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Good morning and welcome to the Morning Chalk Up. The 2022 NOBULL CrossFit Games are now six days away, and we will have you covered for everything and anything you need to know.

In today’s edition:

  • Who has the best craft beer in Madison?
  • Danielle Brandon takes on 22 questions
  • Teens to keep an eye on at the 2022 NOBULL CrossFit Games
  • Women’s Master’s preview for the Games
  • The Bottom Line looks just beyond the men’s podium

Note: The Morning Chalk Up will not be publishing the newsletter August 8-12, as we will be taking some much needed R&R, but we’ll be back in action the following week, so don’t go anywhere.

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  Best Craft Beer Spots in Madison During the CrossFit Games  

Best Craft Beer Spots in Madison During the CrossFit Games

Being a CrossFit Games spectator is not for the faint of heart; four action-packed days of shopping for gym gear, making new fit friends, sneaking in a workout and making the coliseum buzz with cheers — phew!

While you might not be one of the fittest men or women on earth duking it out all weekend, your hard work still deserves a cold one. After all, what’s a competition without a celebratory beverage? We’ve got you covered: Here are the five places to grab craft beer in Madison.

1. Delta Beer Lab

Now this is a libation you can feel good about! This “Social Laboratory and taproom” as they call it, conveniently located 1-mile from Alliant Energy Center, is welcoming and inclusive to say the least. Their website states: “We strive to expand community through quality, local craft beer without barriers to gender, race, or sexual orientation.” Employees are paid a living wage plus revenue sharing, and all tips are donated to the monthly non-profit partner.

In addition to the 10+ craft beers on tap, you can also indulge in house-made pizza or B.Y.O.F (bring your own food) to the patio, all while supporting the environment. Delta Beer Lab is a member of 1% for the Planet, which means 1% of total revenue goes to environmental organizations focused on climate change issues. Salud to that!

Address: 167 E Badger Rd, Madison WI 53713

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TYR Named Official Footwear Partner for Madrid Championship

TYR Named Official Footwear Partner for Madrid Championship

Looking to try the TYR CXT-1 Trainer in person? You will be able to demo both the CXT-1 Trainer and the L-1 Lifter at the Madrid Championship and order on-site at the event.

Don’t miss out on the chance to reserve your size before the official launch on November 1st.

Not going to be in Madrid? You can still get in on the pre-sale action starting next week.

Set your countdown clocks!


Deeper dive: Morning Chalk Up analyst Mike Halpin has found something very interesting, the rise of the athlete with no affiliation.

In case you missed it: Lauren Kalil, the host of The Bottom Line, spoke to analysts Patrick Clark, Tommy Marquez and Brian Friend about who they think will be the most improved at the 2022 NOBULL CrossFit Games.

New deal: HSTL. Made just made it easier to buy their gear as they have opened US and EU warehouses in response to shipping issues and demands.

Comp update: The Dubai CrossFit Championship will feature only 20 men and women this coming Dec. 2-4.

Another comp update: More Intel on how athletes will qualify for January’s Wodapalooza in Miami.

Super cool: What happens when you get some NASCAR guys doing a Jason Khalipa ski erg challenge? Ask no more. 😂

Also, in case you missed it: If you still want to support your favorite CrossFit athlete and their dream of competing in Madison, we have updated our list of fundraisers.

  22 Questions with Danielle Brandon: Quad Shot Lattes, How Champions Think, Tattoo Ideas and Superpowers  


22 Questions with Danielle Brandon: Quad Shot Lattes, How Champions Think, Tattoo Ideas and Superpowers

Known for her colorful hair, tattoos and ‘take no prisoners’ attitude on the competition floor – oh, and absolutely crushing handstand walking, Danielle Brandon, or “DB”, is once again set to set the floor on fire at the upcoming 2022 NOBULL CrossFit Games. But who is the woman behind this unique style icon, what makes her tick, pick her look and where does one of the sport’s most electrifying personalities get her motivation from?

Now based out of Naples, Florida training with the Brute Strength crew, Morning Chalk Up caught up with Brandon for 22 questions in honor of the year, to find out who is the person behind the flair, and where she’s at headed into the final chapter of an eventful season for the Kennewick, WA native.

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  GOWOD Offers Fans the Chance to Learn from Mat Fraser, Other CrossFit Celebrities in Madison  

GOWOD Offers Fans the Chance to Learn from Mat Fraser, Other CrossFit Celebrities in Madison

For the second year in a row, GOWOD—the popular mobility app that offers tailor-made programming to each user and has been endorsed by many Games athletes, including Justin Medeiros and Brooke Wells—is going to be present next week in Madison, WI, in a big way.

GOWOD is taking over CrossFit Big Dane again and will be offering various opportunities for fans to learn from and hang out with various elite CrossFit coaches and celebrities.

The details: The festivities begin on Monday, August 1, run throughout the entire week of the Games, and are entirely free.

  • During the course of the week, five-time CrossFit Games champion Mat Fraser and his team at HWPO Training will be offering 13 workouts to fans, while nine-time Games competitor Scott Panchik will be offering two.
  • Highly-esteemed coaches, including aerobic capacity coach Chris Hinshaw and John Singleton—elite CrossFit coach and the founder of the Program—will also be offering classes at specific times during the Games week, as well as Strongman Rob Kearney – the Lb for Lb Strongest Man.
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  2022 CrossFit Games Preview: Women’s Masters Divisions  

2022 CrossFit Games Preview: Women’s Masters Divisions

Seventy women, ten in each of the seven divisions, will battle for podium spots in the Masters Divisions during three days of competition at the 2022 NOBULL CrossFit Games in Madison, WI.

For the women’s field, three champions return to defend their titles.

The ten athletes in each division battled it out in the online Semifinals. The top-three finishers of each respective Semifinals are listed below.

3539 Age Group Division

Eight national flags will be represented at the Games in this field, the most in any age group. Seven of the women will be competing as a Masters athlete for the first time. However there is a ton of Games experience in this field as seven of the women have combined for over 16 Games appearances including 10 as individual competitors.

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Your Wonky Push Press

When you perform a push press, do you feel yourself leaning forwards? Or overly arching backward? You're suffering from "wonky push press syndrome". Check out this explanation of why it happens and how to correct your form.




Get Stocked with FITAID for Your Games Watch Party

Planning a watch party for the Games? Well, whether it's with your gym buddies, your work friends, or just by yourself, there's going to be a time you wish you had an ice cold FITAID within reach. Get 20% off a case (or two) today with code "MCU20" and be ready for some intense fitness fandom.



The Best Pull-Up Bars for Kipping

There’s no shortage of trash-talking about kipping pull-ups on the internet. But any true coach will tell you the kipping pull-up is not only a legit exercise but a challenging one...for you and your pull-up bar. Here are the top picks for pull-up bars that will stand up to kipping.



A Free WHOOP Strap 4.0 and Extra Month's Membership

WHOOP measures your body's data over 100 times a second to provide personalized feedback on your recovery, strain, and sleep. Morning Chalk Up readers can get a free strap and an extra month's membership when you sign up at the link below.



Protein French Toast Casseroles

"French Toast Casserole." If those three words don't interest you, then we're not sure what will. Add in the fact that this recipe includes over 20g of protein per serving, and you have a perfect brunch recipe.


Share your Crossfit Story


Celebrating a PR, hosting a fundraiser, this, that, or otherwise. Send us a highlight.

  • 🎂 Happy birthday, David Tao.
  • Congratulations Tori Earles from Red Eagle CrossFit in Mayfield, KY on adding 20 pounds (9kg) to her deadlift PR.
  • Team athlete Christine Middleton from CrossFit Milford in Milford, CT makes a  315 pound/143kg front squat look easy.
  • 🤠 Retired Games Athlete Sean Sweeney back squats 405 pounds/184kg.
  • Weightlifter Maddie Stanislewski back squats 273 pounds/124kg for a new eight rep max.
  • James Townsend deadlifts 551 pounds/250kg for two reps.
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