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West Coast Classic to Use the Open as Qualifier

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Interviewed at CrossFit Games, Jeb Simmons, owner of NorthFit Creamery, the home of CrossFit Fort Atkinson, had this to say about Jones products:

“A big thing for me is that Jones is family run. Living in Fort where Jones is based, I know their products are high quality. Whether you’re eating protein or carbs, it’s got to be good, quality food. That’s something athletes always strive to find. And that’s what you get with Jones.”

Jeb, thanks for making Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin proud!


“Either you run the day or the day runs you.” — Jim Rohn

Fittest in Cape Town, West Coast Qualifiers Announced


The 2019-2020 CrossFit Games season has unofficially kicked off with the release of the International Online Qualifier event 1 on Monday evening. If you haven’t been paying attention, the International Online Qualifier (IOQ) is a single online qualifier for four Sanctionals: Filthy150, Wodapalooza, Atlas Games and SouthFit CrossFit Challenge.

Fittest in Cape Town changes:

  • There will be 30 male, 30 female and 30 elite teams.
  • They are also adding a single-day community team event, and two-day competition categories for 15-17-year-old teens and a 40+ masters division.
  • FiCT continues the trend of Sanctionals not using wildcard invites.

How to qualify:

  • Champions of FiCT 2019 will receive direct invites to compete in 2020.
  • Top 10 male and female athletes and top 5 teams from the 2019 CrossFit Games will receive automatic invites. There will be no backfilling.
  • The top 10 male and female athletes from the 2019-2020 Open will receive automatic qualification. There will be no backfilling.
  • Athletes must register before the start of FiCT’s online qualifier otherwise their spot is forfeited.
  • All remaining spots (teams and individuals) will be filled from their online qualifier from November 22 – December 2, 2019.

Another important update: According to an Instagram post, West Coast Classic is going to be using the Open as their qualifier, joining six other Sanctionals. Exactly 1/4th of all Sanctionals will use the Open in the 2019-2020 season.

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WATCH: On the Path to Mastery with James Newbury
Under Armour spent some time with James Newbury to highlight how the Under Armour Athlete Performance Team helped him prep, train, and recover for the 2019 CrossFit Games. The Under Armour Athlete Performance Team even trained right alongside Newbury.


HEAR: Why Goal Setting Sucks and How to Fix It
On this episode of the Working Against Gravity podcast, hosts Adee and Michael Cazayoux break down four common reasons why people fail at goal setting and four practical steps for setting goals that actually work.


GET: Your New Favorite Jeans from Revtown
What makes Revtown the best jeans of 2019? Mobility, mobility, and…you guessed it, mobility. These super comfortable jeans are made by a few ex Under Armour guys who took everything they knew about performance apparel and applied it to your new favorite jeans.


EAT: Low-Carb Chili with Turkey
This flavourful low-carb chili is sure to become a staple weekday dinner recipe. Ready in under an hour, this no bean chili recipe is an absolute taste sensation. Best served with sliced avocado, sour cream, fresh coriander and lime wedges. 


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  • GYMNASTICS SEMINAR IN FL — CrossFit Iron Legion in Ocala, FL is hosting a gymnastics seminar with Simon Nieland from the UK on September 14 – 15. Athletes and coaches will be run through what execution of the basics feel like, necessary skill progressions and mobility and flexibility for all skills covered, with explanations of how best to approach the work.
  • WHY SUFFER ALONE — On August 23 and 24, an online workout called the Why Suffer Alone 2019 Challenge will take place to show how exercise could be used as a coping mechanism for mental health. All funds raised will go to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
  • WODAPALOOZA ONINE PRIZE CHALLENGE — The WZA Online Prize Challenge on the ChallengeMe app consists of the same exact qualifier workouts but gives athletes the opportunity to win free trips to Miami, progressive money pot cash prizes for the top 50 in each division, free passes, Wildcard placement in the Gauntlet, and prizes from sponsors.
  • NEW AFFILIATE MEET AND GREET — MoTown CrossFit opened last month in Morganton, NC. They are hosting a meet and greet on Friday night with food and live music. 
  • BRICK CROSSFIT — Brick CrossFit in Los Angeles, CA is offering 50 percent off your first month of membership or 25 percent off a class package for anyone who cancels their membership to Equinox or SoulCycle.

CHALK UP IN 2 MINUTES (a highlight reel around social media of CrossFit pros and average joes)

Happy sixth anniversary CrossFit Provoke Zach Watts snatches 315 pounds for a PR • Ethan Bates gets his first ring muscle up • The Buttery Bros and Tommy Marquez will be competing at the Iron Games in September • You can soon enter to win an all-expenses paid trip for two to the Dubai CrossFit ChampionshipKristin Pope front squats 253 poundsEhea Schuerch is now being coached by Max El Hag and Training Think Tank

…and we don’t even really know what this is, but we can’t look away. 

WIT + Adidas Exclusive Lifter Coming Soon — An exclusive collaboration between Adidas and WIT, the Adipower 2 x WIT, is coming to the WIT store. You can enter to win a pair or grab them when they launch on August 19.

Adding Fats to Your Diet — Working Against Gravity shared an article on easy ways to add fats to your diet. 

— “If you’re hoping to lose fat and change your body composition, you should avoid all fats, right? Wrong. Like many parts of nutrition, it’s more complicated than that. In general, fat is a very important part of a healthy diet. In fact, you need fat for your body to function properly. Fats are essential for healthy hormones and cell repair. Whether following a traditional macro balance or a keto (higher fat) diet, we want to make sure the fats we’re consuming are mainly heart-healthy ones.”

Survival of the Fittest Soldier — Writing for Connecting Vets, Devon L. Suits covers the experience of Army Lieutenant Colonel Anthony Kurz and Army Captain Chandler Smith at the 2019 CrossFit Games.

How KT Trombetta Found CrossFit and Made it to the Games — KT Trombetta shared with the Telegraph how she found CrossFit and how she went from not being able to do a pull-up to competing in Madison. 

— “Trombetta’s CrossFit ascension came from the most humble of beginnings. ‘She wasn’t any good at it,’ her coach Willie Moore said, ‘but she loved it.’

— “Trombetta confirms that initial assessment. ‘When I came into this gym,’ she said, ‘just to start taking classes, I couldn’t do a pull-up. I couldn’t do a handstand. I couldn’t hold my chin above the pull-up bar.'”


“Fraser and Toomey Expand their Games Career Resumes Together,” by Chad Schroeder, Morning Chalk Up

After the 2018 CrossFit Games, both Tia-Clair Toomey and Mathew Fraser moved to Cookeville, Tennessee to train together at CrossFit Mayhem alongside Rich Froning, the Mayhem Freedom Team, and all of the other top CrossFitters that pass through the Mayhem doors during the season.

On an unstoppable train: The two bellwethers are setting records left and right. Their training partnership and competitive rivalry are paying dividends for both in 2019.

Competing head-to-head in Miami for the Open 19.5 announcement, Fraser beats Toomey and sets the world record for 19.5, only the second time that has been done during an Open announcement (Samantha Briggs set the world record in the Open 14.5 announcement).

They both won the Rogue Invitational. And in their informal competition, Fraser beat Toomey with 712 points to her 696 points. But Toomey had four event wins to Fraser’s three. At the 2019 CrossFit Games, both won the championship with Toomey earning 1071 points to Fraser’s 984 points. But Fraser this time had more events wins with six to Toomey’s five. Click here for more details on their 2019 CrossFit Games performances.

Nearly identical careers: In their CrossFit Games careers, Toomey is just one year behind with Fraser’s first Games in 2014 to Toomey’s first in 2015. Ironically career stat-wise, Toomey right now is practically in the same position that Fraser was in at the end of the 2018 Games.


8/16: OUTWOD Charlotte (Charlotte, NC)
8/16 – 8/17: WodFest 2019 (Joplin, MO)
8/17: Fittest in the Fork (Ft. Sill, OK)
8/17: Barbells For Bullies at CrossFit QDA (Buffalo, NY)
8/17: CrossFit Sua Sponte’s Summer Slam (Raleigh, NC)
8/17: The Fossil Games (Denver, CO)
8/17: Warhorse Games KC (Kansas City, KS)
8/17: CrossFit Shatter Summer Slam (Albany, NY)
8/17: The Syndicate Series Presents The Battlegrounds (Columbia, MD)
8/17: Poore Beer and CrossFit Benefit (Hendersonville, NC)
8/17: Unbroken Series Adaptive Games (Marion, NC)
8/17: 6th annual Babes and Bros (Grand Rapids, MI)
8/17: The Battlegrounds at 12 Labours CrossFit (Columbia, MD)
8/17: Back Lot Bout (St. Charles, MO)
8/17: Summer Slam (Raleigh, NC)
8/17 – 8/18: Mayhem on the Mountain (Pelham, AL)
8/18: Red Raider Backyard Brawl III (Coatesville, PA)
8/18: Summer Sizzler (Akron, OH)
8/21: Wodapalooza Individual Qualifier (Online)
8/23 – 8/24: Third Annual 24 in 24 (Cumming, GA)
8/24: Battle For the Badge (Vestal, NY)
8/24: OUTWOD Miami at Move.Lift.Live (Miami, FL)
8/24: OUTWOD Las Vegas at CrossFit Social City (Las Vegas, NV)
8/24: Deadlifts for Kids (Lilburn, GA)
8/24: The Southern Games 2019 (Louisville, KY)
8/24: 2019 Koda First Timer’s Open (Oklahoma City, OK)
8/24: Rumble on the Bay (Green Bay, WI)
8/24: Ragin’ Games (Lafayette, LA)
8/24: The 10th Annual Iron Belle (Austin, TX)
8/24: Battle of the Boxes (Plymouth, MI)
8/24 – 8/25: Oregon CrossFit’s Best of the West Summer Event 2019 (Bend, OR)
8/24: Third Annual Hotshots 19 Memorial WOD (Woodstock, GA)
8/24 – 8/25: Railyard Riot (Lincoln, NE)
8/30 – 8/31: The Southwest Championships (Orem, UT)
8/30 – 8/31: The 3rd Annual Tampa Bay Games (Tampa, FL)
8/31: The Big WODowski Partner Competition (Delafield, WI)
8/31: Girls Gone RX (Charlevoix, MI)
8/31: Roots Ruck Around the Clock (Poulsbo, WA)
8/31: Saved By the Barbell (Waite Park, MN)
8/31: T-Town Throwdown Partner Comp (Tyler, TX)
8/31: Battle of the Beasts (Quebec, Canada)
8/31: Summer Showdown 2019 (Owosso, MI)
9/5 – 9/7: The Iron Games (Cedar City, UT)
9/7: Power Output Challenge 8 (San Antonio, TX)
9/7: Family Fitness Faith Festival (College Station, TX)
9/7: Sirens of September (Smithfield, RI)
9/7: Garden State Open (Berkeley Heights, NJ)
9/7: Hill City Throwdown (Lynchburg VA)
9/7: Midwest Fall Classic (Tulsa, OK)
9/7: OUTWOD Asheville at CrossFit Pisgah (Asheville, NC)
9/7: OUTWOD Brooklyn at Park Slope CrossFit (Brooklyn, NY)
9/7: Double Trouble at Crossfit Unwavering (El Mirage, AZ)
9/7: Girls Gone RX (Virginia Beach, VA)
9/7: WODderfest (Beaufort, SC)
9/7: Primal Parkinson’s Ride (Tampa, FL)
9/7: SE TEX Masters Fall Classic (Cypress, TX)
9/7: The Sugar Skull Showdown (Agawam, MA)
9/7: Power Output Challenge (San Antonio, TX) 
9/7: 5th Annual Iron Maidens Raw Open (Brooklyn, NY)
9/7: Barbells for Boobs 5K and Family Fun Run (Cornelius, NC)
9/8: Wingman (Lincoln, United Kingdom)
9/14: Charm City Throwdown (Sparks, MD)
9/14: Stateline Throwdown (McHenry, IL)
9/14: Stealth Fitness Combine (New Brunswick, NJ)
9/14: Coffland Hero Challenge WOD (Vestal, NY)
9/14: OUTWOD Grand Rapids (Grand Rapids, MI)
9/14: 6th Annual Cancer Smash (St. Augustine, FL)
9/14: Project: Uplift 5.0 (Fort Collins CO)
9/14: Warrior Affiliate League Three Amigos (Rancho Cucamonga, CA)
​9/14: Mucc Town Throwdown (Winnemucca, NV)
9/14: Reps and Rescues Rumble (Olathe, KS)
9/14: Festivus Games at CrossFit Indestri (Collingwood, ON)
9/14: Granite Games at CrossFit Gallant (Bedford, TX)
9/14: The Dane Games (Mine Hill, NJ)
9/14 – 9/15: Gymnastics Seminar with Simon Nieland (Ocala, FL)

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