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“Gratitude is a quality similar to electricity: it must be produced and discharged and used up in order to exist at all.” - William Faulkner


Letter from the Editor


So this year has kinda stunk; a banner year of bad news ad nauseam. For our community specifically, it’s been especially tough; closures, re-openings, closures again, bad press, and fractured relationships.

But, 2020 has also shown me how much I, and we, have to be thankful for:

I am thankful for my health and that my family has remained healthy through this pandemic. 

I am thankful for my gym, who’s fought hard to keep our community healthier, fitter, and together. 

I am thankful that because of the passion and instruction of others, and the idea of one man 20 years ago, I can keep myself fit at home when circumstances keep me away from the box. 

I am thankful for all of you who continue to support and place your trust in this publication. 

For a majority of this year, it’s been easy, commonplace, maybe even in vogue to default to a posture of defeat — writing this year off, focusing on crisis, [insert bad news here], and putting it on the pandemic’s tab.

But CrossFitters don’t play victims of circumstance. We’re overcomers, fighters, do burpees all-nighters, especially when it’s for a friend in need. We’re the ones who stand up with survivors, rebuilders, losers of weight and sadly, sometimes family. We’re there for whoever walks through the door. That’s CrossFit, that’s our community, and that’s you.

If I can encourage you in two ways today it would be this: pause to remember what you’re truly thankful for, and thank a gym owner or coach. And if you’re crushing it solo in your living room or garage, thank whoever inspired or helped get you there.

I’ll start: Thank you Matt and Caitlin for doing whatever you can to continue keeping us at Red Wolf CrossFit fit, and to Matt especially who introduced me to CrossFit, and Helen, fourteen years ago.

Justin LoFranco

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  Facebook Group Empowers the Women of CrossFit  

Facebook Group Empowers the Women of CrossFit

“I don’t know what I expected.”

Shawna Norton says this referring to the Facebook group that she started in 2017, The Women of CrossFit. In three years, the community has garnered over 9,000 members and is growing fast — around 6,000 of those members joined in the last year.

The big picture: The Women of CrossFit serves as a safe space for female athletes across the globe. It’s one of many social media communities dedicated to giving women a place to celebrate their successes, ask questions, and receive support.

  • “I love the boys, female athletes are who I resonate with,” Norton says, explaining why she created the group. “We have specific conversations that we want to be able to have without men being present.”
  • “I wanted an opportunity to have a safe space just for women who all participated in this sport that, for the most part, changes our life,” she continues.
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Good Read: Online Gym Workouts are Here to Stay

Yesterday the South China Morning Post published an article entitled “Online Gym Workouts are Here to Stay, Says CrossFit Asphodel as it Launches Elite Sports Programme” by Mark Agnew and it’s a pretty good read. In it, the author interviewed Cris O’Brien, the owner of CrossFit Asphodel in Hong Kong. Here are a few key takeaways:

  • Agnew: “Workout habits will never return to pre-Covid-19 times, so gyms need to prepare for long-term online offerings, says a Hong Kong CrossFit gym owner.”
  • Cris O’Brien, founder and head coach of CrossFit Asphodel: “Where I see it going now is that there is a certain section of the population who have decided they prefer working out at home, or with two or three friends somewhere else, because they found it more convenient.”
  • While hesitant at the start, O’Brien acknowledged that “the changes in habits are here to stay, O’Brien has now launched Asphodel Elite Performance, an online programme service.”
  •  O’Brien: “We focus on CrossFit, but in the past we have linked up with different sports teams like karate, rugby, tennis players, and we thought that all of these people are in the same position as our CrossFitters. So the idea was to provide something that was more flexible for sportspeople.”

There’s much more in the full article, so be sure to check it out.

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