“It is difficult to say what is impossible, for the dream of yesterday is the hope of today and the reality of tomorrow.”- Robert H. Goddard
Forging Youth Resilience’s IGNITE Workout Returns for Mental Health Awareness Month
For the second year in a row, CrossFit community members will have an opportunity to support underserved youth by taking part in the second annual IGNITE workout fundraiser for Forging Youth Resilience.
Jory Johnston, Forging Youth Resilience Director of Development, spoke about the benefits of the initiative: “Hosting IGNITE during Mental Health Awareness month brings immense significance to the workout fundraiser. It will be an opportunity for the fitness community to recognize that fitness transforms lives by improving mental health.”
Remind me: Previously known as Steve’s Club, Forging Youth Resilience began in 2007 with a program in Camden, NJ., but it has expanded to 20 nationwide. The goal is to provide health education and leadership opportunities for at-risk children through weekly classes.
The FYR classes, which are made available to youth through donations, include goal setting and reflection, workouts, nutrition education, and connection with mentors and coaches.
Forging Youth Resilience holds special IGNITE workouts each year to help raise funds.The first iteration ran during the month of October 2021 and featured two versions of the workout.
The second-annual IGNITE workout will take place from May 1-31 as FYR sets out to raise $50,000 to provide services to the community at no cost. The reason for the change is to coincide with Mental Health Awareness month.
The workout: There are two parts to the 2022 IGNITE workout with an 18-minute time cap to complete both.
Part 1 consists of 21-15-9 repetitions of thrusters (95 pounds for men, 65 pounds for women), lateral burpees over the bar, and sit-ups.
Part 2 requires the athletes to establish a max complex of one power clean and one hang squat clean.
There are multiple donation options for the community members that want to get involved. The tiers start at $10 and run up to $1,000, which helps a member of Forging Youth Resilience pursue their CrossFit Level 1 certification.
Organized Bags for Type A Athletes To Stay Focused
Do you hate your messy bag and feel like you waste time digging around for gear?
The Haven Athletic team hated feeling distracted when they just wanted to focus during workouts, so they created Haven organized bags to help.
Haven bags are:
To keep you focused and moving fast.
See exactly where your stuff is, grab it easily and go.
Everyone’s favorite CrossFit manager Snorri Baron went on the Brute Strength podcast for an interesting talk, which is titled “Is CrossFit Inclusive or Does It Play Favorites?”
Artist Matt Ashwood is giving away a super slick painted Roobox Plyobox, what more do you need to know? 🏄🏻♂️
Tommy Takes On Age Group Quarterfinals
Year two of the Age Group Quarterfinals is all said and done, and while the dust is still settling on the leaderboard, athletes across nine age divisions will be eagerly waiting to see if they have the distinction of moving on to Semifinals.
Last season I had the opportunity to compete in the inaugural Quarterfinal round, and chronicled my experiences as a middle of the road athlete getting a taste of competition beyond the Open.
In 2022 I’ve been fortunate to qualify for the Quarterfinals yet again, so I’ll be documenting my experience in year two, and comparing the end result to 2021 for the purposes of giving a first hand look the Age Group Quarterfinal through the eyes of a 36 year-old guy training one time a day taking the regular classes at my gym.
It’s worth noting that my pre-workout thoughts and strategies were penned shortly after the workouts were announced and prior to tackling any of them on Thursday afternoon. After completing each test I then circled back with my post-workout clarity. For this go-round I’ll be listing my breakdowns in the order that I performed them.
Kyle Kasperbauer on Calling it a Career: “Retirement here we come”
Kyle Kasperbauer still remembers his first workout. It was 2009 and Joe Westerlin, the co-owner of CrossFit Omaha along with Ricky Frausto talked him into coming into a class. Kasperbauer said he’d already been working out consistently for three years after his college football career with some free weights, focusing primarily on strength training and accessory movements.
Then he was introduced to Helen, which is a three rounds for time workout with a 400 meter run, 21 kettlebell swings and 12 pull-ups.
It was eye opening, pride crushing, and almost humiliating. “I loved it,” said Kasperbauer. “I had gotten beat by the majority of the class, which in my eyes at that time should not have happened, but it did because they were more fit than I was. That was a big piece of humble pie, and I embraced that. Anything that exposed my lack of fitness that effectively was the real deal. I jumped all the way in immediately.”
Kasperbauer’s long history with the CrossFit Games also started in 2009 when he came in 37th. The 39-year-old, who has officially announced his retirement from the sport, got on the podium in 2012, and has now taken stock on a career that saw him go to the Games 10 times in total as both an individual, team and masters athlete.
“CrossFit has changed drastically over the years for me as an individual,” he said, looking back on his 14 years in the sport. “It started as a way to compete and fulfill my desire for competition. Competing has been life for me since I was five years old, and CrossFit allowed me to continue competing. So I dug into the process and got to work. However, aside from competing, I do still respect my body and have a desire to maintain health and fitness as I age.”
He said one of the most important things he’s learned over the years is how to prime his body, and recover, which includes everything from warmup and coaching to hydration, nutrition and sleep. But no coffee, as Kasperbauer said he’s never indulged to help his training.
“CrossFit was actually a great resource for physical and mental longevity. Not only a physical workout, but a very effective mental stress reliever. It gave me the drive to get better. It gave me things to think about as I am performing the movement. Technique, technique, technique. Overall, in my opinion, CrossFit hasn’t changed, but it has changed my life.”
Kasperbauer holds a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and a Master’s in Athletic Training Sports Medicine. He is the founder and co-owner of CrossFit Kinesis/Kinesis Fitness with Nissa Cohen, and the co-owner of Integrative Psychiatry with Macy Kasperbauer. He was born and raised in Nebraska, where he still lives to this day and runs his businesses.
Kasperbauer’s career has spanned almost everything CrossFit has seen. Rich Froning and Mat Fraser’s dynasty runs, a leadership change, and what many people are hoping is a new route for the sport and company coming out of the pandemic.
But he said at the core, CrossFit, in essence, never really changed at all.
“The methodology hasn’t changed. The movements are still the same. The definition is clear and concise. However, I have changed. My season in life has changed. So CrossFit within my life cycle has changed. People may have changed. Gyms may have evolved. Different people may be working for HQ. But at its core, CrossFit is what each gym and individual make it, and how much they want from it. The more you put into CrossFit, the more you will get back from CrossFit.”
Kasperbauer said after a long and fortuitous career, he is more than ready for retirement, and calling it a career on competing in CrossFit.
Retirement here we come. After much thought, many prayers and multiple conversations with Macy, it’s time for a change. This would have been my 14th year in the sport. Time for the next chapter in my life. More time to focus on my faith, family, business and life, in that order.”
Annie Thorisdottir's Thoughts on Body Image
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