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Davidsdottir to be in ESPN’s Body Issue

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“Stop shrinking to fit into places you have outgrown.” — Naomi Root

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

  1. Rogue Fitness – 5.07 million
  2. CrossFit Games – 2.41 million
  3. Morning Chalk Up – 1.55 million
  4. Brazil CrossFit Championship (Portuguese) – 592,000
  5. 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. 

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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-nude in 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.

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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.


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.


DO: Take Your Nutrition to the Next Level
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EAT: Low Carb Cinnamon Roll Pancakes 
These almond flour pancakes with a cinnamon swirl and a sugar-free cream cheese frosting are sure to be a hit at the breakfast table. This recipe is Keto friendly and gluten-free so you can still have the decadence of cinnamon rolls with breaking your macros.


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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 poundsEnter to win the chance to do an Open workout with the Buttery BrosAustin Hatfield front squats 410 poundsDaniel 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.”


“WODProof Partnership Signals Change for Online Qualifiers,” by Tommy Marquez, Morning Chalk Up 

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.


8/30 – 8/31: The Southwest Championships (Orem, UT)
8/30 – 8/31: The 3rd Annual Tampa Bay Games (Tampa, FL)
8/31: The Big WODowski Partner Competition (Delafield, WI)
8/31: Girls Gone RX (Charlevoix, MI)
8/31: Roots Ruck Around the Clock (Poulsbo, WA)
8/31: Saved By the Barbell (Waite Park, MN)
8/31: T-Town Throwdown Partner Comp (Tyler, TX)
8/31: Battle of the Beasts (Quebec, Canada)
8/31: Southern Hospitality Showdown (Charleston, SC)
8/31: Summer Showdown 2019 (Owosso, MI)
9/5 – 9/7: The Iron Games (Cedar City, UT)
9/7: Power Output Challenge 8 (San Antonio, TX)
9/7: Family Fitness Faith Festival (College Station, TX)
9/7: Sirens of September (Smithfield, RI)
9/7: Garden State Open (Berkeley Heights, NJ)
9/7: Hill City Throwdown (Lynchburg VA)
9/7: D.C. Throwdown (Washington, D.C.)
9/7: Midwest Fall Classic (Tulsa, OK)
9/7: OUTWOD Asheville at CrossFit Pisgah (Asheville, NC)
9/7: OUTWOD Brooklyn at Park Slope CrossFit (Brooklyn, NY)
9/7: Double Trouble at Crossfit Unwavering (El Mirage, AZ)
9/7: Girls Gone RX (Virginia Beach, VA)
9/7: WODderfest (Beaufort, SC)
9/7: Primal Parkinson’s Ride (Tampa, FL)
9/7: SE TEX Masters Fall Classic (Cypress, TX)
9/7: The Sugar Skull Showdown (Agawam, MA)
9/7: Power Output Challenge (San Antonio, TX) 
9/7: 5th Annual Iron Maidens Raw Open (Brooklyn, NY)
9/7: Barbells for Boobs 5K and Family Fun Run (Cornelius, NC)
9/7: Rows for Crows (Westborough, MA)
9/8: Wingman (Lincoln, United Kingdom)
9/11: Coffland Hero WOD Challenge at CrossFit Alpha Dog (Lombard, IL)
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: Reps and Rescues Rumble (Olathe, KS)
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: 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 – 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: Killswitch Competition (Hutto,TX)
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 – 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)
9/27 – 9/28: Autumn Games 4 (Albuquerque, NM) 
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 -9/29: Beer City Beatdown (Asheville, NC)
9/28 – 9/29: CrossFit Krypton Training Camp (Chesapeake, VA)

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