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Hunter McIntyre is Officially Invited to the Games

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“Success is a pile of failure. You’re just standing on top of it and not underneath it.” — Dave Ramsey 

Inside the First In-Hospital CrossFit Box in Australia


The story.

CrossFit Neuro is part of the Back Pain Centre at St. Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital, in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

It opened in July of 2017 by Joanne and David Johnson. David, a Neurosurgeon and avid CrossFitter, wanted to create a center where the cause of back pain was being addressed, as opposed to just the symptoms of back pain being treated.

What they do.

The Functional Movement Training Center includes a neurosurgery practice, rehabilitation center and CrossFit box. And, in that order, each patient progresses to an athlete.

“The majority of our members commenced with CrossFit Neuro as Chronic Back Pain Patients.  Successful completion of our NeuroHAB (Central Nervous System Rehabilitation) Program, has allowed our members to transition from patient to athlete which is incredibly exciting and rewarding,” wrote Joanne.

Why they do it.

At CrossFit Neuro, they are “passionate about the education and the importance of functional movement in the management of acute and chronic illness. We assist our athletes at any level in developing their skill in the ‘sport of life’.”

And no one is better equipped to do that than David Johnson. “The combination of his Neurosurgical expertise with an awareness of movement proficiency and its role in understanding why, on a global scale, back pain rehabilitation is failing and the incidence, prevalence and recurrence of back pain symptoms are escalating, becoming amongst the world’s highest economic health burdens,” Joanne wrote in an email.

It’s working.

The coaches at CrossFit Neuro are not only Level 1 or Level 2 Certified CrossFit Trainers, but are also healthcare professionals, including registered nurses, an exercise scientist and certified functional movement therapists.

“We are fortunate enough to have now reached capacity in our current space and are opening our second Box in July this year to assist as many people in the community as possible,” said Joanne.


Hunter McIntyre Officially Gets the Nod

After Greg Glassman basically agreed to extend the “blowhard card” invite during an interview with Armen Hammer, Hunter McIntyre received his official invite to compete at the 2019 CrossFit Games yesterday. 

  • This is kinda historic: In the history of the CrossFit Games, a wildcard invite like this has never been issued before. 
  • Technically, there are still three more wildcard spots available but we’ve heard no additional information on how or if they will be used. 

On the Twitters: @CrossFitGames: “Hunter, it’s put up or shut up time.” 

Some stats on McIntyre:

  • 2x Tough Mudder X World Champion (2017 and 2018), where he beat Jacob Heppner, Dakota Rager, Patrick Vellner, Streat Hoerner and Jordan Troyan. 
  • 6x OCR World Champion.
  • 4x OCR National Champion.
  • Undefeated Broken Skull Ranch champion 3 years running.

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In Defense of the Wildcard

By Will Edmonds

Of all the changes made to the CrossFit Games schedule and qualification process, the one that seems to have elicited the greatest amount of emotional reaction from the CrossFit community is the introduction of Wildcards. Four invitations to compete with and against the best CrossFit athletes in the world, free of charge, without ever having competed in the sport.

From the outset, it seems wrong and several high profile Games athletes have spoken out against it. Understandably, anyone who has dedicated themselves towards achieving something, especially something as challenging and seemingly impossible as qualifying for the CrossFit Games, would be upset to see someone else receive the same rewards for nothing.

Equally, being a “Games Athlete” is an awe-inspiring designation. A title that tells the world (at least the CrossFit world) that you are as good as it gets. As fit as it is possible to be. The introduction of Wildcard Games Athletes clearly dilutes and diminishes such claim (although arguably the invitations to hundreds of National Champions waters it down more – but that’s a story for another day).

However, taking a step back and looking at it from a broader long-term perspective, I believe these wildcards can be good for the Games, the sport and ultimately the athletes themselves.

More to the point, I think it is right.

Continue reading…

Things To…


WATCH: Morning Chalk Up In the Studio with Greg Glassman

Morning Chalk Up Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Justin LoFranco, caught up with Greg Glassman on grandma’s couch at CrossFit HQ in Santa Cruz, CA. Glassman lays out why he’s sticking to his guns on the restructuring of CrossFit, how he feels about dissenters and understanding the basics of CrossFit.



HEAR: Tanya Wagner Trains for All Seasons of Life

Dr. Julie Foucher, host of the Pursuing Health podcast, sits down with guest Tanya Wagner, 2009 CrossFit Games champion. Tanya retells her athletic background and how she got started with CrossFit, offers her advice to new moms returning to CrossFit and reveals three things she does on a regular basis that have the biggest positive impact on her health.



GET: The Same Doctor as Mat Fraser

There’s a reason more than 20 Games athletes, including Mat Fraser, Cole Sager and Josh Bridges, use SteadyMD. And, they just added another CrossFitting doctor to their roster, so you can get the same level of personalized care from a doctor that understands your lifestyle.



EAT: Portobello Steaks With Pesto Aioli 

Give these portobello steaks with pesto aioli have just eight ingredients and take 20 minutes to whip up for dinner. Since they’re vegan, gluten-free and nut-free, you can serve them anywhere, any time.



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  • PRO-TIP: MAKE YOUR LEGS WORK — This pro-tip video from Dark Horse Rowing will make your legs work more effectively on the rower. 
  • NOM NOM PALEO IS HIRING — Nom Nom Paleo is looking for an Operations Manager. This person must reside in the San Francisco Bay area.
  • BUILDING A COMMUNITY — Steve “The Commando” Willis will speak at Mumbrella’s Health Marketing Summit in Sydney on August 22. The Survivor star and CrossFit coach will share how he built his brand around CrossFit and how he built a community around it.
  • MAYOR DOES MURPH FOR 24 HOURS — Michael Meissner, Mayor of Pacolet, SC, did Murph 12 times over 24 hours at Motivus CrossFit in Spartanburg to raise funds and donations for Operation Restoration, which helps homeless veterans.
  • PELVIC FLOOR SEMINAR — OC Athletix in San Clemente, CA is holding a pelvic floor seminar on June 1 at 10:30 AM PT for $45.

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

Happy one year anniversary to CrossFit FireborneAmanda Barnhart and Inside Tracker are giving away a blood test for biomarkers • CrossFit
in Rockville, MD now offers 24 hour open gym to members • Nathan Clifton front squats 298 pounds despite having a screw in his left wrist • Willian Lucio snatches 210 pounds • Lu Xiaojun front squats 518 pounds with a pause • Alex J. deadlifts 355 pounds for a PR. 

…and no matter how cool your CrossFit squad is, they will never be this cool. 

Deadline to Respond — Today at 5:00 PM PT is the deadline for Age Group athletes to respond to their invitation to the 2019 CrossFit Games.

Firefghters Take on Murph For Fallen Friend — This Memorial Day, firefighters from Appleton and Town of Harrison, WI firefighters took on Murph for Mitch Lundgaard, who was shot and killed while responding to a medical call on May 15. They also completed the remainder of the WOD that Lundgaard was working on when he left for that call: a set of 50 manmakers. 

— “It was such a sad, sad event that happened, but as a result, the support and how the community has all come together, it’s really incredible to see.”

CrossFit Demands Retraction — Saying that a paper has “fatal and disqualifying errors,” CrossFit is demanding the retraction of a recently published article that claimed those participating in CrossFit “are more likely to be injured and to seek medical treatment compared with participants in traditional weightlifting.”

— The paper, “Likelihood of Injury and Medical Care Between CrossFit and Traditional Weightlifting Participants,” was published on May 7 in the Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine.

— “The paper is ‘a complete mess,’ Russ Greene, CrossFit’s director of government relations and research.”



“How One Navy SEAL Continues to Impact Lives,” by Jessica Danger, Morning Chalk Up 

Glen ‘BUB’ Doherty was one of the four Americans killed in a terror attack in Benghazi, Libya on September 12, 2012. He grew up in Winchester, MA and joined the Navy at 25, becoming a SEAL.

After Glen passed, his sister and a few friends from high school started the Glen Doherty Memorial Foundation as a way to honor Glen’s memory, his sacrifice, and his never-ending desire for self-improvement.

One of the ways they do that is by providing scholarships to current and former special ops professionals, from all military branches, to help them transition into civilian life.

Sean Lake, a childhood friend of Doherty, sits on the board of the Glen Doherty Memorial Foundation. One day, his wife brought home collagen protein for Sean, to help him recover from his perpetual surfing, running and CrossFit. Later, his friend TJ Ferrara came over, saw the collagen on the counter, and a conversation ensued.

Sean Lake and TJ Ferrara decided they would make their own line of collagen. They wanted one that would be super clean, encourage digestive health, support stronger hair and nails, aid in joint health and assist in recovery so they could get back out there again, faster.



5/30 – 6/2: Granite Games (St. Cloud, MN)

5/31: OUTWOD at Roy CrossFit (Roy, UT)

5/31 – 6/2: CrossFit Lowlands Throwdown (Apeldoorn, Netherlands)

6/1: Barbells For Bullies ( Randolph, NJ)

6/1: Warrior Affiliate League Terrible Two (Murrietta, CA)

6/1: Warrior Affiliate League Terrible Two (Victorville, CA)

6/1: The Burn Out 4 Person Team Competition (New Bern, NC)

6/1: Battle of the Vikings (Frederick, MD)

6/1: The Hound and The Mountain Team Competition (Sudbury, MA)

6/1: 2019 Hammy (Hudson, OH)

6/1: Rise of the Masters (Statesboro,GA)

6/1: 7th annual Battle Beyond the Barbell (Sudbury, ON)

6/1: Girls Gone RX (Harrisburg, NC)

6/1 – 6/2: River Ruckus VI (Asheville, NC)

6/7 – 6/8: 2019 Bricktown Throwdown (Oklahoma City, OK)

6/8: The Mountain Meltdown (Park City, UT)

6/8: Battle In The Basin 2 2019 (Joshua Tree, CA)

6/8: Battle on the Creek (John’s Creek, GA) 

6/8: Supergiant Meltdown (Westerville, OH)

6/8: Double Down Skylands Showdown (Sparta, NJ)

6/8: CFE’s Summer Sizzler 2 Masters Competition (Burlington, MA)

6/8: The Charlotte Throwdown for Mental Health Awareness (Charlotte, NC)

6/8: 3rd Annual WODing for SuperTy (Pawling, NY)

6/8: OUTWOD Showdown at Brick (West Hollywood, CA)

6/8: Flex on the Mall (Washington, DC)

6/9: Million Meters Row (Baxter, MN)

6/8 – 6/9: CFCC Triple Threat (Denver, CO)

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 – 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)

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

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)

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

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: The Freedom Games (Greenwood, SC)

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