Swimming at the CrossFit Games

The 2011 CrossFit Games kicked off with a 210-m ocean swim. It was the first time a swim was introduced to the competition, and it created a new kind of test for some athletes — overcoming their fears. Every year since its inception, whether in open waters or in a pool, the swim has become a constant at the Games. This year is no different → 📺 https://youtu.be/nMvZsuwJBnE

CrossFit Health Panel: Wearables

Panelists: Julie Foucher, MD, Family Physician Kristen Holmes, Whoop VP of Performance Science Josh Clemente, Levels Founder and President Nick Nwabueze, MD, SteadyMD Physician Katina Thornton, MD, Anesthesiologist Mike Mallin, MD, CrossFit Precision Care

“Even if I’m coming off a post-call shift at the hospital, and I’m only running on three hours of sleep, in my mind, I should still be able to deadlift 500 pounds. Why can’t I pick up this bar?” asks Nick Nwabueze, MD.
During a panel discussion of healthcare practitioners and data experts speaking on wearables, Dr. Nwabueze shares that being able to quantify health and recovery metrics has been a game changer for improving his athletic performance. The panel was part of a series of conversations hosted by CrossFit Health at the 2021 CrossFit Games, with Dr. Julie Foucher moderating.
The other panelists agree that tracking and managing recovery is a critical part of improving future performance, and the more personalized, the better. “We can actually track recovery, and that’s going to lead to performance down the road, instead of tracking just performance,” says Mike Mallin, MD.
In this conversation, the panelists provide insights on several different types of wearable devices, including trackers for workouts, sleep, recovery, and blood glucose.
They share which metrics they find most useful to track, why personalized data and experimentation is so crucial for improving health and performance, and actionable tips individuals can use to improve their biomarkers.

CrossFit Sanitas and OUTAthletics Host LGBTQ+ Community Event in Boulder

On Sunday, June 20, 2021, CrossFit Sanitas and OUTAthletics joined forces for a community event and fundraiser in support of LGBTQ+ athletes in Boulder, Colorado. “OUTAthletics is the world’s largest initiative in the fitness space in the LGBTQ+ community,” Giancarlo Graziani, head coach at CrossFit Sanitas, explains. The organization hosts events in fitness studios all over the U.S. to show local athletes in the community they have a safe and inclusive place to work out. All are welcome. “It’s just an opportunity to break a sweat, have fun, and feel good about yourself and the life that you’re living,” Graziani says. Click here (https://theoutfoundation.org/outathle...) to learn more about OUTAthletic’s mission and fundraising opportunities. If you are interested in hosting an event at your gym, click here (https://theoutfoundation.org/host/).

CrossFit® - Tom Downey Finds Consistency Despite COVID

Tom Downey, 26, is on a mission to save his life.
“If I wouldn’t have made changes now … I doubt I’d have seen (age) 40 at all,” Downey says.
A dedicated member of CrossFit Cardiff in Cardiff, United Kingdom, Downey’s fitness journey started on Sept. 6, 2019. Ever since, he’s been working under the watchful eye of experienced coaches who are helping Downey cultivate new, healthier habits. 
“(Downey) needs to make subtle, small additions, and maintain them, and that’s what it’s all about,” says the affiliate’s owner Dafydd Dennis. Tom’s first goal was consistency in the gym.  “Tom came to me to help him try and get more consistency with his fitness, and that’s what I focused on,” says CrossFit Cardiff coach Alex Conroy
Even when the affiliate was forced to shut down due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, Downey remained consistent with the virtual workouts offered by CrossFit Cardiff. Downey’s mother, Ellen Downey, says she has seen a difference in her son since he started CrossFit.
“He’s beginning to like how he feels because he can move better,” she says. “Life generally isn’t as hard because he’s lost that initial bit of weight.” “I’ve gone from not being able to walk very well to running outside,” Tom says.  After suffering from severe social anxiety, Tom says he feels comfortable and welcome in the CrossFit community. 
“Coming to CrossFit compared to a normal gym, with the environment, with the community, with everybody who’s around, that’s what keeps me going,” he says. “I feel welcome, and it feels like one big, very, very dysfunctional family.”
Tom, who shares his fitness journey on Instagram, says his goals for the future include being “fitter, healthier, and stronger moving forward.” CrossFit® - (https://www.crossfit.com/)

Out of the Hole

Linda Bowers, 78, struggles with bouts of deep depression. After enduring many family traumas including the loss of a child, and her mother’s and sister’s suicides, Bowers says she sometimes finds herself in a downward spiral ruminating on all that has gone wrong in her life. 

While in routine physical therapy after knee surgery, Bowers was introduced to CrossFit. Reluctantly, she agreed to give the training regimen a try for two months. That was 12 years ago.

A longtime member of CrossFit Cedar Park in Austin, Texas, Bowers says she turns to CrossFit when she finds herself falling back into the hole of depression.  

“I can come and do CrossFit and it gives me a totally different perspective,” she says, adding, “It’s learning to reach for the good in life, and quit thinking of only the bad.”

Bowers, who has never been a fan of athletics, says she doesn’t enjoy CrossFit — it’s the feeling afterward that she chases.

“I hate every minute of CrossFit,” she says, “but I know the difference CrossFit has made in my life.”

She identifies those differences as stamina, ability to get up from the floor on her own, strength to move large objects safely, and the opportunity to stay healthy and be around to watch her grandkids grow up. 

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Daily 8 Fitness Report - Feb 6th Edition

Rep 1 - Sandbag Burpees: 10 Minutes to Build Muscle and Burn Fat On the Go - Spartan Race

Rep 2 - The 18 Worst 'Healthy' Snacks for Weight Loss. You may perceive these snacks to be healthy, but they could sneakily be causing weight gain. - Eat This, Not That!

Rep 3 - How Eating Superfoods Can Take Your Diet to the Next Level. The hype around these ingredients is relentless. Here's what you should look for at the grocery store—and, more importantly, what to avoid. - GQ

Rep 4 - 8 Great YouTube Workout Channels for When the Weather Keeps You Indoors - Active.com

Rep 5 - The dumbbell clean with moderate loads is one of the most metabolically demanding movements. The large range of motion, the number of major muscle groups involved and quick cycle-time create the potential for very high power outputs. The dumbbell clean is less technical, but paradoxically can feel more difficult, than it's barbell counterpart. This is due to the coordination needed to control both dumbbells independently, a staple benefit of dumbbell training. - Crossfit

Rep 6 - Early Morning Workouts Helped This Guy Lose 25 Pounds and Get Shredded - Mens Health

Rep 7 - The Biggest Loser Recipes: Blueberry Muffins with Lemon and Almonds - The Biggest Loser

Rep 8 - The Best and Worst Grocery Store Hot Sauces - Cooking Light