin Falls, ID)
7/20: OUTWOD Chicago PXM CrossFit (Chicago, IL)
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: RX’Mas in July 2019 (Urbana, OH)
7/20: Sacred Pine Invitational (Ladson, SC)
7/20: Barbells for Bullies Denver (Denver, CO)
7/20: Shoofly Lift Off (Fuquay Varina, NC)
7/20: Coffland Hero Challenge at CrossFit Mt. Hood (Gresham, OR)
7/20 Rookie Rumble at CrossFit SOAR (Hawthorne, NJ)
7/20 – 7/21: Battle of the Barbells (Nashville,TN)
7/21: The Buckeye Games (Medina, OH)
7/21: Coffland Hero Challenge at Rough House CrossFit (Bridgeport, CT)
7/26 – 7/28: CanWest Games (Coquitlam, BC)
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)
7/27: 2019 Summer Meltdown (Birmingham, AL)
7/27: Masters Tour (Travelers Rest, SC)
7/27: The WoDer Games (Ontario, Canada)
7/27: Girls Gone RX Waco (Waco, TX)
7/27: Rock the Ages at CrossFit Templum (Carrollton, TX)
7/27: The Meshugge Melee (Overland Park, KS)
7/27: All Gave Some, Some Gave All (Whitesboro, NY)
7/27: EVF “Stronger Together” Challenge (New York, NY)
7/27: X’s and Y’s (Lilburn, GA)
8/2: Pirate Supporters Friday Night Light Kick Off (Lefors, TX)
8/3: OUTWOD Kansas City at CrossFit FIF (Kansas City, MO)
8/3: War of the WODs Summer Series (Greensboro, NC)
8/3: Riverport Rumble (Louisville, KY)
8/3: 31 Heroes (Norfolk,VA)
8/3: G’Town Throwdown – Chapter 3 (Georgetown, MA)
8/3: Brawl in the Burbs (Bridgeport, PA)
8/10: CFE’s Sugar & Spice Co-Ed Partner Competition (Burlington, MA)
8/10: Best of the Midwest Team Series at CrossFit 9 Degrees (Brownsburg, IN)
8/10: OUTWOD Charlotte at Silver Wolf CrossFit (Charlotte, NC) 
8/10: OUTWOD Phoenixville at CrossFit Lock 60 (Phoenixville, PA)
8/10: Sparrow Classic 2 Scaled Partner Competition (Pearland, TX)
8/10: Summer Battleground 2019 (Farmingdale, NY)
8/10: Goddess Games (Charlotte, NC)
8/10 – 8/11: No Surrender Survival Games (Wooster, OH)
8/11: The Rise of The Resilient (Hopkinton, MA)
8/17: Fittest in the Fork (Ft. Sill, OK)
8/17: Barbells For Bullies at CrossFit QDA (Buffalo, NY)

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