Mayhem Classic, Dani Speegle Wreck, Glassman on NSCA

Domination at the Mayhem Classic, Dani Speegle survives a wreck in Colorado, the new Nike React Metcon is released, and Glassman responds to NSCA suit.

Good morning and welcome to the WODDITY podcast for news about CrossFit. We are a daily podcast, Monday through Friday, doing CrossFit news in five minutes or less.

My name is Ben Garves and today is Monday, the 13th of January, 2020. 

Who Won the 2020 CrossFit Mayhem Classic?

Tia-Clair Toomey won the first-ever CrossFit Mayhem Classic this weekend in Cookeville, TN. It wasn’t just a win. It was a demolition of competition as she took first in six of the seven events and earned 695 of the 700 points available.  On the men’s side, at the top of the podium was Captain Chandler Smith

Both Toomey and Smith have already earned tickets to the 2020 CrossFit Games through the Open, so the invites from the event fell to Danielle Brandon and Luke Schafer.

Dani Speegle Car Accident

CrossFit fan-favorite Dani Speegle was in a car accident on Tuesday when her car slid off a road in Colorado and hit a bank of trees. She was pinned in the vehicle and was forced to wait for rescue. Speegle was quoted saying she didn’t have any significant injuries, but is a little sore from the impact, and grateful the accident wasn’t worse. Speegle, who just turned 26, was on her way to a photoshoot for Born Primitive with Josie Hamming and Alison Scuddds.

Nike Releases Nike React Metcon

In the world of sneakers, we had some exciting news this week. Nike has released their React version of the latest Metcon shoe. The Nike React Metcon uses Nike’s React foam to create a springier shoe. It also features their new speed lacing technology, drops the weight of the shoe significantly, and keeps a firm rubber heel for lift stability. Yes, I have pictures for you at WODDITY.

Which reminds me – we’re still running a 60% off deal for Reebok, if you’re on the hunt for some new Nanos or athletic apparel. The link to that is in my show notes and at 

And capping off news about the NSCA being ordered to pay $4 million in legal fees to CrossFit over their attempts to deface and publish false injury data about the brand, Coach Greg Glassman (the Founder and Chairman of CrossFit) released some public comments on the suit. 

I’ll read some of the important items for you here on the podcast, but see the show notes and for the full body of text:

“The trove of evidence and rulings in CF vs NSCA in U.S. Court, and CF vs NSCA in Ohio Court, and NSCA vs CF in California Court presents a museum grade specimen of scientific misconduct. All the failings of peer review are here in glorious detail, how it is that scientific consensus is crafted from fraud and what a political beast the keepers of the consensus become is made abundantly clear. The worst of it is found in the NSCA’s internal correspondence and in the rulings of multiple judges in three jurisdictions. 

Our specimen has fabrication and falsification of data, suborned by the NSCA’s Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research’s editor-in-chief in the peer review process and repeated scientific misconduct in misrepresenting to the public and press what was happening in the courts and in the retraction. (Yup, lying about scientific misconduct to the press is additional scientific misconduct according to US Federal Guidelines. Misrepresenting the nature of the reason for retracting the study is additional scientific misconduct and earned that ruling from the courts as well.) 

As it became apparent that the NSCA was about to be exposed the whole organization responded organism-like with coordinated perjuries and data and device slight-of-hand that would make a magician proud. But, alas, it all got exposed by forensic investigators hired on court order. Oh shit!! 

Suppose, you’re not bothered by fake science in the health space for soda-money or prestige (tenure’s a helluva drug!!) and that felonies like perjury and destruction of evidence also don’t exactly shake your trust in your brand of science, anyone bothered by an email chain wishing terrorists would hit our events? (Yup, that’s there too!) (And a Lanny Davis angle representing a mysterious unnamed party!) 

I told you this was a museum quality specimen. We’ve thought of John Grisham several times along the way. 

The NSCA took a study that demonstrated a remarkably positive training effect doing CrossFit and added injuries that never occurred. This puts the NSCA in wholesale abdication of any presumed charter of advancing human performance in the service of health. CrossFit is more than willing to make good on that charter, we’re 20-years-in successful in that very regard, and willingly assume the mantle of trusted authority on fitness and lifestyle outcomes including and especially health. (If nobody mentions the ACSM, I won’t turn my attention in that direction for now. We will leave the second of the self-proclaimed “twin pillars of academic sports” out of this. EAHE and EIM and Soda-Pop are for another thread, another day.)

I more than appreciate the support of my affiliates in our efforts to expose all of this. We’ve let the court know that the currency of victory is light – that exposure is why we are here. You affiliates made this public service possible. The good that comes out of exposing the NSCA is testimony to the good coming out of 15,000 CF gyms around the world.”

And that’s it for news about CrossFit for Monday, January 13th. Thanks for listening. Please be sure to rate, review, subscribe, and share. For WODDITY, I’m Ben Garves. We’ll chat tomorrow. 

By Ben Garves

Ben Garves is a digital product expert, author, entertainer, and activist. His portfolio of thought leadership in digital marketing and web experiences has included major clients like Microsoft, Google, Twitter, eBay, and Facebook. He’s also a freelance health and fitness journalist with over 400 stories written since 2018, a podcaster with 200 episodes to his name, and runs a YouTube channel with over 100 fitness and activism-oriented videos and live streams. Ben has founded the Fitness is for Everyone™ initiative to raise awareness about social injustice in both racial inequality and socioeconomic disparity in access to quality fitness and nutrition options around the globe.