Transgender Weightlifter Laurel Hubbard Will Compete At Worlds

New Zealand's Laurel Hubbard, born Gavin Hubbard, will be competing at the 2017 IWF World Championships in the women's 90+kg category. Her entry total is 280kg, the second highest in the division. The competition begins today in Anaheim, California, and runs through December 6.

Hubbard became the first transgender person to represent New Zealand in international sport earlier this year when she easily won the gold at the 2017 Australasian Championships.


She followed that performance up with an incredibly impressive day at the 2017 World Masters Games, where she not only won but also set three new masters world records with a 131kg/288lb snatch,  149kg/328lb clean and jerk, and a 280kg total.

The inclusion of transgender women competing in weightlifting is a touchy subject for a lot of people, including the head of Australia's weightlifting federation, Michael Keenan, who has both admired Hubbard for being on the "cusp of making a lot of history" and also suggested that there are physiological and psychological advantages Hubbard may have due to having trained as a man for the first 30 years of her life.

The president of New Zealand's weightlifting federation has also voiced his support for Hubbard while pointing out that some of Hubbard's strength has stayed with her even past the transition from male to female.

The IOC and IWF have regulations in place which transgender women must meet before being allowed to compete in weightlifting internationally, and Laurel Hubbard has met all of those standards. Specifically, her testosterone levels have stayed below a certain threshold for at least 12 months prior to her first competition as a woman.

FloElite To Live Broadcast Leading CrossFit®, Inc. Sanctional™ Events

AUSTIN, Texas (January 23, 2020) - Today, FloSports, the innovator in live digital sports and original content, and Loud And Live Sports announced an expansion of their partnership heading into 2020. FloSports will exclusively stream the Loud And Live Sports events set to occur in the United States, Spain and Mexico. The partnership will bring live and on-demand content and coverage of five high-profile events to a global audience on FloElite. The multi-year deal will include the West Coast CrossFit® Classic, Madrid CrossFit® Championship (Spain) and the Mayan CrossFit® Classic (Mexico) in addition to the Wodapalooza CrossFit® Festival and the Granite Games for which the two had previously partnered. With a prize purse totaling nearly $1.3M USD, these five events have already attracted some of the top athletes within the sport including Tia-Claire Toomey, Patrick Vellner, Lauren Fisher, Noah Olsen, Brooke Wells, Ben Smith and Brent Fikowski among others. 

Why The Open Matters Now & Later

In case you missed the news earlier this week, the scores from the CrossFit Open are now official. The national champions have been crowned and the top 20 are now established. You can see the scores for yourself at the CrossFit leaderboard website. 

Kari Pearce Shares 4 Nutrition Tips For 2020

Many people set fitness-related resolutions around the New Year, and a lot of those people will find their way to the local CrossFit gym with an abundance of motivation and a passion to improve. They will initially get pumped for every workout they go into because of the excitement that comes with getting stronger, faster, leaner, and better overall.

CrossFit Events To Watch In 2020

Your CrossFit calendar for next year is here.

Ben Smith Shares Keys To Recovering From Injuries

Outside of the results of the CrossFit Open, the headlines within the fitness community seem to be dominated by recent injuries of athletes both while training and away from the gym. James Newbury is recovering from a broken back and punctured lung. Sam Briggs suffered a leg injury while attempting Workout 20.4. Thuri Helgadottir also recently announced that she had been training with a type 2 SLAP lesion, which is damage of the labrum near the biceps.

Dani Speegle & The Business Of Making CrossFit A Career

Many of the people who live the CrossFit lifestyle do so as a way to enhance their overall lives and fulfill a personal desire to be their best. They find that training helps them live better lives personally, improve relationships, and even see improvement in results with their careers.

Grace: The Workout That's More Than A Workout

The 2020 Open is in full swing, and that has the attention of CrossFit fans around the world — for good reason. It’s the kickoff of another season that is sure to be exciting, to say the least. However, there is another event that will be taking place in various boxes and gyms that will have a significance all its own.

Does Success In The Open Mean Success At The Games?

The second Open of the year is about to take place. This version is for the 2019-20 season, and there is a lot of excitement and anticipation across the CrossFit community. Many athletes hope that they can earn their spot at the 2020 CrossFit Games and feel that being at the top of the leaderboard in the Open will make a big statement.

FloSports Rebrands, Launches Android App

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You may have noticed something different about FloElite this week… 

Mat Fraser Talks CrossFit Games Changes, CBD & Much More

The four-time champion talks winning, comparisons to Froning, recovery, and more.