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January 9   |   POWERED BY


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In today’s edition:

  • The Drop-In Doc, Adam Shulte, urges coaches and doctors to work together.
  • The 2021 CrossFit Games rule book provides new details about the adaptive athlete division.
  • Rick Fox, a quadriplegic athlete is also a CrossFit coach and competitor.

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  Drop-in Doc Urges Doctors and Coaches to Form “Circle of Communication” 


Drop-in Doc Urges Doctors and Coaches to Form “Circle of Communication”

One year ago, Dr. Adam Schulte opened a full-service Direct Primary Care (DPC) practice — The Drop-in Doc — located within Resolution CrossFit in Yorba Linda, CA, the goal being to bridge the gap between acute medical care and fitness, and to provide patients with a more preventative approach to healthcare.

Remind me: The DPC model gives physicians an alternative to the fee-for-service insurance billing in the United States. Instead, Schulte charges adults $75, children $20, and families of four $150 per month. “It includes unlimited visits, after hours and weekend hours for emergencies (or) urgent needs,” he explained. This lets him bypass the “nebulous” challenges that go along with dealing with insurance companies and saves patients time and money in the process, he explained.

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  • Mat Fraser, Josh Bridges and Sevan Matossian are creating a podcast, but haven’t named it yet. The first episode started with a bang:
    • Sevan: “Mat, are you going to compete next year (2021)?”
    • Mat: “I don’t know yet.”   
  • Fittest Freakest Winter Sale in on now.
  • Squat University’s Dr. Aaron Horschig has written a new book, “Rebuilding Milo: The Lifter’s Guide to Fixing Common injuries and Building a Strong Foundation for Enhancing Performance,” and it’s available for pre-order now.
  • OUTAthletics “Love is Love” is a virtual competition and fundraiser that kicks off on February 4. Upon registering, athletes will be asked to create a fundraising page to benefit the OUT Foundation.
  • Garage gym on the go — Train Bold in Chicago, IL has created private training pods, 320-square-foot modular gyms that can be booked for private sessions or with a personal trainer. Pre-order is on now and sessions begin officially in two weeks.
  The 2021 CrossFit Games Adaptive Division: What You Need to Know 

The 2021 CrossFit Games Adaptive Division: What You Need to Know

Among the new additions and changes in Thursday’s release of the 2021 CrossFit Games Rulebook was the introduction of the adaptive athlete division for the upcoming season. Accompanying the rulebook was a 15-page adaptive athlete policy which goes into further detail on the new division, classifications, rules and standards. Here are the highlights.

New divisions: There will be 16 divisions for adaptive athletes, eight each for men and women. The divisions are as follow:

  • Upper extremity
  • Lower extremity
  • Neuromuscular
  • Vision
  • Short stature
  • Seated athletes (with hip function)
  • Seated athletes (without hip function)
  • Intellectual
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Good News is our weekly round-up of positive stories around the affiliate community. Are you opening a new gym, expanding a current location, offering new classes, or is your box running a fundraiser? Send us a tip to be featured.

  • CrossFit SISU celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2020. Since COVID precluded them from holding their anniversary party, the Minneapolis, MN affiliate’s co-owners Pat Crosby and Thomas Richards recorded a video to honor and celebrate the community.
  • CrossFit URU and The Barbell Saves Project have banded together to raise funds and open a gym to accommodate those who have struggled with substance use disorder in Phoenix, AZ. The gym will be open by March, 2021.
  • From hospital bed to finish line — Matt Keller, a runner and CrossFitter in San Jose, CA was among the first 50 people diagnosed with COVID-19 in Santa Clara County last spring. He was hospitalized for nine days, but recovered over the next few months and determined to complete a marathon. Keller trained for six months and on December 24, he ran 26.2 miles and in the process raised $8,000 for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.
  • A team of six athletes from Double Diamond CrossFit in Greeley, CO competed in and won the annual 24-hour AMRAP Challenge in December, a worldwide virtual competition hosted by CFH Events in the Netherlands. The Double Diamond team took first in the 34-team field.
  • CrossFit Commence focuses on inclusivity — The Fayetteville, AR gym, has made its mission to provide an inclusive space for adaptive athletes to engage in fitness and community. The adaptive athletes work out, side-by-side with the other members of the gym and coaches help them modify movements.
  Quadriplegic CrossFit Athlete Rick Fox Becomes Coach and Competitor 

Quadriplegic CrossFit Athlete Rick Fox Becomes Coach and Competitor

In July of 2008, Rick Fox’s world changed: he dove into a swimming pool, broke the C7 vertebrae in his neck, and learned he would never walk again.

One big thing: Fox, a CrossFit level one coach, is one of the first quadriplegic athletes in the sport.

But it wasn’t until 2017 – nine years after his injury – that Fox started his new journey with fitness.

His story: “It was hard for me to move, hard for me to transfer, Fox says of March of 2017, when he began to change his eating and fitness habits. “I would do an eight hour day at work and then I was taking a nap in my car for 30 minutes before I even got home.”

Fox started out by tracking his nutrition through MyFitnessPal, and a few months later, began exploring his options outside of solo workouts. After reaching out to a handful of CrossFit boxes, Fox settled on Wayfarer Crossfit in Irwin, PA.

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