CrossFit Games Racks Up 11.6M Views on YouTube, Facebook
For the first time in the CrossFit Games’ history, viewers could tune in to streams produced by outside media partners and in another language. Altogether 23 different media platforms offered live streams of the CrossFit Games in 11 different languages on both Facebook and YouTube channels.
The big number: We tallied up 11,661,480 total live views on YouTube and Facebook all partners including the CrossFit Games’ own YouTube.
The total figure is almost certainly significantly higher, but we’re unable to figure for partners who streamed on their website where stats are unavailable.
Top 5 Streams
Rogue Fitness – 5.07 million
CrossFit Games – 2.41 million
Morning Chalk Up – 1.55 million
Brazil CrossFit Championship (Portuguese) – 592,000
Mayan CrossFit Classic (Spanish) – 524,000
The big picture: The decision to open the world feed to outside media companies is in line with Greg Glassman’s mission to globalize the CrossFit Games. Next season, the sport further globalizes as the Sanctionals season expands to 19 countries on six continents.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Portuguese and Spanish were the two most streamed languages. Brazil is home to the largest affiliate community outside of the United States with more than 1200. The global Spanish-community across Latin, Central and South America and Europe probably exceed that of Brazil and Portugal.
Katrin Davidsdottir to be Featured in ESPN’s “The Body Issue”
Yesterday, ESPN’s The Magazine announced the roster of athletes that will be included in it’s annual “The Body Issue,” and for the first time ever a CrossFit specific athlete will grace it’s pages.
Two-time CrossFit Games champion Katrin Davidsdottir will join the likes of UFC champion Amanda Nunes, world number one golfer Brooks Koepka, and Paralympian Scout Bassett in what will be the The Magazine’s final print edition, to be released September 4.
Five-time individual Games athlete, two-time masters champion, and Olympic gold medalist in sailing Anna Tobias (formerly Tunniclife) was previously included in the 2012 edition for sailing, one year before her first appearance at the CrossFit Games.
History of The Body Issue
Originally created as an edition of ESPN, The Magazine meant to compete with Sports Illustrated’s infamous swimsuit issue, the body issue has become an extremely popular, albeit somewhat controversial, platform for athletes to celebrate their bodies in all shapes and sizes.
First debuted on October 19, 2009 it featured over 50 athletes from 25 different sporting disciplines.
Athletes pose nude or semi-nudein an artistic manner that reflects their profession and highlights the physical demands of their sport.
Athletes of all ages, shapes, and sizes have been included in the issue’s decade-long history, including 77-year-old golf champion Gary Player, para-triathlon world and Olympic champion Allysa Seely, and sumo world champion Byamba.
Other notable alumni of the issue include: Serena Williams, Michael Phelps, Rhonda Rousey, Jerry Rice, and the entire United States women’s hockey team.
This year’s edition will be special in that it will be the final printed edition after ESPN announced it will cease to print the magazine and instead, going forward, most content will live digitally on their site.
WATCH: Buttery Bros Become WZA Demo Boys
The Buttery Bros Heber Cannon and Marston Sawyers head over to Florida for the Wodapalooza qualifier WODs. Then we got jet skis, donuts, birthday cake with Noah Ohlsen, Dani Speegle, Patrick Vellner, Chandler Smith and others. And now, the Margarine Men. HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARS.
HEAR: From Alcoholism to CrossFit Games
The Perth FitFam podcast had on guest Caine Hayes. Hear Caine’s journey as he went from growing up as an Aussie Rules Footballer to falling into alcoholism before finding Crossfit and eventually becoming a Crossfit Games athlete. AN INSPIRING STORY.
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COFFLAND HERO WOD — On September 11, CrossFit Alpha Dog in Lombard, IL is holding a Coffland Hero WOD for the Catch A Lift Fund, an organization that helps combat wounded veterans in need of a fitness program for recovery and rehabilitation.
FUNDS FOR CAPTAIN POORE — Summit CrossFit in Hendersonville, TN partnered with the Hendersonville Fire Department for a fundraiser for Captain Josh Poore, who suffered a spinal injury when he crashed his mountain bike back in June.
FIRST RP SUMMIT — The first-ever RP Summit is coming to Philadelphia, PA November 9. This full-day seminar will include five presenters covering all sorts of topics ranging from training, nutrition, recovery, psychology, gut health, and meal prep.
CROSSFIT WEST NEW LOCATION — One of the first CrossFit gyms, CrossFit West Santa Cruz, is moving from Coral Street to Carriker Lane in Soquel. They’re offering free elements classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
CHALK UP IN 2 MINUTES(a highlight reel around social media of CrossFit pros and average joes)
Adaptive athlete Victor Assaf does a clean complex at 135 pounds • Emma Cary gets a 200 pound clean and jerk • Mia Akerlund does a cluster + thruster complex at 187 pounds • Enter to win the chance to do an Open workout with the Buttery Bros • Austin Hatfield front squats 410 pounds • Daniel Petro front squats 325 pounds for two.
How to Eat Healthy at College — Fuel Your Fitness shared an article to help college students navigate eating while away at college.
— “If your school was anything like mine, the healthiest options are Subway — and that’s if you’re lucky enough to have one. Otherwise, college campuses are littered with options like Chik-fil-A, Burger King, and the like. Of course, if you’re lucky enough to have healthier options on campus, great! If not, choose the better options from those types of menus. Maybe the grilled chicken sandwich instead of the fried one. Maybe the side salad instead of fries.”
Jacob Heppner on Making a Living Off CrossFit — Jacob Heppner, who just quit his day job to focus on the coming season, released a video addressing how CrossFitters make money.
— “Can you live off of just CrossFit. We have a loaded question. Can you survive off of CrossFit. That’s not really a binary question of a yes or a no. It really deserves some kind of breakdown from there. So we’re going to take the idea of can you live off of CrossFit and break it down into four distinct questions.”
Coaches Need Coaching Too — Chuck Carswell, CrossFit Seminar Staff and Level Four coach, speaks about the importance of continuing education for coaches.
— “As a coach, often what happens is that you become so fixated on making sure that your members get what they need, that you failed to realize that you constantly need feedback on what it is that you’re currently doing.”
The video submission process for the Sanctional’s qualifiers just got a significant bump in legitimacy, as 11 sanctioned events announced a partnership via instagram last week with WODProof to use their WODProof Go timestamped fair competition timer.
Born out of conversations with CrossFit Games analyst, Master’s athlete, and 10+ year affiliate owner Bill Grundler, the timer represents the first major improvement on the user side of the video submission process in attempts to curb cheating and score manipulation.
How it works:
If an athlete records their workout in WODProof during the designated window, a blue logo and non-editable text will appear on the video as a timestamp along with details of the workouts name and number listed i.e. “CanWest WOD 1”
If the workout is performed by an athlete before or after the window the timestamp and declaration will not appear.
Not all Sanctionals are currently requiring the timestamp to be present for video submissions to be validated in their online challenges, but use of the timestamp is an added layer of security for athletes.
Who’s using it: The CanWest Championship, Wodapalooza*, SouthFit Challenge, Fittest in Cape Town, Lowlands Throwdown, Strength in Depth, German Throwdown, Filthy 150, Atlas Games, Norwegian Championship, and Dubai CrossFit Championship.
*Wodapalooza doesn’t require athletes to use the WODproof app to submit their videos.