Torian Pro Winners, CrossFit Noise, Dani Speegle Money

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My name is Ben Garves and today is Monday, the 11th of November, 2019. 

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Torian Pro Winners

The Torian Pro is a huge event, attracting big-name talent even without Sanctional status. Winners this weekend were:

  • Individual Women: Madeline Sturt, Jessica Coughlan, and Lindsay Vaughan
  • Individual Men: Brandon Swan, Evan Morris, and Zeke Grove
  • Pro Pairs Female: Tasia Percevecz and Chyna Cho as the Freedom Women Team
  • Pro Pairs Male: Royce Dunne and Rich Froning as the Royce ‘N’ Rich Team

If you want to dig deeper, I have a link to the full leaderboard in my show notes at

Speaking of leaderboards, today is the day athletes submit their final scores for the 2020 CrossFit Open. Taking a quick peek at the leaderboard had a huge surprise this morning. While we’re still waiting on times from athletes like Mat Fraser, Patrick Vellner, and Noah Ohlsen, THE Rich Froning Jr is currently sitting in first place on the leaderboard after submitting a time of 10:56 for 20.5. So far, that time is third in the world.

CrossFit Coolidge Corner Noise Complaints

Another CrossFIt affiliate is under fire for noise complaints. CrossFit Coolidge Corner is getting unwanted attention from a neighbor in their Brookline, Massachusetts neighborhood. The neighbor has posted disparaging signs and is arguing the gym should be forced to move to another location. This could be devastating news for the small business, after a long and public City Council fight for CrossFit Horsepower in Hermosa Beach, California forced that gym to close last year. The neighbor is complaining specifically about sound and vibrations from dropping weights.

When I think about these situations, I think about why these gyms have opened in the first place. I’m going to take a quote directly from CrossFit Coolidge Corner’s “About Us” section on their website:

“At the heart of the CrossFit ethos is the community we foster the values we represent. Not unlike Brookline itself, our gym offers a unique atmosphere of mutual support, dedication, hard work and humility. We partner with members to bring out the best in each other. It is our privilege to provide a professional and supportive environment…”

I think this speaks louder than anything I can say about how important it is to protect the work these gyms do.

AMRAP Roundup

Today’s AMRAP Roundup has six stories. In this segment, I hit you gently with top headlines. If you want to read these stories more in-depth, you can find links to all of them by visiting the show notes at

Six headlines for time. Let’s go!

  • Roger Lockridge at FloElite wrote a story looking at CrossFit athlete Dani Speegle as a case study about how athletes make their earnings in the sport. Spoiler alert: you have to be in the top of the top tier of competitors in CrossFit to make a decent wage.
  • Amanda Barnhart took to Morning Chalk Up with an op-ed about how this CrossFit Open was noticeably light for elite women. I think the title captures the main take away: Let the Girls Play With the Heavy Barbells.
  • CrossFit had a big weekend in the media, getting featured in articles on both ABC News and NBC News.
  • Men’s Health also dug into one Bill Henniger, the founder and CEO of Rogue Fitness, and how he has grown the company from a small e-commerce site to over 600 employees in a 600,000 square-foot facility. They’re even building a multi-use arena for events like CrossFit competitions.
  • Democratic Presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard is leading a CrossFit workout in Santa Monica today as a part of a two-day visit to Los Angeles. Gabbard is a Major in the Hawaii Army National Guard and will also be speaking at Veterans Day LA.
  • CrossFit has reopened one of their Instagram accounts after announcing a hiatus from the Facebook-owned social media platform six months ago. Their CrossFit Training account is now active again and posting content on how to improve your movements and form.

And that’s it for news about CrossFit on Monday, November 11th. 

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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.