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Davidsdottir Continues Banner Year

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“If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.” — Jim Rohn

Katrin Davidsdottir to Speak at ESPN W Summit


Katrin Davidsdottir continues to make the most of 2019, as the two-time CrossFit Games champion has been selected to be a speaker at the 10th edition of the prestigious ESPN W Women + Sports Summit on October 21-23, in Newport Beach, CA. 

  • Davidsdottir is set to speak on day 1, Monday, October 21, at 4:30 PM PT, as part of the “espnW World Class Athlete Panel.” She’ll be joined on the panel by current WWE Raw Women’s Champion and WWE Superstar Becky Lynch, and Professional Tennis player and reigning Olympic gold medalist Monica Puig. 
  • P.S…The 2019-2020 CrossFit Open week 2 workout is due at 5:00 PM PT. 

Why this matters: While the recognition is a fantastic thing for Davidsdottir individually, it also represents a major step forward in the recognition of the CrossFit Games as a sport and the accomplishments of its athletes by mainstream global media. 

Davidsdottir is having a banner year and quickly rising to a level of stardom not yet seen in the sport of CrossFit. She finished fourth at the 2019 CrossFit Games, published her first book, inked a multi-year deal with NOBULL, and was the first CrossFit Games athlete to be included in ESPN’s Body Issue

The summit’s mission statement: “Unite a world-class group of leaders in sports and business, female athletes, and industry influencers for a two-day program of speakers, sports activities, and collaboration – all focused on creating positive change and opportunity for women in sports.” 

Also speaking at the three-day conference:

  • Julie Foudy – ESPN W writer, commentator, World Cup soccer champion, and Olympic gold medalist. 
  • Christy Hedgpeth – Chief Operating Officer of the WNBA.
  • Casey Wasserman – Chairman of the LA 2028 Olympic, and Paralympic Games.
  • Robin Roberts – Co-Anchor of Good Morning America.
  • Julie Eddleman – Global Client Partner at Google.
  • Nneka Ogwumike – WNBA Champion and All-Star, President of the WNBA Players Associations.

Things To…


WATCH: 2019 Games Highlights
Three minutes of beautiful moments from the 2019 CrossFit Games that will make you wish you were back in the stands. 
3, 2, 1…GO.


KNOW: 10 Best Hikes in America
Fall is coming. Leaves are changing. You’ve been working hard on that fitness all summer, now get outside and use it in one of these 10 spots across the U.S. 


KNOW: Why Fitness Trainers Swear by CBD
CBD is being offered up to everyone from grandparents to puppies these days. Now that CBD is off WADA’s banned substance lists professional athletes are tapping into its benefits. So why are trainers recommending CBD products for their athletes?


EAT: Buffalo Chicken Breakfast Casserole
This buffalo chicken breakfast casserole is insanely easy to make, and it’s the best breakfast for busy mornings or a quick snack to go. The leftovers are delicious even eaten cold.


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Chalk Up Community

  • FREE WEEK AT GRANITE CITY — Granite City CrossFit in Waite Park, MN is hosting a free week of CrossFit for the local community to come and try a workout. 
  • KICKSTART YOUR GOALS — Two brothers decided to design and build a WOD Diary so they could track their goals, PR progress, and workout performance week-by-week. The idea was such a hit they made it into a Kickstarter so you can grab one yourself. 
  • BATTLE OF THE BADGES — Officer Richard Salazar organized an event to honor two local families who lost a child: 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway and 13-year-old Vaughn Bigelow Jr. The event hosted at CrossFit MOB in Thornton, CO raised money for both families’ foundations. One woman even donated her car to the auction. 

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

Happy 3-0 to Annie Thorisdottir • Congratulations Tennill Reed-Beuerlein on the birth of little Baustin Tate BeuerleinBill Grundler hits four thrusters at 185 poundsDusty Hyland hits 230 pound push jerks for seven reps • Visually impaired athlete Brooke Pernice was highlighted on Ellen Degeneres’ blog Ellen Nation • Congratulations to Kimberly Patterson of CrossFit Arcane on joining the 300 pound deadlift club • CrossFit Omaha celebrated their 12-year anniversary

…and if for you’re still struggling with your clean technique, then watch these two videos from 59kg Olympic weightlifter Adrianne Haider: one in slow-mo and the other on clean pulls

IWF World Championship: Up Next…Live stream details.

Thursday 9/19:

— Alyssa Ritchey (49kg A): 3:55 AM PT
— Jordan Wissinger (67kg B): 10:00 PM PT
— Alex Lee (67kg B): 10:00 PM PT

Friday 9/20:

— Jourdan Delacruz (55kg B): 12:25 AM PT
— Hunter Elam (59kg B): 10:00 PM PT
— Jessica Lucero (59kg B): 10:00 PM PT

Topping Forbes’ list of best vacations for adventure seekers…VoyEdge RX — “On this five-day, four-night trip to Iceland, you’ll be constantly moving with guided expeditions of the country’s glaciers, snowmobiling through the tundra, and hiking across lava caves. You’ll also have unlimited access to CrossFit Reykjavik, though you don’t need to have done (or even like) CrossFit. In fact, if you’d prefer not to do any of the activities, or if you’re traveling with someone of a different fitness level, VoyEdge stresses that everything is optional and can be scaled to your ability. After the trip, you can recover in style at Tower Suites Reykjavik.”

Discussion Point: How bad is diet soda really? — In SELF Magazine​ on Wednesday…”Between 1992 and 2000, the researchers recruited 521,330 individuals from over 10 European countries for their study…Next the researchers recorded whenever one of the study participants died as well as their cause of death. Over the follow-up period, 41,693 of them died…Then the researchers analyzed the relationship between who died, their cause of death, and the soda-drinking habits they reported at the start of the study.

— “The next leading cause of death in the study was circulatory diseases, namely ischemic heart disease and cerebrovascular diseases (strokes). Circulatory diseases killed 21.8 percent of the study participants who died. This in itself isn’t really surprising, as cardiovascular diseases are the number one cause of death worldwide, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Interestingly, though, there was an association between these illnesses and consuming artificially sweetened drinks. People who had two or more glasses a day of artificially sweetened soda or artificially sweetened and regularly sweetened soda had a higher risk of mortality from circulatory diseases than people who had less than a glass of any kind of soft drink per month.”


“Racing With Purpose: Charity, Struggle, and Plenty of Mud in Kauai” by Tommy Marquez

It’s just after sunrise on Saturday morning in the Omao region of the Hawaiian island of Kauai. The normally quiet and peaceful private lands of the Knudsen Trust spanning roughly 3,000 acres on the south side of the island are already bustling and filled with energy. People from all over the world are congregating and getting ready for the 6th annual Ultimate Hawaiian Trail Run (UHTR).

The run – which offers two separate 5k courses, and a challenging 10k course – is a charity race event that serves as the primary fundraiser for the Kauai based Keala Foundation, a non-profit providing CrossFit, food, and transportation free of charge to the children of the island. Each year, some of the biggest names in the CrossFit space including athletes, coaches, and companies, make a pilgrimage to the island in support of the trail run and the foundation.

Built On Suffering

The UHTR and Keala Foundation were both birthed from the need to combat the often overlooked issue of drug and alcohol abuse that plagues the island.

  • Hawaii has the highest rate of methamphetamine use in the United States.
  • Polling found that 9% of high school-aged males in Hawaii had used cocaine, which is 50% above the national average.
  • A quarter of high school students in Hawaii admit to using e-cigarettes and other electronic vaping products, nearly double the national average.
  • In 2017, Hawaii had a suicide rate of 15.2 deaths per 100,000 people, nearly double its rate from 2005 and the second highest in the country,

Known to most as an island paradise that plays host to vacations or honeymoons, Kauai and the state of Hawaii as a whole have developed an underlying substance abuse issue that has worked its way down to the youth of the island. This trend ultimately led Aaron Hoff, to start both the UHTR and the Keala Foundation in hopes of tackling the problem head-on.


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: Santa Cruz Affiliate Cup (Santa Cruz, CA)
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)
10/5: Horsepower Fundraiser Competition (Sunriver, OR)
10/5: 2019 CrossFIt Throwdown (Anderson, SC)
10/6: Barbells and Babes Liftoff (Middletown, NY)
10/6: My Mommy is Stronger Than Your Mommy (Houston, TX)
10/6: Calories for Cancer (Hopkinton, MA)
10/12: Push Pull for Pancreatic Cancer (Elgin, IL)

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