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SouthFit Joins the IOQ


Yesterday, the SouthFit CrossFit Challenge announced on their Instagram that they’ll be joining the International Online Qualifier coalition, adding another Sanctional to the list of events joining forces to smoothen out the qualification process next season.

  • New addition: The first year sanctioned event out of Buenos Aires, Argentina, becomes the fourth event to hop on board with the IOQ.
  • The other three: The CrossFIt Filthy 150, Wodapalooza, and the CrossFit Atlas Games.
  • Here’s the qualifier announcement and dates

Season taking shape: Between the IOQ and the coalition of events using the Open as a qualifier, there are now ten Sanctionals banded together in some shape or form through their qualification process.

  • More than a third of the Sanctionals season (10 out of 28 events), can be qualified for through just two sets of qualifiers.
  • By the end of the Open in October, athletes could potentially earn qualification for events in 10 different countries ranging from December to June, and have a much more laid out plan for the season.
  • Registration is now live for the IOQ and you can sign up here.

More to come: With a handful of European regionals still left to declare their qualification process, and events like the CrossFit Mayhem Classic potentially using the Open as a qualifier for their individual only competition, these number totals for these groups could grow in the near future and see half of the Sanctional season grouped together.

Book Review – “Dottir: My Journey to Becoming a Two- Time CrossFit Games Champion”


“You win or you learn.”

I’m not sure who first produced that maxim — which doubles as the title of the memoir’s opening chapter — but its never been more indwelled in a CrossFit Games athlete than Katrin Davidsdottir. From the first page of “Dottir”, you’re immediately brought into the mind of a champion, meticulously and thoughtfully weaving through her training with longtime coach Ben Bergeron alongside.

Davidstottir writes in the opening salvo: “I’ve studied how champions live…What I want requires laser focus and disciplined…As the best CEO, writer, or diplomat makes intentional choices on where to focus their effort, so, too must the fittest athletes on Earth. This is a choice, not a sacrifice.”

“Dottir” is as much a personal story of how Davidsdottir became a champion —  from early childhood gymnastics, education, setbacks and the deep bond shared with her grandparents — as it is an internal training dialogue.

Even though we’re well acquainted with the end of the story, so far as it’s been written, “Dottir” opens up the journey and process in a way never before seen. Being a champion is not the social media highlight reel we’ve become used to seeing. Pain, struggle, setbacks, jealousy, body image, pressure, doubt, loss and failure are a sampling of the obstacles that pop up.

“I just felt sorry for myself,” Davidsdottir admitted. “I had forgotten what being a champion looked like.”

Davidsdottir’s honesty about the process is refreshing, but it’s also an opportunity to learn. “Dottir” is as raw a picture into a Games champion’s life as anything we’ve seen before.

“Dottir” is available for pre-order on Amazon and released August 6, 2019, and you can enter to win a signed copy of her new book.


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WATCH: Molly Hogan Does CrossFit at 82-Years-Old
Molly Hogan is everyone’s new favorite CrossFit hero. The 82-year-old athlete WODs at CrossFit Tilt in Sudbury, MA and shares how she started CrossFit to be able to lift her husband out of his wheelchair on her own, her practice at rope climbs, and how she uses CrossFit to modify her aging process.


HEAR: Forging Mental Toughness with Rob Bell
Dr. Rob Bell was a guest on the Compete Every Day podcast, sharing his expertise on building mental toughness, how to approach every situation with awareness and openness, how to dedicate yourself to what you want to achieve and explains what he calls hinge moments.


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  • UNDER ARMOUR TURF GAMES — The Under Armour Turf Games will take place on Saturday, September 21 in Santa Monica, CA with mixed teams of five working through four workouts. There will be events all weekend, starting Wednesday and ending with a brunch on Sunday.
  • OPEN HOUSE — CrossFit Lubbock in Lubbock, TX is hosting an open house on August 3, to showcase their new facilities and celebrate their fifth year. There will be a WOD, food vendors, and a potluck. All are welcome.
  • BATTLE FOR THE BADGE — GSR FIT in Vestal, NY is hosting Battle for the Badge on August 24, an annual fitness competition that raises funds for Returning Warrior, a project dedicated to bringing awareness to the issues faced by our veterans coming home from a warzone.
  • SPARROW GAMES — The second annual Sparrow Games were held on July 15 at White City Fire Station in White City, OR. All proceeds from this team competition funded two Sparrow Club scholarships to help children with ongoing medical needs.
  • ROW FOR DOUGH — Jones Chiropractic in Chatham, IL hosted a fundraising event for Special Olympics of Illinois on Saturday, July 13. Teams of 10 came together and rowed a marathon on a Concept2 rower. A total of $13,375 was raised for the Special Olympics. 

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

Happy birthday Tia-Clair ToomeyPhil Hesketh and Barebells is holding a giveaway • The US Army Warrior Fitness Team took first place at Battle of the Barbells • Happy eighth wedding anniversary to Jordan and Amanda Costa • Congratulations to Corinne Cook on setting the OR state weightlifting record in her division • You can order Team Fikowski shirts today only Cayla Harper deadlifts 255 pounds for 20 • Congratulations to Pip Malone on her baby announcementHayley Murillo snatches 193 pounds.

…and there is always a workaround, even in home gyms.

Games Watch: 9 days until the CrossFit Games.

— Finalized team rosters with alternates.
— CrossFit Games individual power rankings.
— To watch the CrossFit Games live, subscribe to our YouTube channel.
— Where to drop-in when you’re in Madison.
— VIDEO: Games prep with Vellner, Horvath and Newbury (via Buttery Bros)
— Darko Tasevski, Macedonia’s national champion has been denied a visa to compete, bringing the total to at least three individual and one teen athlete.

Dark0 Tasevski, Macedonia’s national champion has been denied a visa to compete, bringing the total to

CrossFit Italian Showdown New Location — The 2020 CrossFit Italian Showdown will take place in a brand new venue: the Play Hall sports center in Riccione.

Kara Saunders On Her Definition of Beauty — Kara Saunders was recently in a music video for the band, Sheppard. She shared how she sees true beauty.

— “I think confidence makes someone beautiful, at the very least the willingness to just have a try, even if you’re not entirely confident just being open-minded and willing to have a laugh at yourself and just go with the flow.”

RP Launches An At Home Training Program — Yesterday, RP announced a new at-home training program, RP Gym Free. There are minimum equipment requirements and they’re on sale until Wednesday night.

— “This is great for those that can’t always make it to a gym, those that travel a lot, need a break from more hardcore training, or just don’t want to go to a gym.”

— P.S. One of our team members is currently using the RP Diet App to cut weight and reviewing it as she goes.

Record-Breaking Burpees — Twenty-three-year-old Army ROTC cadet Bryan Abell completed 4,689 burpees to raise money for the Stronger Warrior Foundation, a non profit he founded with his sister to provide help to those who have or are actively serving and their families through financial, physical and mental support. Guinness is currently validating his burpees for a new record.


“CrossFit Affiliates Become Community Lifeboats to Combat Childhood Obesity,” by Jessica Danger

Every summer, parents put their ears to the ground looking for programs to keep their kids busy: Sleepover camp, YMCA, VBS, science camp, junior lifeguards, play dates with neighborhood families.

Now, we can also add CrossFit Summer Camp to the list. And a few are adding key nutritional education as well to combat a nutritional and fitness deficit being offered to young kids.

Since 1970, the percentage of children and adolescents affected by obesity has more than tripled. In 2016, one out of every five children was obese. And today, across the nation recess is becoming a thing of the past coupled with fast, processed food and sugar-stocked vending machines are only contributing to the problem.

Greg Glassman said, “You thought it was about the fitness, it’s really not. Each box, each gym, is a lifeboat in what is a tsunami of chronic disease.” That’s not just for adult athletes, it’s for kids too.

As of August, 2018 there were 3,500 CrossFit Kids registered programs at affiliates and more than 1,200 CrossFit programs in schools. Who better to meet the needs of the kids in their community than CrossFit affiliates?


7/26 – 7/28: CanWest Games (Coquitlam, BC)
7/27: The Mountain Meltdown (Arapahoe Basin, CO)
7/27: 7th annual Dog Days of Summer Competition (Roswell, GA)
7/27: The CF Summer Circus (Des Moines, IA)
7/27: 2019 Summer Meltdown (Birmingham, AL)
7/27: Masters Tour (Travelers Rest, SC)
7/27: The WoDer Games (Ontario, Canada)
7/27: Girls Gone RX Waco (Waco, TX)
7/27: Rock the Ages at CrossFit Templum (Carrollton, TX)
7/27: The Meshugge Melee (Overland Park, KS)
7/27: All Gave Some, Some Gave All (Whitesboro, NY)
7/27: EVF “Stronger Together” Challenge (New York, NY)
7/27: X’s and Y’s (Lilburn, GA)
7/29 – 8/4: The 2019 CrossFit Games (Madison, WI)
8/2: Pirate Supporters Friday Night Light Kick Off (Lefors, TX)
8/02: OUTWOD Amsterdam at CrossFit ZeeBurg (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
8/3: OUTWOD Kansas City at CrossFit FIF (Kansas City, MO)
8/3: War of the WODs Summer Series (Greensboro, NC)
8/3: Riverport Rumble (Louisville, KY)
8/3: 31 Heroes (Norfolk,VA)
8/3: G’Town Throwdown – Chapter 3 (Georgetown, MA)
8/3: Brawl in the Burbs (Bridgeport, PA)
8/10: CFE’s Sugar & Spice Co-Ed Partner Competition (Burlington, MA)
8/10: Best of the Midwest Team Series at CrossFit 9 Degrees (Brownsburg, IN)
8/10: OUTWOD North Brunswick at Iron CrossFit (North Brunswick, NJ)
8/10: OUTWOD Phoenixville at CrossFit Lock 60 (Phoenixville, PA)
8/10: Sparrow Classic 2 Scaled Partner Competition (Pearland, TX)
8/10: Summer Battleground 2019 (Farmingdale, NY)
8/10: Goddess Games (Charlotte, NC)
8/10 – 8/11: No Surrender Survival Games (Wooster, OH)
8/11: The Rise of The Resilient (Hopkinton, MA)
8/16: OUTWOD Charlotte (Charlotte, NC)
8/16 – 8/17: WodFest 2019 (Joplin, MO)
8/17: Fittest in the Fork (Ft. Sill, OK)
8/17: Barbells For Bullies at CrossFit QDA (Buffalo, NY)
8/17: CrossFit Sua Sponte’s Summer Slam (Raleigh, NC)
8/17: The Fossil Games (Denver, CO)
8/17: Warhorse Games KC (Kansas City, KS)
8/17: CrossFit Shatter Summer Slam (Albany, NY)
8/17: The Syndicate Series Presents The Battlegrounds (Columbia, MD)
8/17: Poore Beer and CrossFit Benefit (Hendersonville, NC)
8/17: Unbroken Series Adaptive Games (Marion, NC)
8/17: 6th annual Babes and Bros (Grand Rapids, MI)
8/18: Red Raider Backyard Brawl III (Coatesville, PA)
8/24: Battle For the Badge (Vestal, NY)
8/24: OUTWOD Miami at Move.Lift.Live (Miami, FL)
8/24: OUTWOD Las Vegas at CrossFit Social City (Las Vegas, NV)

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