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For One Health Coach, Her Advice Cost Her Freedom of Speech

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For One Health Coach, Her Advice Cost Her Freedom of Speech


Heather Del Castillo was living in Florida, coaching CrossFit and running her own health coaching business when the Florida Department of Health sent a cease-and-desist order, fined her $750, and threatened her with jail time if she continued providing nutritional advice. Del Castillo was forced to shut down her business.

It all started in 2014, when Del Castillo, a health coach and Level 2 CrossFit coach, started Constitution Nutrition, providing one-on-one health coaching as a privately certified health coach. The next year, Del Castillo moved from California to Florida, taking her already successful business with her.

But in May 2017, Del Castillo was forced to shut down after a licensed dietitian filed a complaint with the Florida Department of Health alleging that Del Castillo was offering nutrition advice without a state license, engaging in the unlicensed practice of nutrition and dietetics.

“I literally didn’t even know I was doing anything that was wrong,” Del Castillo told the Associated Press in May.

The state of Florida Department of Health subjected Del Castillo to an undercover sting operation using an undercover “client” to solicit dietary advice from her, fined her, and threatened her with jail time if she continued providing nutritional advice.

So what went wrong?

To offer nutrition services in Florida, you need a bachelor’s degree or graduate degree in a relevant field of study; then you must complete 900 hours of supervised practice, pass a licensure exam, and pay a fee of $165. Violators can face up to a year in jail or $1,000 in fines, per violation, merely for giving adults advice on diet and nutrition.

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  • THIRD ANNUAL QUADRATHON — CrossFit Ridgeline in Morgantown, WV held the third annual Ridgeline Quadrathlon on Saturday. The quadrathlon included five: a rowing 5k, 1 mile run, 1000 yard swim, another 1 mile run, and a 5 mile bike.
  • ANCHOR GAMES — One hundred and thirty-five athletes competed all weekend in the second annual Anchor Games in Gulfport, LA. All funds raised go to the charity, Kids Outdoors.
  • HALF MARATHON FOR COACH — Members of CrossFit Scotland and the surrounding community got together last month to row a half marathon to raise funds for Ron McKinstray, co-owner and coach, who was recently diagnosed with prostate cancer. Together, they raised $9300.
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CHALK UP IN 2 MINUTES (a highlight reel around social media of CrossFit pros and average joes)

EZ Muhammad clean and jerks 350 pounds at the Majors Army fundraiser competition • Happy second birthday Atlas PazKate Nye back squats 363 pounds for three • Margaux Alvarez got a puppy, EntropySam Dancer nails a handstand in his friend’s actual hands • Jacob Heppner jerks 330 pounds wearing a Winston the Corgi weight belt.

…and if you don’t run out of your shoes and your socks, are you even pushing a truck, bro?

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— “Based on an average of the previous 9 years you will be tested on 13 different movements over the 5 workouts. That’s really not many if you consider how many potential movements have can be used throughout an entire season (60+) So what movements will we see in the Open?”

Strength in Depth Registration — Registration for the 2020 Strength in Depth Sanctional will open September 12.

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“Five hundred athletes participated in the 2019 CrossFit Games, while hundreds of thousands watched from Madison and afar. The athletes represented 114 different countries around the world, stepping into the competition spotlight as local heroes and ambassadors. For one week, the CrossFit Games served as an international platform for a collision of cultures, ideas, celebration, fitness, and food.

— “At the beginning of the season, CrossFit, Inc. emphasized that the unfolding narrative of the Sport of Fitness is no longer solely CrossFit’s story to tell. In that spirit, many stepped up to capture and share the rich array of stories that make the community unique and special.”


“Forget Madison: CrossFitters setting their sights on becoming Olympians,” by Brittney Kleyn, Morning Chalk Up 

There’s no rest for the wicked with many athletes returning home from Madison and straight into training for the 2020 season. Yes, the Open is just two months away, but several athletes won’t even make it a fortnight before competing again, qualifying for the International Functional Fitness Federation World Championships (IFFF WC) in Sweden at the end of August.

Jessica Coughlan from team Project X is one of them: “I returned home, I was straight back into my normal training routine and nutrition. The specific tests have been released for the IFFF WC so my training has been tailored around those movements and workouts.”

Jess isn’t the only Games athlete venturing into the “functional fitness” space. 2013 CrossFit Games Champion Samantha Briggs won the IFFF World Championship last year and the likes of Meredith Root, Emma McQuaid and Zach Sowder will also head to Sweden to compete later this month.

“It’s another way to use and test my fitness,” Coughlan told the Morning Chalk Up. “I spend so much of my life training, you really need to grasp every opportunity to put it on show.”

The competition will test six fitness components – endurance, bodyweight skill, bodyweight endurance, strength, mixed modal and power.

Unlike the CrossFit Games though, each of the components are tested in an individual workout slightly removing the ‘unknown and unknowable’ aspect. For example, the “bodyweight test” is a mix of handstand walks, pistols and burpee ring muscle ups – no barbell until the power component of the competition.

We’ve touched on this before, but ultimately CrossFit is a brand, where functional fitness is defined as a sport.


8/21: Wodapalooza Individual Qualifier (Online)
8/23 – 8/24: Third Annual 24 in 24 (Cumming, GA)
8/24: Battle For the Badge (Vestal, NY)
8/24: OUTWOD Miami at Move.Lift.Live (Miami, FL)
8/24: OUTWOD Las Vegas at CrossFit Social City (Las Vegas, NV)
8/24: Deadlifts for Kids (Lilburn, GA)
8/24: The Southern Games 2019 (Louisville, KY)
8/24: 2019 Koda First Timer’s Open (Oklahoma City, OK)
8/24: Rumble on the Bay (Green Bay, WI)
8/24: Ragin’ Games (Lafayette, LA)
8/24: The 10th Annual Iron Belle (Austin, TX)
8/24: Battle of the Boxes (Plymouth, MI)
8/24 – 8/25: Oregon CrossFit’s Best of the West Summer Event 2019 (Bend, OR)
8/24: Third Annual Hotshots 19 Memorial WOD (Woodstock, GA)
8/24 – 8/25: Railyard Riot (Lincoln, NE)
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: 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: 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)
9/14: 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: 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 Crossfit Mountain Movers (Pikeville, KY)
9/14: Festivus Games at CrossFit Connection (Ontario, CAN)
9/14 – 9/15: Gymnastics Seminar with Simon Nieland (Ocala, FL)
9/15: Patriot Throwdown 9/11 Memorial WOD (Simsbury,CT)
9/20 -9/22: Pensacola Beach Brawl (Pensacola Beach, FL)

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