Monthly roundup: CrossFit’s top news

Matt Fraser discusses progress after back surgery

CrossFit stud Matt Fraser – the 2017 Reebok CrossFit Games champion – dropped some valuable secrets in an interview with Update Studio. Fraser said that when he hates an exercise, he pushes himself to do that exercise as much as he can, and that he swears by electronic muscle stimulation to help keep his muscles loose. He also admitted that his chest hair is a disadvantage for him during swimming competitions, and that it took a year before he fully recovered from his back surgery.

Australia will host 2017 Reebok CrossFit invitational

CrossFit announced that the Melbourne, Australia will host the fifth 2017 Reebok CrossFit Invitational on November 5. The two-hour competition will also be live-streamed beginning at 4 p.m. AEST, which is 10 p.m. Pacific Standard Time, 11 p.m. Mountain Standard Time, 12 a.m. Central Standard Time, and 1 a.m. Eastern Standard time. The invitational is similar to an all-star event with top athletes from the U.S., Canada, Europe and the Pacific Rim expected to compete.

Dave Castro announces first event in 2017 CrossFit Team Series

The much-anticipated 2017 CrossFit Team Series competition got a big boost when Dave Castro revealed this year’s first event. Castro posted a video on Instagram in which he opened one of four envelopes and read the details of the first event, which include a 9-15-21, Synchro Thrusters, and Synchro Burpees. Male athletes will use 95-pound barbells and female athletes will use 65-pound barbells.

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Five CrossFit athletes banned for using PEDs

Five CrossFit athletes who are based in Europe were banned from all CrossFit competitions until 2021 for testing positive for performance enhancing drugs (PEDs). The tests were taken in the summer after the athletes had competed in the 2017 Meridian Regionals, and all results from that event have been nullified. The drug test results were not finalized until this month.

Annie Thorisdottir sets new world record in barbell thruster

CrossFit games athlete Annie Thorisdottir broke the world record for one-minute barbell thrusters on the September 4th edition of NBC’s Today Show. The previous record was 15 thrusters with 85 pounds on a bar. Thorisdottir smashed that record by performing 36 thrusters in 60 seconds, for a total weight of 2,805 pounds. Thorisdottir already owns two other records, including the most weight lifted in a one-minute barbell snatch, and the most weight lifted in a one-minute barbell clean and jerk.

How CrossFit helps a hong kong mom keep her family fit

CrossFit can benefit  every member of your family. Get inspired by Tobey Hill, a tax expert and mother of three, who not only goes to CrossFit classes at 6AM every work day but also encourages her husband and kids to do the same.

Tia-Clair toomey sets new chin-up world record

The 2017 Reebok CrossFit Games champion set the new world record for the most chin-ups by a woman in one minute by performing 31 chin-ups live on ABC Sideliners, an Australian comedy program. Toomey set the record in front of two Guinness World Record representatives who were there to ensure that she performed each chin-up according to standard.

A firsthand account of the CrossFit fittest fan competition

The CrossFIt FIttest Fan Competition was open to anyone and gives CrossFitters one new workout a day to complete. Journalist Spencer Mensel describes the six things he learned while competing with the fittest CrossFit fans at the Games in Madison.

Games veterans at top of leaderboard heading into week 2 of Team Series

Our favorite athletes have been competing as pairs in the 2017 CrossFit Team Series this month. Two CrossFit Games veterans have taken the lead in the second week of the competition.

Saudi CrossFit coach reveals secret to her success

Hailed as a role model, Amal Baatia is the first female Saudi CrossFit coach. She has encouraged women across Saudi Arabia to engage in fitness activities like CrossFit as part of a healthier lifestyle.

September was a great month for CrossFit news, and we look forward to bringing you more outstanding stories in October.

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