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Good morning and welcome to the Morning Chalk Up. We’re suiting up to tackle a few Team Series WODs today around 10AM pacific at CrossFit Downtown Santa Ana. We’ll be live on Facebook in case anyone wants to see how two mostly average dudes do fitness.
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QUOTE OF THE DAY
“Leaders are genuine and speak the truth. If someone isn’t performing great, don’t say it’s great. Sugar-coating things just to make others feel good will undermine all of your feedback and lessen your ability to lead.” — Ben Bergeron
ODD MAN OUT.
Meet Camille Egdorf. She’s a professional fisherman and unless you’re really into fly fishing, you’ve probably never heard of her.
DID YOU SAY FISHING?
We sure did. Camille grew up trading places between Montana and Alaska and became a full-time fishing guide at the ripe age of 18. It wasn’t always easy being the only lady guide out there in remote part of Alaska, except for one tiny little detail. Turns out she’s a total badass and really good.
But don’t take our word for it — Yeti totally agrees. Yes, we’re talking the fancy cooler company Yeti. The one keeping your beers cold this weekend.
WHY ARE WE TALKING ABOUT FISHING?
We’re actually not. We’re talking about strength. Camille is also a CrossFitter who calls CrossFit Bozeman in Montana home. She may be trading places a lot around the world to pursue her passion but one thing is clear, “just because you’re a girl doesn’t mean you can’t do it as well as a guy.” Her words, not ours.
“Remote Alaska can get pretty gnarly,” Camille said in this awesome video Yeti just put out.. “I’d rather be in good physical shape and have a healthy and strong body to get me through it. Being a role model for other women was definitely something I wanted to be.”
We couldn’t agree more. And to further toast that today’s Friday, we’ll leave you with this: “Here’s to strong women. May we know them. May we be them. May we raise them.”
CHALK UP IN 2 MINUTES
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU HIT THE BOX
ROUNDUP — Carleen Mathews gets her muscle-ups back. Don’t know what we’re talking about? Read the story. National weightlifting champion Alyssa Ritchey crushes the “Big Sexy” hero WOD in 15:17. Rory McKernan is growing a mustache. Details for the 2018 American Open weightlifting series are out. Both Scott Panchik and Ben Smith squat 500 pounds in Team Series event 7.
COMING TO A WHOLE FOODS NEAR YOU — Introducing NOOMA (pronounced noo-muh), the first certified USDA organic, Non-GMO Project Verified, gluten-free, paleo friendly, vegan, and kosher electrolyte hydration drink. Wow that was a mouthful, but basically it’s a post-workout recovery drink that’s 30 cals, no added sugar and uses natural sea salt instead of whatever “chemicly” stuff is out there. Haven’t heard of them before? You might start to soon as they move into more retail like Whole Foods, oh and Scott Panchik is a sponsored athlete.
No, not Whoopi Goldberg — but Wishing, Hoping, Outcome, Obstacles, Plan, Identity and Execute. That’s Ben Bergeron’s formula for creating goals. Coach B breaks down how it all fits together in this episode of Chasing Excellence.
EAT: The Best Healthy Turkey Lasagna You’ll Ever Eat
The Italian-American in us is screaming blasphemy right now, but Ambitious Kitchen seldom disappoints. Made with a homemade tomato basil sauce packed with fresh herbs and Italian spices, layered with lean ground turkey, mozzarella, creamy ricotta and a touch of parmesan. Perfect for serving crowds, family style dinners, or freezing for later!
GET THE RECIPE.
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“Are you here for the CrossFit?” my driver asks in a thick Russian accent as we go from my AirBNB to the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wisconsin.
“I am,” I say, still a little groggy from the flight in the night before. “Are you competing?” he asks.
At first, I’m not sure how to respond to this question. Technically, I’m not a Games athlete — I’m a journalist. But for the next four days, I’ll be competing against 18,000 other spectators to become the Fittest Fan on Earth.
The CrossFit Fittest Fan Competition harnesses the fanatic energy of CrossFitters by giving them a new workout a day, usually one adapted from the teen competition. Anyone can participate, and the day’s best times are posted the following morning. After a year and a half of doing CrossFit at the same gym, I want to see how I compare to this broad cross-section of the CrossFit universe. If I get lucky and hit only the movements I’m best at, like pull-ups, handstands, and pistol squats, I think I can do fairly well. And even if I have to do Olympic lifts, I’m confident I can dig deep and power through. This is, after all, the ultimate test of athleticism.
I competed with some of the fittest CrossFit fans in the world, and here’s what I learned.
Brought to You by Invictus Gymnastics — The much sought after butterfly pull-up and chest to bar pull-up. This five-minute video walks you through all the basic mechanics you need to learn to master the butterfly pull-up, including some accessory work to practice before or after class.
9/20 – 10/2: CrossFit Games Team Series (Online)
9/29 – 10/7: WOD Godz Online Qualifier (Online)
9/30: Caffeine & Kilos Invitational (Elk Grove, CA)
9/30 – 10/1: Do More Charity Challenge (Front Range CF, Denver, CO)
10/7 – 10/8: MIA Classic VII (CrossFit Soul, Miami, FL)
10/20: Wodapalooza Team Online Challenge (Online)
10/21 – 22: 2017 Fortius Weightlifting Halloween Open (San Diego, CA)
10/21 – 22: Cascade Classic (Seattle, WA)
11/4: Team SuperFit (San Diego, CA)
11/18: New WODs On The Block (Various Locations in US)
11/30: CrossFit Liftoff (Online)