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Rich Froning Accepts Individual Invite to Compete at 2019 CrossFit Games
After repeated calls to return to individual competition, Rich Froning has finally decided to give the fans what they’ve been asking for.
In an exclusive interview, the four-time CrossFit Games champion revealed that he has accepted his individual invite to compete at the 2019 CrossFit Games.
Froning: “After 2014, I really needed a break from individual competition. Leading three teams to Affiliate Cup championships has actually made me a better all around athlete without the wear and tear on my body. Now I’m ready to get back to it, and I have no plans on walking away without the top spot in Madison.”
Froning’s Open Performances by the Numbers:
— 2011 Open: 3rd
— 2012 Open: 1st
— 2013 Open: 1st
— 2014 Open: 1st
— 2015 Open: 2nd
— 2016 Open: 2nd
— 2017 Open: 11th
— 2018 Open: 10th
— 2019 Open: 10th
Under the new rules, Froning’s 10th place Open finish worldwide grants him an automatic berth to the 2019 CrossFit Games.
Third Time’s a Charm: Travis Mayer is Going Back to the Games
Five hours to redo 19.5 for a third and final time.
Just five hours to recover, refuel, refocus. 300 minutes for your legs to feel fresh, for your ripped hands to heal. 18,000 seconds to summon all your strength, heart, nerve and sinew for one final push. Just five short hours to qualify for the 2019 CrossFit Games.
That was the prospect facing Travis Mayer at 11am on Monday, March 25th.
Mayer had opened his 2019 Open campaign with 5th, 19th and 61st place finishes solidifying a seemingly rock solid bid for a Games invitation. Then a 210th place finish in 19.4 and suddenly plans for the first week in August seemed a little premature. It would all come down to the final week.
Flash forward to Monday morning, 11am and Travis (sometimes known as Trevor) is looking to improve on his respectable, if not dazzling, opening 19.5 gambit of 9:10. A Monday redo would surely get that well under 9:00, no problem. But not this week. Not this workout. With 9 reps to go, Mayer saw he was way off his Friday pace and stopped.
So what now? Was 9:10 enough? Do it again? Is there enough time? Do I have enough energy?
What to tell your friends after Friday night’s get together…
We should really do that again, which is exactly what 95-year-old veteran Ernie Andrus said when he decided he’d run across America…again. Back in 2016, then 93-year-old Ernie became the oldest person ever to run across America. He ran from San Diego, CA all the way to Saint Simons Island, GA. He loved it so much he’s doing it again.
Craig and Jas of Team Richey sit down with Greg Glassman. Together the three discuss what’s happening with CrossFit, Greg shares his thoughts on Jillian Michaels upset and his thoughts on the sport of fitness as a whole.
Precision Nutrition coach Brian St. Pierre joins Michael Cazayoux on the Brute Strength podcast to discuss his current diet regimen, how to keep nutrition simple and stay consistent while getting the most out of doing the least amount of work.
The Granite Games Open is kicking off April 10 when the first WOD is released, the second WOD on April 17. Register now to compete as an individual or on a team, win some cool stuff and earn your way to the Granite Games. Code “MORNINGCHALKUP-GRANITEGAMES” gets you $5 off registration.
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OFFICER HONORED — On Saturday, CrossFit Brigade in Chattanooga, TN honored fallen officer Nicholas Galinger with a memorial WOD in his honor.
CRU’S CRUSADERS — OC Athletix in San Clemente, CA raised over $1,000 during a fundraiser WOD Saturday for Cru Mercuro, a six-year-old boy with cerebral palsy. All funds raised will go towards an advanced spinal surgery that could result in him walking unassisted.
BRUTE STRENGTH IS HIRING — Brute Strength is hiring a Sports Performance Coach to join the Brute Strength staff. Applications are being accepted from candidates with a minimum of two years experience in the coaching field, both in person and remotely, including the strength and conditioning field.
NOBULL ALSO HIRING — NOBULL is also hiring for several positions in Boston, MA and also New York City.
FOOD DRIVE A SUCCESS — CrossFit 460 in Blacksburg, VA held a food drive all five weeks of the Open. In total, they donated 485 pounds of food to the Interfaith Food Pantry.
CHALK UP IN 2 MINUTES(a highlight reel around social media of CrossFit pros and average joes)
Happy fifth birthdayDoughnuts & Deadlifts • Good Dudes Rich Froning, Dan Bailey, and Josh Bridges have a coffee line coming out • Kate Nye clean and jerks 290 pounds for a PR • Bethany Shadburne hang snatches 190 pounds • Brent Fikowski is at the Roam Ranch with EPIC • Colleen Fotsch does a max power clean to overhead at 240 pounds • Barni Bojte gets a 331 pound
clean and jerk PR • Stefi Cohen deadlifts 440 pounds for 3 sets of 3 with a stiff bar • Olivia Vollmar hits a 205 pound deadlift PR • Alex Anderson is expecting a baby girl.
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Asia CrossFit Championship Roster —The roster is finalized for the Asia CrossFit Championship, which will take place in Shanghai April 27 – 29. Names to pay attention to:
— Men: Lukas Esslinger, Kristof Horvath (Laura Horvath’s brother), Matt McLeod, Josh Woodhull, Zeke Grove, Jacob Heppner and Brent Fikowski.
— Teams: Team Invictus Grown Strong, Misfit 852, Project X, CrossFit Mayhem Independence and TeamBlack.
— And event three is: Yesterday organizers announced Event 3 of the Asia CrossFit Championship: A C2 Triathlon.
Reykjavik CrossFit Championship Roster — The official roster for Reykjavik CrossFit Championship, which will take place May 3 – 5,was announced yesterday. There are places for Wild Card picks and there are also some familiar names listed:
— Men: Streat Hoerner, Jacob Heppner, Tim Paulson, John Coltey and Lefteris Theofanidis.
— Women: Dani Speegle, Anna Fraghou, Carole Castellani, Sol Sigurdadottir and Lea Smith.
— Teams: Invictus Boston, Superhero Project, and 12 Labours Big Dawgs.
Becky Conzelman Update — Updates on Becky Conzelman are now being posted on her official athlete page. “Angiogram showed no signs of vasospasm which is a blessing. Becky is experiencing ‘storming’ which triggers her body to tense periodically. She’s going through a period of high somnolence which makes her much less interactive, and feels to the family like a setback, but the medical team sees it as an unsurprising part of the process which is being carefully monitored.”
The first ever Open in the new era of the CrossFit Games has ended and, following video verification, the next batch of CrossFit Games qualifiers will be determined.
Dani Speegle is currently in line to qualify as the United States National Champion, and now that the Open is in the rearview, she took the time to reflect on each workout and the major takeaways from each week.
19.1: Score: 344 Reps – 13th Worldwide, 13th place Overall after week 1
Dani’s Take: The first attempt of 19.1 was fantastic because it was during the SiD competition. Being out on the competition floor always inspires good scores so it was a great time; with a lot of amazing athletes. For me the wall balls were the easy part so as I would start, I would relax 1-2-3-4 ok this isn’t so bad…breathe. 14-15-16 damn I have to get back on the rower really soon.
The redo on this one was rough. Going straight from the competition to a box to redo 19.1 was mentally, emotionally, and absolutely physically draining. I was burnt out from the competition, my body was tired, and my mind was not ready for 15 more minutes of pain. I went into the Open saying I wanted to qualify for the Games through a top 20 spot.
Of course, I would have ecstatically accepted a passed down sanctioned event invite; but I wanted to really “earn” it. In my head that validated that I deserved to be at the games. So I strapped in for 15 more minutes. During that redo the whole time I just kept one thing on repeat, “Don’t do it for nothing.”