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CrossFit Adaptive Athletes Feeling the Love in Europe
The European CrossFit community is putting a big emphasis on supporting adaptive athletes. Wodcelona took place in Barcelona on September 16-18, and now The Nationals Adaptive Edition will take place in 2022 and 2023 while welcoming hundreds of competitors across more than two dozen total divisions.
The details: The Nationals Adaptive Division is part of a larger competition based in The Netherlands – The Nationals. This event has run for multiple years and has featured an online portion with five events and then an in-person finals for the top athletes.
The Nationals Adaptive Edition will play out in a similar manner as the larger competition. There will be four online events, starting on November 3-10, 2022, and running through February 2-9, 2023.
The athletes will film every workout during the online portion and upload a URL when submitting their score in The Nationals app.
The Adaptive Games featuring the top athletes from each category will take place on April 15-16, 2023,at Dekker Zoetermeer in The Netherlands.
The Nationals Adaptive Edition is more expensive than a traditional online qualification. It will be €65. One reason is that there will be prizes, trophies, and other items earned during the online events, which will ship to different parts of the world.
Back to the beginning: Peter Kramer, co-creator of The Nationals, wanted to support the adaptive community, but he did not have the expertise. He reached out to Sybille Blitgen and Mandy Loes, the founders of CrossFit Iron Sparks, Luxembourg’s first affiliate inside a high school. This duo had the knowledge after working with the adaptive community and could make this idea come to life.
Sybille Blitgen, Co-founder of CrossFit Iron Sparks: “[Peter] said, ‘Do you want to do it?’ And so without thinking, I was like, ‘Yeah, sure.’ Not knowing what that would entail, how big it would become. I just said, ‘Yes’ because it was an opening. It was something we had wanted to do for such a long time. And Peter – we had never met before – trusting us with something like that was pretty huge to us.”
More Full-Time Coaches Required For Long-Term Success Say CrossFit Box Owners
Last week, we put out a survey in an affiliate owners forum asking gym owners how many full-time coaches they have, where we considered a full-time coach to be someone whose role at the gym is their only source of income, and where they make a full-time living coaching with the intention of it being their long-term career.
The result: 190 owners responded, and 113 of them—59 percent—said they didn’t have a single full-time coach, while another 33 of the respondents said they had just one full-time coach. Only 14 owners said they have three or more full-time coaches. The other 30 were somewhere in between.
Why this matters: When it comes to long-term sustainability, business profitability, and in order for the gym owner to live a balanced life, gyms need full-time employees, experts in the industry say.
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In August 2022, beverage company Yerbaé announces intentions to IPO on the Toronto Stock Exchange. They simultaneously offered stock to retail investors through a crowdfunding campaign that raised $145,682 from 107 investors. Their previous campaign brought in $1,069,782.
The big picture: While these five investments are only the most recent examples, they’re part of a growing chorus of major money being invested in CrossFit endemic brands which is something of a new trend. Investments of this kind are a signal that the industry continues to mature, and appeal from non-CrossFit investors is a healthy sign of interest from outside the industry.
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