“Maturity is the ability to reject good alternatives in order to pursue even better ones.”- Michael Matthews
Why I’m Retiring: Sam Briggs
As many of you have suspected, this will be my last season competing in the sport. A few people have been wondering what my plans are for the future, and I wanted you to hear it directly from me. I also wanted to have the opportunity to say “thank you” for the most incredible 12 years competing in a sport, and being part of a community that I truly love.
I originally started CrossFit in 2009 to supplement my training as a triathlete and stay physically fit for my job as a firefighter. From the outset, it was clear CrossFit was unique. I had competed in other sports at a high level, but the difference here was that even though you were competing against other people, they did not feel like your enemy, and the spectators brought another level of energy with them. I knew straight away I had found my people; this is where I belonged.
It was a surreal experience to make the CrossFit Games for the first time in 2010, but that was when I truly fell in love with CrossFit, the sport, not just the training methodology. That first year in Carson, and performing under the lights in the tennis stadium made me feel like a real athlete. I suppose that year was the beginning of the “professional” era with the sport growing and evolving so much over the next few years. In certain respects, we were still learning a lot about how to treat ourselves as athletes … but nevertheless, the experience was incredible!
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Carol-Ann Reason-Thibault is hanging up her laces, calling it a career:
“This sport had a huge impact on my life, as an athlete, but also as a person. I am who I am today because of Crossfit and I’ll be forever thankful.”
Patrick Vellner has joined the TYR team in a major signing for the brand 😎 :
“I’m excited to be joining the TYR team this year,” said Vellner, “It’s a big change for me and I’m looking forward to being part of a group that’s exploding onto the scene with tons of energy. The TYR team is going to be a force.”
Notably, his wearing of TYR apparel would signal that either in whole, or in part, Vellner has departed from Reebok.
In other athlete news, Saxon Panchik is joining the PRVN team, as first reported on the Clydsedale, Fitness and Friends Podcast.
The Syndicate Crown, the newest Semifinal, is looking for volunteers. The application process will remain open until March 4.
VIDEO: “My times finally coming.” Sam Briggs Announces Retirement, Plans to Go Back to Firefighting
“Clash of Champions”: Why Open Announcement 14.5 Will Go Down as the Greatest Ever
One of the reasons why the CrossFit Open live announcements have become such a staple within the community is because CrossFit can gather elites and put them in one spot to throw down against each other. This year for 22.1 they have done it again with Patrick Vellner, Noah Ohlsen, Bethany Shadburne and Danielle Brandon heading to Boulder, Colorado to kick off the season, and fans absolutely love it. As cool as this and past match-ups have been, the collection of athletes for 14.5 is arguably the greatest ever assembled and will perhaps never be seen again.
Burpees will never be fun for most of us, but some methods speed them up so you get through them a little quicker. Make sure your technique is dialed in with these tips to ensure you're not spending any extra time and energy on the grunt part of your workout.
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With the prospect of toes to bars, pull-ups, and thrusters looming large, you need to get ahead of the game in bulletproofing your shoulders. Grab a mini band and start doing these three exercises now to help avoid any mishaps over the coming weeks.
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