Staging a Sell-Out: CrossFit Events Gaining Support from Government and Tourism Bodies
It doesn’t suffice anymore to run a licensed or sanctioned event and rely solely on diehard CrossFitters to fill the stands.
Australia’s Torian Pro has just rubber-stamped a partnership with the State Government through Tourism and Events Queensland to help sell-out the November event and in turn, encourage fans to spend up big while they’re in town.
The State’s Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones said: “We know that CrossFit fanatics will travel from around the world to watch their heroes in action which is exactly why the Queensland Government supports events. They attract visitors, which creates local tourism jobs.”
CrossFit Torian’s Johno Snape said: “This year the event has blown up massively and we’ve wanted to partner with some great people and great organizations who can help us along that journey and realize the dream of making this event as big as it can be.”
CrossFit During Chemo: Why We All Need To Be #Stronglikelisa
Ask any CrossFitter, suffering is part and parcel with the Sport of Fitness.
But there are very few who will experience pain like Lisa Fosnough, who’s powering through workouts whilst undergoing chemotherapy.
“I can still do pull-ups, just not as many. I can still clean and snatch, just not as heavy. I can still row, just not as fast,” Lisa said.
“My doctors have already told me that they have never seen anyone in such good condition given the high doses of chemo they are giving me, I think this is because of my attitude and my want (or need!) to continue working out,” she added.
Lisa has always been a fighter. The mother of three found CrossFit in 2013, whilst training for her sixth marathon. The 43 year old from Parkville, Missouri joined her local affiliate and was immediately hooked: “It was hard for me to “ease” into it because it felt like the type of workouts I had been looking for all my life,” she told the Morning Chalk Up.
Lisa described how the community at KCI CrossFit in Kansas City immediately became like family. They also provided her a refugee and “safe place” when she was diagnosed with a rare form of osteosarcoma – a type of bone cancer – in her right thigh earlier this year.
“I love when I walk into KCI, I don’t have to worry about people giving me the ‘Aww, are you ok? … All the members just treat me like me,” Lisa said.
WATCH: Reykjavik CrossFit Championship Episode 1
The world of CrossFit gathered in Iceland as Reykjavik hosted their first Sanctional. A small but mighty nation that has been dominating the sport of fitness since Annie Thorisdottir stepped on the scene in 2009. In episode one, watch as top CrossFitters take on Iceland’s infamous mountain. HOME OF THE DOTTIRS.
TRY: Programming For The Open
Gym Owners and Coaches! Are you struggling to run the Open workouts as a seamless 60 minute class? Sign up for a 14 day trial of the NCFIT Collective for access to their session plans written specifically for how to run each Open workout as a 60 minute class. OPEN PROGRAMMING.
JOIN: The WAG Certified Nutrition Coach Waitlist
Registration for the new WAG Coach Certification Program opens Thursday, October 17th. This is your opportunity to learn WAG’s macro-focused methodology that has fueled athletes like Camille Leblanc-Bazinet and Cole Sager. Last time, 66 people signed up in the first 10 minutes so add your name and get first dibs. JOIN THE WAITLIST.
EAT: The Best Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls You’ll Ever Eat
These are truly the best pumpkin cinnamon rolls you’ll ever eat. Made with pumpkin puree and cozy pumpkin pie spice in every bite, then topped with an addicting maple cream cheese icing. These pumpkin cinnamon rolls are bound to become a staple recipe in your home, fall season or not. LET’S GET BAKING.
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Recovery Through the Open
As 20.1 is wrapping up, now it’s about speed of recovery. Poor rest or lingering soreness may be due to low Magnesium levels. Its deficiency impairs both recovery and performance.
FUNDRAISER FOR NASHOBA — CrossFit Kenosha in Kenosha, WI raised $10,500 for Nashoba Learning Group, a center that provides help for those with autism, as well as hope for their families, at their fundraiser on October 5.
BATTLE FOR THE BADGES — UnChartered CrossFit in St. Charles, MO is hosting the 4th Annual Battle for the Badges charity competition on Saturday, November 16. All proceeds raised will go to Backstoppers, an organization that supports the families left behind when a first responder is killed in the line of duty.
CHALK UP IN 2 MINUTES(a highlight reel around social media of CrossFit pros and average joes)
— These 13 Sanctionals are using the Open to qualify and many of them require registration by tonight.
— And if you’re still on the fence about doing the Open, take a lesson from Molly at CrossFit Tilt in Waltham, MA and just do it already.
Unofficial 20.1 Top 10, as of 8:00 PM PT last night:
1. Danial Kamali (8:12) | Alanna Fisk (9:02)
2. Dillon Cravens (8:53) | Tammy Wildgoose (9:14)
3. Sean Sweeney (9:07) | Hannah Hardy (9:31)
4. Kosta Ilic (9:11) | Anastasiya Marino (9:33)
5. Matthew Watson (9:13) | Addison Desrosiers (9:42)
6. Nicholas Urankar (9:25) | Bailey Meraviglia (9:46)
7. Tim Mustion (9:26) | Keiki Tanaka (9:53)
8. Adam Klink (9:27) | Robin McCord (9:57)
9. Luke McMahon (9:28) | Alaina Savage (10:02)
10. Marcus Stanley (9:32) | Laura Flazer (10:05)
Carleen Mathews Shares her Struggle with Infertility — Games athlete Carleen Mathews reposted an inspirational illustration and message on the struggle that some elite female athletes experience after competing for year; infertility.
— “At first I felt like ‘why me and not everyone else? Why can’t I exercise and eat to achieve my goals? Why am I ‘punished’ for being focused and driven when that’s what society is always telling me is the right thing to do?!’ How fucking confusing. But here’s what I learned later, the more I dove in.
— “Today I am inspired by Carleen Mathews, who told me – and is sharing with the world – about what she’s going through herself. She’s super strong and amazing in the gym, but she is working harder every day to heal in other areas. So don’t talk to the strong, fit women like they wouldn’t understand, because they understand more than you know.
It’s 9:54 AM on Thursday, September 5. I pull up to the UCLA Olympic Analytical Laboratory in West Los Angeles.
This is home to the largest sports drug testing facility in the United States, responsible for handling and testing innumerous samples from WADA and Drug Free Sport.
I park and enter this nondescript building across a tightly-packed side street around the corner from a Trader Joe’s. I hand over my driver’s license, sign in, and don a white lab coat. I cannot take any photos or recordings of any kind; just notes on pen and paper and I’m to be escorted at all times.
At 10:00 AM, I’m lead into the laboratory behind a sealed door accessed only by keycard. Flanked on both sides by staff. We retrieve Anna Fragkou’s B urine sample from a storage refrigerator where it’s kept at around -20 celsius.
I put on a pair of gloves and inspect the sample for any evidence of tampering. I find none and sign my name to affirm its integrity. Now the testing process begins.
At this point, it’s important to note how we got here.
On August 22, Anna Fragkou, the 9th fittest woman on earth received an email notification that she failed a drug test, testing positive for Oral Turinabol, an anabolic-androgenic steroid known to promote muscular endurance and rate of recovery.
Fragkou, who was also Greece’s national champion, says she never knowingly took the substance: “I had never even heard of this substance before. I have never taken any such substances and I have always tried to be very conscious about what I eat and consume.”
CrossFit’s first known case involving Oral Turinabol came in July 2018 involving Nuha Almarri who tested positive for the banned substance after placing 34th at the Meridian Regional. Then last season, Chantelle Loehner tested positive for the same substance. Both athletes denied ever taking the steroid.
Oral Turinabol is far from a new steroid, however. Originally developed in East Germany in 1962 by Jenapharm, the substance was used to propel “East-German Olympic athletes to gold medal in the 70’s and 80’s” according to a 2016 Scientific American article analyzing cheating in the Olympics.
According to that same article, “Oral Turinabol was only detectable within five to seven days after ingestion” a decade ago. It was Dr. Grigory Rodchenkov, the Director of the Moscow and Sochi 2014 anti-doping laboratories, who discovered a new method for detecting the substance up to six months after it was taken. This new test was instrumental in helping the International Olympic Committee (IOC) re-test samples from the 2008 and 2012 Olympics.