Kara Saunders Sits Down For First Time Since Pregnancy
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“My training really paid off in the end, when it came time to push .. aside from all the complications, when it came time to work, that was good to go,” Kara laughs.
I first met Kara when I joined her affiliate Crossfit Kova in Brisbane Australia. I watched her prepare for the 2018 Games balancing life as a professional athlete, business owner, coach and wife.
You can’t argue, the chick can multitask.
She also made no secret, ahe and her husband Matt were ready to start a family.
“Going from being a professional athlete which is completely selfish … that’s a real change … but it’s actually been nice,” she said.
“Sometimes you’re a little bit more tired and the bags under the eyes are real most of the time.”
The Saunders family — now plus one – are a tight-knit bunch.
Kara’s husband Matt works as a firefighter and helps her run the affiliate just walking distance from their home. Sitting in their living room – it’s easy to forget you’re in the presence of CrossFit royalty – if not for custom made Metcons (a gift from her sponsor Nike after her 2ndplace in 2017) and the Spirit of the Games award on the mantelpiece.
“I feel like everything I ever worked for now has purpose because I learnt lessons that I then pass on,” she said.
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OUTWOD IN AMSTERDAM — CrossFit Zeeburg in Amsterdam is hosting their second annual OUTWOD on August 2 during Amsterdam Pride Week. Silver Wolf CrossFit and CrossFit Eternal, both in Charlotte NC, are also holding an OUTWOD
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CROSSFIT, REEBOK AND FLEET FEET — CrossFit Recursive and five other affiliates has paired with Reebok for a new program called “Road to Madison” in partnership with Fleet Feet. On Saturday, July 13 they are hosting a free WOD and the top male and female RX scores from each affiliate will win a $150 Reebok gift card to Fleet Feet Madison.
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…and Jamie Hagiya reminds us all what the word “agility” means.
Meg Reardon to Compete as an Individual — Meg Reardon, who just competed with Team Invictus at the Paris CrossFit Throwdown, announced over the weekend that she has decided to compete as an Individual in Madison.
— “As the season went on I had the opportunity to be a part of an AMAZING team that got to travel, see some incredible places, and ultimately also earn a spot at the CrossFit Games. The energy competing with them all season made me feel alive and pushed me to work harder and get better.
— “As the season progressed, I’ve only felt more and more confident in my abilities to compete on the highest stage. While it wasn’t the easiest decision to make, I ultimately chose that I needed to put my fitness to the test and compete as an individual at the 2019 CrossFit Games. I cannot wait to head out to Madison and show just how much I’ve improved since 2016. Let’s do this.”
— Invictus Boston has until today to decide who their alternate female athlete will be.
Alan Stengel Gets Mom to Do CrossFit in Her Rehab Home — Alan Stengel’s mother recently suffered a heart attack and is continuing to recover in a rehab center. Stengel and Mom got some air squats in while she recovered.
— “A little Stand Up / Sit Down Work Out from yesterday. We are all capable of exercising at some level. Do not get caught up on what you can’t do, focus on what you can do and work on it. Progress takes time and every day your better then the previous day.”
Three Red Flags to Watch For When Transferring Gyms — Next Level Affiliate recently published an article called “Three Red Flags To Look Out For When ‘Transferring’ To A New CrossFit Box.”
— “First step before you step foot in one of your new prospective boxes is to go online and check out their website and social media. What’s their programming like? Do they have lots of events going on? Are there a variety of specialty classes?”
Cassidy Lance-McWherter is Trying for Kids — Cassidy Lance-McWherter made an announcement on her page that her and her wife, Aly, are trying to become pregnant.
— “I officially submitted my retirement to CrossFit HQ right after the open. This would take me off the list of athletes who are required to submit their whereabouts for drug testing. Unfortunately, I am unable to compete and try to start a family due to CrossFit’s zero tolerance drug testing policy. Although most couples don’t have to do this, it was necessary for me.
— “We are under constant monitoring from our doctor who interprets all of my hormone levels, blood work and lining thickness regularly. First if y’all want to know why I didn’t qualify for the games this year or why my 19.1 score was so low, it’s because I had an egg retrieval surgery that morning and was under anesthesia.
Whiteboard Daily Launches Coaching Educational Grant — Whiteboard Daily is crowd sourcing for their first coaching education grant.
— “The Whiteboard Daily Coaching Education Grant has been created to provide opportunities for coaches to pursue continuing education courses and certifications.
— “This grant will provide the recipient with no-cost registration for the CrossFit Level 1 Certificate Course. Future rounds of this grant may include registration cost for other certifications. Course must be completed within one year of awarding.”
On July 1, former CrossFit Games athlete and owner of Eleventh Element CrossFit Hilliard, in Hilliard, OH Graham Holmberg notified members in an email of a dress code policy barring men and women from working out topless and disallowing women to wear “booty shorts.”
The specifics: The new policy, which went into effect 24 hours later, prohibited all athletes from removing their shirts at the gym, including during and after the workout. Female athletes are also barred from wearing “booty shorts.”
“We understand the temperatures are getting hot, but we ask that you consider bringing an extra shirt as we will no longer be allowing shirtless workouts for men and women,” the policy states.
“Additionally, female athletes will no longer be allowed to wear ‘booty shorts.’”
The rationale: “Please consider the movements we do during CrossFit classes (deadlift, toes to bar, handstand push ups) and how these movements reveal certain areas of the body to others in the class. Our mission is to create an environment where we can display our fitness and success, but allows every member to feel comfortable in their CrossFit journey.”
One member received this response to a question about the new policy: “We understand not everyone will agree with our position on how we run our gym/business. Our goal is to create a positive and welcoming environment. We believe our influence can be more then just a physical and mental toughness from hard workouts. But carrying ourselves in humility and modesty, and being thoughtful of how I expose my body to others besides my spouse.”