“I don't measure a man's success by how high he climbs, but how high he bounces when he hits bottom.”- George S. Patton
How To Be a Good Open Judge: Don’t Coach, Uphold the Standards
We covered “How to be a Good Open Citizen” a few weeks ago, now we are going to give some advice on how to excel in one of the most crucial and underrated roles in the CrossFit season, specifically the Open, being a judge.
One big thing: By volunteering as an Open judge you are signing up to be a gatekeeper of the CrossFit Games, your decision-making and interpretation of the rulebook and movement standards are critical. The Open judge decides who will ultimately get the chance to move on to the next stages of competition with the hopes of earning a spot at the Games.
WHOOP has partnered with the US Army in a first-of-its-kind study of the intensity of military training, designed to inform practices that will be implemented to help optimize the resiliency of US soldiers in the future.
From WHOOP: “Over the next six months WHOOP will be worn by 1,000 US Army Alaska Paratroopers of the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division to collect real-time physiological data and uncover insights that will create a blueprint for how soldiers train, fight, and manage stress in the most extreme.” military conditions.
Congratulations to Coffee, Pods and Wods for hitting the century mark yesterday, dropping its 100th episode. It’s a doozy featuring the Professor, Brent Fikowski.
The Adaptive Training Academy launched a new YouTube series yesterday called “Train with Me.” In each episode, host Logan Aldridge will try out a new training system or program and new episodes will be released twice a month.
Poised for an Open Payday?
With the Open nearly here, there is one new feature of this year’s rulebook that has received minimal attention; section 1.39 lays out the “Open Cash Prizes for 2021:”
“In addition to weekly winners, at the conclusion of the Open, cash prizes will be awarded to the top individual men and individual women performers overall on the worldwide leaderboard.”
More specifically,the top 5 finishers worldwide will earn at least $5,000.
First Place: $15,000
Second Place: $10,000
Third Place: $7,500
Fourth Place: $6,000
Fifth Place: $5,000
Which five men and five women are most likely to cash in at the 2021 Open.?
Ben Cuentas: A Revolving Door of Physical Therapists Fails, CrossFit Coach Succeeds
In March 2018, Ben Cuentas went for a drive in a mountainous area in Fort Huachuca, AZ to hide things for a surprise St Patrick’s Day picnic he had planned for his wife and daughter. The next thing he remembers is waking up in the hospital with his wife holding his hand.
“I don’t know what happened, but I somehow drove off a cliff, flipped my truck a few times and (flew) through the passenger side window,” said Cuentas, now 37. “I was bleeding out from my leg. If it weren’t for a border patrol agent who happened to be riding his bike and saw me, I would have died. I was in a very inauspicious place.”
The details: Cuentas, who started CrossFit in 2008, was airlifted to Tucson and spent the next five days in the hospital. His injuries included a broken tibia, a lacerated liver and kidney, various torn ligaments in his knees, some broken ribs, a punctured left lung, and lacerations to the face.
Here's a 10-minute beginner rowing WOD designed to help with weight loss. In this video, Dark Horse Rowing's Shane Farmer talks you through a warm-up, workout and cool down and provides some helpful tips along the way. Get a good sweat and improve your technique while priming your body to burn fat.
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We aren't quite out of the cold weather season yet (here in the US) and comfort food is still on the menu. This incredible cheddar broccoli chicken pot pie with an easy, homemade crust will literally blow your mind! It has a lightened-up cheese sauce and is packed with protein and veggies for a comforting dinner the whole family will love.
Through February 27 get the Nano X ReeCycle for just $59. This Nano is made with recycled or repurposed materials, and its bold design echoes the fresh, bright colors found in nature. Feel better every time you lace up. To snag the deal enter the code "NANO59" at checkout. (US Customers Only)
Looking for a great programming resource for your home gym or to hit some extra training outside your regular CrossFit class? Armen Hammer has been in the fitness space since 2011. Between coaching, training, and owning a gym he’s done and written thousands of workouts, here are 101 of them for you to try.
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