Roza, Castro Meet with Masters on Season Changes — Powered by O2
December 14 |
Good morning and welcome to the Morning Chalk Up. Diablo CrossFit’s owner, Craig Howard, who served as a CrossFit LLC affiliate representative and spokesperson for the Community Gyms Coalition took a stand and refused to cease indoor operations when directed to do so by Contra Costa County in California, his community raised money to cover the fines and now he’s seeking to do the same for other gyms; Emily Beers has more.
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Diablo CrossFit Community Raises $22,000 to Pay COVID Fines, Owner Pays it Forward
Three weeks ago, gym owners in Contra Costa County, CA were told they had to return to operating strictly outdoors in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Knowing his safety standards were sound, Craig Howard, the owner of Diablo CrossFit in Pleasant Hill, CA, who has served as one of CrossFit LLC’s affiliate representatives for the state and a spokesperson for the Community Gyms Coalition, took a stand and has continued operating indoors, which he has been safely doing since September 15.
The decision has cost him $1,750 in fines so far.
The details: Diablo CrossFit has received one fine per week for the last three weeks: The first for $250, the second for $500, and the most recent for the maximum amount of $1,000. These fines are likely to continue and could increase, Howard explained, as the county is meeting this week to vote on increasing this fine to somewhere between $10,000 to $20,000.
On the Competition Weekend That Would’ve Been, the Dubai CrossFit Championship Looks to 2021
Dubai has played host to an international, competitive CrossFit event every year since 2012; this weekend would have marked their ninth year of competition.
However, as with nearly all events that were scheduled to take place this year, event directors for the 2020 Dubai CrossFit Championship (DCC) had to make a decision. Unlike many other competition organizers who looked for ways to reschedule or delay however, DCC hosts decided early on that cancelling outright was the best decision.
“It was very clear that we would be unable to execute this year’s competition in the manner we had hoped. In particular, the ability to bring in the best athletes from all over the world was likely not to happen, and cancelling when we did was an easy decision for us,” DCC organizers said.
“We did not want athletes to stress all year about whether the competition would be taking place; and despite receiving a little backlash early on, we continue to stand by that decision confidently,” they continued.
Meeting Between Masters Fitness Collective, Castro and Roza Sparks Hope for Masters Division Games Future
Over the years, the masters competition season has largely taken a backseat to the individual and team competitions at the CrossFit Games, much to the dismay of many masters athletes. However, when CrossFit canceled the masters division in the 2020 CrossFit Games, one organization, The Master’s Fitness Collective, stepped up to fill the gap, hosting what became the replacement end-of-season competition for masters athletes.
One big thing: Since then, the Master’s Fitness Collective has become a voice for the masters community, lobbying to CrossFit for the recognition and the season that they deserve. Last Tuesday, the Master’s Fitness Collective teased on Instagram the potential for some big changes to the masters season.
“Thank you to Eric Roza and Dave Castro for taking the time to talk and brainstorm with MFC,” the post read.
“Masters athletes can rest assured knowing that CrossFit and CrossFit Games leadership is not only listening to you but also starting to make changes for your season.”
CrossFit Children’s Book Goodnight Box Takes Goodnight Moon to the Gym
“Warning: may inspire sleep-deprived adults to work out.”
Michael B. Horn and Tracy Kim Horn include this disclaimer in the first book of their CrossFit kids literature series released December 8, Goodnight Box. The children’s book, which follows the same cadence as well-known nighttime read, Goodnight Moon, introduces the ideas of health and wellness through a diversity of functional movements, using terminology found in the CrossFit Kids curriculum.
Behind the book: Tracy, who is a certified CrossFit Kids instructor, along with husband, Michael,have been avid CrossFitters for years, and it was around the time when Tracy says, it felt like “all of their friends were having kids” that they first came up with the idea for Goodnight Box.
But the sketched out first version “just sat” until six years ago, after they had their two twin daughters.
Split squats are challenging but offer serious training benefits for those willing to learn the basics. A split squat differs from a lunge in that the athlete's feet stay in place, here are six variations to build into your training program.
Ben Bergeron has coached some of the most elite athletes in the sport of CrossFit and has created a culture of learning and growing among his coaches at CrossFit New England. In this episode of the Chasing Excellence podcast, Bergeron describes how coaches can improve their effectiveness by focusing on specific traits like enthusiasm, confidence and more.
Congratulations to Bryan C., who was the first to correctly answer what was the heaviest lift (and weight) performed by one athlete at the CrossFit Games. The correct answer was a 655 pound deadlift. Sam Dancer performed the lift at the 2014 CrossFit Games during the Team Men’s Deadlift Event.
Today’s question: Who has won the most CrossFit Games medals (all divisions)?
Michael Groff cleans 255 pounds for a 10 pound PR.
In our first community round-up of the week, we are following up on a fundraiser we highlighted a couple of weeks ago and highlighting two boxes that have done great work for charities this season:
Save Connor: Frequency Fitness in Mount Pleasant, SC held its Save Connor WOD and fundraiser to help raise the $3 million necessary to enroll Connor Dobbyn, a 12-year-old with a rare disease called Sanfilippo Syndrome, into a clinical trial that may save his life. The fundraiser was held on December 12. Learn more and donate now.
CrossFit RSG + Boys and Girls Club: On Saturday, the Boys and Girls Club of Rochester, NY held a gift drive-through and handed out more than 300 toys to local club members. CrossFit RSG was one of the community partners and helped make the event a success.
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