“I don’t want to walk away. I want to be displaced. So until that time, (the other competitors) better keep trying.”- Pat Vellner, after his win at the 2023 Rogue Invitational
Fundraising Event “Kettlebells For Balls” Lets You Move For Men’s Health
For CrossFit aficionados, November may mark ~100 days until the open, crunch time before Wodapalooza and a turkey day WOD.
More globally, however, November marks Movember (with an “M”).
A portmanteau of “mustache” and “November,” Movember is a world-wide initiative designed to raise awareness around men’s health — specifically, prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and suicide —vis-a-vis mustaches.
Most commonly, participants commit to growing mustaches for the duration of the month. When their saucy ‘staches inevitably start conversations, the growers let people know what they’re doing and why. Hopefully, convincing the people around them to donate to the cause.
However, some people and communities move for mental health and Movember — and that’s exactly what the CrossFit Full Potential and CrossFit Claddagh do.
Every year for the last 6 years, the two gyms have teamed up to host: “Kettlebells For Balls.”
“The event supports The League of Extraordinary MoBro’swhich is a fundraising team for the Movember Foundation,” explains the captain of the fundraising team Ben Cannon, CF-L2 and CrossFit Coach at CrossFit Claddagh in Auburn, MA.
More a community event than local competition, the $25.00 participation fee for Kettlebells for Balls gives you the opportunity to complete 3 workouts, get an originally designed shirt and stick-on mustache and feel good about giving money to an important cause.
“Like in hero workouts, each of the rep schemes corresponds with something significant in men’s health” explains Cannon.
For instance, this year one of the workouts, dubbed Lifeline,” involves biking 988 meters for time. 988 is the number for the suicide and crisis hotline.
And another, called “For the Love of Balls,” is a 15 minute AMRAP of 15 Dumbbell floor presses, 39 bike cals, and 95 double-unders. These numbers were selected because testicular cancer is the most common cancer for men between the ages of 15-39, and if caught early has 95% survival rate.
There is also a raffle that allows you to bid for goods and services for local Massachusetts stops and shops.
Plus, the opportunity to build relationships with athletes at different boxes.
🚣♀️ 🚣♀️ Rowvember 2023 Alert: For the fifth year in a row, Dark Horse Rowing is running “Rowvember,” a month-long, pre-holiday challenge. Dark Horse will provide a rowing workout every day for those who sign up and the goal is to complete as many as possible during the month. Last year, 8,000 people signed up. The goal this year is 10,000.
ICYMI: Here are all the resources you need to get caught up on the 2023 Rogue Invitational:
Tia-Clair Toomey-Orr and Jeffrey Adler won Event 1 at the Rogue Invitational on Thursday night and held the lead on day one.
It took two events on Friday for Laura Horvath and Roman Khrennikov to steal the top spots on day two.
Tia-Clair Toomey-Orr and Laura Horvath went back and forth battling for the top spot on the leaderboard all day Saturday.
Day three at the Rogue Invitational ended with Toomey-Orr holding the top spot while Patrick Vellner vaulted up the leaderboard to a 90-point lead.
What Does Laura Horvath’s Win at the Rogue Invitational Mean?
Although the 2023 Rogue Invitational absolutely lived up to the hype, it seems that there is still a good deal of debate going on when it comes to the question of Laura Horvath vs Tia-Clair Toomey-Orr.
After four events Toomey-Orr had a 60-point lead on Horvath, which she was able to erase and force into a tie going into the last event of the weekend. Horvath and Toomey-Orr went head to head and Horvath ended up winning the event and the entire championship with it.
23 Questions with Sam Briggs, 2023 40-44 Women’s Champion
As we continue with our 23 questions series, we decided it was time to get the 2013 individual women’s champ, and most recently the 2023 40-44 masters champion, Sam Briggs to tell us what she’s been up to this year.
Since 2010, Briggs has made an appearance at the Games nearly every year (2012, 2014, and 2022 were the only years she did not compete) since 2010. In that time, she has stood amongst the top ten individual women five times and on the masters podium twice. At the age of 41, she continues to inspire those who look up to her as she pursues fitness as well as a career in firefighting, where she is a full-time firefighter for the city of Hamilton, OH.
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