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January 18   |   POWERED BY


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In today’s edition:

  • Concept2 has built the speakeasy of apps for their machines that you need to try.
  • New operators of CanWest’s decision not to honor registration fees frustrate athletes.
  • Pay attention to these six athletes at Wodapalooza who didn’t get as much coverage.
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Concept2’s App Library is Actually Really, Really Amazing

At-home fitness has become a key part of daily life due to COVID-19 and lockdowns around the world, forcing fitness enthusiasts to search for a variety of options to pursue improved health. As it turns out, Concept2 has a jaw-dropping number of answers through its diverse library of apps connected to the RowErg, BikeErg, and SkiErg.

Why it matters: There are multiple companies embracing at-home fitness options to provide robust platforms for users at home. Some have partnered with existing equipment manufacturers while others have built their own. Concept2 forged its own path.

Fiit, a UK-based provider of interactive workouts, partnered with Assault Fitness for a special program focused on the AssaultBike.
RPM, the manufacturer of jump ropes and training gear, launched an at-home functional training program called Atom. Subscribers can order equipment packages from RPM and then attend virtual classes coached by Pat Barber.
One big thing: When, if ever, will CrossFit Home Office decide to get more into digitized fitness?

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$10,000 coming in hot: PUMA told Chandler Smith, their newest athlete, that if his team podiumed at Wodapalooza, they would donate $10,000 to the organization of his choice.

  • TBD on the organization Smith will select but someone is getting a nice surprise in their mailbox.

CNBC: Sugar is the “worst food ingredient for your immune system.”

In case you missed it…here’s the final top 20 leaderboard from Wodapalooza:

  1. Emma McQuaid (677) | Patrick Vellner (692)
  2. Bethany Shadburne (668) | Alexandre Caron (633)
  3. Arielle Loewen (644) | Samuel Cournoyer (613)
  4. Lucy Campbell (642) | Cole Sager (609)
  5. Danie Speegle (634) | Dallin Pepper (606)
  6. Ellie Turner (623) | Phil Toon (588)
  7. Emma Tall (582) | Spencer Panchik (559)
  8. Feerozeh Saghafi (579) | Saxon Panchik (543)
  9. Emily Rolfe (577) | Scott Panchik (533)
  10. Freya Moosbrugger (567) | Taylor Self (519)

Emma McQuaid, Patrick Vellner Win: Four Takeaways from the Final Day of Wodapalooza

  New CanWest Games Organizer Addresses Disgruntled Athletes Angered by Losing their 2020 Registration Fee 

New CanWest Games Organizer Addresses Disgruntled Athletes Angered by Losing their 2020 Registration Fee

When the 2020 CanWest Games were canceled due to the global pandemic, the organizers of the British Columbia-based event emailed the athletes who had already paid their CA$220 registration fee (plus $30 for the online qualifier) informing them it would not be possible to give everyone a refund.

Their explanation: “If three out of 10 people request an immediate refund, CanWest will go bankrupt and there will not be a 2021, or any future event,” the email stated.

The announcement went on to explain many aspects of the event had already been paid for and were non-refundable, including the venue, athlete swag, travel and accommodations for the volunteer team, catering for the volunteers, security, the CanWest app, equipment, signage, and the CrossFit Sanctioning fee
That being said, qualified 2020 athletes were given the option to keep their spot for a future event without having to re-qualify
What happened next: The CanWest Games were canceled once again in 2021, but three weeks ago, it was revealed they will return this summer with new organizers, Mike McLean, EJ Dockery and Ben Siepermann, who acquired the rights to use the CanWest Games name from the former owners.

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  Six Undercovered Athletes Who Made Statements at Wodapalooza 2022 


Six Undercovered Athletes Who Made Statements at Wodapalooza 2022

The elite field of men and women at Wodapalooza is always full of more names and impressive performances than can be adequately covered during the competition. The following six athletes should be on the radar in their respective parts of the world for the upcoming season but didn’t get as much media attention.

The big picture: Prior to Wodapalooza, we knew there were a lot of athletes in the field who are looking for their big break-out performance, whether that be making the Games, having an improved performance there, or perhaps shining in a high profile offseason competition. Throughout the weekend we highlighted many other athletes who were impressive, but don’t sleep on these six either. Each of them clearly has the potential to make 2022 a great year.

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A True Behind The Scenes At WZA

What do you do when you're a six time CrossFit Games competitoir but not competing at Wodapalooza? You make an awesome behind the scenes vlog. Check out Kristi Eramo O'Connell as she explores the spectator side of compeititons.




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Jason Khalipa's EOE40 Challenge

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What Was So Hard About The "Row, Swim, Run" Event?

Well, apart from the rowing, the swimming, and the running. Wodapalooza's "Row, Swim, Run" event had the added challenge of having athletes run on the Air Runner barefoot. Chris Hinshaw explains the huge difference this makes in running technique and how it fatigues you differently from running in shoes.


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  • Jess Krezmien took second place in the WZA OC Remix workout with a time of 8:55.36. Krezmien competed in the Masters 40-44 Women Division and finished the weekend in fifth place.
  • Congratulations to Eveline Lépinay from Montreal, Canada on her clean PR of 195lb/89kg during Wodapalooza. Eveline competed on Rx Women’s Team RxLab.
  • This pup was the only official competitor in Wodapalooza’s Good Boys Division.
  • Rebecca Storm Nagel from CrossFit Wildcoast in South Africa took third place in Wodapalooza’s Adaptive Seated Rx Division, and got her first competition event win in the final workout WZA OC Remix.
  • Congratulations to Lily Burkhead from CrossFit Westchase Largo in Largo, FL on qualifying for your first major competition and competing in the Rx Division at Wodapalooza 2022.
  • Ty Jenkins took first place, including three event wins, in the 13-15 Youth Division at Wodapalooza.
  • Congratulations to Mary Hind from Babylon CrossFit in Babylon, NY on your first bar muscle-up.
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