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Today, Tommy Marquez compares Mat and Tia’s Games performances to the greatest sports feats of all time. And, Maggie Weaver shares the inspirational story of 90-year-old Tessa Sollom Williams and Balance Gym in Washington D.C.
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“A person who makes few mistakes makes little progress.”- Bryant McGill
Among the All-Time Greats, Where Mat Fraser and Tia-Clair Toomey Measure Up
What the CrossFit community witnessed during stage two of the 2020 CrossFit Games was two all-time greats of the sport operating at peak capacity. Tia-Clair Toomey and Mat Fraser blew away the field with a level of dominance that will likely never be seen again in tandem.
It begs the question of how their weekend spent at the Ranch and Morgan Hill Outdoor Sport Complex stacks up numbers- and impact-wise against some of the all time great sports performances across history.
Help Ascent Protein Support Veterans this November
Now through Veterans Day, Ascent Protein is donating 20% of all profits to Patriot PAWS – a non-profit organization that trains service dogs to support Veterans’ physical and/or emotional recovery.
As a thank you for your purchase of any Ascent product, you’ll receive a free, limited time only Veterans Day blender bottle, while supplies last.
This is the second year Ascent is partnering with Patriot PAWS to support our Veterans. Photographed above is Christian – named after Ascent Athlete Christian McCaffrey – sponsored by Ascent’s 2019 donation.
Balance Gym, like many others, had to pivot their programming when Washington D.C. reopened in June. For the Thomas Circle area gym, this meant offering a higher number of classes on a renovated rooftop, to give their members more room to socially-distance.
In early October, the gym received an email from Tanya Wetenhall.
“This is an odd email, but genuine. I am writing to thank your members for working out!” Wetenhall wrote on October 9. “My 90-year-old mother lives at Thomas Circle on the 8th floor facing your rooftop. Your members and trainers have inspired her before and definitely throughout the pandemic.”
CrossFit Games’ Return to Live TV Brings 400,000 Additional Viewers
This year, the CrossFit Games returned to television for the first time after a year-long hiatus.
One big thing: The two hour live broadcast on CBS sports welcomed an additional 380,000 viewers to the 2020 CrossFit Games, bringing the total viewership over the course of the weekend to 11,543,983. These numbers still do not include the Pluto TV stream by CBS over the course of the weekend.
The additional views mean that the 2020 CrossFit Games had 31% more views per day than 2019, where the average views per day were just under 3 million less than in 2020.
Innovative In-Hospital Spanish Affiliate Prepares Cancer Patients for Treatment
Two years ago, Carlo Brugiotti, a member at FreeMove CrossFit in Illes Balears, Spain approached Coach Nat Diez about the idea of using CrossFit to help cancer patients gain strength and fitness before undergoing surgery and chemotherapy. As the Director of Oncology at a nearby hospital, Brugiotti saw “the value of constantly varied, functional movements done at a relatively high intensity and how it can help people with cancer,” Diez said.
“We realized we have a real opportunity to help people in one of the hardest moments in their life,” said Diez, a CrossFit Level 2 coach, a member of CrossFit’s Seminar Staff and the Country Manager of Spain.
Three Expert Coaches' Insights and Analysis on the 2020 Games
On a special episode of the Power Monkey podcast, Chris Hinshaw joins Dave Durante and Chad Vaughn to discuss the 2020 CrossFit Games. Together, they dig deep into programming and athlete performances from the perspective of expert coaches in aerobic capacity, gymnastics, and Olympic weightlifting.
Coach Mike Burgener is a legendary Olympic weightlifting coach and has been instrumental in teaching lifting within CrossFit. In this brief video, learn the Burgener warm-up to help prepare your body for a successful lifting session. The warm-up not only primes your body to lift while activating important muscle groups, the skill transfer drills also help break down the movements into component parts to develop muscle memory.
Healthy Kids and Family Cookbook (Powered By Healthy Steps Nutrition)
Are you looking for easy and healthy recipes? Inside this brand-new cookbook, you will find kid-approved recipes that the entire family will love! Healthy Steps Nutrition is donating 100% of all revenue from the first 1,000 copies sold to families in need this Thanksgiving.
Dark Horse Rowing is hosting the third annual Rowvember Challenge this month. Sign up now and every morning this month you'll receive a free rowing workout to try that day. Can you row every day this month (it's ok if you start late!)? Sign-up now!
Congratulations to Micah C., who was the first to correctly answer which Spirit of the Games winners were former individual CrossFit Games Champions. The correct answer was Katrin Davidsdottir, Samantha Briggs, Kristan Clever, and Jason Khalipa (Katrin – CFG20, Samantha – CFG19, Kristan – CFG13, Jason – CFG09).
Today’s question: When was the last time two Games rookies were on the same individual Games podium?
Alie Urquhart cleans 162 pounds, back squats 215 pounds and benches 136 pounds for 3 PRs.
Rebekah Devine cleans 200 pounds for a 15 pound PR.
Our community round-up today features a fundraiser, a toy drive that is kicking off for the holidays and a new dating app for fitness fanatics that has just launched in Australia:
Push-Ups for Pups: CrossFit Pinnacle in Belleview, FL will host a “Push-Ups for Pups” event to benefit the Humane Society of Marion County on Saturday, November 14 from 9-12 AM. There are multiple ways to participate, including nominating and sponsoring an athlete to participate in the event, sponsoring push-ups (or the removal of push-ups), sponsoring shirts, or adopting an animal during the event. Learn more and get involved.
Santa Squad: The Santa Squad in Pittston, PA kicked off its annual holiday toy drive last weekend. CrossFit Anthraciteis one of the sponsors of the program and will have a toy drop box available for those who want to donate throughout the holiday season.
Fitafy: There is a new fitness-themed dating app on the scene. It has only launched in Australia so far, but the founder of Fitafy, Brendan McCormack from Perth, is planning to reach global markets in 2021. The app functions mostly like Tindr, but you can filter by fitness activity. Are you looking for a match who is a runner, powerlifter, CrossFitter? You can also filter by nutrition protocol!
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