Good morning and welcome to the Morning Chalk Up. Yesterday CrossFit announced the dates for both segments of the 2020 Games, the online component will start on September 18, while the in-person final will start October 19. And, the Masters Fitness Collective Championship is a little over a week away, Patrick Clark breaks down some of the safety protocols they’ve put in place.
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“Health can never be divorced from strength.”– George Hackenschmidt
Dates Confirmed for 2020 Reebok CrossFit Games
CrossFit HQ announced the dates for the two-part 2020 CrossFit Games on Wednesday. The live-streamed competition will begin on Friday, September 18, and last 2-3 days while the televised in-person finals will be held in Northern California during the week of October 19-25.
Remind me: This year, the CrossFit Games will include two stages, an online competition for the 30 women’s and men’s qualifiers in their home countries; and an in-person final in California for the top five men and women from the first stage. The finals will determine the podium and the Fittest Man and Woman on Earth.
For what it’s worth: It’s been 158 days since the last time the community of elite CrossFit athletes met in person to compete against each other (the Australian CrossFit Championship and the Brazil CrossFit Championship both ended on March 8, 2020).
The bottom line: There’s a light at the end of the tunnel of what feels like the longest season in the history of professional sports. Although it’s not ideal (what is in the world of COVID?), it will be great to see the fittest on earth test themselves and potentially compete in person in Aromas, CA.
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CrossFit Gyms Step up and Offer Physical Education
Physical activity levels among high school athletes have dropped by 50 percent in recent months, while two-thirds of them are experiencing anxiety and depression as they deal with their canceled sports seasons, reported a July study from the University of Wisconsin.
One big thing: With many school districts announcing delayed sports seasons and a return to online learning this September, these trends might not change.And it also means physical education classes will be limited or non-existent come the new school year.
Inside the Masters Fitness Collective Championship’s Plan to Protect Athlete, Spectator Safety
When Bobby Petras decided to throw a masters-only individual fitness competition back in May, he was looking to provide an appropriate conclusion to the 2020 season for those athletes after their CrossFit Games opportunity was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. What he came up with was the Masters Fitness Collective Championship and as the competition director he knew he needed to address the concerns that led him to even consider holding the event, the ability to throw a safe competition, not only for athletes but also for volunteers and staff and hopefully spectators.
Knowing the threat: Petras knows the threat that COVID-19 presents better than most people. He and his sister Sevy own and operate Priority Life Care, an assisted and senior living company that runs and operates over 30 facilities across the country. Their facilities were at ground-zero in the early part of the pandemic and they quickly jumped into action to protect their community. They worked with local health organizations, the CDC and other health entities to establish protocols and safety measures that assured not just prevention but also the spread of the virus.
Lessons learned: Petras also runs his own affiliate Mad Apple Fitness in Fort Wayne, IN and used what he learned running his assisted care facilities to safely reopen his gym to members and used that knowledge to come up with the various safety protocols that he has put in place for the Masters Fitness Collective Championships on August 20-23 in Fort Wayne. Here are some of the measures they are taking with the athletes, volunteers, staff and spectators.
On Wednesday the athlete check-in will be touchless with screening overseen by nurses and health care professionals.
In the event of a positive test, the athletes will be retested and receive results with the IgG/IgM Rapid Test kit, one of the most accurate rapid test kits available. If positive they will then be removed from competition.
Get an inside look at the planning behind the 2020 Reebok CrossFit Games. On this episode, watch some of the Games testers play Dave Castro in 1-on-1 and hear Castro challenge Alison Scudds on the difficulty of the final day of testing.
One of the most widely overlooked aspects of competitive gymnastics is one of the most important to focus on in CrossFit and functional training: static positions. You should train static positions because it’s important to recognize and feel your body through each movement and it can help you get stronger all around.
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Here are a few more community events that we are watching right now:
VETWOD: The VETWOD 2020 online competition will benefit 555 Fitness, an organization that provides grants to first responder departments that need fitness equipment and programming. Register nowfor the event that centers around 9/11 and includes divisions for service members, Rx, scaled, and teams. The workouts will take place from September 11 to September 24. Learn more and join.
EDC CrossFit:EDC CrossFit in the UK has offered workouts throughout the COVID-19 lockdown. They are continuing to try to build community as some are able to get back into the gym. They will “Go Live Friday” for the foreseeable future for anyone who wants
to join them on Facebook live. Here’s a recording of the last “Go Live” event.
Just Sweat: Carley’s Angel’s is hosting “Just Sweat” on August 22, 2020. It is a one-day, physically distanced event where participants can come together across social platforms while participating in any activity of their choice to get sweaty. Learn more and join!