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QUOTE OF THE DAY
“The starting and ending point of your personal discipline is exclusively controlled by you. Something can trigger it. Someone can encourage it. Your environment can support it. But only you can start it.” — Brian Kight
WIT Fitness, a London based gym and apparel retailer, partnered with Nike Training to create WIT X Nike Paris, to run alongside the CrossFit French Throwdown from June 26 until Friday, July 5. They took over the retail space of a former H&M in downtown Paris to create a fully integrated shopping and training experience located in the heart of Paris.
The Nike Metcon 5 Global Launch: Last night, the fifth iteration made its retail debut last night in Paris, a whopping 11 days before its Europe-wide availability. This is currently the only place in the world you can actually try on and test the Metcon 5.
Mackenzie Bloom, Marketing and Creative Director: “Partnering to launch the Metcon 5 is a major win for WIT as they establish themselves as not only a London retailer, but as a global authority in training, and continue on in their trend of collaborating with the biggest brands in training to deliver unique and innovative launches.”
Shoppers will actually be able to try on and test the Metcon 5 in store, as long as they are a Nike + member. Customers can signup at the door. Nike product experts will be on hand to answer questions and get you fitted.
The Metcon 5 is available for purchase starting at 10:00 am today, local Paris time through July 5.
How to get the most out of the WIT x Nike Paris experience:
Take a class from WIT Training coaches and Nike master trainers: Free classes and seminars are offered daily at the WIT + Nike Pop-Up shop, including Chris Hinshaw with Aerobic Capacity. Book them here.
Get a WOD in: WODs and Open Gym takes place at the pop-up daily. Reserve your spot to get a little sweaty.
Sanctional’s Final Stop in France
Welcome everyone to the Last Chance Saloon, a tempting Parisian tavern where weary travelers and thirsty fitness fanatics can take their best shot a claiming one last piece of glory and earn their place amongst the fittest on earth…..but seriously.
The CrossFit French Throwdown this weekend will play host to the Sanctional season’s finale as they have the distinction of handing out the final three invites to the 2019 CrossFit Games. It’s been a fairly grueling first year under the new system, but we’ll finally have a picture of what the CrossFit Games field will look like after the three days of competition in France.
With the CrossFit Games looming just five weeks away the one major storyline that matters is who will be the final additions to the CrossFit Games roster once the dust settles this weekend. Here are the major individuals and teams to watch along with an analysis of how things could play out.
Overview: The team competition has relied solely on the Sanctioned events to hand out spots to the Games, and there are a handful of quality teams left from the storied affiliates fighting for the final spot. Most intriguing is the question of how Mayhem Independence will bounce back after the loss of Elly Kaboord following her recent failed drug test.
Teams to watch: Mayhem Independence, Invictus Boston, Nova3 MisFits, Team CRSC sponsored by RX Smart Gear, and Team ROMWOD Meat Squad.
WATCH: Rory McKernan, Sam Briggs and the 60 Minute AMRAP
Rory McKernan wraps up his journey across the world with his last day in Iceland and none other than Sam Briggs herself. Sam, having just come off a massive weekend of fitness, decides it’s time to put Rory through the gauntlet, some of the craziest 60 minutes of the entire trip. YES, 60 MIN AMRAP.
HEAR: Richard Bohlken on Fitness with Friends
Sean Woodland and Tommy Marquez talk with former CrossFit Games athlete Richard Bohlken, who failed a drug test in 2015 but was able to prove it was due to a tainted supplement that he took. He talks about what he learned from that experience, what he thinks can be done to make drug testing more effective and what athletes can do to protect themselves. A LANDMARK CASE.
KNOW: Fitt is like Yelp for Health & Fitness
Whether you’re at home or on the road, use Fitt to explore the local health and fitness scene. On Fitt, you can watch Instagram-style stories, read articles, explore a map of nearby places, scroll the feed of hand-picked events, and more. Available on the web and iOS, Fitt is your local guide to health and fitness. FIND YOUR CITY ON FITT.
EAT: Grilled Pork Chops with Coleslaw
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EDDIESMETHOD COMP — Eddiesmethod Online Competition takes place July 12 – 31 and is completely online. There are two divisions and prizes ranging from a year’s worth of supplements to best effort prizes. Registration is still open.
SOME GAVE ALL — CrossFit Exagora in Whitesboro, NY is holding a two-day fundraiser on July 26 – 27. There will be a 5K run/walk on Friday night and a team competition Saturday followed by a raffle. All proceeds from the event will be donated equitably to the Thomas Lindsey Foundation, Officer Joseph D. Corr Foundation, Deputy Wyman Foundation, and the
Kevin “Bing” Crossley Memorial Foundation.
A DAY OF SUFFERING — Games athlete Joshua Arcona and a mix of other Games vets and military vets are doing 1100 push-ups and 1100 air squats each as a fundraiser. 100% of the proceeds are going toward the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides college educations to the surviving children of America’s elite Special Operations Forces.
FUNDS AND FOOD — CrossFit414 in Milwaukee, WI is holding a fundraiser for Heskeith Flavian, St. Lucia’s fittest man, on Saturday, June 29 to raise funds for his Games expenses. Flavian, the Executive Chef at Milwaukee’s Mason Street Grill, is preparing the post-WOD eats himself.
STRENGTH IN OUR STREETS — On Saturday, June 22, 32 Indiana CrossFit Affiliate teams, featuring nearly 400 athletes, competed in Strength In Our Streets. Together they raised $127,000 for Wheeler Mission and Outreach Inc., two Indiana nonprofit organizations.
CHALK UP IN 2 MINUTES(a highlight reel around social media of CrossFit pros and average joes)
Ryan Sowder Gets Near Perfect Score on Army Combat Fitness Test — Games Rookie Ryan Sowder, a 8M truck driver for the 2112th Transportation Company based in Burlington, Ky, recently took the Army Combat Fitness Test and earned 597 out of a possible 600 points, the highest score in the country yet.
— “The U.S. Army is transitioning to a new physical fitness test, the Army Combat Fitness Test (ACFT), to better prepare Soldiers in readiness and lethality. To date, no Soldier yet has achieved a perfect score.
— “On June 18, Spc. Ryan Sowder from the 2112th Transportation Company out of Burlington, Kentucky scored 597 out of a possible 600 points. This is the highest score recorded in all of the U.S. Army so far – Active, Guard or Reserve.
— “I didn’t think I would do as well (on the ACFT) as I did that day. I’d been sleeping on a cot and was out of my normal training routine for our unit’s summer training, but I just knew I was going to give it everything I had. The idea of giving all I have to something, particularly fitness, is really gratifying and I hope everyone can experience what it feels like to give 100% to something.”
SteadyMD Adds Another CFL1 Certified Doctor — SteadyMD just added Dr. Nick Nwabueze to their roster. Dr. Nwabueze is a board-certified Family Medicine physician who has been a part of the CrossFit community since 2011 and holds a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer Certificate.
— “I love CrossFit because there’s an element of continuous learning. You can never truly master anything but you can persistently become better and better. Before Crossfit, I used to lift weights at my local YMCA. I also have a background in martial arts (black belt in TaeKwonDo and training in judo, jujitsu, and Krav Maga).”
Pat Vellner is Looking For a New Gym — Pat Vellner, who recently graduated Chiropractic School and announced he is moving to Vancouver, is looking for a new CrossFit gym.
— “It’s tough moving on from a gym that’s been my home for almost four years, the majority of my tenure at the Crossfit Games so far. The crew at CrossFit Solid Ground has given me so much and been incredibly supportive of me throughout all of my training and school. Thank you to everyone who came out to say goodbye on my last day at the gym, you all hold a special place in my heart. I really can’t thank you all enough, I can only hope I’ve been able to give back even half of what you’ve given me. If you’re ever north of Toronto, pop in and give them my best. Time to find a new home.”
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.