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Why CrossFit Shuttered Their Facebook and Instagram Accounts

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“Imagine a world where we all point a finger inward.” — Logan Gelbrich 

CrossFit Shutters Facebook, Instagram Accounts Amid Data Privacy Concerns


CrossFit’s decision Monday to deactivate all Facebook and Instagram pages indefinitely was fueled by growing data and privacy concerns with the social media giant, Greg Glassman revealed on a call with the Morning Chalk Up.

CrossFit staff has been silent on the changes amid large speculation in the community about what is actually going on. On Tuesday, Morning Chalk Up confirmed that the pages are, in fact, deactivated indefinitely.

The explanation: “All activity on CrossFit, Inc.’s Facebook and Instagram accounts is suspended as of May 24, 2019, as CrossFit investigates the circumstances pertaining to Facebook’s deletion of the Banting7DayMealPlan and other well-known public complaints about the social-media company that may adversely impact the security and privacy of our global CrossFit community.”

  • In a nutshell: Facebook “doesn’t comport with my community standards for privacy and decency, so we’re out.”

CrossFit’s argument: Glassman was emphatic that the breakup with Facebook stems from a fundamental disagreement with how Facebook uses user data.

  • “Facebook and its properties host and oversee a significant share of the marketplace of public thought.”
  • With an audience 2.32 billion monthly active users, Facebook is the largest social media on the planet.
  • “Facebook thus serves as a de facto authority over the public square, arbitrating a worldwide exchange of information as well as overseeing the security of the individuals and communities who entrust their ideas, work, and private data to this platform. This mandates a certain responsibility and assurance of good faith, transparency, and due process.”
  • If you only read one line: “CrossFit, Inc., as a voluntary user of and contributor to this marketplace, can and must remove itself from this particular manifestation of the public square when it becomes clear that such responsibilities are betrayed or reneged upon to the detriment of our community. Common decency demands that we do so, as do our convictions regarding fitness, health, and nutrition, which sit at the heart of CrossFit’s identity and prescription.”

Glassman was willing to live with some of these privacy concerns until a South Africa-based low-carb Facebook group — called “Banting 7 Day Meal Plans” — with 1.65 million members was deleted without warning or explanation.

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So there I was, just watching the Rogue Invitational…


Some back story.

Last weekend at the Rogue Invitational in Columbus, OH one spectator got the chance of a lifetime. She got to hop on a team and compete alongside elite athletes in an official CrossFit Sanctional.

How does that even happen?

During the Go Ruck team event, Elizabeth Parry of team CrossFit Balance was pushing the back end of their cart when she sliced through her middle and ring finger, as well as fracturing her ring finger, when their cart hit one of the metal signs on the field. Elizabeth told her teammates she was fine, keep going, and the team finished that event in third place.

Then she ran straight to the medics, who took one look at her hand and sent her to the ER immediately.

But the show must go on.

Catlin Meade trains with Parry at CrossFit Balance in Washington, D.C at 6:00 AM every morning. Shel also travels with the team as a helper when she can.

Once Elizabeth realized she wouldn’t be able to return to the competition, she looked at Catlin and told her she had to do it. “Catlin thought I was crazy but when they okay’d her I told her to GO! And that’s what she did,” Elizabeth told us.

Dream come true.

So she hustled back to the venue and joined Team CrossFit Balance to finish out the compeition. On the team chipper, Catlin even hit a 145 pound snatch on the competition floor, which is only five pounds under her lifetime best.

“I was terrified going into the team chipper because other than thrusters nothing was a particularly strong movement for me. During a muscle-up I saw Liz taking a seat in the stadium and I got very emotional. Knowing she was there really pushed me,” Catlin told us.

Elizabeth, after getting her hand stitched back together, came right back to Rogue HQ to watch her team compete.

“When I was finally released from the ER and we ran into that arena and saw her on that floor I couldn’t help but be overwhelmed with joy (along with a lot of tears),” Elizabeth wrote on her Instagram. “She’s amazing. I couldn’t be more proud of the experience she got and how she handled herself. It was awesome,” Elizabeth said.

Photo of the Day: Athletes heading out for the swim event at the Down Under CrossFit Championship (Credit / David Risdon)

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WATCH: Road to Madison with Alison Scudds

Alison Scudds just attended the Brazil CrossFit Championship in Sao Paulo, where she placed 5th overall. Alison sat down with Brute Strength to talk training, nutrition, previous competition years and what she has been working on going into this season.



HEAR: Talking Elite Fitness Gets Caught Up

Sean Woodland and Tommy Marquez get caught up on episode 21 of Talking Elite Fitness. The two give you the scoop on the social media purge, their take on the recent Sanctionals, and how they would re-structure the current CrossFit season.



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  • FIFTH ANNUAL BOX CRAWL — On Saturday June 22, Jamie Hagiya and Torrance Training Lab in Torrance, CA are hosting their 5th Annual Box Crawl. A combination between a fun run and a competition that will take palce at two boxes in one day, ending at Rat Beach.
  • CROSSFIT IN THE CLASSROOM — Northwoods Middle School in Charleston, SC has started incorporating CrossFit into their P.E. classes
  • FUNDS FOR CHARITY — CrossFit Swindon in Swindon, UK raised $703 for the Baby Bank Network, an organization that distributes pre-loved baby items to families that cannot afford to buy them.
  • COMPTRAIN IS HIRING — CompTrain is looking to hire an Athlete Care Specialist to thier team.⠀
  • PRIDE DAY OUTWOD — Invictus Boston is hosting the official pride WOD of Pride Week Boston on June 5.
  • AFFILIATE REVIEW — Cameron Bucek, the CrossFit Nomad, recently dropped in to Mayhem CrossFit and wrote a review of his visit.

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

Alex Kamargo gets a 315 pound clean for a PR • Daniel Sterni cleans 305 pounds for a PR • Happy tenth anniversary CrossFit TNTJason Khalipa does 100 push presses at 135 pounds • Happy fifth anniversary to Will and Cassandra Moorad
Buttery Bros will be at the French ThrowdownSynne Krokstad cleans 205 pounds from the blocks • BUBS and Sweet Loren’s is holding a giveawayJames Townsend deadlifts 600 pounds for two • Chase Long gets a 320 pound jerk PR • Congratulations to Andrea Solberg and Sascha Bachmann on winning the CrossFit handstand walk challenge.

…and John Krasinkski gets ready to do Murph.

Wodapalooza Changes Team Format — Wodapalooza is changing their team division. All teams will change to co-ed teams of four, no more teams of three.

— “WZA originated with the desire to provide a CrossFit Games-like experience to the average Joe aka, the 99%. Nothing speaks more to this then aligning their team divisions, from the Elite to Scaled with this same format.

— “Secondly, this format gives more athletes (400+) the opportunity to compete on the bay, under the bright lights at WZA. More chance for more people to experience an inclusive yet challenging weekend competition.”

Team CrossFit Krypton Replaces Camille LeBlanc Bazinet — Team CrossFit Krypton registered for the Granite Games, taking place in St. Cloud, MN May 30 – June 2 with a slight change to their roster. Camille LeBlanc Bazinet has been replaced by Dani Speegle, but Speegle is
already set to compete as an Individual at the CrossFit Games

Team X-Terminators Switches Things Up — Team X-Terminators, who just won their division at Down Under CrossFit Championship, has changed their roster. James Newbury and Madeline Sturt, who helped the team lock in the podium in Sydeney, are already set to go to the Games as Individuals. So team X-Terminators has replaced them with Zeke Grove and Dani Horan. 

Mayhem to Host a Sanctional — On Episode 2 of On the ROad, Rich Froning tells Rory McKernan that Mayhem CrossFit will host a Sanctional in January. 

— Froning: “Hey, Mayhem is having a Sanctional January 29th next year. Individual only.” 

Functional Fitness in the Army — The U.S. Army Warrior Fitness Team shared their mission to promote fitness through CrossFIt. 

— “The Warrior Fitness Team is a great opportunity to show people how to create a work-life balance and that it is possible to have a successful career while staying fit and physically competitive.

— “I feel like there is a lot of unrecognized talent in the functional fitness community within the Army that can go into the public and share their Army story just like our team,” said Grabs. “I think the future is very promising and I look forward to meeting more Soldiers and service members to grow our team and take their story to the public.”



“The Return of the Reebok Fit Barge,” by Jessica Danger, Morning Chalk Up 

The Reebok Fit Barge is returning to Madison this summer for the 2019 CrossFit Games.

From July 29 through August 5, residents and CrossFit Games attendees can hop on board for free WODs and fitness fun from sunrise to sunset aboard the 2019 Reebok Fit Barge on Lake Monona in Madison, WI.

The Fit Barge is just a quick 15-minute paddle from Brittingham Boats, or you can opt to swim which is what Blair Morrison did last year. Seriously tho.

Registered class participants will get a free shuttle from Olin Park to the Reebok Fit Barge. Brittingham Boats will also have paddle crafts at Olin Park, just make sure to leave plenty of extra time to paddle out to the Fit Bargebefore your class starts.

Anything from CrossFit to yoga to stand up paddleboard and boot camp style workouts. And if you already got your WOD in that day, the Fit Barge will also host special athlete appearances and get-togethers, too.

Registration and schedule are coming soon, so if you plan on being in Madison, plan ahead for some Fit Barge fun.



5/24: 24 Heroes in 24 Hours (Ardmore, PA)

5/25: Battle of the Barn 2019 (Bright, ON)

5/26: 24 Heroes in 24 Hours 2019 (Southborough, MA)

5/27: ValorFit Community Murph (Urbandale, IA)

5/30 – 6/2: Granite Games (St. Cloud, MN)

5/31: OUTWOD at Roy CrossFit (Roy, UT)

5/31 – 6/2: CrossFit Lowlands Throwdown (Apeldoorn, Netherlands)

6/1: Warrior Affiliate League Terrible Two (Murrietta, CA)

6/1: Warrior Affiliate League Terrible Two (Victorville, CA)

6/1: The Burn Out 4 Person Team Competition (New Bern, NC)

6/1: Battle of the Vikings (Frederick, MD)

6/1: The Hound and The Mountain Team Competition (Sudbury, MA)

6/1: 2019 Hammy (Hudson, OH)

6/1: Rise of the Masters (Statesboro,GA)

6/1: 7th annual Battle Beyond the Barbell (Sudbury, ON)

6/1: Girls Gone RX (Harrisburg, NC)

6/1 – 6/2: River Ruckus VI (Asheville, NC)

6/7 – 6/8: 2019 Bricktown Throwdown (Oklahoma City, OK)

6/8: The Mountain Meltdown (Park City, UT)

6/8: Battle In The Basin 2 2019 (Joshua Tree, CA)

6/8: Battle on the Creek (John’s Creek, GA) 

6/8: Supergiant Meltdown (Westerville, OH)

6/8: Double Down Skylands Showdown (Sparta, NJ)

6/8: CFE’s Summer Sizzler 2 Masters Competition (Burlington, MA)

6/8: The Charlotte Throwdown for Mental Health Awareness (Charlotte, NC)

6/8: 3rd Annual WODing for SuperTy (Pawling, NY)

6/8: OUTWOD Showdown at Brick (West Hollywood, CA)

6/8: Flex on the Mall (Washington, DC)

6/9: Million Meters Row (Baxter, MN)

6/8 – 6/9: CFCC Triple Threat (Denver, CO)

6/14: 2019 Summer Splashdown (Tuscon, AZ)

6/14 – 6/15: CanEast Games (Hamilton, ON)

6/15: Best of the Midwest Team Series (Greenwood, IN)

6/15: AZFITCOM (Phoenix, AZ)

6/15: Rep Your Box 8 (Jacksonville, FL)

6/15: Rookie Rumble at CrossFit Mercenary (Owings Mill, MD)

6/15: SweetTatas (Newtown,CT)

6/15 – FireTeam 4 Challenge and Fundraiser (Wheaton, IL)

6/15: Gameday (Rochester, MN)

6/15: Summer Slam 2019 (Staten Island, NY)

6/15: The East Coast Gambit (Brooklyn, NY)

6/15: WOD for Wishes (New Brunswick, Canada)

6/15: Garage Gym Throwdown (Austin, TX)

6/15 – 6/16: 2019 Tribal Clash (Huntington Beach, CA)

6/16: Three Fathers RCMP Memorial Challenge (Bedford, NS)

6/21 – 6/23: The Bacon Beatdown (Daytona Beach, FL)

6/22: The Brethren Throwdown (Morgan Hill, CA)

6/22 – 6/23: Clash on the Concrete (Miamisburg, OH)

6/22: Femme Royale (Fort Atkinson, WI)

6/22: OUTWOD (Winter Garden, FL)

6/22: Flower City Throwdown – Men’s Division (Rochester, NY)

6/22: Barbells and Beer at CrossFit Electric City (Anderson, SC)

6/22: 2019 Midsummer Melee (Houston, TX)

6/22: Girls of Summer Competition (Katy, TX)

6/22: Asbury Park Games (Asbury, NJ)

6/22: New Wods on the Block (Lubbock, TX)

6/22: Trained to Go Summer Series 2019 (Raliegh, NC)

6/22: Fifth Annual Box Crawl (Torrance, CA)

6/23: Third annual Bro Royale (Fort Atkinson, WI)

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