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Outside Events Offer Direct Qualification for Sanctionals


A few weeks ago Katrin Davidsdottir and Annie Thorisdottir stood atop the podium together at the 2019 Butchers Classic, a CrossFit licensed event in Denmark. The former CrossFit Games champions teamed up as a pair and promptly dominated the event, walking away with a handful of prizes including individual spots at the 2020 Norwegian CrossFit Championship in February. 

On the surface level, this news wouldn’t be more than a simple headline that wouldn’t cause much of a stir: two of the biggest names in the sport dominate a local event in their general area of the world and earn a spot at a Sanctional event that they could easily earn later anyways. However, the Sanctional spot earned by both of Iceland’s beloved “Dottirs,” points towards the building of a foundational system outside of the current scope of the CrossFit Games season that could help Sanctionals in the future.

More ways to qualify in 2019-2020 season.

The Norwegian CrossFit Championship (NCC) offering up a spot to their final event is just one of a handful of instances where sanctioned events are teaming up with other local and outside events to offer up competition opportunities and incentives to participate in the system. 

  • The NCC is also offering spots at their event for the individual winners of the Tyngre Tango event in Sweden, and the individual and team winners of the Norwegian Throwdown.
  • CrossFit Strength in Depth has helped form the U.K. Event Alliance, where the winning teams from four different events will gain entry into their finals.
  • The CrossFit German Throwdown is offering spots at their finals to top two individuals, teams, and top two German finishers at their sister event the German Throwdown Classic.
  • The CrossFit Atlas Games will be awarding spots to the winning teams of the elite division for the Dtown throwdown, Element Team Challenge, Synergie Winterpalooza, and CrossFit 306 3on3 Throwdown. 
  • The CanWest CrossFit Championship is awarding individual invites to the winning male and female athletes from the Fraser Valley Throwdown.
  • Mayan CrossFit Classic will give the male and female winners of FitLand and Black Challenge MX direct invites to the elite individual division.

Not all of the outside events above are licensed either, which means Sanctionals are being proactive in building organizational relationships outside the bubble of the CrossFit Games system to help reinforce participation in their event. 

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Bailey is Back


Yesterday, the CrossFit Filthy 150 announced their first direct invite via Instagram to be none other than CrossFit legend Dan Bailey. A 5-time individual Games qualifier, Bailey has spent the past few seasons recovering from a handful of injuries after building an impressive resume as one of the most consistent performers at the CrossFit Games. He’ll now make his official Sanctionals debut* in 2020 in the opening event of the season in Dublin, Ireland.

*Bailey competed in the Legends Division at the 2019 Rogue Invitational but was not eligible for a spot at the CrossFit Games.

The Road to Recovery

After what most would consider a career best year in 2015, the road for Bailey has been anything but smooth. Missed qualifications, and a string of injuries have plagued him in the years since, and have presented a significant uphill battle for one of the fan favorites of the sport.

  • 2015 Season: Career best 4th place finish at the Games, first career event win in Sprint Course 1, Spirit of the Games award winner, 2015 Invitational champion with the USA Team.
  • 2016 Season: Finishes 7th at the California Regional and misses qualification for the first time since 2010 despite finishing every event in the top 10.
  • 2017 Season: Withdraws from the 2017 Central Regional due to a pectoral injury following a 2nd place finish in event two.
  • 2018 Season: During Open workout 18.2a tears his quadriceps tendon while attempting a max clean, and season is cut short due to injury.
  • 2019 Season: While still recovering from the tendon injury and a subsequent shoulder surgery to repair an old labrum injury, Bailey accepts an invite to compete at the Legends event at the Rogue Invitational, finishing 3rd.

The big question: Has Bailey missed his shot? This season will mark the fifth since Bailey last stepped on the competition floor at the CrossFit Games. At 35-years-old and coming off a significant injury, a return to the Games in 2020 would be an impressive addition to an already legendary resume in the sport.

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WATCH: A Day in the Life of Alison Scudds
Nate Edwardson spent a day in Redwood City, CA with Alison Scudds for the inaugural episode of his new Day in the Life series. In this episode, Scudds gives us a look into her life as full time elite CrossFit athlete, offering tips on nutrition, training mindset and motivation to push on long days of training.


HEAR: Get Strong with “The Godfather” Dave Spitz
The founder and mastermind of California Strength’s growth, Dave Spitz is a staple in American weightlifting. His team has produced some of the top U.S. lifters in the last decade and helped popularize the sport with an online following. If you’ve ever searched the web for lifting motivation and stumbled across Wes Kitts, or other Cal Strength athletes, chances are you have Dave to thank.


ENJOY: The Weekend Without Worrying 
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EAT: Five Ingredient Chocolate Chia Pudding Cups
Chocolate chia pudding is a rich, chocolatey, delicious treat that also happens to be healthy! Naturally sweetened, dairy-free, and made with only five ingredients, this dessert will quickly become one of your go-to’s.


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  • FREE WEIGHTLIFTING SEMINAR — Coach Ryan Belsito will be hosting a free Intro to Weightlifting clinic at Left Coast CrossFit in Laguna Niguel, CA on Saturday, September 21. 
  • BCS CLASSIC — The BCS Classic was held last weekend in College Station, TX with Rich Froning competing as an athlete. At the end of the weekend, the event, which focused on faith, family, and fitness raised $27,605 for the Ronald McDonald House Charities.
  • CHILDCARE AVAILABLE — CrossFit Shallow Lake in Shallow Lake, ON now offers childcare on Tuesdays and Thursdays. 

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

Ben Alderman does a three rep max barefoot thruster at 255 poundsCamille Brightwell gets her first ring muscle-up nine months postpartum • Daniel Kunitz does a clean and two jerks at 231 poundsRyan Sowder cleans 355 pounds for two • Paige Sousa hang cleans 211 pounds for a PR • Willian Lucio does 34 burpees in 53 seconds •  Terry Corwin uses her fitness on a 17-mile bike ride in Corsica.

Jacob Heppner shows this man sized tire what is up. 

CrossFit Winter Classic — Amanda Barnhart is confirmed for the CrossFit Winter Classic, a licensed CrossFit event taking place in December that benefits the Adam S. Hamilton Foundation.

Lowlands Qualification Details are Out — In a press release sent out yesterday, event director Robbin Stalma revealed the new qualification details for the 2020 Sanctional in the Netherlands.

— Spots: 60 male, 60 female and 20 teams

— Direct invites for individuals via the 2019-2020 CrossFit Open: top 10 worldwide, the top 5 in the Netherlands, the top 3 in Belgium, and the numbers 1 and 2 in Luxembourg.

— Remaining 40 individuals and all 20 team spots will be filled through the online qualifier from March 5 – 10, 2020, that will have three workouts that must be before on the same day, not in a 24-hour window.

— If athletes qualifying from the Open decline their invitation, their invite will be passed down to next in the online qualifier.

— Stay up to date on how to qualify with our definitive guide to qualifying for 2019-2020 Sanctionals.

WIT Fitness is now the Official Training Partner of the Northampton Saints, expanding their training partnerships to Premiership Rugby.

— The London-based global training retailer has had a banner 2019. In July, they inked a deal with CrossFit to be the official e-commerce partner of CrossFit.

— WIT was also the global launch partner of the Nike Metcon 5 in Paris, where the shoe was available to try on and test in person for 10 days before anyone else.


“Brain Surgeon Calls on Former Patients Turned CrossFitters to Compete for a Worthy Cause,” by Brittney Kleyn

There’s nothing like the raw, grassroots community of a CrossFit box and you’d be challenged to find an affiliate across the globe that wouldn’t hustle and support a member who’s down and out.

Meet Sholto McKewon

The 52-year-old was diagnosed with glioblastoma – a terminal brain tumor – in June 2018. What started as a migraine he simply couldn’t shift: “I was given three months to live if I did nothing,” he said. 

“The doctors gave me a letter saying I’d be passed away within 24 months.”

Sholto has since undergone two surgeries to remove the growing tumor, fighting to prolong his life expectancy of two years.

Sholto McKeown has never done CrossFit, but his surgeon Dr. David Johnson is a complete CrossFit nut.

The CrossFit cure

The Australian brain and spinal neurosurgeon first found CrossFit in 2015. He’s since pioneered the first in hospital CrossFit box in the Southern Hemisphere with his wife Joanne, a registered nurse. This year, they opened a second location, CrossFit Neuro in Brisbane, Australia.

“What CrossFit has enabled me to do is to create a clinical rehabilitation program that is founded upon movement proficiency,” Dr. David Johnson said.

“The best CrossFitters are the ones that can move their body and move the load most efficiently” and it’s this theory that Dr. Johnson uses to educate his patients.


9/14: Charm City Throwdown (Sparks, MD)
9/14: Stateline Throwdown (McHenry, IL)
9/14: Stealth Fitness Combine (New Brunswick, NJ)
9/14: Coffland Hero Challenge WOD (Vestal, NY)
9/14: OUTWOD Grand Rapids (Grand Rapids, MI)
9/14: 6th Annual Cancer Smash (St. Augustine, FL)
9/14: Project: Uplift 5.0 (Fort Collins CO)
9/14: Warrior Affiliate League Three Amigos (Rancho Cucamonga, CA)
​9/14: Mucc Town Throwdown (Winnemucca, NV)
9/14: Festivus at Rock City CrossFit (North Little Rock, AR)
9/14: Reps and Rescues Rumble (Olathe, KS)
9/14: Granite Games Fall Throwdown (Suffield, CT)
9/14: Festivus Games at CrossFit Indestri (Collingwood, ON)
9/14: Granite Games at CrossFit Gallant (Bedford, TX)
9/14: The Dane Games (Mine Hill, NJ)
9/14: Granite games at CrossFit Nola 504 (New Orleans, LA)
9/14: Festivus Games at Gymology Fitness (Tulsa, OK)
9/14: Garage Games Master’s Tour 2019 (Chicago, IL)
9/14: WODktoberfest 2019 (Ottawa, ON)
9/14: Festivus Games at Oroville CrossFit (Oroville, CA)
9/14: Granite Games Throwdown Skyline CrossFit (Houston, TX)
9/14: Festivus Games at J5 CrossFit (Collinsville, IL)
9/14: Festivus Games at Crossfit Mountain Movers (Pikeville, KY)
9/14: Festivus Games at CrossFit Connection (Ontario, CAN)
9/14: Prime Partner Classic (Utica, NY)
9/14: Barbell Brawl V (Kennett Square, PA)
9/14: Festivus games at CrossFit Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, PA)
9/14: Festivus at Roy CrossFit (Roy, UT)
9/14: OUTWOD Grand Rapids (Grand Rapids, MI)
9/14: Grand Games 2019 (Westfield, IN)
9/14 – 9/15: Gymnastics Seminar with Simon Nieland (Ocala, FL)
9/15: Patriot Throwdown 9/11 Memorial WOD (Simsbury, CT)
9/15: Coffland Hero WOD Challenge at Blue Crab CrossFit (Hanover, MD)
9/20 -9/22: Pensacola Beach Brawl (Pensacola Beach, FL)
9/20 – 9/22: The Dakota Games (Fargo, ND)
9/21: Cry Me a River 2019 (Online)
9/21: 4th Annual CrossFit Co-Ed Classic Competition (East Brunswick, NJ)
9/21: Beers and Burpees (Charlotte, NC)
9/21: 7th Annual CFuNKY Throwdown Competition (Florence, KY)
9/21: 4th Annual Battle on the Border (New York, NY)
9/21: Under Armour Turf Games City Series (Los Angeles, CA)
9/21: Fall Jam 2019 (Columbus, OH)
9/21: 2019 GR Games (Grand Rapids, MI)
9/21: Girls Gone RX (Denver, CO)
9/21: The Partner Throwdown (Philadelphia, PA)
9/21: 2019 Arsenal Throwdown (Pittsburgh, PA)
9/21: Barbells for Bullies (Portland, OR)
9/21: Barbells for Bullies (Clearwater, FL)
9/21: Throwdown in the Triangle (Raleigh, NC)
9/21: Rookie Rumble at CrossFit 643 (Washington Township, NJ)
9/21: OUTWOD Chattanooga (Chattanooga, TN)
9/21 – 9/22: The Central Regional (Bettendorf, IA)
9/21 – 9/22: Southie Showdown (Boston, MA)
9/21 – 9/22: CrossFit Cascade Classic (Seattle, WA)
9/22: Caffeine & Kilos Invitational (Sacramento, CA)
9/26 – 9/28: Heart of America (Springfield, MO)
9/27 – 9/28: Autumn Games 4 (Albuquerque, NM) 
9/27 – 9/28: Battle at the Banks (Cincinnati, OH)
9/27 – 9/28: The Greenville Games (Greenville, SC)
9/28: 2019 Pound-4-Pound Competition (Denver, CO)
9/28: Masters of the Midway: Individual (Lake in the Hills, IL)
9/28: The Shipwreck 4 at Harbor Park CrossFit (Racine, WI)
9/28: Firewall Frenzy 2019 Partner Comp (Holliston, MA)
9/28: No Mans Land 5 (Painesville, OH)
9/28: Country Tuff Competition (Richfield, UT)
9/28: Can You Dig It Delaware (Delaware, OH)
9/28: Bloodline Barbell Brawl (Lehigh Acres, FL)
9/28: Bring The Heat X (Katy, TX)
9/28: Rookie Rollout 4 (San Diego, CA)
9/28: The Fat Man Little Boy Showdown (Oak Ridge, TN)
9/28: Battle Cancer Competition (Madrid, Spain)
9/28: Fight of the Elements (Gland, Switzerland)
9/28: 4th Annual Kilo CrushFest (Hampton, VA)
9/28 -9/29: Beer City Beatdown (Asheville, NC)
9/28: Masters of the DMV3 (Alexandria, VA)
9/28: OUTWOD Chicago (Chicago, IL)
9/28: OUTWOD Richmond (Richmond, VA)
9/28: OUTWOD Suffolk (Suffolk, NY)
9/28 – 9/30: Duality 2019 (San Antonio, TX)
9/29: Labor Of Love (Newington, CT)
9/28 – 9/29: CrossFit Krypton Training Camp (Chesapeake, VA)
10/3 – 10/21: Dubai CrossFit Challenge Online Qualifier (Online)
10/5: The Grit Games (Jacksonville Beach, FL)
10/5: Second Annual Sona Slam (Johnson City, NY)
10/5: Nashoba Learning Group FUNdraiser (Woburn, MA)
10/6: Barbells and Babes Liftoff (Middletown, NY)
10/6: My Mommy is Stronger Than Your Mommy (Houston, TX)

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