One Man’s Quest to get The Rock to do Murph with Him
On January 7th, David Barnett did Murph. He did it again on January 8th. Then again on January 9th and 10th and 11th. In fact, David has vowed to do Murph every single day until Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson does Murph alongside him.
Why would he do such a thing?
He’s doing it to give back to service members and veterans by raising funds for a nonprofit organization called Soldiers’ Angels. “When you get to a certain point in your life you start to think about what really matters and why my daughter gets to wake up safe in bed every morning. It’s because of service members and I simply want to give back to them,” Barnett said.
That’s a great cause.
It is, but why The Rock? “I’ve made a list of some of the reasons for choosing The Rock but in short, I chose him because I’ve always been able to relate personally to his pursuits and I thought he would be the best fit to help garner attention and support for veterans…His positive attitude and energetic personality is infectious. He displays a passion for giving back regularly.”
David has done Murph 24 times this month and has already raised about $2700 for Soldiers’ Angels. TBD on if the Rock plans to join, but we’re sure hoping he does.
Australia CrossFit Championship Official Payouts
With four days of competition wrapped up in the land down under, the Australian CrossFit Championship has crowned its champions and finalized the leaderboard. You know what that means; we’ve calculated the athlete payouts for the individual and team divisions.
The prize money listed is in Australian dollars, we’ve also included a conversion to the prize amount total in United States Dollars (USD) as well for reference.
1. Samantha Briggs – $7,000 (5,083 USD)
2. Madeline Sturt – $3,000 (2,178 USD)
3. Simone Arthur – $1,000 (726 USD)
1. James Newbury – $7,000 (5,083 USD)
2. Bayden Brown – $3,000 (2,178 USD)
3. Zeke Grove – $1,000 (726 USD)
1. Project X – $7,000 (5,083 USD)
2. Torian Black – $3,000 (2,178 USD)
3. Reebok CrossFit Frankston – $1,000 (726 USD)
Coffee Break Conversations
What to say when you’re running late, as always…
Does this count as cardio? Because that’s about enough of that for the day. The next time someone asks you how you get your cardio in as a CrossFitter, tell them that CrossFit-like programming provides a more effective stimulus for improving cardiorespiratory endurance than running, rowing, or cycling thank you very much.
So how’d “Dry January” go?
Maybe try Vegan February? We don’t know if that’s even really a thing, but we do know what happens when you go vegan for a week thanks to Emma Laperruque, who tried it for the rest of us.
WATCH: A Day with Mat Fraser
Craig Ritchey caught up with Mat Fraser and Sammy Moniz to spend a day with them in Miami during Wodapalooza. They discuss everything from swimming with dolphins to flying in an F-16, and they get some time in at the gun range.
Physical therapist and CrossFit Games athlete Amanda Barnhart joined Julie Foucher on the Pursuing Health podcast cover how Amanda got started with CrossFit, when she decided to compete, what a typical day for Amanda looks like, and three things she does every day that have the biggest positive impact on her health.
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These little vegetarian black bean taco cups are incredible. They’ve got black beans in a chili sauce, plantains, onions, jalapeño and melted manchego cheese on top. Top these bad boys with a simple guacamole for the ultimate crowd-pleasing appetizer.
NEW LOCATION — CrossFit Equality is moving to a new, larger facility in Cypress, TX. Members got to preview the new facility while doing Running Annie.
SETTLED IN — After having to move twice in one year, Premonition CrossFit has found a home in Clackamas, OR.
A MEMORIAL FOR HIS BROTHER — Ryan McCann held the fifth annual memorial WOD for his brother, Andrew, last Saturday at CrossFit New Bedford. All proceeds go to the Andrew T. McCann Scholarship Fund, which raises money for area youth and raises awareness for the dangers of texting and driving.
CHALK UP IN 2 MINUTES(a highlight reel around social media of CrossFit pros and average joes)
Congratulations to David Charbonneau and Ingrid Kantola on the birth of their baby, Gunnar • Ben Smith had knee surgery • Willy Georges gets a 331 pound clean and jerk • Stacie and Dustin Tovar found out they’re having a baby boy • Happy birthdaySteph Hammerman • Fifteen-year-old Morgan McCullough gets a 400 pound clean and jerk • Tommy Marquez and Sean Woodland are taking a fan poll for the Talking Elite Fitness podcast.
Fittest in Cape Town — Day One at the Fittest in Cape Town is a wrap. Event One and Event Two both took place at a high school obstacle course. Here’s who is in the lead after two events:
Women: 1.) Emily Cavell, 2.) Karla Wolford, 3.) Michelle Merand, 4.) Mia Akerlund, 5.) Katrin Davidsdottir.
Men: 1.) Lukas Parker, 2.) Andre Houdet, 3.) Luke McMahon, 4.) Richard Smith, 5.) Sean Sweeney.
— What’s scheduled for tomorrow: Event 3: 400 meters for time and Event 4: Mitch Buchannon. The schedule of events is here.
–Surprise Announcement: At the end of Day One, the organizers announced that the 400 meters for time will not take place on the track. Instead, it will be a surprise location.
CONFIRMED: Strength in Depth — Yesterday, Strength in DepthconfirmedBjork Odinsdottir to their roster. Strength in Depth takes place in London February 23 – 24.
New findings, published Friday in the journal JAMA Network Open, detail how researchers at the Cleveland Clinic studied 122,007 patients from 1991 to 2014, putting them under treadmill testing and later recording mortality rates.
Researchers found a clear connection between a longer, healthier life and high levels of exercise. The report calls for health care professionals to encourage patients to achieve and maintain a robust fitness routine.
“Cardiorespiratory fitness is inversely associated with long-term mortality with no observed upper limit of benefit,” the study says. “Extremely high aerobic fitness was associated with the greatest survival and was associated with benefit in older patients and those with hypertension.”
Although it is widely understood that an active lifestyle can lead to a healthy life, the study concludes that a sedentary lifestyle is the equivalent of having a major disease and the simplest cure is exercise.