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Do Fit People Drink More Alcohol?
A recent Dallas-based study published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, discovered a link between fitness and alcohol, specifically that those with higher levels of fitness are more likely to be moderate to heavy drinkers.
The details: The study, led by Dr. Kerem Shuval, surveyed 40,000 participants between the ages of 20 and 86.
Each had their cardiovascular fitness tested via a maximal treadmill test, and were asked about their alcohol consumption tendencies in terms of how many drinks they consume each week.
Participants were then separated into three groups: light drinkers, moderate drinkers, and heavy drinkers. Three or less drinks a week was considered light, while a heavy drinker was defined as more than seven drinks a week for women and more than 14 for men.
The results showed women with moderate fitness were 1.58 times more likely to drink moderately or heavily compared to low levels of fitness, and those with high levels of fitness were 2.14 times more likely to be moderate to heavy drinkers.
Meanwhile, men with moderate levels of fitness were 1.42 times more likely to be moderate to heavy drinkers than those with low levels of fitness, while men with high cardiovascular fitness levels were 1.63 times more likely.
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VIDEO: “I want to win the Masters division.” Sam Dancer’s Plan to Get Back to the CrossFit Games
Sam Dancer is one of those athletes that you can’t miss. At 5’10”, around 225 pounds of muscle and freshly painted nails, when Dancer is on the competition floor – you know it – especially if the workout involves a heavy barbell. After competing at the CrossFit Games as both an Individual and on a team, Dancer is now looking to dabble in the Masters Division.
“I want to win the Masters division. I want to win a gold medal,” said the 34-year-old. “There’s a lot of things that have to happen before that so it’s kind of ignorant of me to just throw that out there because you have to qualify first.”
The last time we saw Dancer compete at the CrossFit Games was in 2019 when his team, Invictus X, took seventh. The year prior, they podiumed and took second. But after the 2019 Games, life shifted for Dancer as he and his wife Jen introduced their baby daughter, Star, into the world.
“I had a kid, the world shut down and I just wanted to take care of Jenny and I wanted to be there for Star. I wanted to fully be there for my child…she’s at an age now where she can do some things and I don’t feel as bad being away for a couple of hours a day now when I’m training.”
CrossFit Announces “Levels”, Grading System Based on 2022 Open Performance
If you’ve ever played in a golf league or have been on a bowling team (shout out to my college roommate team “Split Happens”), you understand establishing a handicap to ensure fair competition.
On Sunday, CrossFit announced a new system that will do something similar for CrossFit athletes who are competing in the 2022 Open.
One big thing: Every athlete who submits scores for all three workouts in the 2022 CrossFit Open will receive a “Level,” which will be displayed on their athlete profile. This level will help athletes find and compete against others of a similar capacity and base of fitness in CrossFit’s virtual competitions and other licensed CrossFit competitions throughout the season.
Remind me: In 2020, when Greg Glassman stepped down and prepared to sell CrossFit, Dave Castro took over as CEO for a short period of time. During that time, Castro announced several programs that have ultimately come to fruition, including the CrossFit Scholarship Program which will host its first Indigenous L-1 seminar this weekend in Page, Arizona at CrossFit Lake Powell.
Castro also teased the original version of the “Levels” idea. On an episode of the Talking Elite Fitness podcast with Tommy Marquez and Sean Woodland, Castro said:
“A ranking system in the Open. So, basically, coming out of the Open, [athletes] would be ranked [according to your] ability is only to set you up for further events, so meaning like–this person is considered an intermediate athlete based off of whatever percentage realm we set in the Open.”
“And then what that really allows you to do is that all these other events, when they have an intermediate competition, or intermediate category, we have actually ranked you. So you know, sometimes you go to these events and you’ve heard about people who are advanced athletes competing in lower divisions, well now we can standardize that on our end and give people rankings. If you want to reset your ranking, well one year later you have another chance in the Open.”
Here’s what the CrossFit announcement said:
“Competition levels will help athletes of every fitness and ability level find and compete against others of a similar level in CrossFit’s virtual competitions and other licensed competitions and events throughout the season.”
“Levels create an opportunity for athletes at every stage of this journey — from first-time Open competitor to professional CrossFit athlete — to find and compete against others like them.”
“Only athletes who participate in the 2022 Open will be eligible to receive a level in 2022. Following the close of the Open, all athletes who submit scores for every workout will automatically receive a level based on their overall performance. Levels will be displayed on each athlete’s profile. Dual-division athletes (age group athletes who are also participating in the individual divisions) will be awarded two levels: one within the individual division and one within their respective age division.”
The bottom line: All athletes who enter three scores in this Open will receive a “Level”. However the announcement was made after the deadline for competitors to submit their score for 22.1.
A Star-Studded Buttery Video
Justin Medeiros, Emma Lawson, Mat Fraser, Thor Björnsson, Martin Liscis, and many more fitness superstars are in the latest Buttery Bros video, where they hit up Columbus to watch the 22.2 announcement and the Arnold Strongman Classic.
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