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Leblanc-Bazinet Unlikely to Compete this Year

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“When you are not practicing, remember somewhere someone is practicing. And when you meet him, he will win.” — Ed Macauley 

Weight Watchers App Focuses on Food Restrictions for Kids as Young as Eight


Last month, Weight Watchers, now called WW, doubled down on their campaign to promote weight loss in teenagers, announcing a new dietary tracking app for children ages 8 – 17 years old.

The new app — Kurbo — which is based on Stanford University’s pediatric obesity program, last year. The app uses what is called the “Traffic Light Approach” which, according to Allure, “categorizes foods as either red (processed, sugar-laden foods like candy and soda), yellow (lean protein and pasta), and green (veggies and fruits).” It’s also specifically for kids.

Last February, WW was heavily scrutinized over creating a free weight loss program specifically for teenagers, which many felt placed too much emphasis on dieting and weight loss for young teens.

The launch of Kurbo is reigniting a firestorm of criticism.

How the app works

Children as young as eight-years-old can download the “fun to use” Kurbo app to their smartphone for free. Children thirteen and older do not need parental approval. When they sign up, they enter their name, height, weight and gender. Then they choose a goal and rank them by significance. Goal options listed on Kurbo are, “eat healthier, lose weight, make parents happy, get stronger and fitter, have more energy, boost my confidence or feel better in my clothes.”

The child’s profile page charts their body mass index (BMI), a formula based on their weight and height. Then, these adolescent members track their daily food intake in Kurbo’s free app based on the “traffic light system” of either green (good), red (bad), or yellow (in moderation).

For $69 a month, the child can get a digital coach to accompany the free app, which is strongly encouraged. The adolescent user can watch success stories like eleven-year-old Emilie, who “dropped 25 pounds in five months.”

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Leblanc-Bazinet Likely Not Competing Next Year


On the French Canadian podcast RDS En Form, Camille Leblanc-Bazinet told host Gren Lanctot that she doesn’t plan to compete in the upcoming 2019-2020 CrossFit Games season. 

Leblanc-Bazinet: “For now, I don’t have the intention to compete next year, but we will see,” Leblanc-Bazinet said. 

  • “It’s been 10 years straight that I’m competing at the Games, which I think I am the first woman achieving this mark. It’s a lot to take for my body. This year, I think my focus is much more on my new business, which is Feroce Fitness. Because after giving it all for so long in an individual sport, I miss helping people.”
  • “So that’s my goal this year, help people at home be in better shape and do things the right way in their training and nutrition. 

Stats: Over her career that’s spanned a decade she’s finished 3rd – Team (2019), 13th (2018), 39th (2017), 21st (2016), 13th (2015), 1st (2014), 16th (2013), 6th (2012), 8th (2011), and 9th (2010).

  • CLB is actually not the first female athlete to reach the 10-year mark. Becca Voigt earned that prestigious honor in 2017 when she qualified for her 10th in the Masters 35-39 division. She is currently on her 12th consecutive appearance.
  • She joined the CrossFit Krypton team with Alec Smith, Connor Mooney, and Jessica Griffith after Jamie Greene opted to compete as an individual. 
  • Going team was probably her best chance at making the Games this year as she finished 8604th in the Open last year and would have faced fierce competition on the Sanctional floor if she’d persued the individual route. Her 8604th finish would have been much higher had she not mailed in 19.5, logging only 1 rep.

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Things To…


WATCH: The CrossFit News with Craig Richey 
Craig Richey catches you up with all the CrossFit news like Katrin Davidsdottir in the ESPN Body Issue, the 2020 rulebook, and how Tia-Clair Toomey and Mat Fraser are working their way back into training.


HEAR: Ben Bergeron Answers Listener Questions 
Ben Bergeron and Patrick Cummings completed another episode of their two-minute drills, where Bergeron answers listeners’ questions. In this episode, he offers tips for increasing your pull-up strength, how to recover better when you’re an older athlete, and whether CompTrain will ever field a team at the CrossFit Games.


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  • PRO-TIP: KNOW YOUR ERG — Shane Farmer of Dark Horse Rowing asks a series of questions, how well do you know your erg? How should you store in between WODs? What type of oil should you use?
  • PHOENIX UNBROKEN — The Phoenix is holding a competition and fundraiser on September 14 at The Phoenix Orange County. All proceeds go to help foster a supportive, physically active community for individuals who are recovering from alcohol and substance use disorder and those who choose a sober life.
  • NEW AFFILIATE –– CrossFit is now being offered at Don Sjogren Community YMCA in Holdrege, NE.

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

Shout out to 71-year-old Nancy Jayson on her CrossFit transformation • Congratulations to James McLaughlan and Liz Persitz on their recent wedding • Jacob Heppner’s Winston the Corgi belt went for $380 on EbayTeresa Trojanowski does a 53 pound weighted pull-up • Ben Smith back squats 440 poundsRX Nut Butter Pumpkin Spice is out • Royce Dunne hang snatches 231 pounds for three • Willy George clean and jerks 341 pounds for two • Adaptive athlete Trevor Battah clean and jerks 130 pounds Ben Alderman clean and jerks 345 pounds.

…and sometimes you have to squeeze in a WOD whenever you can.

International Online Qualifier Week Three — Week three of the Wodapalooza and International Online Qualifier kicked off tonight. Registered athletes have until Monday, September 9 at 5:00 PM PT to submit their scores. 

Workout Five and Six:

On a 15:00 Minute Clock

For time, 21-15-9:
Barbell thrusters (95, 65 pounds)
Calorie row
Burpee over rower

*If not completed within 12 minutes, continue to workout 6

With remaining time of 15:00
1RM Clean and Jerk

Katrin Davidsdottir in the ESPN Body Issue — Katrin Davidsdottir was just included in ESPN’s Body Issue, with photos of her in Iceland and an essay incorporating her family, her relationships, her heritage at home, and her thoughts on what will come after CrossFit for the two-time Games Champ.

— “Her mind is a theater of brilliance, yes, but also of chaos. It’s clear her greatest strength is also her greatest weakness. She is capable of incredible dreams and often incapable of managing the mental tides that create those dreams. CrossFit, for now, silences the chaos. She’s a person searching, for stillness, for perfection, for a better version of herself. Meditation is her latest attempt to find a quiet place, an Iceland of the mind.”

— “Katrin fades in her final event. She finishes next to last, which drops her to fourth place and off the podium. Her thin smile as she leaves the arena floor is forced. The next evening, she walks into an independent bookstore in downtown Madison to read and sign copies of Dottir. A huge crowd has gathered, standing room only, with her publicist frantically trying to find more copies because the store had sold out already, 80 books gone before she even begins. Katrin explains how proud she is to be a Dottir.

— “She tells her story again, and as always, I learn something new and understand her more. Turns out, Amma and Odda were the ones who first suggested she try CrossFit. They started all this, and for now, the wheel they set in motion will continue to turn. Katrin says she will improve in the coming year. She preaches to hungry ears about self-determination and the power of will.”


“Why the Fittest on Earth Will Start Their Season at a Non-Sanctioned Event”, by Brittney Kleyn, Morning Chalk Up Team

Rich Froning, Tia-Clair Toomey, Chyna Cho and Tasia Percevecz: four names that claimed a big percentage of the 2019 podiums, will also compete November 8-10 at one of the first events of the 2020 season, even before the end of the Open.

It’s not sanctioned or officially licensed but that’s the goal – The Torian Pro in Brisbane, Australia is pulling out all the stops to get CrossFit’s attention and make their ‘local’ competition one of the premiere events on the global CrossFit calendar.

“We 100 per cent wanted it sanctioned,” said Torian co-owner Johno Snape, but when the official tick didn’t go their way, it put things in perspective.

“We started this event (in 2015) to give an opportunity for people in the community and because we want to grow the sport in Australia,” Torian co-owner Mike Towner told the Morning Chalk Up.

“We’re just going to keep doing the best event that we can like we always did and if we create the best event that we can … one day the sanction should fall our way,” he added.

Securing Reebok as the title sponsor for 2019 has certainly upped the ante for the competition this November, where 542 athletes will compete across 8 divisions.

A Reebok spokesperson told the Morning Chalk Up, the fact the event isn’t sanctioned wasn’t a deterrent.

“Our commitment to CrossFit goes beyond the Games and Sanctioned events. We truly believe in the grassroots and community, and partnering up with an event like the Torian Pro is aligned to our vision.”

Again Faster – the equipment supplier – is also proud of the association. 


9/5 – 9/7: The Iron Games (Cedar City, UT)
9/7: Power Output Challenge 8 (San Antonio, TX)
9/7: Family Fitness Faith Festival (College Station, TX)
9/7: Sirens of September (Smithfield, RI)
9/7: Garden State Open (Berkeley Heights, NJ)
9/7: Hill City Throwdown (Lynchburg VA)
9/7: D.C. Throwdown (Washington, D.C.)
9/7: Midwest Fall Classic (Tulsa, OK)
9/7: OUTWOD Asheville at CrossFit Pisgah (Asheville, NC)
9/7: OUTWOD Brooklyn at Park Slope CrossFit (Brooklyn, NY)
9/7: Double Trouble at Crossfit Unwavering (El Mirage, AZ)
9/7: Girls Gone RX (Virginia Beach, VA)
9/7: WODderfest (Beaufort, SC)
9/7: Primal Parkinson’s Ride (Tampa, FL)
9/7: SE TEX Masters Fall Classic (Cypress, TX)
9/7: The Sugar Skull Showdown (Agawam, MA)
9/7: Power Output Challenge (San Antonio, TX) 
9/7: 5th Annual Iron Maidens Raw Open (Brooklyn, NY)
9/7: Barbells for Boobs 5K and Family Fun Run (Cornelius, NC)
9/7: Rows for Crows (Westborough, MA)
9/7: Smash Fest at CrossFit Excess (Vandalia, OH)
9/8: Wingman (Lincoln, United Kingdom)
9/11: Coffland Hero WOD Challenge at CrossFit Alpha Dog (Lombard, IL)
9/14: Charm City Throwdown (Sparks, MD)
9/14: Stateline Throwdown (McHenry, IL)
9/14: Stealth Fitness Combine (New Brunswick, NJ)
9/14: Coffland Hero Challenge WOD (Vestal, NY)
9/14: OUTWOD Grand Rapids (Grand Rapids, MI)
9/14: 6th Annual Cancer Smash (St. Augustine, FL)
9/14: Project: Uplift 5.0 (Fort Collins CO)
9/14: Warrior Affiliate League Three Amigos (Rancho Cucamonga, CA)
​9/14: Mucc Town Throwdown (Winnemucca, NV)
9/14: Reps and Rescues Rumble (Olathe, KS)
9/14: Festivus Games at CrossFit Indestri (Collingwood, ON)
9/14: Granite Games at CrossFit Gallant (Bedford, TX)
9/14: The Dane Games (Mine Hill, NJ)
9/14: Granite games at CrossFit Nola 504 (New Orleans, LA)
9/14: Festivus Games at Gymology Fitness (Tulsa, OK)
9/14: Garage Games Master’s Tour 2019 (Chicago, IL)
9/14: WODktoberfest 2019 (Ottawa, ON)
9/14: Granite Games Throwdown Skyline CrossFit (Houston, TX)
9/14: Festivus Games at J5 CrossFit (Collinsville, IL)
9/14: Festivus Games at Crossfit Mountain Movers (Pikeville, KY)
9/14: Festivus Games at CrossFit Connection (Ontario, CAN)
9/14: Prime Partner Classic (Utica, NY)
9/14: Barbell Brawl V (Kennett Square, PA)
9/14: Festivus games at CrossFit Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, PA)
9/14 – 9/15: Gymnastics Seminar with Simon Nieland (Ocala, FL)
9/15: Patriot Throwdown 9/11 Memorial WOD (Simsbury, CT)
9/15: Coffland Hero WOD Challenge at Blue Crab CrossFit (Hanover, MD)
9/20 -9/22: Pensacola Beach Brawl (Pensacola Beach, FL)
9/20 – 9/22: The Dakota Games (Fargo, ND)
9/21: Cry Me a River 2019 (Online)
9/21: 4th Annual CrossFit Co-Ed Classic Competition (East Brunswick, NJ)
9/21: Beers and Burpees (Charlotte, NC)
9/21: 7th Annual CFuNKY Throwdown Competition (Florence, KY)
9/21: 4th Annual Battle on the Border (New York, NY)
9/21: Under Armour Turf Games City Series (Los Angeles, CA)
9/21: Fall Jam 2019 (Columbus, OH)
9/21: 2019 GR Games (Grand Rapids, MI)
9/21: Girls Gone RX (Denver, CO)
9/21: The Partner Throwdown (Philadelphia, PA)
9/21: 2019 Arsenal Throwdown (Pittsburgh, PA)
9/21: Barbells for Bullies (Portland, OR)
9/21: Barbells for Bullies (Clearwater, FL)
9/21: Throwdown in the Triangle (Raleigh, NC)
9/21: Rookie Rumble at CrossFit 643 (Washington Township, NJ)
9/21 – 9/22: The Central Regional (Bettendorf, IA)
9/21 – 9/22: Southie Showdown (Boston, MA)
9/21 – 9/22: CrossFit Cascade Classic (Seattle, WA)
9/22: Caffeine & Kilos Invitational (Sacramento, CA)
9/26 – 9/28: Heart of America (Springfield, MO)
9/27 – 9/28: Autumn Games 4 (Albuquerque, NM) 
9/27 – 9/28: Battle at the Banks (Cincinnati, OH)
9/27 – 9/28: The Greenville Games (Greenville, SC)
9/28: 2019 Pound-4-Pound Competition (Denver, CO)
9/28: Masters of the Midway: Individual (Lake in the Hills, IL)
9/28: The Shipwreck 4 at Harbor Park CrossFit (Racine, WI)
9/28: Firewall Frenzy 2019 Partner Comp (Holliston, MA)
9/28: No Mans Land 5 (Painesville, OH)
9/28: Country Tuff Competition (Richfield, UT)
9/28: Can You Dig It Delaware (Delaware, OH)
9/28: Bloodline Barbell Brawl (Lehigh Acres, FL)
9/28: Bring The Heat X (Katy, TX)
9/28: Rookie Rollout 4 (San Diego, CA)
9/28: The Fat Man Little Boy Showdown (Oak Ridge, TN)
9/28: Battle Cancer Competition (Madrid, Spain)
9/28: Fight of the Elements (Gland, Switzerland)
9/28: 4th Annual Kilo CrushFest (Hampton, VA)
9/28 -9/29: Beer City Beatdown (Asheville, NC)
9/28: Masters of the DMV3 (Alexandria, VA)
9/28: Firewall Frenzy 2019 Partner Comp (Hollisten, MA)
9/28 – 9/29: CrossFit Krypton Training Camp (Chesapeake, VA)
9/29: Labor Of Love (Newington, CT)

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