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Did the Top 20 Women Scrape By?

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“Permanence, perseverance, and persistence in spite of all obstacles, discouragement, and impossibilities: It is this, that in all things distinguishes the strong soul from the weak.” — Thomas Carlyle

Twenty Plus NOCCO Athletes to Compete at 2019 Games


Earlier this year, NOCCO made their U.S. debut, opening their first U.S. office in Venice, CA. Since then, the No Carb Company’s BCAAs have been popping up in gyms all over California, where the Swedish-based company now has 150 affiliate retailers..

In addition to bringing the beverage to the CrossFit Games for the first time, they’ll also be sending more than 20 sponsored athletes — called “ambassadors” — to compete, including Tia-Clair Toomey, Samantha Briggs, Frederik Aegidius and Gabriela Migala.

That’s a lot of athletes.

According to their press release, NOCCO has embraced the CrossFit realm, including attending multiple Sanctionals like Strength In Depth and the Lowlands Throwdown because it embodies their core values — strength, passion and dedication.

“We have made a concerted push in the functional fitness space and signed several leading functional fitness ambassadors in the past year. We’re excited to strengthen further in the field and support our athletes both in this year’s CrossFit Games, and in their future successes.” —  Louise Nobel, Global Brand Manager for NOCCO.

NOCCO is everywhere.

NOCCO has also turned out in force at multiple Sanctionals, including Strength In Depth and the Lowlands Throwdown. In August, NOCCO will be in the Vendor Village at the CrossFit Games, supporting their athletes and sharing NOCCO with visitors.

“It’s amazing to see how well the product has been received in the functional fitness community across the US. We are very excited to be at the 2019 Reebok CrossFit Games and, of course, to cheer on all our incredible competing athletes!” – Jessica Linder, Marketing Manager for NOCCO writes.

In August, NOCCO will be in the Vendor Village at the CrossFit Games, supporting their athletes and sharing NOCCO with visitors.

Did they ‘wing it’? The Women Who Scraped Into the Top 20 Worldwide


When you crunch the numbers, those who qualified for the 2019 Crossfit Games find themselves in the top 0.0001 per cent of the 357,000 athletes that registered.

No surprise the majority of Open qualifiers are CrossFit royalty, but scrolling down the list of women, those ranked in the late teens are names you’ve possibly never heard of.

“It wasn’t my intention at all to be honest,” says Australian Katelin Van Zyl.

“Of course it’s amazing and I’m super proud and super happy but it was never … our goal was to try and stay within Australia within the top eight.”

The Pacific Region has always been a stacked field in the women’s competition, so no one was more surprised than the three times regionals athlete herself, when she placed 25th worldwide in 19.1, a 15 minute couplet of rowing and wall balls.

“I thought sweet! I’m beating Tia this is awesome,” she laughs, “Let’s see how long I can do this for.”

The former Australian Hockey player would go on to finish in the top 120 in four out of the five workouts.

Van Zyl started CrossFit in 2013, when a jaw injury ended her professional Hockey career. She declined her 2017 regionals invite, falling pregnant with her first child.

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WATCH: Camille Leblanc-Bazinet VLOG 6
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HEAR: Sean Woodland and Kirsten Pedri 
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EAT: Chunky Pineapple Guacamole with Grilled Sweet Potato Chips
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  • FOUR PART FITNESS SERIES —  ​Fitness Races, an online individual competition, have posted their races for July. Fitness Races will host a four race series each month July – October. The Top 10 Men and Women finishers each month will qualify for our championship series in November.
  • NEW OWNERSHIP — CrossFit TNT in Saint Charles, MO, has a new owner. Rochelle Thayer sold the gym to former manager Oscar Isacsson after being an affiliate for 10 years.
  • VETWOD 2019 — Last year, VETWOD had over 500 participants, sold almost 400 shirts, and was able to raise about $15,000 for Mission 22, a non-profit who works to combat the ever-rising veteran suicide rate. Their goal this year is to surpass 1,000 participants and raise $25,000. Registration is open now. 
  • BARBELLS FOR BULLIES — CrossFit LTP in Arvada, CO is hosting a Barbells for Bullies on July 20. This partner competition will benefit Barbells for Bullies, a nonprofit that works to help as many resues as possible. 
  • WEIGHTLIFTING CAMP WITH EZ — Elijah Muhammad is hosting a weightlifting seminar and training camp at CrossFit Unorthodox in West Des Moines, IA on July 6.

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

Congratulations to Wally on getting his first ring muscle-up Clear Lake CrossFit celebrates ten yearsHaylee Young snatches 157 pounds from the blocks • Lulubel Hlela tried CrossFit for the first timeCrossFit Western Cape is selling raffle tickets to help Michelle Merand get to the CrossFit Games • Kate Nye deadlifts 330 pounds for five for a PR • Cody Anderson cleans and front squats 324 pounds for three • Sarah Robles back squats 528 pounds • Fifteen-year-old Morgan McCullough gets a 429 pound clean • Dean Linder-Leighton cleans 315 pounds for five.

…and when it comes to track intervals, Streat Hoerner doesn’t mess around.

Adee Cazayoux’s Two Life Mantras — Someone reached out to Adee Cazayoux of Working Against Gravity on Instagram to ask her how she pushes through fear and doubt.

— “There are two mantras that I say to myself over and over again. I am a good person making the best decisions with the information I have available. If I make a mistake it is because I was missing a piece of information. Regardless of how this turns out, I am going to be okay.”

— “The doubt has not gone away — it feels like my tolerance has improved. I feel doubt, remind myself I will be okay no matter what and keep going. The discomfort that comes with fear and doubt is a worth challenge and obstacle to growth. This is how I get through any fear and doubt that comes up.”

Stacie Tovar Still Reaping the Benefits of Good Nutrition — Yesterday, on Instagram, Stacie Tovar shared that she is leaning on nutrition to get her through these weeks of recovery after childbirth.

— “I was blessed with a healthy pregnancy. I was able to workout from Day 1 to Week 39. But I know it wasn’t just the fitness side of things that helped me have success. Nutrition had just as much to do with it, and in my experience, played more of a role. Much like the past 10 years of my life, I took control of my health. No matter how unmotivated I felt, how tired I was, how sore my feet or back were, I found a way to move in the gym for an hour or less 5x a week. But more importantly, I found a way to get to the grocery store and make healthy choices almost every single day of the week.

— “I know it might sound super extreme but it was the furthest thing from it. I just stayed super consistent. I took it one day at a time. One workout at a time. One meal at a time. One Dr. appointment at a time. And trusted the process. I challenge you to take ownership of your health and don’t let others make you feel bad or feel guilty about it!

— “Every woman is different. Some of us heal much faster than others. Some of us aren’t as fortunate and have legitimate health concerns to deal with. Some of us change and adapt differently and at different rates. But I believe that whether or not you can workout or you can’t, one thing I know that will help throughout the entire journey is eating right.”


“At the Ten Year Mark, Barbells For Boobs Shifts to Redefine Standard of Care,” by Jessica Danger, Morning Chalk Up 

For ten years now, Barbells for Boobs has helped support and fundraise for breast cancer prevention and awareness across the nation. Their mission is to build communities that take action in breast cancer.

Thanks to Barbells for Boobs, to date 26,094 people now know that they do not have breast cancer and 51,539 early detection services have been funded while 362 cases of breast cancer have been detected.

This year they celebrated their ten year mark and also a shift in leadership. With it, Barbells for Boobs is taking a new direction with their efforts: To redefine the standard of care in breast health and improve quality of life post diagnoses and providing fitness Resources After Diagnosis (RAD) to breast cancer survivors and their community that supports them. 

They’re also going back to their roots, and have shifted to being 100% managed by their Board and volunteers.

“Our community, the CrossFit community has the capacity to run this. Now that we’ve built out more than 200 survivors in the community that will do anything for us and we have 800 affiliates that fundraiser for us every year…I know it’s important to the community that the money goes right back into the community and creates this really great ecosystem,” Zionna Hanson, who just stepped down as CEO in May, told us in an interview.


7/5 – 7/6: The UG Games (Collingwood, ON)
7/6: The Guardian Games (Lebanon, OH)
7/6: 2019 Rex Rumble 8 (Ocala, FL)
7/12: OUTWOD San Diego Crossfit Invictus (San Diego, CA)
7/13: Warrior Affiliate League Barbellas (Anaheim, CA)
7/13: Wods For A Cause Nova Scotia (Bedford, Nova Scotia)
7/13: The Mountain Meltdown Wilmot (Wilmot Mountain, WI)
7/13: Battle of the Beasts (Hudson, NY)
7/13: The Freedom Fitness Festival (Gainesville, FL)
7/13: River’s End Rampage 2019 (Sharpsburg, KY)
7/13: OUTWOD Westport CrossFit Westport (Norwalk, CT)
7/13: OUTWOD Lubbock Capstone CrossFit (Lubbock, TX)
7/13: Showdown at the Swamp 2019 (Greenville, SC)
7/13 – 7/14: Fresh Coast Games (Muskegon, MI)
7/19: OUTWOD Las Vegas CrossFit Social City (Las Vegas, NV)
7/19 – 7/20: The 2nd Annual 24 Hour Kettlebell Challenge (Chino, CA)
7/20: OUTWOD Twin Falls The Pack CrossFit (Twin Falls, ID)
7/20: OUTWOD Chicago PXM CrossFit (Chicago, IL)
7/20: The CFB Gymkhana (Burlington, VT)
7/20: Masters Mayhem (Kilgore, TX)
7/20: Belmar Beatdown (Belmar, NJ)
7/20: Battle at the Falls (Granite Falls, NC)
7/20: Old Timers Classic (Williamsburg, VA)
7/20: Hero Games 2019 (Bedford, VA)
7/20: 2019 McCall Throwdown (McCall, ID)
7/20: RX’Mas in July 2019 (Urbana, OH)
7/20: Sacred Pine Invitational (Ladson, SC)
7/20: Barbells for Bullies Denver (Denver, CO)
7/20 – 7/21: Battle of the Barbells (Nashville,TN)
7/21: The Buckeye Games (Medina, OH)
7/26 – 7/28: CanWest Games (Coquitlam, BC)
7/27: The Mountain Meltdown (Arapahoe Basin, CO)
7/27: 7th annual Dog Days of Summer Competition (Roswell, GA)
7/27: The CF Summer Circus (Des Moines, IA)
7/27: 2019 Summer Meltdown (Birmingham, AL)
7/27: Masters Tour (Travelers Rest, SC)
7/27: Rock The Ages CrossFit Team Comp (Carollton, TX)
7/27: The WoDer Games (Ontario, Canada)
7/27: Girls Gone RX Waco (Waco, TX)
7/27: Rock the Ages at CrossFit Templum (Carrollton, TX)
7/27: The Meshugge Melee (Overland Park, KS)
7/27: All Gave Some, Some Gave All (Whitesboro, NY)
7/27: EVF “Stronger Together” Challenge (New York, NY)

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