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Since then, Eric’s fought with courage, strength, grace, and humor that is truly inspirational. This spring, he endured four intense rounds of chemotherapy at the University of Virginia Cancer Center in Charlottesville. Early, post-chemotherapy results are positive and Eric’s family is confident he will move forward for a long healthy life.

Sally and Svend had the idea to host a fundraiser to raise awareness and funds for the UVA Cancer Center. Their box, CrossFit Nittany in State College, PA agreed. Owner Bryan St. Andrews offered the use of the gym and members donated their own rowers for use. One member had t-shirts made, another designed flyers and social media. Others are donating prizes and offering to set up and help coordinate the teams.

Eric’s father thought that rowing was the perfect metaphor to battling cancer. “Cancer sucks. It absolutely sucks for everyone. The fight is long; it’s hard, it’s painful, it’s all consuming, you don’t know when, or if, the fight will end or even if you can fight that long, and at times it’s boring as hell. That pretty well sums up rowing on an Erg.”

It was the end of the 2010 CrossFit Games season and Greg Glassman, CrossFit’s Founder and Chairman, realized that the Games season needed to change. That year, approximately 33 sectional events around the world determined the fittest athletes to compete at Regionals. But the Sport of Fitness was growing so rapidly that in order to meet the demand next year they’d have to expand Sectionals exponentially, something that was financially and logistically untenable.

“Dave [Castro] and Justin [Bergh] liked the Sectionals we were having but the problem was that the number of sectionals we needed was outpacing affiliate growth and the infrastructure to handle hundreds and hundreds of sectional events was fundamentally going to have an online system that looked like the leaderboard in the Open anyway,” Greg Glassman said in a call earlier today.

Kayla Ketchum gets her first handstand push-up • Charissa Johnson gets her first handstand push-up too • 16-year-old Jared Fleming got a 125kg/275 pound snatch PR • Daniel Camargo, AKA Mattie Rogers’ coach, took second place at the Masters World Championships • Kristi Eramo and Kristin Holte are hanging out in Italy • Do you think you could beat Dave Castro in a quick draw? • Coltey Mane is doing a Reddit AMA.

A Tough Recovery — Mary Beth Prodromides, a middle school physical education teacher, was also just crowned the Fittest 55-59 year-old woman on Earth. However, her fourth title happened to be the hardest one to achieve. From tearing her meniscus in 2017, having surgery, her dad getting sick, and re-injuring her leg, Mary Beth had to overcome a lot to etch her name in history.

CrossFit 204 Turns Nine — "With thanks to all the coaches, gym owners, colleagues and clients who helped me learn them; Keep going forever. We’ve seen people lose their canes and then need them again after taking time off. We’ve seen people make amazing positive changes and then make equally dramatic negative changes. Momentum is key. To stay healthy, you can’t stop working out—not on vacation, not because you’re busy, not because you’re tired. You have to keep going. You’re a person who works out now, so do it regularly no matter what. If you do, you’ll be richly rewarded."

Bringing Her Passions Together — Diana Volant has a passion for two things: fitness and helping those in need. She combined bot of these when she created Future Fittest on the 45th, a trauma program designed to help struggling or at-risk youth through physical fitness. “We’re committed to developing the healthiest child by improving mental, physical and emotional health at the same time,” she said.

Consider CrossFit’s Sickness-Wellness-Fitness Continuum. Glassman that “nearly every measurable value of health can be placed on a continuum that ranges from sickness to wellness to fitness.” Just a few among these values are blood pressure, body fat, muscle mass and triglycerides—as well glycated hemoglobin, or red-blood-cell protein molecules bound to glucose, an excess of which is a marker of Type 2 diabetes.

On Day 1 of the Level 1 course, CrossFit Level 3 Trainer and Seminar Staff member Pablo Cervigni had explained CrossFit’s definition of health: fitness measured across age. As we train, each of us can work toward our own genetic potential, the highest possible expression of our individual fitness. But can people get there without addressing nutrition?

“I don’t think that most people know that (chronic disease) in a very, very large part comes from the way that we eat,” Westerlin said. “I think most people think that the obesity is due to inactivity and that the chronic conditions that their parents have or that everybody’s taking medication for is just kind of in the cards or is a byproduct of just getting older, whereas it’s just not.”