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Volunteers at Granite Games Details Experiences

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In today’s edition:

  • Who are the people behind the scenes at semifinals?
  • Reggie Fasa talks mindset shift going into Strength in Depth
  • Who is going to make the CrossFit Games from the Atlas Games?
  • CrossFit signs another fitness technology partnership deal
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  Equipment Team Volunteers: The Unsung Heroes of Semifinals  

Equipment Team Volunteers: The Unsung Heroes of Semifinals

Week three of semifinals has come to a close and the fourth and final weekend of excitement until the next stage of competition is looming. Thus far we’ve seen jaw-dropping PRs, big lifts, tears of joy as first-timers punch their ticket to Madison and finishes that come down to tenths of a second. However, if you’re not paying attention, you might miss the bursts of magic that happen between the events on the floor.

The equipment team is one of many groups of volunteers who work tirelessly for hours on end to make an event run as well as it does. They show up rain or shine, do so on their own dime, and literally set the stage for the fittest in the world.

Ensuring small details are taken care of is not for the faint of heart; double-checking weights, rolling barbells, placing sandbags, maneuvering a dozen worms, setting up and tearing down a rig (or multiple), rolling out Echo bikes, tightening clips and carrying dumbbells back and forth are just a handful of the tasks you’ll see the equipment team tackling throughout the weekend; and somehow, all with a smile.

“I didn’t expect the excitement from the equipment team. Although we’re doing manual labor, everyone’s happy to be a part of it,” said Terrence Banks, who was an equipment team volunteer at the Granite Games this past weekend in Eagan, MN.

After CrossFitting for five years, Banks decided to hit the ground running and volunteer at MACC and Syndicate Crown in Knoxville, and most recently got to show up and work hard at the Granite Games.

“I wanted to volunteer because I want to give back and (do) whatever I can do to help promote CrossFit and move it forward — volunteering was the easiest way to do that,” he said. “It’s also a cool way to see the athletes in person, and that’s exciting.”

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In case you missed it: Lauren Kalil, the host of The Bottom Line, spoke to Tommy Marquez, Brian Friend and Patrick Clark about who they think will make the 2022 NOBULL CrossFit Games from this weekend’s Strength in Depth.

He’s back!: Roman Khrennikov has officially landed back in the US after winning the Far East Throwdown. The 2022 CrossFit Games just got a lot more interesting. 🥳

Event alert: The third annual Invictus Boston Invitational will be held on June 19th and will feature teams and individuals, and there will be a live stream of the event as well.

More Sara, yes please: The one and only Sara Sigmundsdottir is dropping more clothes with her line via WIT today.

  Reggie Fasa is All About “Managing Emotions” Now  


Reggie Fasa is All About “Managing Emotions” Now

Reggie Fasa is targeting a debut at the CrossFit Games, by qualifying through Strength In Depth in London next week. The key to his success is a broad foundation in a range of movements and emotional regulation.

“Managing the emotions during the event is important. But you can’t train it, you can’t tell someone this is how you feel. The only way you can train it is by going through it, and putting yourself in that position,” said the 27-year-old Fasa.

Fasa is a former rugby player. He played for Newcastle Falcons in the English Premiership, so is used to crowds and high pressure matches. But he says there is a difference between sharing the burden with a team and only being accountable to himself in CrossFit.

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  CrossFit Blends Technology and Fitness With New Partnership  

CrossFit Blends Technology and Fitness With New Partnership

CrossFit has announced a new partnership that will further blend the worlds of technology and fitness. The CrossFit Affiliate Programming (CAP) team is joining forces with Colorado-based TrainHeroic.

The details: CAP will be available on the TrainHeroic app starting on June 13. The TrainHeroic app offers the marketplace for users to sign up for specific programming. It also helps them track their progress, compete against themselves, and keep connected with peers.

Users will be able to sign up for the service through the training program marketplace, which already hosts programming from Matt Chan, Jamie Hagiya, and Christian Harris among others in the CrossFit space.

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