In November 2014, after finishing my college gymnastics career and working as a personal trainer in New York, I was asked to help coach gymnastics to CrossFit athletes.
I’d spent 18 years as a competitive gymnast, winning four Big Ten Championships on the University of Michigan varsity team. But this wasn’t the gymnastics I was used to: I had never really touched a pair of rings before, let alone ever tried stringing muscle-ups together.
Honestly, I’d thought my competitive career was pretty much over at this point. Little did I know, it was just about to take off.
Nine months later, after falling in love with CrossFit in the basement of an apartment building in New York, I found myself on the competition floor at the 2015 CrossFit Games.
“Kari, why didn’t you tell us it was this big of a deal?” asked my Dad when he arrived in California. He wasn’t even originally going to come, but he happened to have a layover in LA on his way back from China, so he flew my mom in, and they made their way to the StubHub Center to watch me compete.
“I didn’t know it was this big of a deal,” I shrugged.
Though I really had no idea what I was getting into when I arrived in Los Angeles that summer of 2015, I did know I felt at home.
After retiring from gymnastics, I dabbled with powerlifting. Nah, not for me. I tried a physique competition. Meh. Did some weightlifting. Nope, not quite my thing. But when I found CrossFit, I felt so at home. So comfortable. Comfortable in my own skin. Comfortable being muscular and strong, and proud to show off the body I work so hard for.
CrossFit Lowlands Throwdown 2022 registration officially opens, fielding Teen, RX, masters and adaptive divisions. For every registration, they will donate 1 Euro for every registration to Battle Cancer.
Wodapalooza teams of threequalifier officially kicks off today for elite, RX, intermediate, scaled and beginner divisions. Teams will have until November 10 to complete all workouts which can be done separately.
Europe’s favorite CrossFit event DJ, Zakk Wild, officially joins FITAID as UK Brand Manager: “Monday I start my new role for one of the biggest brands in the fitness world and I CAN NOT WAIT! Having drank and admired FITAID for some years now it’s a dream turned into reality to start working for them!”
Tia-Clair Toomey and Justin Medeiros Crowned Rogue Invitational Champions
The star-studded field of athletes put up a fight but at the end of the day it was the “Fittest” that stood atop the podium at the conclusion of the final day of competition at the Rogue Invitational. Five-time CrossFit Games champion Tia-Clair Toomey won for the third time while Justin Medeiros won his first Rogue Invitational title to pair with his 2021 Games title.
Toomey made it 12-straight live competition titles, but for the first time since the 2020 Wodapalooza Fitness Festival, a span of three live competitions including two CrossFit Games, had to come from behind to win. Trailing Annie Thorisdottir by 15 points heading into the final day of competition, she erased that deficit in the first event of the day, placing second in the “Chipper” with a time of 15:17.43 while Thorisdottir placed sixth.
In the final event, “The Duel”, Toomey got stronger in every round of the elimination bracket. Meanwhile Thorisdottir had difficulty in handling the 165 LB sand bag which cost her valuable seconds and led her to be eliminated after the second round, sealing the Toomey win.
Toomey, with the championship secure, didn’t let off the gas and faced off against two-time Games runner-up Laura Horvath in the finals where she picked up her second event win of the competition. As she crossed the finish line she let out her patented scream and flexed, the first time all weekend the crowd saw the side of her that we all know.
When we announced that the “The Medeiros Era Begins” after his win at the Games there was some criticism of that statement for a one-time champion who had to hold-off podium favorite Pat Vellner. After the 22-year old’s performance inside Dell Diamond this weekend, that statement was proven as far from bold. Medeiros looked even more impressive than he did three months ago. He turned a 35-point lead heading into Sunday into an 80-point victory over Vellner.
Just like at the Games, Medeiros was consistent throughout all seven events, with an average placing of 2.5. He just won one event but placed in the top-3 in all but one event including three runner-up finishes. His worst finish on the weekend was a fifth place in Sunday’s opening event but even then he finished just one spot behind his nearest competitor, Vellner. We can now confidently proclaim that the “Medeiros Era” is in full-swing and that all challengers be aware that he has no intention of slowing down any time soon.
Use a Towel To Improve Your Double Unders
We're not talking about grabbing an extra-long towel and using it as a rope (though...might be useful if you're on the road, we guess?). We mean grab a small towel and perform this drill to help keep your core tight, feet together, and a soft knee.
And it’s free. The PushPress Workout Timer app is easy to set up and robust enough to handle almost every kind of workout you can throw at it. A stopwatch, AMRAP, Tabata, and EMOM timer to power your home workouts or for that extra proof in the box.
We could all do with a little more work on our mobility, but where's the fun it that? Stretching is boring, and you want to get straight into the strength work. Well, use this superset next time you're squatting to increase your ankle mobility, squat depth, and strength all at the same time.
You have to find the sweet potato pie elsewhere, but we've got you covered for the main event. Sign up to ButcherBox today, and you'll receive a humanely raised, free-range, 10-14 pound turkey free in your first box.
Made with real pumpkin puree and drizzled with an addicting salted maple glaze, this pumpkin mug cake is the perfect Fall treat after the trick or treaters have taken all the other good stuff from the house. It also takes just 10 minutes to make, so it is perfect for a quick snack.
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