Sit Up For Pups
Barbells For Bullies, ABMAT team up to raise awareness for
shelter overpopulation, bully breeds
From anywhere! The purpose of this event is to bring awareness to challenges that face shelter animals.
March 1 - March 31, 2020
1.2 million dogs are killed annually in the US, and that is just a best estimate from a variety of sources. It's also estimated that as many as 1,200 "pit bulls" a day are euthanized (Source). While statistics can be specious, no matter what - both of these numbers are unacceptable.
We intend to raise awareness by challenging the CrossFit and fitness community at large to accumulate 1.2 million sit ups - Hence, sit ups for pups!
Our goal is to collectively do at least 1.2 million sit ups as a fitness community in the month of March, to represent the estimated 1.2 million dogs that are euthanized every year.
That's the population of Dallas, TX. And it happens every single year.
Shelter overpopulation is a huge concern but we can all make a difference.
Adopt, foster, volunteer, advocate, educate.
This event is all about getting people involved and raising awareness, and costs absolutely nothing to enter. This is about exemplifying our mission of fostering a fit community that rallies around rescue!
We have a Google Sheets template above that you can use at your gym or with your fitness community to track your reps, or keep track on your own. Please follow the instructions on the linked document.
Facts, Stats, and Research
How To Get Involved
Tell your gym owner, friends, coach, cousin, exes, and anybody else that is into fitness and also into being a good human that helps their community. It costs $0 to enter. Name another fitness challenge that doesn't cost anything and you can win limited edition Abmats! MAKE SURE YOU READ AND FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS SLIDE!
Use the sheet (linked above) to track your reps as an individual, or share with your gym and create a challenge, make it a part of your cash out, of have an ab session on a Saturday. Bonus points if you get a pup to sit and hold your feet! Use #situpsforpups to be featured!
Want to do more? You can sign up as a gym/team and raise money WHILE raising awareness, or sign up as an individual. It's free, easy, and intuitive to set up a page. Click HERE then click "I want to fundraise for this."
The gym or fitness community that puts up the most reps will win 6 can't-buy-them-anywhere Abmats!
The top individuals/garage athletes will earn one as well!
"The whole point of this endeavor is to exemplify our mission of fostering a fit community that rallies around rescue and utilizes fitness as a method of engagement and awareness. We want this to start conversations and engage people, i.e. 'hey, why are we trying to do a million sit ups?' 'Because that's how many dogs are killed every year in shelters.' We're hoping people will hear that and get in the fight, and start to volunteer, advocate, educate, adopt, foster, and do whatever else they can!"
- Alex Castiglione, Founder, Barbells For Bullies
To learn more about the reason behind the 2020 Pittie Design, click HERE.
Sit Ups For Pups (So Far)
AMRAPS: As Many Rescues As Possible
Our goal, as an organization, is to help AMRAP: As Many Rescues As Possible. Whether it's small rescues organizations around the US or rescue pups in need, we're here to help as many as we can. Regardless of breed, age, or location, we exist to fight for the underdog, and want to create a fit and socially conscientious community that rallies around rescue. Whether it involves a barbell or not, if it's about fitness and community, count us in.
We're here to make a difference, and let you know we all can make a difference. One random act of kindness at a time.