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QUOTE OF THE DAY
“Struggling isn’t an option. If you want to get better, it’s necessary.” — Katrin Davidsdottir
The ‘Ones to Watch’ from Australia at the Crossfit Games 2019
Ever wondered what’s in the water down under?
Producing the likes of the Fittest Women on Earth, Tia Clair Toomey and Kara Saunders (Webb), the Australians have certainly cemented a stronghold of the women’s competition at the CrossFit Games.
The Aussie Men are yet to assert such dominance and even got a bad wrap when rookie Ricky Garard was stripped of his third place finish in 2017, testing positive to banned substances testolone and endurobol.
2019 could mark the resurgence of the rookie with two young guns hoping to shake off the stigma and bring the boys up to speed.
“You don’t not go to the Games to win, so I am going to go there and try make a name for myself,” Matt McLeod told the Morning Chalk Up.
The 26-year-old qualified through his dominant performance at the Down Under CrossFit Championship in May, beating fellow qualifier and Games athlete Jacob Heppner, to take out the top spot.
“I definitely want to go there and scare a few people,” he laughed.
“When I’m competing I think about nothing else.”
McLeod isn’t a newbie on the Australian CrossFit circuit, being on the cusp at the Pacific Regionals for the past three years.
“I’ve been trying for a while now and it’s good to have it all happen,” he said.
It’s been six years since he first tried CrossFit, with a background in competitive swimming and boxing.
HEAR: Creating a System of Vulnerability in Relationships
Michael and Adee Cazayoux, hosts of the Working Against Gravity podcast, fill you in on steps you can take to ensure healthy vulnerability in relationships like initiating hard conversations and starters to help get things going.
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2019 World’s Strongest Man — Yesterday, in Florida, Martins Licis of the United States was crowned the 2019 World’s Strongest Man.
2020 Brazil CrossFit Championship Online Qualifier — The Brazil CrossFit Championship announced that they will use the Open in October as the 2020 online qualifier.
— “The workouts to qualify for the BCC will be the same as for the CrossFit Games Open in October 2019.
— “The timeline for signing up, revealing the workouts and submitting the results will be very similar to the CrossFit Games Open. Athletes will have to sign up for the BCC Online Qualifier separately from the Open in order to submit their video for review.
— “More details will be available once the 2020 CrossFit Games Rulebook and the 2020 BCC Online Qualifier Rules have been released.”
In Case You Missed It — Friday, CrossFit Mayhem revealed on a podcast that Elly Kabboord, captain of CrossFit Mayhem Independence, tested positive at the Reykjavik CrossFit Championship for the banned substance Clenbuterol. But this one isn’t as nefarious as others might seem: her positive test found 1 billionth of a gram of Clenbuterol. She has retained
a lawyer, claiming tainted meat or supplements as the possible cause.
— “We believe you, we stand beside you that you did not knowingly take anything and whether it’s a tainted supplement — supplements are getting tested — or a tainted meat, that could be it. We know you as a person, we know you as an athlete and know that how many years have you been competing and never once had a positive test and been tested numerous times,” Rich Froning said.
In 2006, when I was first introduced to CrossFit, I couldn’t imagine the impact it would have on my life.
My children and family are undoubtedly my number one priority and CrossFit and moving on a daily basis are the standards for me to perform at my best. I have seen an incredible impact on my fitness, my mindset, and my ability to show our children what “hard work” is.
Fitness should never inhibit what I want to do, or what my children want to do. You need some motivation to workout. This is a great one! Through training CrossFit on a daily basis for over a decade, it is clear that I will never have to worry about my children asking me to do something physical. Want to play tag, jump on the trampoline, or go on a bike ride? Absolutely, is the answer. This is one of the best gifts CrossFit has provided me.
CrossFit has also made a huge impact on my mindset. Through the Sport of Fitness and also daily workouts I learned to push myself mentally and physically. Every day in the gym is an opportunity for us to overcome obstacles in a “low risk” environment. Low risk in the sense that if you “fail” (perhaps you don’t get the reps you wanted or the time you were striving for) it’s not a life and death situation. You try, you learn, you get after it again tomorrow.
Learning to overcome these obstacles has paid huge dividends in real life, specifically as a husband and father. In daily life when I am approached with challenges I instantly revert back to the skills I have developed in the gym and through competition. I have learned to focus on what is in my control and remain positive, two critical skills that can be developed in the gym really well.
See a workout pop up that stresses you out? Evaluate what is in your control vs. out of your control and focus solely on that through the workout. Get in a workout and your legs start to burn? Start coaching yourself in a positive way, revert away from the “my legs hurt,” and focus on your breathing as an example. Once you develop this skill in workouts it’s amazing how it transfers to real life.