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“CrossFit classes are a microcosm of life. They are hard, you’ll want to give up, you have to do the things you don’t like or aren’t very good at, but if you just keep showing up, you’ll get better.” — Jason Ackerman


In Signing Thorisdottir, Nuun Brings Pregnancy Protections Debate to the CrossFit World


Last week, when Annie Thorisdottir announced her new partnership with Nuun, her contract came with something unique: a pregnancy clause ensuring that she would continue to receive financial support if she were to decide to take time off to start a family.

[I am] very honored to be aligned with a partner who shares my commitment to advocating for female representation in sport,” Thorisdottir, who is not pregnant, said in a statement.

Nuun, the makers of hydration products like electrolyte tablets and powders, recently overhauled their existing contracts for their twenty-plus female athlete roster to formalize pregnancy clauses and support athletes throughout the term of their contract, “including through pregnancy.”

“Nuun is on a mission to inspire more movement and a key value in bringing this to life is fostering a level playing field for all athletes,” said Kevin Rutherford, Nuun President and CEO. “We are honored to welcome Annie into the Nuun family and support an extraordinary athlete that demonstrates that success in sport is equally measured through both: results and the way in which you accomplish them.”

Essentially by doing this, Nuun is contractually recognizing that female athletes still have value when they’re pregnant, not just when they’re competing.

“We have always continued to support our athletes whether or not they podium, PR or become pregnant. We’ve never included termination clauses that would allow us to back out of our supported sponsorship of a partner in sport,” Rutherford wrote in a blog post announcing the change.

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  • ROWING FOR VETERANS — On June 1, forty teams rowed more than 25,000 meters to raise awareness and financial support for United States Military Veterans during the Million Meter Row at CrossFit in the D in Detroit, MI. 
  • WOMENS WEEK — The Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office in Minneapolis, MN is hosting seventeen participants at the Women’s Academy this week to encourage more women to pursue a career in law enforcement. The week includes patrol, investigations, de-escalation and defensive tactics, health and wellness and CrossFit. 
  • CROSSFIT AND BEER — Dragoon Brewing Compay in Phoenix, AZ hosts the quintessential CrossFit class, Brewery Bootcamp, on Sundays. Drop-in for a WOD and stay for a beer.

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

Robbie Southards does 45 back squats at 315 pounds Reebok has a new maternity line out • Michael Creek gets his first muscle-up • Eight-year-old Olivia Hurst gets a 70 pound deadlift • Bonnie Wright Juno presses 100 poundsLauren Bolich
deadlifts 255 pounds • Dave Spitz power cleans 400 pounds • Maddison Pannell gets a 178 pound
high hang snatch • Hayley Murillo split jerks 225 pounds for two • Evie Hollis hang cleans 220 pounds • Becca Voigt gets a ten rope double under for RX Smart Gear‘s ten-year anniversary • Pat Vellner completed chiropractic schoolJamie Hagiya does a clean complex at 225 pounds • Louise Vennekilde does a clean + front squat + jerk at 255 pounds.

…and we all need a little pick me up every once in a while, especially with handstand push ups. 

An Important Victory in Maine — Earlier this week LD 364 became a law in Maine, protecting the rights of CrossFit coaches to lawfully coach nutrition with clients as part of a regular healthcare routine, similar to the earlier victory in Tennessee. 

— “Across the United States, CrossFit, Inc. is challenging such restrictions of free speech. It should not be a crime to support people in their fitness endeavors, nor to counsel them to stop eating foods and drinking beverages that are killing them. Yet CrossFit trainers and affiliates have been targeted by sting operations, fined, and threatened with jail time, simply for providing this lifesaving service.

— “An important milestone was reached in Maine this month in the fight against such restrictions: On June 11, LD 364 became law in Maine, affirming an individual’s right to access health care outside the medical establishment. The law protects the right of CrossFit affiliates to share the foundation of CrossFit —  nutrition — with its clients.”

Youngest Person to Climb the Nose — Our Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Justin LoFranco, is an avid climber and mountaineer, which is why we also follow stuff like this: Ten-year-old Selah Schneiter just became the youngest person to climb the 3,000-foot Nose route on Yosemite’s El Capitan. We’re stoked for you, Selah. 



“Another Bad Day for Banned Substances in CrossFit. Garard, Pennacchio Test Positive,” by Justin LoFranco, Morning Chalk Up 

Ben Garard and Manila Pennacchio both tested positive for banned substances and received a four-year ban from competition. Garard is the older brother of Ricky Garard, who also tested positive for a banned substance after placing third at the 2017 CrossFit Games.

Here’s the funny thing: Both the Garard brothers — as well as Pennacchio — tested positive for the same substances: endurobol.

Garard was drug tested on April 16, 2019 after withdrawing from the Down Under CrossFit Championship. Pennacchio was tested the same day at the CrossFit Italian Showdown.

Garad will be banned until May 17, 2023. With the new Sanctionals system, it would be possible for 30-year-old to qualify for the 2023 CrossFit Games. Ricky Garard will be able to compete in the 2021-2022 CrossFit Games season.

Also causing waves yesterday was the re-emergence of Bryan Miller, a 2013 individual Games athlete and member of the 2014 Invictus team that won the CrossFit Games. Miller admitted to completing a 12-week cycle of testosterone cypionate in 2016 when he was an individual Regionals athlete.

Miller: “#fbf to when I did a 12 week cycle of testosterone cypionate. Steroids work just in case you were wondering. The main reason I did it was to see the results firsthand, use the knowledge I gained for any future endeavors, but mostly to make this post, and to chase the Crossfit?.”



6/14: 2019 Summer Splashdown (Tuscon, AZ)

6/14: 30 Minute Rowing Challenge (Greenville, SC)

6/14 – 6/15: CanEast Games (Hamilton, ON)

6/15: Best of the Midwest Team Series (Greenwood, IN)

6/15: AZFITCOM (Phoenix, AZ)

6/15: Rep Your Box 8 (Jacksonville, FL)

6/15: Rookie Rumble at CrossFit Mercenary (Owings Mill, MD)

6/15: SweetTatas (Newtown,CT)

6/15 – FireTeam 4 Challenge and Fundraiser (Wheaton, IL)

6/15: Gameday (Rochester, MN)

6/15: Summer Slam 2019 (Staten Island, NY)

6/15: The East Coast Gambit (Brooklyn, NY)

6/15: WOD for Wishes (New Brunswick, Canada)

6/15: Garage Gym Throwdown (Austin, TX)

6/15: Cooler By The Lake Clash (Milwaukee, WI)

6/15: Wags & Weightlifting (Atlanta, GA)

6/15: Summer Series II (Greenville, SC)

6/15: OUTWOD (Arlington, MA)

6/15: The NCR Classic (Ottawa, ON)

6/15: OUTWOD (Huntsville, AL)

6/15 – 6/16: 2019 Tribal Clash (Huntington Beach, CA)

6/16: Three Fathers RCMP Memorial Challenge (Bedford, NS)

6/21 – 6/23: The Bacon Beatdown (Daytona Beach, FL)

6/21 – 6/23: The MiHi Games (Glendale, CO)

6/22: The Brethren Throwdown (Morgan Hill, CA)

6/22: Strength in Our Streets (Indianapolis, IN)

6/22 – 6/23: Clash on the Concrete (Miamisburg, OH)

6/22: Femme Royale (Fort Atkinson, WI)

6/22: OUTWOD (Winter Garden, FL)

6/22: Flower City Throwdown – Men’s Division (Rochester, NY)

6/22: Barbells and Beer at CrossFit Electric City (Anderson, SC)

6/22: 2019 Midsummer Melee (Houston, TX)

6/22: Girls of Summer Competition (Katy, TX)

6/22: Asbury Park Games (Asbury, NJ)

6/22: New Wods on the Block (Lubbock, TX)

6/22: Trained to Go Summer Series 2019 (Raliegh, NC)

6/22: Fifth Annual Box Crawl (Torrance, CA)

6/22: Barbells For Bullies Detroit (Farmington Hills, MI)

6/22: Barbells For Bullies Raleigh (Wake Forest, NC)

6/22: Big Orange Brawl (Knoxville, TN)

6/22: Gut Check at Unfinished Athletics (Pottstown, PA)

6/22: OUTWOD (Sunnyside, NY)

6/22: The Rookie Rumble at CrossFit PowerHour (Lebanon, NJ)

6/22: CrossFit Wicked (Middleton, MA)

6/23: Third annual Bro Royale (Fort Atkinson, WI)

6/28: Boomtown Summer Throwdown (Burkburnett, TX)

6/28 – 6/29: The NorCal Classic (West Sacramento, CA)

6/28 – 6/30: CrossFit French Throwdown (Yvelines, France)

6/29: Master’s Of The Midway: Team Edition (Lake In the Hills, IL)

6/29: Girls Just Want to Have Fun (Raeford, NC)

6/29: 2019 Chattanooga Classic (Chattanooga, TN)

6/29: Partner Throwdown Part Deux (Apple Valley, MN)

6/29: Unicus Athletics Summer Slam 2019 (Denton, TX)

6/29: 2019 Soul Games (Miami, FL)

6/29: The Freedom Games (Greenwood, SC)

6/29: OUTWOD (Collingwood, ON)

6/29: The Mountain Meltdown Twin Cities (Afton Alps, MN)

7/5 – 7/6: The UG Games (Collingwood, ON)

7/6: The Guardian Games (Lebanon, OH)

7/6: 2019 Rex Rumble 8 (Ocala, FL)

7/13: Warrior Affiliate League Barbellas (Anaheim, CA)

7/13: Wods For A Cause Nova Scotia (Bedford, Nova Scotia)

7/13: The Mountain Meltdown Wilmot (Wilmot Mountain, WI)

7/13: Battle of the Beasts (Hudson,NY)

7/13: The Freedom Fitness Festival (Gainesville, FL)

7/13: River’s End Rampage 2019 (Sharpsburg, KY)

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