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QUOTE OF THE DAY
“When you’ve got something to prove, there’s nothing greater than a challenge.” — Terry Bradshaw
How a Creepy Basement, Street Parking, and Suffering with Friends Became a Thing
When CrossFit Aspire closed in October 2018, member Jessica Shulz knew she would need something to help hold her accountable to still working out. Instead of joining a different CrossFit gym, Shulz opted for following Street Parking programming at home. So she reached out to friends, invited them all to workout with her, and started an Instagram account, Suffer With Friends.
“I thought it’d be a way to keep myself accountable while doing Street Parking at home. I figured if I recorded myself, I’d be less likely to stop in the middle of the workout and walk to my phone to turn off the camera. I also thought it’d be a nice way of tracking my new journey with new programming and wanted to really see if I could continue to work out but by myself,” Shulz told the Morning Chalk Up.
Street Parking programs WODs that you can do anywhere, as long as there are dumbbells. Sometimes Shulz works out alone at home, sometimes she gets together for WODs in the park with friends, or on Tuesday nights, dubbed the “get together” nights, old members of CrossFit Aspire come together to workout. Often times, she works out in her best friend’s basement, “which we’ve dubbed the ‘Creepy Basement.’ There are some videos that show that it can be a little creepy. We’ve even done a Fight Club parody down there,” she said. Shulz then shares these videos on the Suffer with Friends account.
But it wasn’t just the Street Parking WODs that Shulz was sharing. She was also sharing her mental health and weight loss journey and she found that people were responding to it. In June, Shulz went through a particularly tough time. Depressed and experiencing passive suicidal idealization, she was open about her experience on the Suffer With Friends account.
WATCH: Armen Hammer 2019 CrossFit Games Review
Armen Hammer sits down to summarize the 2019 CrossFit Games from the perspective of athletes, vendors and spectators. He also previews some changes he thinks would make sense going into the next season, which is right around the corner. And, he makes an announcement! SUBSCRIBE AND SUPPORT.
HEAR: Mishka Murad, Pakistan National Champion
John Wooley, host of Make Pods Great Again, welcomes guest Mishka Murad, the national champion of Pakistan, to share how she found CrossFit in Mexico to make friends and learn the language, what it’s like studying for her PhD. and how she felt representing Pakistan at the CrossFit Games. A WORLD TRAVELER.
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EAT: Ground Beef Bulgogi Bowls with Spicy Aioli
This ground beef bulgogi recipe includes a sugar-free bulgogi sauce that is cooked right into the meat to save time on prep but still pack a punch of flavor. With cauliflower rice, carrots, and cucumbers, the veggies balance the beef perfectly and stand up to the sauce without becoming soggy. WHOLE MEAL IN ONE BOWL.
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CLOSING THEIR DOORS — CrossFit Mt. Juliet in Mt. Juliet, TN are closing their doors after six years as an affiliate. Their last day will be August 30.
WOD FOR WARRIORS —WOD For Warriors is Team RWB’s annual WOD held on and around Veterans Day in boxes all across America. This event is an opportunity to support Veterans through functional fitness, compete for prizes, and raise funds for America’s Veterans.
DIANE DESHIELDS MEMORIAL PARTNER WOD — Push511 CrossFit in Baltimore, MD is holding a partner WOD on September 2 in memory of Diane Deshields, who was hit by a vehicle while riding in a charity bike tour for the local fire department. All funds raised will help cover the expenses the family has incurred.
CHALK UP IN 2 MINUTES(a highlight reel around social media of CrossFit pros and average joes)
International Online Qualifier Kicks Off —The International Online Qualifier kicks off today with WOD 1. Registered athletes have until August 26 to submit their score.
— Four in One: The International Online Qualifier is a single qualifier for four Sanctionals: The CrossFit Filthy 150, Wodapalooza, SouthFit, and the CrossFit Atlas Games.
Valérie Boileau on Wearing the Red Shirt — Valérie Boileau just officially took part in her first CrossFit Level 1 seminar as a member of CrossFit seminar staff.
— “This red shirt means more to me than you could ever imagine. This position was my dream. I have been dedicating myself to this goal for a long time now, devoted myself to the process, overcame fears, persevered through struggles, pushed myself out of the comfort zones, and made it happen. This weekend, I was officially taking part in my first CrossFit Level 1 as a Seminar Staff.
— “Words can’t describe how proud, grateful and honoured I feel to be part of the CrossFit HQ family. I am thrilled to enter this new journey as a Seminar Staff, blessed with this incredible opportunity to express my passion for health and fitness by helping people become better humans.”
“Sprint event was exciting.
Field went from 20 to 10.
I was happy with how this played out.
Many were not.”
If you follow @thedavecastro on Instagram, you’ve been entertained by his recap of each event of the 2019 Crossfit Games.
Like the cuts – his posts are direct and brutal – also hitting back at critics in pointing out how the results in early events, mirrored the final standings.
Cutting the field to ten after Saturday’s sprint was arguably the talking point of the Games, and the conversation continues.
“Be better. Be better,” Castro said mercilessly at the final press conference. “Come back more prepared next year to excel at anything that’s thrown at you. All these guys did that, they all excelled at what was thrown at them when it was thrown at them.”
Clearly, sprinting is a sore point.
Games veteran Julie Foucher told the Morning Chalk Up: “Dave is really good at sizing up the community and knowing where we’re lacking and where we need to be pushed.”
Now a big player in the CrossFit Health space, Julie believes the timing of the cut post sprint was very thought out and “decisions like that will move our sport forward.”
“I know that all of those athletes who got cut because of that event are going to be better at sprinting next year and I know that our whole community is going to put more emphasis on sprinting,” she added.