The AMRAP Roundup to End AMRAP Roundups

Would you believe me if I said we had a lot to catch up on today? It is the first full week of the new year and I’m hitting you with an AMRAP Roundup of epic proportions, taking up the entire episode. 

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 6th of January, 2020. 

If this is your first time with us, the AMRAP Roundup is a segment where I breakdown as many CrossFit news stories as I can in as little time as possible. If you want to read more about these stories, they all have links and you can find them in my show notes or at Today we have eight stories for time. Let’s go, before we run out of time.

Tia-Clair Toomey to Compete at WODAPALOOZA

Tia-Clair Toomey, the three-time consecutive and defending CrossFit Games champion will officially be making her return to competition this season with an appearance at the WODAPALOOZA fitness festival in late February.

Misfit Alum Starts New Program

Seth Page of Misfit Athletics fame has started his own training program called Jump Ship, which launches today. It has three membership levels, titled Crew Member, Crash Test Dummy, and Remote Coaching client. They range from $29 to $329 per month.

Random WOD Generator has launched a really cool random workout generator to help you find workouts you can do with minimal gear on the road. The first workout I got was a metcon: seven rounds for time of seven air squats and seven burpees. I cranked it out this morning and loved it.

Mat Fraser on CBD

Four-time consecutive fittest man on earth and defending CrossFit Games champion Mat Fraser sat down with Jeff Siegel at Benzinga to talk about his use of CBD and his CBD oil brand. 

Doctor’s Office Inside CrossFit Gym

CBS Los Angeles did a quick piece on Dr. Adam Schulte, who is a CrossFit trainer on top of his doctorly duties. He has opened a primary care office inside Resolution CrossFit and has come to be known as the “Drop-In Doc”.

What Does It Cost to Open a CrossFit Gym?

If you’ve ever been curious what it costs to open a successful CrossFit affiliate, SportsFinding has done some of the legwork for you. 

Mother Does CrossFit to Lift Son

When people bring up “Florida Man” and “Florida Woman” stories, they’re usually not inspiring. But this one is. A local news station in Jacksonville, Florida aired a piece on mother Tricia Roth and her son Bronson. At the age of 12, Bronson, who has cerebral palsy, was too heavy for his mother to lift and carry. In 2017, Tricia made CrossFit a part of her daily routine and now has the strength to carry her son. Loss of motor function is an unfortunate result of this tragic disease.

The Best New CrossFit Shoe

If you’re a sneakerhead, you’re probably intimately familiar with the Reebok Nano and the Nike Metcon. Even then, you probably haven’t heard of the Altra HIIT XT2. I’m familiar with Altra as an epic off-road and ultramarathon running shoe from my time doing distance races. Their latest foray into a functional fitness shoe has caught the attention of Gear Patrol, who has called the shoe the “perfect CrossFit sneaker”. I may buy a pair and check back.

Morning Chalk Up Goes HAM

Oh. We’re not done with our AMRAP Roundup. This is just a special subsegment I’m going to call “Morning Chalk Up Goes HAM”. That’s not the meat. It’s an acronym for hard as a mother *beep*. Yeah, yeah, yeah, I have links to all of these also. Morning Chalk Up, five stories for time, let’s go:

CrossFit Competition in Jail

Jessica Danger wrote a piece about the Redemption Road Invitational, the first ever CrossFit event held inside a prison. 25 non-inmates and 5 correctional officers partnered up with 30 inmates to compete at the Limon Correctional Facility in December.

CrossFit and the Australian Brushfires

The cause has been everywhere, like Morning Chalk Up and the Talking Elite Fitness Podcast, but it’s worth mentioning one more time. Wildfires have demolished a portion of Australia the size of West Virginia. You can donate to Burpees for Brushfires and read more about it on Brittney Kleyn’s article on MCU.

James Newbury’s Qualification Plans

Speaking of Brittney Kleyn, she wrote about 2019 phenom James Newbury, who has been all up in the headlines this year. He broke numerous bones with a bike crash in 2019, followed by quick healing, competition in an Ironman triathlon, and going fully-vegan. Kleyn’s story digs into Newbury’s plans for qualification to return to the CrossFit Games in 2020.

Best Young Talent in CrossFit

Tommy Marquez published a story for Morning Chalk Up looking at the young talent we’re watching become a tour de force in CrossFit. He featured Justin Medeiros, Gabriela Migala, Luis Oscar Mora, Emma Cary, Olivia Sulek, Dallin Pepper, and Haley Adams. They range in ages from 16 to 21.

CrossFit in High School

Harriet Roberts has been a long-time competitor in CrossFit and is now teaching the fitness phenomenon to high schoolers at Knox Grammar School in Sydney, Australia. That’s cool. These stories get me fired up.

Okay, that’s it for news about CrossFit for Wednesday, Monday 6th. 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.