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What We’re Thankful For This Thanksgiving

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In today’s edition:

  • What are we thankful for this Thanksgiving?
  • Elliot Simmonds eyes Dubai Fitness Championship as the beginning of his comeback
  • CAPABLE publishes pilot study, continues exploring CrossFit in cancer recovery

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“Thankfulness is measured by the number of words. Gratitude is measured by the nature of our actions.” - David O. McKay

  Ten Things We are Thankful for this Thanksgiving  

Ten Things We are Thankful for this Thanksgiving

It is that time of the year. There is a chill in the air, and everyone starts to gather to celebrate and reflect on the year that was 2023. Thanksgiving is when we give thanks for all the good we have experienced during the year–from push jerks and PRs to family and friends.

CrossFit has delivered an incredible year full of people and things to be thankful for. Here are ten things we were happy to have in our lives in 2023. Let’s raise a glass to what we are grateful for from CrossFit this year.

1) Ricky Garard Returns to Rogue

After returning to the CrossFit Games in 2022 to finish in third place, the stage was set for Ricky Garard to have a monster 2023. That is, until he crashed his mountain bike in the middle of the competition season, tore the AC joint in his shoulder, and had to withdraw from the Games season. Garard pursued his rehab diligently and made a triumphant return to the Rogue Invitational in October. He finished the weekend in fifth place and won Event 2, “Seat at the Bar.” 2024 looks to be a big year for the Aussie.

2) Roman’s Final Day of the 2023 CrossFit Games

Ask anyone about the most powerful moment of the 2023 CrossFit Games and most will say one word: Roman. Khrennikov looked fantastic to start the weekend, with no finish outside ninth place until the eighth workout of the Games. It looked to be a fight to the finish between Adler and Khrennikov but then Khrennikov landed awkwardly on a sandbag as he jumped over his log during the Muscle-Up Logs event. He was seen in a wheelchair after the event and surprised the crowd in the Coliseum when he limped in and proceeded to gut out double under after double under on one leg.

In the post-event interview, Khrennikov continued to wow the crowd with his dedication. He was asked what kept him going. He responded, “I want to be a hero for my son and have him see me fight until the end.”

I’m not crying; you’re crying.

3) Female Coaches

With Jeff Adler and Patrick Vellner standing on the CrossFit Games podium this year, two female coaches stood incredibly proud. Caroline Lambray and Michelle Letendre have been coaching Adler and Vellner, respectively, for years, and seeing two-thirds of the men’s podium coached by women was a big deal in a sport primarily populated by male coaches.

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The Dubai Fitness Championship announced the prize purse for its December event. The top three finishers in each workout will earn $2,000, $1,500 and $1,000, and the top six overall finishers will earn $50,000, $30,000, $20,000, $10,000, $5,000 and $2,500. All other competitors will walk away with $500.

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  Coach, Business Owner and Athlete Elliot Simmonds Overcomes Injury, Preps for Dubai  


Coach, Business Owner and Athlete Elliot Simmonds Overcomes Injury, Preps for Dubai

Just over a month prior to 2022’s Strength in Depth Semifinal, Elliot Simmonds tore a ligament in his back.

He couldn’t walk, couldn’t sit down but was determined to compete, just as he had been doing since 2014. He showed up to the competition not having trained for six weeks and gutted it out, barely missing a qualifying spot.

His season over, he returned home and resumed his training where, within the first week back, he felt a “twinge” in his core that eventually resulted in him not only not being able to train, but not being able to sit up or move without pain.

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  Following Publication of Pilot Study Findings, CAPABLE Continues to Explore CrossFit and Cancer Recovery  

Following Publication of Pilot Study Findings, CAPABLE Continues to Explore CrossFit and Cancer Recovery

On November 11, nearly 200 CrossFitters gathered at CrossFit in the D in downtown Detroit to complete in the “Million Meter Row,” a fundraising event for the Cross-Training and Physical Activity: A Better Life Experience (CAPABLE) program.

Remind me: CAPABLE was founded by longtime CrossFitter, Professor of Oncology, and Population Science Program Leader at the Karmanos Cancer Institute, Dr. Jennifer Beebe-Dimmer and David Finlay, owner of CrossFit in the D.

  • The program, sponsored by the Karmanos Cancer Institute, offers 12 weeks of free CrossFit classes to cancer survivors (with the consent of their physician). During these 12 weeks, Beebe-Dimmer and her team evaluate the benefits of CrossFit on each participant, measuring things like performance, quality of life, and more.

Getting their data published: In a previous interview with the Morning Chalk Up, Beebe-Dimmer relayed some of the meaningful improvements she and her team had personally seen in each CAPABLE participant, including drastic improvements in metabolic health and quality of life in many of the members.

In a report released in October, Beebe-Dimmer and her team were able to publish some of those results.

According to this report, CAPABLE participants experienced losses in weight, body mass index, percent body fat, and hemoglobin levels over the 12-week CrossFit course. In addition, the medical report listed clinically meaningful improvements in quality of life, covering physical, social, emotional, and functional well-being.

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The members of Override North, of Avon, CT, collected canned goods and money to purchase 15 turkeys and then rucked (& farmer carried) them down Main Street to Gifts of Love in support of their Thanksgiving Meal Baskets for local families who are food insecure. Several hundred pounds of turkey and the ingredients to make all the traditional side dishes successfully made the 1.1 mile journey. Great job Override North CrossFit community!
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