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Games Invites between Men and Women

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Sanctional Games-Invites Differences between Women and Men


With just one Sanctional left to go before the 2019 CrossFit Games, it is a good time to look at some initial trends from the inaugural Sanctional season. 

Two things that stand out: Seven women will be competing at the CrossFit Games as Individuals who did not do the Open.  Also, there is a significant participation difference between Games-qualified men and women in the Sactional season.

  • The seven: Michelle Merand (Fittest in Cape Town), Emma Tall (Strength in Depth), Erin Vandendriessche (Italian Showdown), Hanna Karlsson (Reykjavik CrossFit Championship), Rachel Garibay (Rogue Invitational), Alice Mille (CrossFit Lowlands Throwdown), and Emily Rolfe (Granite Games). 
  • This equates to half of all CrossFit Games athletes invited through Sanctionals to date.
  • Also interesting about these seven, so far they competed in only one Sanctional as an Individual (Garibay and Vandendriessche did another as well on a Team). Note that Tall and Mille are qualified for the French Throwdown as Individuals. 
  • By comparison: Every male athlete going to the CrossFit Games did the Open.

Food for thought: This phenomenon is either a very interesting coincidence for the women only, or there is something to be said about skipping the Open in lieu of Sanctionals preparation.

One potential factor for all the women Games-qualifiers who did not do the Open is that more of the top women from the Open participated in more Sanctionals compared to the top men.  Thus, the backfilling process went further down the Sanctionals’ leaderboards to find their Games qualifier.

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WATCH: 2019 Rogue Invitational Highlights

Rogue hosted their first major CrossFit sanctioned event, the inaugural Rogue Invitational, on the weekend of May 18-19. Held at their international headquarters in Columbus, OH the competition brought together one of the deepest fields ever seen outside the CrossFit Games.



HEAR: The Nasty Girls Discuss Grief 

Since the last episode the Nasty Girls aired was about the loss of Faith RX’d Becky Conzelman, in this episode they discuss what grief looks like for different people and maybe how to approach someone who may be grieving.



GET: Handstand Walks By the Next Open 

Gymnastics is often the weakest level of fitness for people. It doesn’t need to be. With the Invictus Gymnastics program you get specialized training plans to help you improve your gymnastics movements, even handstand walks and muscle ups.



EAT: Cold Peanut Noodle Salad 

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  • UPCOMING OUTWOD — Golden Ape CrossFit in Huntsville, AL is holding an OUTWOD on Saturday, June 15. CrossFit Indestri in Collingwood, Ontario Canada is hosting an OUTWOD on Saturday, June 29.
  • CROSSFIT IN A DUST STORM — On Wednesday, June 5, CrossFit Throne in Lubbock, TX was in the middle of the Nathan Mastin Memorial Celebration when a massive dust storm rolled in. The group pushed through the WOD and raised $1,000 for a local family with a member undergoing cancer treatments. 

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

Wes Kitts back squats 635 poundsJacqueline Dahlstrom front squats 254 poundsKT Trombetta snatches 180 poundsEhea Schuerch and Nick Uranker are competing on a team this weekend at Arcanum Mile High Games in Denver, CO • Jacob Heppner will join Cole Sager at the FNX retreatTeam JST is selling shirts to get back to the Games • CrossFit Gymnastics is now called the
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“CrossFit Inc. Overhauls Specialty Course System,” by Tommy Marquez

More change is coming to the CrossFit world, and this time it’s hitting the training department. CrossFit Inc. announced sweeping changes to the Specialty Course system today, in what is the biggest change on the training side of the house in 2019.

Starting July 1st, CrossFit, Inc. will be handing specialty courses over to Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) as CrossFit Preferred Courses. Specialty courses like CrossFit Gymnastics, CrossFit Weightlifting, and CrossFit Jump Rope will no longer retain the CrossFit-branded moniker, and the execution (i.e. writing course material, staffing, and logistics) will now rest in the hands of the SMEs.

“As CrossFit has grown into a worldwide fitness and health community with millions of adherents, CrossFit, Inc. now looks to broadly expand the scope and reach of CrossFit-endorsed professional development courses. To this end, CrossFit will begin offering CrossFit Preferred Courses,” the CrossFit Training Team wrote in an email.

The move away from CrossFit, Inc. managing every aspect of specialty courses also allows more subject matter experts to become licensed instructors in their field.

Rather than be official CrossFit Specialty courses, they will have the chance to opt in to becoming a CrossFit Preferred course which, once attained, the status would be licensed through an annual fee of $5,000.



6/14: 2019 Summer Splashdown (Tuscon, AZ)

6/14: 30 Minute Rowing Challenge (Greenville, SC)

6/14 – 6/15: CanEast Games (Hamilton, ON)

6/15: Best of the Midwest Team Series (Greenwood, IN)

6/15: AZFITCOM (Phoenix, AZ)

6/15: Rep Your Box 8 (Jacksonville, FL)

6/15: Rookie Rumble at CrossFit Mercenary (Owings Mill, MD)

6/15: SweetTatas (Newtown,CT)

6/15 – FireTeam 4 Challenge and Fundraiser (Wheaton, IL)

6/15: Gameday (Rochester, MN)

6/15: Summer Slam 2019 (Staten Island, NY)

6/15: The East Coast Gambit (Brooklyn, NY)

6/15: WOD for Wishes (New Brunswick, Canada)

6/15: Garage Gym Throwdown (Austin, TX)

6/15: Cooler By The Lake Clash (Milwaukee, WI)

6/15: Wags & Weightlifting (Atlanta, GA)

6/15: Summer Series II (Greenville, SC)

6/15: OUTWOD (Arlington, MA)

6/15: The NCR Classic (Ottawa, ON)

6/15: OUTWOD (Huntsville, AL)

6/15 – 6/16: 2019 Tribal Clash (Huntington Beach, CA)

6/16: Three Fathers RCMP Memorial Challenge (Bedford, NS)

6/21 – 6/23: The Bacon Beatdown (Daytona Beach, FL)

6/21 – 6/23: The MiHi Games (Glendale, CO)

6/22: The Brethren Throwdown (Morgan Hill, CA)

6/22: Strength in Our Streets (Indianapolis, IN)

6/22 – 6/23: Clash on the Concrete (Miamisburg, OH)

6/22: Femme Royale (Fort Atkinson, WI)

6/22: OUTWOD (Winter Garden, FL)

6/22: Flower City Throwdown – Men’s Division (Rochester, NY)

6/22: Barbells and Beer at CrossFit Electric City (Anderson, SC)

6/22: 2019 Midsummer Melee (Houston, TX)

6/22: Girls of Summer Competition (Katy, TX)

6/22: Asbury Park Games (Asbury, NJ)

6/22: New Wods on the Block (Lubbock, TX)

6/22: Trained to Go Summer Series 2019 (Raliegh, NC)

6/22: Fifth Annual Box Crawl (Torrance, CA)

6/22: Barbells For Bullies Detroit (Farmington Hills, MI)

6/22: Barbells For Bullies Raleigh (Wake Forest, NC)

6/22: Big Orange Brawl (Knoxville, TN)

6/22: Gut Check at Unfinished Athletics (Pottstown, PA)

6/22: OUTWOD (Sunnyside, NY)

6/22: The Rookie Rumble at CrossFit PowerHour (Lebanon, NJ)

6/23: Third annual Bro Royale (Fort Atkinson, WI)

6/28: Boomtown Summer Throwdown (Burkburnett, TX)

6/28 – 6/29: The NorCal Classic (West Sacramento, CA)

6/28 – 6/30: CrossFit French Throwdown (Yvelines, France)

6/29: Master’s Of The Midway: Team Edition (Lake In the Hills, IL)

6/29: Girls Just Want to Have Fun (Raeford, NC)

6/29: 2019 Chattanooga Classic (Chattanooga, TN)

6/29: Partner Throwdown Part Deux (Apple Valley, MN)

6/29: Unicus Athletics Summer Slam 2019 (Denton, TX)

6/29: 2019 Soul Games (Miami, FL)

6/29: The Freedom Games (Greenwood, SC)

6/29: OUTWOD (Collingwood, ON)

7/6: The Guardian Games (Lebanon, OH)

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