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Sam Briggs withdraws from Regionals

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24 days until Regionals starts, and our CEO just climed his second mountain in three days early yesterday morning. 


“Life is a storm, my young friend. You will bask in the sunlight one moment, be shattered on the rocks the next. What makes you a man is what you do when that storm comes. You must look into that storm and shout as you did in Rome, ‘Do your worst, for I will do mine!'” — The Count of Monte Cristo



What happened?

Yesterday, Sam Briggs officially withdrew her invitation to the European Regionals because she injured her right elbow, “fracturing the joint and rupturing the medial ligament.”

That’s so sad. Is she going to be OK?

She went into surgery yesterday and everything went really well.

But before she went into the operation she did something very Sam Briggs-esque:

“Not wanting my season to be over I managed to strap the elbow up and complete the age group qualifiers so now the goal is get fit for August.”

We’re talking rope climbs, heavy thrusters, heavy cleans, handstand walking, and handstand push-ups. NBD, we’re only talking a broken elbow and ruptured ligament. Just some casual CrossFit for time here folks.

What a BAMF, but that’s still too bad.

It really is too bad since we were looking forward to watching this Masters athlete show all the youngens how it’s done…again.

But from the early leaderboard results, it looks like Sam’s going to be back in Madison as a Masters athlete.



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CHALK UP IN 2 MINUTES (a highlight reel around social media of CrossFit pros and average joes)

Happy 26th birthday to Travis WilliamsMaddy Myers hits a 341 pound back squat • In case anyone is curious, this is what Rogue Fitness gave Games athletes last year after the 2017 CrossFit Games • Fourteen-year-old Morgan McCullough hits a 356 pound clean and jerk PR. 

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“A Theory About Female CrossFit Masters Athletes” by Michele Vieux, CrossFit Invictus

Most competitive – and even non-competitive – CrossFit athletes are very intense if you ask anyone outside of the sport. Based on what is shown on ESPN and social media accounts, that presumption is pretty easy to defend. Besides the “newbie” at the gym who can’t stop talking about their WOD, what they ate that day, and showing off their battle scars i.e. bloody shins and torn hands – there is one group in particular that takes the proverbial cake when it comes to intensity level. The Female CrossFit Masters Athlete. I’d actually argue that ANY female over the age of 55 who competes in ANY sport likely does so with more intensity and fury than any other divisions of that sport. If you have a basic knowledge of American history, it makes sense why.

Roll back to 1971, when girls weren’t afforded the right to play sports in school. If they were lucky, they got to play club sports or in neighborhood pick-up games, but even with that, there wasn’t much opportunity for young women to develop their athletic sides. Women and girls were still confined mostly to cheerleading, team managers and domestic duties. It wasn’t until Title IX passed in 1972, that it was required for federally funded institutions to provide equal opportunity to both men and women in sports.

Think back to your formative years in sport. Most of us started playing a variety of recreational sports – soccer, T-ball, swimming, gymnastics – when we were 5 or 6 years old but really got serious about one or two sports in junior high and high school where we received not only coaching, but the chance to compete at a relatively high level and show off our abilities and achievements. Or at least we had the chance to do so.



4/28: Battleground SoCal (Wimington, CA)4/28: Girls Gone Rx (Cincinnati, OH)

4/28: Salem Slaughterfest (Salem, OR)

4/28: 3rd Annual Appletown Throwdown (Cornelia, GA)

4/28: Brew-N-Brawl 2018 (Lenoir, NC)

4/28: CrossFit Cheltenham Throwdown (Gloucestershire, United Kingdom)

4/28: Badger State Games (Wausau, WI)

4/28: Fight Club (Fort Mill, SC)

4/29: Three of A Kind (Gloucestershire, United Kingdom)

4/28 – 4/29: Walter’s Cup Throwdown (Amsterdam, Netherlands)

4/28 – 4/29: Battle of the Bluffs (Council Bluffs, IA)

4/28 – 4/29: King City Throwdown (Tupelo, MS)

5/4 – 5/5: Tough As Nails (Lubbock, TX)

5/4 – 5/5: No Gutz No Glory (Denver, CO)

5/4 – 5/5: Throwdown in Joe Town (St. Joseph, MO)

5/4 – 5/6: European Masters Throwdown (Budapest, Hungary)

5/5 – 5/6: Tribal Clash (Quarteira, Portugal)

5/5 – 5/6: Barbell de Mayo (Woodbridge, VA)

5/5 – 5/6: Manila Throwdown (Manila, Philippines)

5/5: Cinco de Mayo Classic (San Antonio, TX)

5/5: The Locomotive Games III (Youngstown, OH)

5/5: Granite Games Throwdown (Southaven,  MS)

5/5: Battle of the Boro (Goldsboro, NC)

5/5: New WODs on the Block (Grand Rapids, MI)

5/5: The Crawfish Challenge (Columbia, SC)

5/5: Masters of the Shed (Roxbury, NJ)

5/5: Never Forgotten Games (Redding, CA)

5/5: Burpees de Mayo (Phoenix, AZ)

5/11 – 5/12: Beast Mode Games (Greenville, SC)

5/11 – 5/12: Midwest Monster (Joplin, MO)

5/11 – 5/12: Reebok’s Ready for Action – Fittest in Israel (Israel)

5/12: Barbells for Bullies (Danbury, CT)

5/12: The Mountain Meltdown (Park City, UT)

5/12: The 5th Element (Bedford, NH)

5/12: Soho Brawl (Tampa, FL)

5/12: Fallout in the Falls (Wichita Falls, TX)

5/18 – 5/20: East Regional (Albany, NY)

5/18 – 5/20: Europe Regional (Berlin, Germany)

5/18 – 5/20: South Regional (Salt Lake City, UT)

5/19: Raising the Bar for Recovery (Medina, OH)

5/19: East Coast Battle (Hanover, MD)

5/19: Barbells in the Burbs (Carol Stream, IL)

5/19: Gladiator Games (Concord, NC)

5/19: The Pillage of Palm Harbor (Palm Harbor, FL)

5/19: Spring Fling Partner Throwdown (San Anselmo, CA)

5/19: SilverFox Masters Competition (San Clemente, CA)

5/19: Ultimate Fitness Championship (Kennewick, WA)

5/19: Warriors Hope 2018 (Greenwood, IN)

5/19: T-Town Throwdown (Tifton, GA)

5/19 – 5/20: GameDay Mankato (Mankato, MN)

5/25 – 5/27: West Regional (Del Mar, CA)

5/25 – 5/27: Central Regional (Nashville, TN)

5/25 – 5/27: Latin America Regional (Rio de Janiero, Brazil)

5/26: Beauty is a Beast 2 (Indian Rocks Beach, FL)

5/27 – 5/28: 24 Heroes in 24 Hours (Southborough, MA)

6/1 – 6/3: Atlantic Regional (West Palm Beach, FL)

6/1 – 6/3: Meridian Regional (Madrid, Spain)

6/1 – 6/3: Pacific Regional (Sydney, Australia)

6/2: Kegs and Kilos (Manhattan, KS)

6/2: Long Island Masters (Hauppauge, NY)

6/2: Texas WOD Fest (Houston, TX)

6/3: Summer Sizzler Individual Masters Competition (Burlington, MA)

6/9: Beastette Bash at CrossFit Ananda (Arlington, TX)

6/9: Gulf Coast Games (Mandeville, LA)

6/9 – 6/10: The Heartland Games 2018 (Chicago, IL)

6/9 – 6/10: Alaka’i SUPER Summer Slam (Kapolei, HI)

6/16: Battle on the Creek (
Johns Creek, GA)

6/16: Full Battle Rattle (Robinson, IL)

6/16: East Coast War (Wilmington, NC)

6/23: Garage Girls CrossFit Grit (St. Simons Island, GA)

6/23: 2018 Summer Swolestice (Gresham, OR)

6/23: HAMCO Heat (McLeansboro, IL)

6/23 – 6/24: Asbury Park Summer Games (Asbury Park, NJ)

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