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“Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.” — Thomas Jefferson
Hunter McIntyre Thinks he Deserves CrossFit Games Wildcard
Hunter McIntyre is known for talking a good game. He’s also known for backing it up.
“They’re scared. I don’t give a damn,” McIntyre told our Editor-in-Chief Justin LoFranco in an exclusive interview. He’s referring to the legion of CrossFit Games athletes who’ve called McIntyre out on social media for saying he’s got what it takes to take on the world’s fittest athletes at the Games.
“I’m not an idiot. I’m not a CrossFit Games champion in this shape right now. But at the same time, a wildcard presents an amazing opportunity,” McIntyre said. “Greg Glassman suggests that he thinks this sport is the definite for the fittest athlete on earth…if you suggest that, then let us in.”
McIntyre means the four wildcard invitations recently introduced to the CrossFit Games process. He thinks he should get one and he’s training hard to prove that he can hang with the fittest, even knock a few athletes down the leaderboard.
A champion looking to cross over.
The world champion obstacle course racer was named one of the top 50 fittest athletes by Sports Illustrated in 2017. He’s been the undefeated champion of Broken Skull Ranch for three years, the OCR world champion six times and OCR national champion four times.
He’s also the 2017/2018 Tough Mudder X Undefeated Champion.
But McIntyre is looking to branch out into the sport of competitive CrossFit. “I’ve been doing this obstacle course racing for eight seasons now. I need more purpose in life. I need to challenge myself and know that when I leave this career behind as an athlete, that I’ve tested all the boundaries,” he told LoFranco.
“I know I’ve got the talent, I’ve got the strength, I’ve got the capacity, I’ve got the tenacity, I’m focused. A real true champion athlete can walk in different directions and pretty much nail the spot if they want to,” Hunter said.
CrossFit Inc. filed a lawsuit against Progenex, a supplement company and former CrossFit Games sponsor, the Morning Chalk Up has learned.
The lawsuit, which was filed on Friday with the U.S. District Court Southern District of California, alleges trademark infringement and that Progenex is misleading consumers in marketing materials of their association with CrossFit.
Additionally, the suit claims that Progenex and its entities — which include websites and publications based outside the U.S. — are in breach of contract pertaining to their previous settlement agreement and have knowingly infringed on CrossFit Inc.’s trademark in its branding and “directed others to use CrossFit, Inc.’s trademarks in marketing activities.”
“Progenex is not a sponsor of the CrossFit Games. CrossFit does not endorse their products. They have no right to use our trademark,” said Jeff Cain, CrossFit’s CEO. “We object to the implied endorsement they are making, especially regarding their supplements.”
WATCH: Inside Invictus at Reykjavik CrossFit Championships
In Episode 18 of Inside Invictus, follow along with Invictus Boston at the Reykjavik CrossFit Championships in Iceland. They settle in at their Airbnb, prepare for the mountain run and Tola Morakinyo snatches 337 pounds in Event 2 for a competition record.
In this episode of Talking Elite Fitness, Tommy Marquez and Sean Woodland recap the Reykjavik CrossFit Championship, discuss what they’ve seen so far in Sanctionals and give an update on the current state of what’s going on surrounding the streaming and broadcast of the 2019 Reebok CrossFit Games.
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PRO-TIP: ROPE CLIMBS — Jason Khalipa breaks down a few simple tips from the floor to help you be more efficient in the rope climb.
RUCK ACROSS THE STATE — Three CrossFit gyms in Fargo, ND will be rucking across the state of ND May 20 – 25 to raise awareness and funds to help veterans with PTSD. A crew of 16 people will ruck in five different teams for The Brady Oberg Legacy Foundation.
RFA GAMES IN ISRAEL — The ninth year of the RFA Games will take place June 21 – 22 in Tel Aviv. This year will be the first year that it is open to competitors from around the world.
24 HEROES IN 24 HOURS — Beginning Saturday, May 24 Main Line CrossFit in Ardmore, PA will host the 7th Annual 24 in 24. Beginning Friday the 24, athletes will perform a “Hero WOD” every hour for 24 straight hours and will finish with Murph. All funds raised will go to HAVEN, a transitional housing program providing a safe haven for female Veterans to start over and become productive members of the community.
FREE AED EDUCATIONAL EVENT —Compress and Shock Foundation’s May 18 National CPR and AED Educational Event is free to all learners and is being held in 12 states and almost 30 locations comprised of CrossFit boxes and other fitness facilities. If you live near one of the host sites, you and your members can attend. The training is 60 minutes and focuses on quality chest compression only CPR paired with learning to use an AED.
RESPONDER DOWN FUNDRAISER — Harbor Park CrossFit in Kenosha, WI is holding a Throw Down for Responder Down on Saturday, May 18 to help raise funds for Responder Down, a foundation to support first responders. There will be a custom WOD as well as a raffle.
CHALK UP IN 2 MINUTES(a highlight reel around social media of CrossFit pros and average joes)
You can win a free bag of Xendurance protein if you pop-a-squat and post it to Instagram • Bronisław Olenkowicz snatch balances 375 pounds for a PR • Alan Stengel gets a 410 pound back squat pr • Jacob Heppnerhas arrived in Sydney for the Down Under CrossFit Championship • Rachel Garibay deadlifts 345 pounds for for a 4×4 • Noah Ohlsen has a happy but hungry patch for the Nike Romaleo 3 XD • Froning Farms put out a sneak peak of their product packaging • Shanna Lynn Guzman snatches 140 pounds for a PR • Kate Nye gets a 265 pound snatch balance PR.
Declined Their Individual Invites — CrossFit Gamesannounced Friday that as expected, Rich Froning, Devin Ford, Tasia Percevecz, and Kristi Eramo declined their Individual invites to the 2019 Reebok CrossFit games. “Those invitations have passed on to Patrick Vellner, Tim Paulson, Colleen Fotsch, and Courtney Haley, all of whom have accepted,” writes CrossFit.
CrossFit Helped This Firefighter Save Lives — Firefighter Matt Alder told Men’s Health how his CrossFit WODs help him be a better firefighter.
— “My workouts have taught me that it’s OK to be uncomfortable, and that translates very well to working long, hard hours. My crew on the Camp Fire had a saying that became the theme while we were on the fire line: ‘embrace the suck.’
— “Physical preparation is critical, he says, but it’s also not enough. ‘One big takeaway for me, not only as a firefighter, but as a human being, is that you need to be prepared in general,’ says Alder.
A New Way to Get Strong as a Senior Citizen —Senior Planet recently announced CrossFit as a new way for their seniors to get healthy, thanks to the shift to CrossFit Health.
— “Most recently, CrossFit has launched an ancillary component of their work entitled CrossFit Health, which is attempting to change the way we talk and think about the patterns and causes of mainstream diseases. This new approach leans away from hereditary pathology and into lifestyle (diet and exercise) as the causes of most common ills. Despite this change, at its core, CrossFit is still providing an accessible, communal, and fun way to keep doing the things we want for years to come.”
Mike Burgener Inducted Into Weightlifting Hall of Fame — Over the weekend, Coach Mike Burgener was inducted into the USA Weightlifting Hall of Fame. Cody Looney writes, “As The Godfather of American Weightlifting his contribution is one that has had an unparalleled impact on people all around the world.”
Rogue Invitational — The Rogue Invitational is this weekend. You can now buy single day tickets to the event.
The Age Group Online Qualifier (AGOQ) concluded last Monday, May 6th. Video reviews are now underway for the top 25 men and women in each age division, which will be completed on May 21st.
As we saw with the Individuals, expect scoring adjustments and leaderboard shifting as happens each year with the AGOQ video reviews.
Age Group athletes finding themselves in the 11th, 12th, 13th, or so places post-video review should remain ready for backfill spots. Every year there are withdraws before the Games that get backfilled. In the meantime, we have a preliminary leaderboard to review.
Competition rate: 76% of the 2,400 eligible Masters and 78% of the 800 eligible Teenagers competed in the AGOQ.
Open placement correlated well with the AGOQ Top 10 for the Masters women and all Teenagers. There was a wider range in some of the Masters men’s divisions.
Masters Games experience means a lot evidence by 40 Master rookies (33% of the field). Games experience is especially relevant in the older age groups. Note that ten of the younger Masters rookies have Games Individual and/or Team experience.
Rebecca Voigt Miller (Women 35-39) keeps her consecutive Games Streak alive at 12 which started at the 2008 Games: ten Individual and now Two Masters.
Alethea Boon took 2nd for Women 35-39. Three days before the AGOQ started, she took 3rd at the Asia CrossFit Championship in China.
Mary Schwing’s attempt for her 8th consecutive appearance in the 60+ Division comes to an end, she finished in 27th.
Taking full advantage of not having the Open Scores counting for the AGOQ scores were: Steve Ewing (Men 45-49) 194th in Open and Jason Grubb (Men 40-44) 88th in Open.