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In today’s edition:

  • Sara Sigmundsdottir announces return to competition.
  • Meet Five gyms that increased revenue after changing their onboarding process.
  • Fraser and Buttery Bros sign a major deal.
  • Wodapalooza announces mega prize purse.
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  Sigmundsdottir Accepts Dubai Championship Invite, Plans Return After ACL Tear 

Sigmundsdottir Accepts Dubai Championship Invite, Plans Return After ACL Tear

Sara Sigmundsdottir announced that she has accepted an invite to compete at the upcoming Dubai CrossFit Championship December 16-18. This will be her first competition since tearing her ACL back in March.

One big thing: Sigmundsdottir has had a rough patch competitively over the past several seasons, suffering several injuries that have hampered her performance. But she’s managed to stage strong comebacks each time.

  • 2021: Ruptured her ACL. Out all season.
  • 2020: Suffered a bacterial infection during stage 1 of competition.
  • 2018: Fractured rib competing at the CrossFit Games.

The bottom line: While she’s accepted her invite, her status is still dependent on medical clearance and feeling prepared to put her body through the rigors of competition. She still has about two months and three weeks until Dubai kicks off.

  • Sigmundsdottir: “I am being closely monitored by my coach and physio’s and I will not take any chances. Fingers crossed that I will be ready. Only 2 more weeks of rehab and then we start working.”
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💵💵💵 Wodapalooza announces mega prize purse, making it the second largest first place prize purse ever offered outside of the CrossFit Games.

  • First place: $100,000
  • Second place: $35,000
  • Third place: $20,000

Samuel Kwant and Alexandre Caron will be competing at the Rogue Invitational, meaning there are now only one male and one female spot remaining to be filled.

Sophie Shaft, 16-year-old who placed 5th in the teenage division at the Games, signed a sponsorship deal with RX Smart Gear.

  • P.S. Back in July, we took a look at the growing opportunity for teenage athletes.

Winners of the Rogue Challenge, a one mile run, 1RM front squat and max effort unbroken chin-ups. The winners cashed in $2500 and a new pull-up and deadlift bar to the

  • Adam Klink: 5:33 mile, 379.9 pound front squat and 27 chin-ups.
  • Taylor Williamson: 6:15 mile, 290 pound front squat and 22 chin-ups.

Jessica Cahoy (Griffith) officially retires from CrossFit and will be launching Valor Strength along with her husband, Austin.

  • “I’m excited to do whatever I want in the gym and not have to follow a check list. I’m excited to not push through pain and injury.
  • “I’m excited to shrink some of this muscle mass and fit into cute clothes. I’m excited to not come home crabby because I’m so exhausted. I’m excited to share everything I’ve learned over the years and, most importantly, I’m excited to have time to help other people do things they never knew they were capable of.”

CrossFit Invictus is hiring a social media manager.

  Fraser’s, Buttery Bros’ Podium Nutrition Lands Exclusive Distribution Deal With GNC 

Fraser’s, Buttery Bros’ Podium Nutrition Lands Exclusive Distribution Deal With GNC

Podium Nutrition officially launched its retail website on September 1, providing new supplements to CrossFit enthusiasts. Now the company has expanded in a significant way, which will only increase its reach to new consumers. Podium has signed an exclusive retail deal with GNC.

The details: The current lineup of products — Podium Fuse pre-workout, Podium Whey, and Podium Hydro & Salt — will be available in GNC stores around the United States, as well as on the company’s website. This partnership has been in the works for “almost a year” and takes effect weeks after Podium sold out of its first run of products.

Why this matters: Podium was originally the creation of CrossFit darlings Mat Fraser, Heber Cannon, Marston Sawyers, and industry veterans Paul Haverland and Jeremy Osborne. Now, however, the company is now crossing over into a new world.

  • GNC caters to all types of fitness enthusiasts, not just those who compare Grace times or debate if anyone can dethrone CrossFit Mayhem Freedom.
  • This means that traditional bodybuilders and consumers from other walks of life could make Maple Butter Pancake Whey Protein or Podium Fuse a part of their daily routine.

Fraser celebrated the deal in a press release“Podium is about pursuing and being your best self, whether you’re seeking a physical podium or not. This is the approach we’re taking with the brand, and so we wanted to partner with the top retailer in our industry to be part of our launch.”

Bottom line: The founders of Podium, along with reigning Fittest Man on Earth Justin Medeiros and YouTube sensation Craig Richey, have a bright future ahead of them. They will collaborate on new products and flavors that will become available in the coming year while reaching a significantly larger audience. Now, this exclusive deal puts Podium one step closer to contending with Progenex, BSN, and several other supplement companies.



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  • 🎂 Happy Birthday Jessica Griffith (Saturday).
  • 🎂 Happy birthday Gretchen Kittelberger, president of the International Functional Fitness Foundation (Sunday).
  • 🎂Happy birthday Alex Parker.
  • 🎂Happy birthday Pete Montalvo. 
  • Cedric Lapointe back squats 405 pounds/184kg for four reps.
  • Congratulations to Pome’e Tribe from CrossFit the Club in Layton, UT on the 505 pound/229kg back squat.
  • Congratulations Celynna Capenia from Alaka’i CrossFit in Kapolei, HI on the 330 pound/150kg deadlift PR.
  • 🤯🤯🤯And no, this strict muscle-up is not recorded in slow-mo.

CrossFit UVA in Southwest England held a 24-hour AMRAP in honor of baby Beau, the son of Kat and Paul Roffey, who own the box. Beau died last November at just two-days-old. The gym raised money for the Bath Royal United Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and to purchase an automated external defibrillator.

87K/54 mile weight-vest walk for mental health: Sponsored and supported by FITAID, True Protein, The WOD Life, Khan Porter, Jay Crouch and James Newbury, James Alexander will be walking from Sorrento to St. Kilda on January 2, 2022, a total of 87K, with a silent fundraiser auction next month.

1/28 - 1/29: Qualifiche Campionato Italiano Sthenathlon Blor (Milano, Italy)
1/28: Masters Of The Midway (Cary, IL)
1/28: Bloodline Brawl (Fort Myers, FL)
1/28: Sunshine CrossFit ALS Fundraiser (Bedford Hills, NY)
1/28: Bloodline Brawl VII (Teams of 3!) (Fort Myers, FL)
1/28: Masters Of The Midway: Individual (Cary, IL)
2/4 - 2/5: Modena Challenge: Intermediate and Rx (Modena, Italy)
2/4: Valentine’s Day Massacre (Tucson, AZ)
2/4: The 2023 Winter Classic (Danbury, CT)
2/4: GOAT Youth/Teen Fitness Competition: Individual, Age Groups 10-17 (Olyphant, PA)
2/10 - 2/12: Fittest if the Coast Championship (Charleston, SC)
2/11: Cupid’s Clash (co-ed pairs) (Staten Island, NY)
2/11: The Big Chill (Chillicothe, OH)
2/11: Valentine’s Day Crush (North Hollywood, CA)
2/11: Cupid’s Clash at THRIVE CrossFit 103 (Staten Island, NY)
2/11: The Big Chill (Chillicothe, OH)
2/12: The 2023 RCF Winter War (Londonderry, NH)
2/18: Moultrie South Georgia Classic (Norman Park, GA)
3/1 - 3/31: Barbells For Bullies: Sit Ups For Pups (Online Event, United States)
3/18 - 3/19: Okanagan Valley Throwdown (Penticton, Canada)
3/25 - 3/26: Costa Dorada Fitness Challenge (Tamarit, Tarragona, Spain)
3/25: No Weak Links (Marcy, NY)

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