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The Unstoppable Women of CrossFit: 14 Masters Athletes to Watch in 2021
As the sport of CrossFit has aged, so have the original athletes who once dominated the field at the CrossFit Games. However, perhaps one of the more unique elements of the sport of fitness, is its prominent and active community of masters competitors, giving athletes the ability to continue competing in the sport as they age.
One big thing: In the past three years, one of the most exciting developments in the masters division, is the return of popular Games athletes from the early days of CrossFit to the competition floor.
Most notably, however, seems to be the women who have proven over the years that age is just a number.
As they’ve aged out of their individual careers and moved on to other ventures in their life, many have still returned each year to the competition floor to prove their fitness once again in their age division. This year is no exception.
A quick glance at the list of athletes registered for the Age Group Online Qualifier (AGOQ) reveals several former top level Games competitors ready to make their mark in the masters division.
Leading personal care company Gillette makes its next foray into the CrossFit space with a new deodorant aimed specifically at CrossFit athletes. The campaign is fronted by six-time CrossFit Games athlete Travis Mayer and is offering all CrossFitters a free stick for their gym bag with any Invisible Solid Deodorant purchase. No code necessary.
AGOQ and Occupational Games Update:
All five workouts will be released Thursday, May 6 at 12 PM PT.
Score submissions are due in three separate blocks. The first score submission deadline, for events 1 and 2 are due by 12:00 PM PT on Friday, May 7; the second score submission deadline, for events 3 and 4 are due by 12:00 PM PT on Saturday, May 8, the final score submission is due by 12:00 PM PT on Sunday, May 9.
Here are the floor plans for all five workouts and the updated equipment list.
CrossFit and Addiction Recovery: A new observational study by a Texas A&M social and behavioral scientist suggests that the social networks and community within CrossFit gyms can aid in addiction recovery.
Lead researcher, Meg Patterson on the next phase of her study: “We are launching a study with a CrossFit gym specifically tailored for addiction recovery…I want to see what the social environment looks like in these gyms as compared to the general population CrossFit gyms and see how it supports people in recovery.”
Riley’s family is working with Gift of Life Marrow Registry, which has mounted an urgent campaign, calling on those who are 18 to 35 and in good health to join the registry as soon as possible. Order a swab kit or visit CrossFit Schenectady which is serving as a local registration hub where community members can fill out a donor card and complete a cheek swab kit that will be mailed out by the gym.
Gym Closures Have Devastated Mental Health, Say Affiliates Owners, Members and New Study
New research out of McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario discovered that pandemic-related anxiety and stress, as well as a lack of access to the gym and gym equipment in the last year has made it difficult for people to stick to an exercise routine, which has damaged their mental health.
The details: The study looked at 1,669 participants, mostly female Canadians between the ages of 18 and 29. Each was asked a number of questions to gauge their past and current physical activity levels, as well as their stress, anxiety and depression levels.
CrossFit Coach Helps Greg Upchurch Shed 140 Pounds, Put Diabetes into Remission During COVID
It was March 2020. Greg Upchurch was tired. Tired of being “morbidly obese and and unattractive person all round,“ he said. Tired of living his life feeling angry and bitter all the time.
Upchurch, a Type-2 diabetic at the time, wasn’t sure who to turn to, but he knew his neighbor Bubba Brocard owned a gym, so he decided to see if Brocard could help him get healthy. “Turns out, he could,” Upchurch said.
The details: Upchurch joined Brocard’s gym, CrossFit 120 in Marietta, GA, the day before his birthday last March. A day later, on his birthday, the gym closed due to COVID-19. At the time, he weighed 375 pounds at 6-foot-2.
“I wanted to spend my 49th year getting back into shape…I just had to make a lifestyle change, a dramatic one,” he said of his mentality at the time. And he wasn’t going to let a pandemic and a closed gym stop him.
Upchurch immediately joined a 24-week nutrition challenge Brocard was running and started doing daily CrossFit workouts. It helped that Georgia never really went into a total lockdown, so the gym opened back up fairly quickly, he explained.
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