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Be wary of security as a goal. It may often look like life’s best prize. Usually it’s not.” — William Zinsser

International Qualifier Coalition Forms to Unify Sanctionals Season


On the heels of our report last week of more streamlined changes to the Sanctionals qualification process next year, more good news was just announced for elite athletes competing next year.

The CrossFit Filthy 150, Wodapalooza, and the CrossFit Atlas Games have just announced the creation of the International Online Qualifier that will serve as a single online qualifier where athletes can earn entry for all three events at once.

A massive step towards Sanctionals streamlining the qualification process on their own terms, and signals towards a more collaborative effort amongst events to improve the season as a whole. Three separate events in three different countries working together is a good sign for future developments.

Reading between the lines: As Wodapalooza is only one of four events owned and operated by Loud and Live Sports, it wouldn’t come as a surprise if the other four are added to the list in the coming weeks which would bring the total to six.

The Dates: The qualifier will be three weeks with workouts announced Wednesday and submissions due Monday.

  • August 21 – 26
  • August 28 – September 2
  • September 4 – 9

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How to Watch the CrossFit French Throwdown

The final Sanctional weekend is just a few days away as the CrossFit French Throwdown gets ready to kick off three days of competition at the Vélodrome National in Montigney-le-Bretonneaux, France.

It’s the final chance to earn an invite to the 2019 CrossFit Games, and one man, one woman, and one team will earn that distinction once the three days of competition come to a close. In case you aren’t able to make it out to France for a sweet summertime fitness vacation, here’s how you can watch all the action and stay up to date on the competition.


Live coverage of every heat of Elite individuals and Elite teams as well as competition commentary in French and English will be free and streamed on Facebook and YouTube. Fans can access the stream through the French Throwdown website or directly through the French Throwdown YouTube and Facebook pages.

— Website
— YouTube
— Facebook

Event Schedule

We’ve got a spiffy new Sanctional event portal that we’re proud to present to you complete with a description of each day’s events, as well as start time breakdowns automatically displayed in your local time. You’ll also be able to access the event leaderboard and website as well directly through the portal.

Social Media

On top of the livestream coverage, you’ll be able to get additional highlights and news from the event via their social media channels. The French Throwdown instagram will be covering heat winners, short highlight videos of the competition and the event atmosphere, and each evening there will be curated recap videos from the day’s events.

— Leaderboard
— Instagram

The Morning Chalk Up will be onsite for the event bringing you extensive coverage of the competition from the venue as well. We’ll be posting highlights, interviews, and updates through our Instagram, Facebook, and CrossFit French Throwdown portal.

Things To…


WATCH: Sigmundsdottir, Briggs Train for Games 
Sara Sigmundsdottir and Sam Briggs travel to the Spanish island of Lanzarote for more pre-Games training. Follow the two athletes as they put the finishing touches on their training one month out from heading to Madison.


HEAR: Rookies Fee Saghafi and Erin Vandendriessche
Games athlete and doctor Julie Foucher welcomes guests Fee Saghafi and Erin Vandendriessche to the Pursuing Health podcast. Erin and Fee share their athletic backgrounds, how and why they got started doing CrossFit and what their schedule, training and nutrition look like as the 2019 Games approaches.


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BUY: Nike Metcon 5 Mathew Fraser Signature Edition
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EAT: Street Corn Pasta Salad with Cilantro Pesto
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  • YOUTH COMPETITION — Resilience CrossFit in Hopkinton, MA is holding the second annual Rise of the Resilient, a youth CrossFit event. Everyone will have the opportunity to participate in four workouts. The competition will take place August 11 and is open to youth 11 to 17. 
  • WOMENS COMPETITION PREP — CrossFit No Boundaries in San Juan Capistrano, CA is holding a two-day competition prep seminar for women on Saturday, June 29 and Saturday July 6. The workshop is focused on planning and strategies for performance at competitions and will include workout analyses, team strategies, and two competition style workouts each session.
  • RENEGADES FOR BERETS — Renegade Warehouse in Dayton, OH is teaming up with the Green Beret Foundation for a fundraiser called Renegades for Berets. There will be two workouts: the New Army PT Test and the Hero WOD “Daniel.”  Buffalo Wild Wings and Warped Wing Brewery are helping host this event and Bear Komplex has donated prizes.  

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

Linda Moll PRed her marathon time by 19 minutes at the Charlevoix Marathon • Dave Castro was at the Alliant Energy Center yesterday • Eight-year-old Kirby Johnston rows and back squats with her Dad • New Mayhem Athlete Strength and Conditioning cycles start this week • Born Primitive is launching a line with Dani Speegle out July 3 • Emily Chenery gets a 230 pound back squat PR • Sean Hutchinson cleans 280 pounds in Nanos • Laura Horvaht gets a 231 pound snatch balance • Jennifer O’Connor Teepe gets a 24 inch box jump.

…and when it is your time to go, we hope it is by way of puppies.

Online Qualifiers for CrossFit Dakota Games — The CrossFit Dakota Games qualifier workouts have been released. Athlete’s first scores are due in a week on Monday, July 1. Registration for individuals and teams closes July 1.

Camille Leblanc-Bazinet Launches Feroce Fitness — Yesterday, Camille Leblanc-Bazinet announced she has been working on launching Feroce Fitness, a 30-minute in and out workout program. 

CrossFit French Throwdown Releases Event 6:

2 Rounds
12 Ring Muscle-ups
5 Squat Cleans (265/176 pounds)

2 Rounds
12 Bar Muscle-ups
5 Squat Cleans (265/176 pounds)
Time cap: 15 mins

Ben Garard On His Drug Sanction — Yesterday, Ben Garard spoke out on his four year sanction after testing positive for PEDs before the Down Under CrossFit Championship

— “In case you may have missed it because the CrossFit Games have recently deleted their social media accounts, I have been sanctioned with a four-year ban for detection of a prohibited substance. Firstly, I would like to refute any suggestion that I intentionally took GW1516 metabolites. I have absolutely no incentive to takes PEDs in any way and it strongly goes against my core values as a person and a competitor…Immediately after receiving notice of my failed test, I went straight to a doctor and provided a sample to be independently tested by Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority.”

— “I have always adopted a scientifically-based, professional approach to my nutrition and take comfort in knowing I’ve done nothing intentionally wrong…I would also note that, CrossFIt Games is not World Anti-Doping Code compliant. To my knowledge, CrossFit Games owns the rights to their testing and it is at their sole discretion whether they publicize their findings.

— “In their official announcement, CrossFit Games also incorrectly reported the date of my test by a whole month. I was tested on Friday May 17, 2019 — the first morning of Down Under CrossFit Championships – not Tuesday April 16, 2019. This refutes any suggestion that I tested positive before I could compete, which is completely false.”


“From Home to Horn: How One Box is Supporting their Own While Deployed,” Jessica Danger, Morning Chalk Up 

Lieutenant Colonel Cecil Piazza and his wife, Sara, opened CrossFit Virtus in Gonzales, LA in 2011. They named it CrossFit Virtus, because Cecil remembered learning about virtuosity during his CrossFit L1 course, doing the common uncommonly well, and he wanted to reflect that. So they settled on the Latin word for virtue, “virtus.”

Their community thrived and they opened CrossFit Virtus Prairieville in 2014, just ten miles away from their other location. Together, they have 14 coaches and more than 200 members between the two gyms. 

Cecil, now in the Army Reserves, commands the 411th Civil Affairs Battalion in Danbury, CT. He found out in November he would be deploying to Africa until March of 2020, so he rallied his coaches to cover for him while gone.

“We knew we needed to come up with a way for members to feel connected to Cecil while he was away,” said Sara. Sara and two other women started to exchange ideas on ways to do this. They Googled the distance between home and Djibouti, and saw it was just over 8,000 miles. They decided they’d do something with running.

The three women made a map and set up grids. Each square of the grid would be the equivalent of five miles. Each map has roughly 800 squares, so 5 miles per square is 4,000 miles per gym, and 8,000 miles total. Members could run or row on their own time, and mark off a square on the grid when they were done.


6/28: Boomtown Summer Throwdown (Burkburnett, TX)
6/28: OUTWOD World Pride Weekend Kickoff (New York, NY)
6/28: OUTWOD Pride Ride Dallas (Oaklawn, 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)
6/29: The Mountain Meltdown Twin Cities (Afton Alps, MN)
6/29: OUTWOD Houston Row Studios (Houston, TX)
6/29: OUTWOD Pride Ride Chicago (Old Town, IL)
7/5 – 7/6: The UG Games (Collingwood, ON)
7/6: The Guardian Games (Lebanon, OH)
7/6: 2019 Rex Rumble 8 (Ocala, FL)
7/12: OUTWOD San Diego Crossfit Invictus (San Diego, CA)
7/13: Warrior Affiliate League Barbellas (Anaheim, CA)
7/13: Wods For A Cause Nova Scotia (Bedford, Nova Scotia)
7/13: The Mountain Meltdown Wilmot (Wilmot Mountain, WI)
7/13: Battle of the Beasts (Hudson, NY)
7/13: The Freedom Fitness Festival (Gainesville, FL)
7/13: River’s End Rampage 2019 (Sharpsburg, KY)
7/13: OUTWOD Westport CrossFit Westport (Norwalk, CT)
7/13: OUTWOD Lubbock Capstone CrossFit (Lubbock, TX)
7/13 – 7/14: Fresh Coast Games (Muskegon, MI)
7/19: OUTWOD Las Vegas CrossFit Social City (Las Vegas, NV)
7/20: OUTWOD Twin Falls The Pack CrossFit (Twin Falls, ID)
7/20: OUTWOD Chicago PXM CrossFit (Chicago, IL)
7/20: The CFB Gymkhana (Burlington, VT)
7/20: Masters Mayhem (Kilgore, TX)
7/20: Belmar Beatdown (Belmar, NJ)
7/20: Battle at the Falls (Granite Falls, NC)
7/20: Old Timers Classic (Williamsburg, VA)
7/20: Hero Games 2019 (Bedford, VA)
7/20: 2019 McCall Throwdown (McCall, ID)
7/20: RX’Mas in July 2019 (Urbana, OH)
7/20: 7/20: Sacred Pine Invitational (Ladson, SC)
7/20 – 7/21: Battle of the Barbells (Nashville,TN)
7/26 – 7/28: CanWest Games (
7/27: The Mountain Meltdown (Arapahoe Basin, CO)
7/27: 7th annual Dog Days of Summer Competition (Roswell, GA)
7/27: The CF Summer Circus (Des Moines, IA)
7/27: 2019 Summer Meltdown (Birmingham, AL)
7/27: Masters Tour (Travelers Rest, SC)
7/27: Rock The Ages CrossFit Team Comp (Carollton, TX)
7/27: The WoDer Games (Ontario, Canada)
7/27: Girls Gone RX Waco (Waco, TX)
7/27: Rock the Ages at CrossFit Templum (Carrollton, TX)

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