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Why You Should Pay Attention to the Australian Sports Supplement Industry

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Souls are like athletes, that need opponents worthy of them, if they are to be tried and extended and pushed to the full use of their powers, and rewarded according to their capacity.” — Thomas Merton

What We’ve Learnt About Changes (Or Lack Thereof) To The Australian Sports Supplement Industry


Last month, we filled you in on the state of play with the Australian sports supplement industry.

Quick recap: The country’s government is proposing to change the categorization of sport supplements to help them get unsafe products off the shelves faster.

Athletes like Kara Saunders and James Newbury threw their support behind the ‘Save Aussie Supplements’ campaign to delay the process, fearing their favorite products would be taken off the shelves while the review takes place.

What’s the latest: The deadline for submissions has passed and the government body conducting the review received an overwhelming 15 thousand submissions, three quarters from the Save Aussie Supplements campaign alone.

  • The government now says it’ll conduct “targeted consultation” with industry – a big win for the campaign – who wanted more say on any proposed changes.
  • The review panel has also vowed no changes will be made until a “regulation impact statement (RIS)” has been prepared and reviewed. In plain English, athletes won’t see any products disappear suddenly without careful consultation.
  • In fact: “If the RIS indicates that if a regulatory change is warranted, and this is agreed by Government, there will be a transition period of at least 2 years.” So even if the laws change, they won’t take effect before 2020.

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  • LOVE IS LOVE — OUTWOD is hosting the First Annual OUTWOD Love is Love Partner Competition and Fundraiser in both Boston and Austin in February of 2020. Teams of two will compete at Invictus Back Bay in Boston, MA on February 9 and CrossFit Jaakarhu in Austin, TX on Saturday February 15.
  • BURPEES AND UGLY SWEATERS — Over the weekend, CrossFit Timoro in Hillsdale, MI held an Ugly Sweater Workout for donations to a local cause. This year they did burpees with a partner, raising $1600 to donate to the Camden-Frontier National Honor Society.
  • TEEN SPRING SPORTS CLASS — Beginning January 6 Land Warrior CrossFit in Suffield, CT will hold afternoon classes specifically for high school teens on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday to help get prepared for spring sports.  
  • STRONGFIT IN SAN DIEGO — StrongFit is teaching a StrongFit seminar at CrossFit Invictus in San Diego, CA on January 11 – 12. They are also teaching holding a Coaches Week January 13 – 16 at CrossFit Invictus. 

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

Happy 7th anniversary to Left Coast CrossFitHappy birthday Eik Gylfadottir • Congratulations to Babs on getting her first muscle-upDex Hopkins has joined the Move Fast, Lift Heavy Team • Dusty Hyland strict presses 225 poundsKelly Wild deadlifts 396 poundsCorey Lunney push pressed 255 pounds for  4 x 4 • Jacob Heppner gets a three position clean at 320 pounds • Spencer Hendel cleans 325 pounds

…and this is the look of mere mortals trying to new movements from Sanctionals.

Confirmed for Strength in Depth — Lukas Hogberg is confirmed for Strength in Depth.

— “Lukas took the unconventional decision not to compete in the 2020 Open, opting to rest and give Sanctionals his undivided attention. It’s now all or nothing in a bid to qualify for The 2020 Games. Expect to see Lukas at his very best come Jan 24-26.”

Confirmed for CrossFit Atlas Games — Paige Semenza is confirmed for CrossFit Atlas Games. 

How to Curate a Professional Culture — On the latest episode of Open Gym with Patrick Cummings, we welcome guest David Osorio, owner of the wildly popular CrossFit South Brooklyn in NYC. From the early days, David knew he wanted to surround himself with professional coaches. This is how he’s been able to do just that.

If You’re Traveling Over the Holidays Read This — If you will be on the road this holiday season, make sure you read this dietician approved list of healthy gas station snacks.

— “Though gas stations may be famous for their slushies and lukewarm hot dogs, there are actually a number of healthy snacks that they also offer. Lots of registered dietitians spend time on the road for work, so they know the ins and outs of roadside snacking, including which pit stop snacks are worth your time.”



“Cultural Challenges of Competing Outside The (Country) Comfort Zone,” by Brittney Kleyn, Morning Chalk Up 

It wasn’t funny at the time, but many can sympathize with a travel experience that’s hilarious in hindsight. Call it a culture clash, finding yourself on the opposite side of the world, in a different time zone, tired and hungry with no idea whether what you’re eating is chicken or liver. 

It’s best to see the humor in it, unless you have to be at your best and that’s the difficulty faced by many CrossFit athletes traveling the world chasing a ticket to Madison through the 27 worldwide sanctioned events.

Amongst the chaos of language barriers and navigating through jet lag, athletes have their own unique coping mechanisms and already this season, we’ve seen some of these creature comforts first hand while on the road in Ireland, China and Dubai.

Fuelling for fitness: Chengdu, China was once voted by UNESCO as the world food capital, albeit the rich spices and hot dishes make it difficult for athletes trying to get simple carbohydrates and energy in on game day.

Perhaps it was the secret to success for first place finisher at Pandaland, Harriet Roberts who packed a lot of food in her carry on, including protein, oats and muesli. 

“Travel with food… and if it works for you don’t mess with it,” she said, even admitting she spending $120 to grab just five ‘creature comforts’ from a local supermarket in China.

Jacob Heppner is of the same vein – finding food chain Moka Bros – in downtown Chengdu and never wavering. The menu mirrored food similar to what Heppner would eat at home, and while it was located around an hour from his hotel, the 6th Fittest Man On Earth joked he’s now addicted and even paid to have the food delivered one evening. That’s commitment when UberEats isn’t exactly easily accessible in China!


12/18: 2nd Über Belles and Balls (Bandera, TX)
1/10 – 1/12: CrossFit Mayhem Classic (Cookeville, TN)
1/11: Unbroken Ocala (Ocala, FL)
1/11 – 1/12: CrossFit Mayhem Classic (Cookeville, TN)
1/11 – 12: Strongfit Fundamentals Course (San Diego, CA)
1/17: A Grand Day at Frantic (Cannington, Australia)
1/18: The Force Wars 2020 (Pembroke Pines, FL)
1/18: 3rd annual Battle For The Axe (Brainerd, MN)
1/18: A Game of Totals (Beaufort, SC)
1/18: Row For Reveille (Poulsbo, WA)
1/18: NCK Throwdown 2020 (Concordia, KS)
1/18: 3rd annual Battle For The Axe (Baxter, MN)
1/18: Lone Star Shootout (Dallas TX)
1/18 – 1/19: CrossFit Krypton V.2 (Chesapeake, VA)
1/24 – 1/26: CrossFit Strength in Depth (London, UK)
1/25: Lost River Rumble II (Bowling Green, KY)
1/25: 2020 Winter Swolestice (Fayetteville, AR)
1/25: The Steeltown Throwdown (Sterling, IL)
1/25: Reindeer Gainz III (Donna, TX)
1/25: Cerberus Powerlifting (Blue Springs, MO)
1/25: The Blizzard Brawl (Waite Park, MN)
2/1: Warrior Affiliate League Fantastic 4 (Chino Hills, CA)
2/1: Krypton’s Compete for a Cure (Chesapeake, VA)

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