“If you have everything under control, you’re not moving fast enough.”- Mario Andretti
Chagrin Falls CrossFit Class for Athletes with Developmental Disabilities Provides “Emotional Lift”
It broke Lori Weber’s heart to watch her 22-year-old autistic daughter Kira go from being an athletic teenager, who actively participated in track and field, cross-country and swimming, to losing her connections to sports and fitness when she finished high school.
“I do a lot of work with people who have different development disorders, and one thing I noticed is a lack of interest in that community to help (people with developmental disabilities) continue to do things that encourage fitness,” Lori explained.
Then one year ago, Lori’s 24-year-old son Barrett Weber—a part-time coach at Chagrin Falls CrossFit, which is located in a suburb of Cleveland, OH, who was first introduced to CrossFit through his oldest sister Gabrielle—convinced his mother to try CrossFit.
Lori saw quick gains, and was also inspired by how fit her other daughter Maya—Kira’s twin sister—had become training there. All this planted a seed in Lori’s brain that CrossFit might be the perfect solution for the people with development disorders, like her daughter Kira.
“I thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be cool to provide something to inspire these folks to keep up their fitness?’” explained Lori, who quickly took action, found a small grant to get the program going, and pitched the idea to Chagrin Falls CrossFit owner Jenn Pishko and coach Liz Kentner.
Pishko and Kentner embraced the idea and launched a pilot project: a CrossFit class for those with various developmental disabilities.
Is the Open a Good Predictor for Performance at the CrossFit Games?
Just like last year, we kick off the CrossFit Games season with the Open. However, unlike most of the Open’s history, it is now only a three week event, and it qualifies a large group (10% by continent) to the next stage of competition. This makes it far less significant for the athletes at the top of the sport who are hoping to eventually qualify for the Games than the Open used to be. The question we’re after today is, does less importance on the Open mean it is a bad predictor for eventual results at the Games?
The 2021 season is the only truly relevant data we have because it was the first season with the Quarterfinals stage. Since 40 men and 40 women eventually would qualify for the CrossFit Games, we have gone ahead and compared the top 40 Open finishers to the 40 Games athletes in each division.
Undisputed: The Story of Mayhem Nation's 2021 CrossFit Games film review
SPOILER WARNING: Some details of the film are discussed in this review.
Tell me if you’ve heard this story before. It’s Sunday of the CrossFit Games, and Rich Froning is sauntering over to the top spot on the podium, preparing to have a gold medal draped around his neck after being dubbed the CrossFit Games champion.
It’s a scene that has played out numerous times–nine to be exact–over the past decade plus, but only in recent years Froning has been joined in the endeavor by a collection of teammates and an ever growing cadre of athletes, family, and friends that make up “Mayhem Nation.”
That’s the primary focus of “Undisputed”, which drops today at 4:30 pm PST. The recently released film documents the journey of Mayhem’s athlete cohort through the 2021 NOBULL CrossFit Games, and works to give us an inside look at four separate individual journeys along with Froning and the Mayhem Freedom team’s fifth turn at hoisting the Affiliate Cup.
Justin LoFranco on The Move Fast Lift Heavy Podcast
The Morning Chalk Up founder jumped on a call with Christian Harris and Joe Rosko on the MFLH podcast to discuss the professionalization of CrossFit, the difference (and similarities) between the Morning Chalk Up and politics, and how we missed the MFLH podcast off our definitive list...
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