The 2020 Games Bring Affiliate Communities Back Together
October 29 |
Good morning and welcome to the Morning Chalk Up. “Atalanta.” It was the final event in the 2020 CrossFit Games and it was billed as the toughest event in CrossFit history, but Kari Pearce conquered in and in the process recorded an all-time great performance; Patrick Clark has more. And, Liverpool gyms fight back against forced closures (spoilers: they were successful).
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“The most amazing thing about this year’s Games -- and this era of CrossFit -- is watching the greatest male and greatest female athletes in our sport at their peak and competing with one another across every event.”- Eric Roza
The 2020 Games Bring Affiliate Communities Back Together
Earlier this year, COVID mandates in states across the US closed down gyms and consequently put a moratorium on the community events that make being a part of the CrossFit community such a unique experience. And then, as if the separation from our gym communities wasn’t enough, the number one community event of the year, The CrossFit Games, was moved online and spectators prohibited from attending in person.
One big thing: Despite the mandates that separated the community, and as COVID restrictions eased up just in time for the Games to take place, the CrossFit community came back together in a way like never before. Over the course of the finals, this past weekend, over 11 million viewers tuned in to watch the Fittest on Earth compete. Many gathered at affiliates across the country to celebrate fitness and gym members long separated by COVID joined back together.
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Breaking Down Kari Pearce’s Gutsy Atalanta Performance
When Kari Pearce crossed the finish line at the conclusion of Atalanta to end her 2020 Reebok CrossFit Games journey this past Sunday, those onsite at the Ranch in Aromas, CA who witnessed it live and the millions watching the stream at home not only saw Pearce accomplish her goal of standing on the podium but also one of the all-time greatest individual event performances in Games history.
Below, we break down Pearce’s dominance and put in perspective what CrossFit Director of Sport Dave Castro called “the most difficult final of any Games, if not the most difficult event, to date.”
On October 14, Nick Whitcombe, owner of Body Tech Fitness in Wirral, England, posted a video to his Instagram page showing five police officers inside his gym. This was the second time police had entered his gym floor that day, first with a warning, then a fine.
One big thing: Whitcombe was at the helm of a Liverpool gym rebellion; one that would soon prove victorious.
Two days before the police showed up at Body Tech’s door, Prime Minister Boris Johnson rolled out a three-tier coronavirus plan in response to the rising number of cases. The new regulations placed different areas of England into one of the three, the third being the most strict tier. Under the original tier three regulations, gyms were not permitted to operate.
Masters Champion Survives Tuberculosis and Ruptured Aorta, Credits CrossFit
It all started in 2017 when Eva Thornton started experiencing an “annoying niggle” in her left shoulder blade. “Nothing hectic. It was uncomfortable lying down but didn’t really worry me in everyday life or training,” said Thornton, a resident of South Africa and three-time CrossFit Games athlete.
A year later, the pain had worsened, but this didn’t stop her from winning the 2018 Games in the Women’s 50-54-year-old division. Still, it was time to get an MRI to see if “there was something serious going on,” she said.
It took doctors a couple months and two biopsies to determine her pain was stemming from a tuberculosis infection. “We actually have a lot of TB in South Africa. The surgeon told me a big percentage of the population has been exposed to TB, but usually it can just sit dormant in your body. Normally we think about it being in the lungs, but it can happen anywhere in the body,” she said.
After her diagnosis in February, 2019, Thornton was immediately put on TB medication “and that should have been the end of it.”
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On this episode of the Pursuing Health podcast, Drs. Julie Foucher-Urcuyo and Dani Urcuyo dig deep into the research on the prevalence of injury in CrossFit athletes. Not only do they provide a balanced discussion of the research, but also note research limitations and suggest some best practices for minimizing the potential for injury (which is already no higher than other physical activities).
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These Three Common Practices that Can Derail Your Workout
Sometimes, good advice can go wrong and that's the case with these three common practices that can cause your workouts to go flat. For example, a proper warm-up is critical, but a long, drawn-out warm-up with endless activation drills and mobility can kill your motivation for the actual workout. Read about this and more in this article from T-Nation.
Barbells for Boobs: October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and to do their part, four coaches from CrossFit Kemptville in Kemptville, Ontario, Canada, completed a 24-hour workout to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research last weekend. Barbells for Boobs provided the challenge and the coaches’ goal was to raise $2,400, which they more than doubled!
Together We Rise: Congratulations to Together We Rise CrossFit in Indianapolis, IN. After COVID restrictions were lifted, they’ve experienced a lot of growth and are opening a second location on October 31.
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