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January 2019 Hot Topic: How the CrossFit Games are Changing


“CrossFit stands on a precipice. It’s global domination of fitness is rapidly expanding.”
–Morning Chalk Up

You may (or may not) have heard within our little sliver of CrossFit community, that the CrossFit Games are changing. This will be our last year having our Annual “Friday Night Lights” five-week event, which we’ve run during the months of February/March in conjunction with The Open several years in a row now. With the CrossFit Game changes, The Open will now be in October and as most of you know that is a busy football month for The Exlines (#gobraves!). This doesn’t mean The Open is going away in October just the Friday Night Light format that has been used in the past. In the meantime, BCF athletes should be on the lookout for details involving our very last Friday Night Lights Open in February and a new BCF format to begin in October with the unveiling of the new CrossFit Games Schedule.

WHAT ARE THE CROSSFIT GAMES?


“The CrossFit Games are the world’s premier test to find the Fittest on Earth™. They are world-renowned as a grueling test for the toughest athletes on Earth as well as a thrilling experience for spectators. Since its inception in 2007, the CrossFit Games have become “one of the fastest growing sports in America,” according to Forbes.” (Credit: games.crossfit.com)

The road to The Games begins with The Open, where any athlete competes for an invitation to Regionals. After Regionals,  only the best would move onto The Games.

SO WHAT’S CHANGING ABOUT THE GAMES?


Greg Glassman (Founder and CEO of CrossFit) wants to restructure The Games to emphasize CrossFit’s core mission - health. His goal is to expand the number of CrossFit affiliates to 150,000 worldwide, bringing health to more communities.

Each country with a CrossFit affiliate will have the opportunity to send their fittest man and fittest woman to The Games, as opposed to only top-performing athletes regardless of their country. Athletes from all 162 affiliated countries will participate in The Open through their local affiliate, just like we do in our own box. Then instead of top performers heading to Regionals (one big event) as they would in the past, they will participate in 15 sanctioned CrossFit events around the world. The top 20 fittest men, top 20 fittest women, fittest teams, top individual athletes from each of the 162 countries, and the winning male and female from each of the fifteen events, will qualify for the CrossFit Games. Additionally, “Up to 4 individual athletes may receive at-large bids to the Games at the discretion of CrossFit Inc.” (Credit: Morning Chalk Up)

“A higher intensity, denser format, where there’s less to watch but more to see.”
–Greg Glassman, CrossFit Founder

January Athlete of the Month-Kristen Gardner


The girl behind the Yoga Trapeze! Kristen is a super hard worker and will put in all the extra time and work to be better! She is passionate about life, words, friendships, and family! If you have never met Kristen, do it today! You WANT her in your circle! Also, make sure you scroll down to the very bottom to see her cute kids and their comments!



Tell us a little about yourself and family- Hobbies, interests, where you grew up, occupation, etc.


I grew up in Bountiful, UT. I figured out words and writing were my thing when I was 5. I started working at 11 ( first job was in a snow cone shack…not sure how that was legal.) I started waking up at age 12 to workout before I went to school cause I felt better and could think better. My favorite thing was step and dancing. In college, I studied photojournalism. I met my husband, Kent, and married his cute butt at 19. We have 4 kids. I get to stay home with them. Additionally, I teach Yoga (trapeze is my favorite) and spin. I also semi-homeschool my kids. I teach at the community school they attend 3 days per week; math to the 3rd graders, history to the intermediate class. I started a publishing company this year to create and sell my line of toddler board books about Historical Figures who helped shape our world. As part of that, I blog (www.truthette.com) which I really enjoy. I’m also working on finishing up my 2nd screenplay. I just love words and people. I also love to learn. 


How did you hear about BCF and what made you want to join?


Before finding BCF, I worked out in my living room doing videos (The Firm, anybody anybody? P90X? Insanity? No? Just Me? Ok) I found the BCF Groupon. Tried 3 places. Liked the vibe of BCF.



What is your favorite movement? Non-favorite movement?


Favorite movement :Honestly, I like all the things. If I had to pick, I like the body movements (especially Pull ups and push-ups cause for the first time in my life, I can do them. I love me some OHS and Clean and jerks too. Snatching is a foreign language that my body forgets to speak. 

Least favorite: Dear heavens above, can we never do a thruster or cluster ever again? OR D-Balls!  Puh-lease!
Also when I need to climb a rope, I tend to just stare at it and hope that counts soooo.....

What is your proudest CF moment?


Geez... so many. Getting my first PULL-Up. I’ve always wanted to do that. Or Double Undering in a WOD. Or showing up after I threw the barbell. Or squatting to a healthy depth, or my first RX WOD. Or watching my 6 am tribe conquer something difficult. So so many. Probably way more losses than wins but I only remember the wins.


What is 1 thing that people would be surprised to find out about you?


SURPRISE: I’m afraid of heights. Other than that I don’t discuss my fears. Gives them too much power. 

What are your goals? Personal, professional, and athletic?



“Linda” by 12/22/19. 1 Ring MU. Publish 3 more of my books in 2019. See the Northern Lights. Live in Switzerland for a while. Take each of my kids on a humanitarian mission when they turn 16. Lovingly hand each of my beautiful kids a box of their stuff when they turn 18 and help them move out, go forth and conquer.


What is your biggest motivation in life?


I really don’t know why the desire to fitness burns so bright in me. Wish I did. I just feel better after. I’m happier. Maybe addicted to the happy endorphins. It makes me the better version of myself.


Biggest impact CrossFit has made in your life?


1. I used to workout to eat cause I LOVE food, like lots. Now, I eat so I can Workout. CrossFit healed that relationship for me (though I still have hard food days when I want to eat all the things).

2. It made me stronger. For me there is a lot of peace in being “strong enough”. I appreciate peace. Also, my tribe. My BCF Fitfam is such a part of my heart. They hold up space for me. Space to be triumphant or defeated, goofy and stupid. Holding up “space” might not sound like a heavy lift, but it is and makes my tribe the strongest people I know. 





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