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Katrin Davidsdottir Joins NOBULL

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“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” — Winston Churchill


Katrin Davidsdottir Joins NOBULL

In a video posted to Instagram Tuesday, two-time CrossFit Games champion Katrin Davidsdottir announced that she was joining the NOBULL team on a multi-year deal.

  • NOBULL Co-Founder Micheal Schaeffer: “Katrin Davidsdottir fully embodies everything it means to be NOBULL. Her dedication to the process of improving her fitness fully aligns with our belief that the reward comes from putting in the work day after day.”

Why it matters: This is a huge win for NOBULL and a significant loss for Reebok. Earlier this year, CrossFit reversed their policy requiring athletes to wear only Reebok shoes. Adding to that, Reebok is now losing a three-time podium finisher in the final years of their contract as title sponsor of the CrossFit Games.

  • Yesterday’s announcement also came exactly one day before Reebok was set to launch the Nano 9.0. 

It also positions Davidsdottir — who is the second most followed CrossFit athlete with 1.5 million followers on Instagram — as the marquee athlete of an emerging, fast-growing brand who also just signed Carolina Panthers QB Will Grier a few months ago.

Davidsdottir on the move: “It all happened really fast, but as soon as the conversation opened, it all just felt so right. I feel like I really fit in with the brand, and what we both stand for aligns so well – NO short cuts, just pure hard work and the endless belief that as a team we can do anything. I am so excited for our future together.”

  • “I am forever grateful for Reebok and my time with them. They were my first big sponsor and I remember how special they made my little 18-year-old self feel. They will always holds a special place in my heart along with all the relationships I built with them.”

Davidsdottir now joins a roster of athletes that includes Brooke Wells, Kristi Eramo, Sam Dancer, Jared Stevens, Alex Anderson, and Tola Morakinyo.

  • So far, Davidsdottir will be joined at the Games by Wells, Eramo (Invictus), and Dancer (Invictus). Morakinyo has another chance to qualify with Invictus Boston later this month at the French Throwdown.

Mark your calendars: NOBULL is celebrating the addition of Davidsdottir with a big banner on their website, and they’re hosting a welcome party this Thursday, June 13th at their Boston headquarters, which you can claim tickets to here.

Battle Cancer Partners with Invictus for 2020


Some background.

Since its inception in 2017, Battle Cancer has raised over $300,000 for cancer charities worldwide, with six events across the US, Ireland, UK, Germany and Spain in 2019 alone.

Battle Cancer’s Los Angeles box tour earlier this year raised an estimated $6,000 through takeovers at eight boxes including Vault Athletics, Divergent CrossFit and CrossFit Santa Monica.

Those funds went straight to the American Cancer Society, and because they raised so much Battle Cancer has decided to bring the competition to even more locations. And they’re bringing friends: CrossFit Invictus.

Pack your bags.

Set to be held at Invictus’s downtown San Diego box on June 20, a second competition will follow a week later at Invictus Boston on June 27.

Battle Cancer and Invictus will use their partnership to raise awareness and funds for cancer charities across the United States to help foster their shared commitment to giving back to community.

Invictus’ Head Coach CJ Martin, along with Invictus Coach Tino Marini and athletes Lauren Fisher, Sam Dancer, Josh Bridges and more, all hope to make an appearance.

Gonna be lit.

Battle Cancer Co-Founder, Scott Britton said: “To be partnered with a CrossFit institution like Invictus is a dream come true for everyone at Battle Cancer. With the support of CJ Martin, Momma Invictus, an army of inspirational athletes and the whole incredible family behind Invictus’ community, we’re beyond excited to bring Battle Cancer to two new US cities in 2020. Let’s see what happens when Battle Cancer and the Sea of Green work together!”

And Invictus is just as pumped. “Honored to be part of this great organization! Thank you for the opportunity!” CJ Martin commented.

Let’s see if that sea of green can help Battle Cancer raise even more in 2020.

Things To…


WATCH: Camille Leblanc-Bazinet VLOG Two

Camille Leblanc-Bazinet and Dave Lipson really love their dogs. Like, reallly. Join them on a hike and hangout with Team ROMWOD in Columbus for the Rouge Invitational, where Jess Griffith brings her famous friendship bracelets and super glue.



HEAR: Tia-Clair Toomey on Fitness With Friends

Two-time Fittest Woman on Earth Tia-Clair Toomey joins Sean Woodland and Tommy Marquez on this edition of Fitness with Friends. Tia shares how she found CrossFit and her journey to becoming a competitor, how she dealt with finishing 2nd overall at the Games in back-to-back years and what it’s like having Mat Fraser as a training partner.



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EAT: Fudgy Chocolate Avocado Cake

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  • LAUNCHING TODAY — The much-anticipated Reebok Nano 9.0 officially goes on sale today and will be available in four colorways. 
  • WODING FOR SUPER TY — Elite Progression CrossFit Pawling in Pawling, NY raised $2,826 for the Ty Louis Campbell Foundation during their WODing for SuperTy event on Saturday. All proceeds raised will go to support research of the most aggressive childhood cancers, with a strong focus on brain tumors.
  • BOOK LAUNCH — On Sunday, June 16 join Canadian Infantry veteran, Dave Morrow, at the Dorval Library in Dorval, QC for the launch of his book The Nimble Warrior, a book to serve fellow veterans, first-responders, and anyone interested in fitness and mobility.
  • NEW AFFILIATE — Last week, James Lancaster opened Deep River Fit, a new box in Memphis, TN. They offer CrossFit, speed and agility training, and nutrition guidance.
  • KIDS AND TEENS PROGRAM — CrossFit Oakdale in Oakdale, CA now has a summer program for preschoolers and teens. 

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

Hats off to fifty-year-old Jerry Ricciardi who competed in his first CrossFit competition last weekend • Congratulations to Cheri  Sogara on her 200 pound deadlift PR • Mitch Barnard clean and jerks 355 poundsAnna Fragkou works through a set of heavy deadliftsBen Smith snatches 270 pounds for
three • Haylee Young cleans 191 pounds for a PR • You can win an RPM rope from Jacob Heppner if you caption this photo • Wildcard recipient Hunter
posted a Transformation Tuesday showcasing OCR Hunter and CrossFit Hunter • CrossFit Weightlifting is now called Burgener Strength Weightlifting • Congratulations to James Fee on his 107 pound weight loss
transformation with Working Against Gravity.

… And welcome to Cookeville, TN where everyone is really really fit. (And there are, apparently, snapping turtles everywhere.)

CrossFit French Throwdown — Team Invictus Boston is confirmed for CrossFit French Throwdown.

— You can also get a tattoo while at the French Throwdown June 28 – June 30 in Yvelines, France.

Bikes in Madison — This summer at the CrossFit Games, consider renting a bike to get around.

— “Madison will soon become the first city in the country to fully convert its bike share system to electric bikes.”



“Sanctional Games-Invites Differences between Women and Men,” by Chad Schroeder, Morning Chalk Up 

With just one Sanctional left to go before the 2019 CrossFit Games, it is a good time to look at some initial trends from the inaugural Sanctional season.

Two things that stand out: Seven women will be competing at the CrossFit Games as Individuals who did not do the Open.  Also, there is a significant participation difference between Games-qualified men and women in the Sactional season.

The seven: Michelle Merand (Fittest in Cape Town), Emma Tall (Strength in Depth), Erin Vandendriessche (Italian Showdown), Hanna Karlsson (Reykjavik CrossFit Championship), Rachel Garibay (Rogue Invitational), Alice Mille (CrossFit Lowlands Throwdown), and Emily Rolfe (Granite Games).

This equates to half of all CrossFit Games athletes invited through Sanctionals to date. Also interesting about these seven, so far they competed in only one Sanctional as an Individual (Garibay and Vandendriessche did another as well on a Team). Note that Tall and Mille are qualified for the French Throwdown as Individuals.

By comparison: Every male athlete going to the CrossFit Games did the Open.

This phenomenon is either a very interesting coincidence for the women only, or there is something to be said about skipping the Open in lieu of Sanctionals preparation.

One potential factor for all the women Games-qualifiers who did not do the Open is that more of the top women from the Open participated in more Sanctionals compared to the top men.  Thus, the backfilling process went further down the Sanctionals’ leaderboards to find their Games qualifier.



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: OUTWOD (Arlington, MA)

6/15: The NCR Classic (Ottawa, ON)

6/15: OUTWOD (Huntsville, AL)

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)

6/21 – 6/23: The MiHi Games (Glendale, CO)

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

6/22: Strength in Our Streets (Indianapolis, IN)

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)

6/22: Gut Check at Unfinished Athletics (Pottstown, PA)

6/22: OUTWOD (Sunnyside, NY)

6/22: The Rookie Rumble at CrossFit PowerHour (Lebanon, NJ)

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

6/28: Boomtown Summer Throwdown (Burkburnett, 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)

7/6: The Guardian Games (Lebanon, OH)

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)

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