Save Puppies, Michelle Kinney’s Records, Camille Retires

Let’s start with a story. In August 2017, Hurricane Harvey became the wettest tropical cyclone on record. It devastated Houston, flooding hundreds of thousands of homes, displacing 30,000 households and prompting rescue operations for more than 17,000 people. The lesser-known story about big storms like this is that people can’t bring their pets to animal shelters. So when you hear 30,000 households were displaced, that means more than 30,000 animals were likely abandoned.

In 2017, a friend and I bought thousands of dollars of pet supplies and drove down to the Houston area to help rescue animals after Harvey. We personally rescued over 200 animals that week, including my dog Beaumont. If you’ve already donated to some human causes, or just like animals more than people, consider donating to Carolina-area animal shelters, which are getting hit by hurricane Dorian as I record this. Bahama-area shelters also need your help. Fluffballs like Beaumont thank you.

Okay, back to sports. Four-time CrossFit Games athlete Michelle Kinney is now Guinness World Record-holding four-time CrossFit Games athlete Michelle Kinney. Kinney is being featured in the 2020 Guinness World Record book and holds three world records, including moving 530 kilograms of atlas stones in one minute. She’ll be hosting three one-hour atlas stone seminars in Denver on September 7th, 21st, and October 12th. We have the link in our show notes at

Morning Chalk Up is reporting Camille Leblanc-Bazinet may be retiring, or at least stepping away from competition for a season. Because Camille is a client of WODDITY, we can neither confirm, nor deny. But if Morning Chalk Up said it…could it be true?

It’s not news about CrossFit, but it’s news about drugs in sports. 11-time Ironman World Champion Lauren Gross has received a six-month ban for using a CBD cream with more THC than advertised. The crossover of this story is to the prevalence of big-name  CrossFit Games athletes testing positive due to tainted over-the-counter supplements, like Emily Abbott and Elly Kabboord. Even Mat Fraser is using CBD, now. Don’t trust the labels – supplements are not regulated. Beware, fiends.

CrossFit’s mainsite workout today is more of that good good heavy lifting. Complete five sets of heavy one-rep-max back squats. This is the workout you’re always hoping for. Embrace it, because tomorrow will probably involve running.

And that’s it for news about CrossFit on Friday, September 6th.

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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.

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