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Good morning and welcome to the Morning Chalk Up.

In today’s edition:

  • Teen athletes invade the women’s individual leaderboard.
  • WODProof becomes go-to app for online fitness competition, Coins offer additional motivation.
  • Behind the camera with the Buttery Bros.
  • Athletes offer perspectives on the first Adaptive Open.
  • Hot off the press! Commemorate the 2020 CrossFit Games season with a Morning Chalk Up limited edition print newspaper. On sale now.

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  • The 2021 CrossFit Open Leaderboard is still unofficial, but here’s what it looks like as of March 30:
    1. Jeffrey Adler (105) | Tia-Clair Toomey-Orr (28)
    2. Scott Panchik (145) | Emma Cary (71)
    3. Travis Mead (170) | Kara Saunders (118)
    4. Saxon Panchik (220) | Kristi Eramo-O’Connell (191)
    5. Rich Froning Jr (257) | Mallory O’Brien (213)
    6. Noah Ohlsen (273) | Emma McQuaid (239)
    7. Samuel Cournoyer (281) | Dani Speegle (245)
    8. Giorgos Karavis (377) | Elena Carratala Sanahuja (248)
    9. Cole Greashaber (405) | Brooke Wells (250)
    10. Agustin Richelme (418) | Haley Adams (309)
  • Jamie Simmonds announced yesterday that she is out for the 2021 season with a shoulder injury. More details are forthcoming.
  • CPT Chandler Smith, who currently sits in 58th in the 2021 Open, announced his Honorable discharge from the Army yesterday after more than five years of active duty. Smith graduated from West Point in 2015 and will now begin a full-time career as a professional CrossFit athlete. Congratulations and thank you for your service.
  • Here are 15 interesting stats from 21.3 and 21.4.

Here are a few more Speed Reads:

  • It’s official, Josh Bridges and Jacob Heppner will square-off in the boxing ring in September as an under-card match for the Hafthor Bjornsson and Eddie Hall fight. The specific date will be announced soon.
  • The Mid-Atlantic CrossFit Challenge announced that Rogue Fitness would be the official equipment supplier of the Semifinal event. The MACC takes place May 28-30 in Knoxville, TN.
  • Live Now: The Born Primitive Flash Sale for the “Keep It  Casual Hoodie.”
  • The UK’s Fittest Man in 2020, Zack George’s book “Start Where the Others Stop” is now available for pre-sale.
  • O2 and The Ready State’s National Fitness Recovery Day Giveaway: Enter now through April 3. Two winners will receive a one-year subscription to O2 Recovery, a one-year subscription to Virtual Mobility Coach, and a recovery-focused coaching call with Dr. Kelly Starrett and O2 founder Dave Colina.
  • Street Parking is launching “Project April.” The entire month of programming will only require two dumbbells, no barbells or sand bags.
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  Teen Beat: Cary and O'Brien Currently in Top-Five, Lawson and Haro Also Make Mark on the Women’s Leaderboard 

Teen Beat: Cary and O'Brien Currently in Top-Five, Lawson and Haro Also Make Mark on the Women’s Leaderboard

We have long been saying the future of the sport of CrossFit, especially the women’s division, was on its way. It’s safe to say that it’s here as the third and final week of the 2021 NOBULL CrossFit Games Open has revealed an unofficial leaderboard with a number of teens moving onto the Quarterfinals and possibly beyond.

Again, the results are unofficial at this point as the leaderboard will not be confirmed and finalized till all scores have been verified on Wednesday evening.

Girls 16-17 Division: This division has made their mark on the leaderboard from the start of the Open and it’s only fitting that they continued to do so at the conclusion. Barring any unforeseeable penalties, the division will have three teens finish in the top-15 and five in the top 100.

  • Emma Cary: The 16-year old’s time atop the leaderboard was short-lived as reigning and defending four-time “Fittest Woman on Earth” Tia Clair Toomey won her first career Open. Cary finished second by a comfortable margin, the highest Open finish by any teen division athlete. She finished 20th in 21.3 with a time of 8:28 and showed off her strength with an impressive lift of 218 pounds in the barbell complex of 21.4. That lift was good for 37th worldwide (her worst finish in the Open) and the second best lift amongst her 16-17 teen contemporaries. The runner-up finish puts Cary in line to win $10,000, combine that with the $2,021 she earned for winning 21.2, this will be the most money she has earned through a prize purse (CrossFit Games does not offer prize money for the teen divisions).
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  Crypto for CrossFit and How WODProof Became the Go-To App for Online Fitness 

Crypto for CrossFit and How WODProof Became the Go-To App for Online Fitness

On March 9, WODProof introduced an exciting new element to its robust mobile app — digital coins. The company gave users the ability to earn this digital currency through a variety of actions, such as recording a workout and taking a post-session selfie. Once the users have enough coins, they can redeem them for discounts at some of the biggest retailers in the CrossFit space.

Remind me: WODProof initially started out as a tool for community members without the traditional setup to record Open workouts. The app provided users with a platform where they could enter their workout and hit “start,” beginning the recording with an on-screen timer. WODProof later added a timestamp to prevent any cheating.

  • “We created a solution to something that people might not find as a problem,” said Adam Grinker, WODProof founder and CEO. “We came with a simple version of WODProof that comes with a built-in timer, but the cool thing is that we had four steps.” These steps were starting the video, recording an intro, starting the workout and timer, and stopping the workout.
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  Getting to Know the Buttery Bros: Behind the Camera with Two Friends Who Have the Best Job in CrossFit 


Getting to Know the Buttery Bros: Behind the Camera with Two Friends Who Have the Best Job in CrossFit

When Heber Cannon and Marston Sawyers — now commonly known as the Buttery Bros — were laid off from their media jobs at CrossFit LLC in 2018, it felt like everything had just “blown up” and the “sky was falling,” Sawyers explained.

The two filmmakers were just two of close to 100 employees, mostly media team members, who were let go from CrossFit in 2018 and 2019, which all but dismantled the company’s media team.

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  Athletes Offer Perspective on the First-Ever CrossFit Games Adaptive Division 

Athletes Offer Perspective on the First-Ever CrossFit Games Adaptive Division

“We’re here to compete.”

Omar Iglesias, an athlete who participated in the 2021 CrossFit Games Adaptive Division, says about his community. For the first time this year, adaptive athletes were included on the CrossFit Open leaderboard.

Remind me: CrossFit announced the addition of the Adaptive Division in early January, in line with the release of the 2021 CrossFit Games Rulebook. The division was detailed in a 15-page adaptive athlete policy, a document that outlined a variety of regulations, including the following:

  • Divisions: 16 divisions, eight for men and eight for women. They include upper extremity, lower extremity, neuromuscular, vision, seated athletes (with hip function), seated athletes (without hip function), short stature, and intellectual.
  • Age: There were no age groupings; all athletes, starting at the age of 14, were eligible to compete.
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  Athletes Offer Perspective on the First-Ever CrossFit Games Adaptive Division 

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Are Taller Athletes REALLY at a Disadvantage?

Yes. But that's not the end of the story. Max El-Hag from Training Think Tank digs into how even though some movements may be advantageous to a shorter athlete, taller athletes should avoid being discouraged and how they can close the gap.




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Add Tempo Squats Into Your Program to Improve Your 1RM

Heavy cleans, squats, and deadlifts are staples in affiliates and home gyms all over the world. Try adding these tempo front squats in every now and then to improve your strength and stability without the constant heavy workload.



The Bar Muscle-Up

Did bar muscle-ups hold you back on 21.3? Then this program is for you. Brent Fikowski and the team at Train Your Weakness have put together a six-week progressive program to help you get this key movement under your belt.



Buttery Bros Head to Vegas for 21.2

The Buttery Bro's headed to Las Vegas to see how Kari Pearce, Danielle Brandon, and Bethany Shadburne were training through the Open rather than for the Open. BONUS: A special appearance by Tommy Marquez.


Chalk Up Highlights is our section dedicated to celebrating our community’s wins in the gym. Follow @ChalkUpHighlights and submit your highlight to [email protected] to be featured.

10/1: Lansing’s Strongest 2022 (Lansing, MI)
10/1 - 10/2: Fittest in the Fall (Indianapolis, IN)
10/1: Guava Games (Tampa, FL)
10/1: Masters Mayhem (Kilgore, TX)
10/1: WODtoberfest 2022 (Saint Clairsville, OH)
10/1: Battle of the Vikings (Frederick, MD)
10/1: North Dallas Rumble (Dallas, TX)
10/1: Warrior Games 2022 (Suffield, CT)
10/1 - 10/2: Southie Showdown (Boston, MA)
10/1: West Town Throwdown (Chicago, IL)
10/1: Legends of the Falls 2022 (Gadsden, AL)
10/2 - 10/16: CHLKDUP Box League – Chattanooga (Chattanooga, TN)
10/2: The IronWorkz Gauntlet (Medina, OH)
10/2: IronWorkz Gauntlet (Medina, OH)
10/2: Battle in the Berg (Newberg, OR)
10/7 - 10/8: Koda Iron Games (Lafayette, CO)
10/8: Mayhem & Massacre @ Infinite Fitness & Health (Wharton, NJ)
10/8 - 10/9: Mid-Atlantic CrossFit Challenge Festival (MACC FEST) (West Friendship, MD)
10/8: Fall Brawl at CrossFit Lehigh Valley (Allentown, PA)
10/8 - 10/9: MACC FEST (West Friendship, MD)
10/8: Rua Rumble II (Frankfort, IL)
10/8: Nightmare On Wod Street (Spring Lake, MI)
10/8: The X Games (Brooklawn, NJ)
10/14 - 10/16: 3F Throwdown (Poreč, Croatia)
10/15: Ragin Games 2022 (Lafayette, LA)
10/15: Wodtoberfest (Owosso, MI)
10/15: PAINKLLR Nashville (Nashville, TN)
10/15: Ragin Games (Lafayette, LA)
10/15: 7th Annual Kilo Crushfest (Hampton, VA)
10/15: Girls Gone Rx Omaha (Gretna, NE)
10/15: Girls Gone Rx Dallas (Dallas, Texas)
10/15: Diamond K Classic (Birmingham, AL)
10/15: Girls Gone Rx Belleville (Belleville, Canada)
10/15: Girls Gone Rx San Diego (Alpine, CA)
10/15: Girls Gone Rx Iowa (Des Miones, IA)
10/15: Girls Gone Rx Southern Illinois (Highland Robinson, IL)
10/15: Girls Gone Rx DC (Alexandria, VA)
10/15: Girls Gone Rx Charlotte (Charlotte, NC)
10/15: Girls Gone Rx Newport News (Newport News, VA)
10/15: Mid Atlantic Masters Classic (Abingdon, MD)
10/15: Bridgetown Throwdown (City of Industry, CA)
10/15: Girls Gone Rx Richmond (Richmond, Canada)
10/21 - 10/23: Battledrome Championship (Milan, Italy)
10/22: 8th Annual Crossfit Pittsfield Fall Brawl (Pittsfield, MA)
10/22: Doomsday 2022 (Palm Springs, CA)
10/22: The Humble Games Fall Throwdown (Hanover, MD)
10/22: Goblin Gauntlet – CrossFit Sandy (Sandy, UT)
10/22: 8th annual fall brawl (Pittsfield, MA)
10/22: Festivals Games – CrossFit 906 Ishpeming, MI (Ishpeming, MI)
10/22 - 10/23: Rep It Out (Sheffield, England)
10/22: Clash at the Creek 2022 (Knoxville, TN)
10/22: Festivus Games – Teams @ Crossfit Clan (Parsippany, NJ)
10/22: Ironclad (League City, TX)
10/22: Festivus Games (Waukesha, WI)
10/22: Scream and Clean 2 (Danbury, CT)
10/22: SE TEX Masters Fall Classic 2022 (Cypress, TX)
10/22: Festivus Games Pairs – Same-Sex or Mixed-Sex (Savannah, GA)
10/22: Black and Brewed (Huntsville, AL)
10/22: Festivus Games – Pairs (Savannah, GA)
10/22: Dreamland Games 3 (same sex pairs) (Portsmouth, OH)
10/22: 2022 Arsenal Throwdown (Pittsburgh, PA)
10/29 - 10/30: Chi-Town Throwdown (Elmhurst, IL)
10/29 - 10/30: The Vanguard (Lakeland, FL)
10/29: Heartland Games (Kearney, NE)
10/29 - 10/30: Mayhem & Massacre @ CrossFit Black Hive West (Jacksonville, FL)
10/30 - 11/20: CHLKDUP Box League – Nashville (Nashville, TN)
11/1 - 11/21: MFLH X FFTF Partner Series Online Qualifier (New York, NY)
11/5 - 11/6: Reignited Games (Wilmington, NC)
11/5: Fall’s Fittest Partner Throwdown (Amherst, OH)
11/5: Best of the Wurst (New Braunfels, TX)
11/12: Girls Gone Rx Salt Lake City (West Salt Lake, UT)
11/12: Girls Gone Rx Mesa (Mesa, AZ)
11/12: CrossFit Exodus Throwdown (Bridgeport, TX)
11/19: Babes & Beasts TURF Games 2022 (Port Saint Lucie, FL)
11/19: Cactus Classic 2022 (Phoenix, AZ)

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