Good morning and welcome to the Morning Chalk Up. Today’s edition was chalked up while preparing to fill out our ballot. Today is Election Day y’all so get out there and vote. Don’t know where to go, ask Google.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
The 24 Hour Box
REMEMBER THAT DISAPPOINTING FEELING WHEN YOUR DAY IS PACKED AND YOU CAN’T MAKE THE LAST 7:30 CLASS?
We’ve all been there before, but Indianapolis based CrossFit SSP thinks you should be able to sweat at any hour of the day, so they’re open 24 hours a day.
No they don’t have actual classes every hour of the day, but when the lights dim down after their 7:30 PM class wraps-up, members can still access the box via a key fob they receive after signing up.
IT’S PROBABLY JUST A CLOSET WITH 4 WEIGHTS AND A SQUAT RACK
Actually no. Their entire 3,850 square foot facility is at members’ disposal. Take a peak.
THAT COULD BE DANGEROUS
You’re probably right, but like anything fitness related, don’t be a moron, like this guy. Bring a friend, don’t do 1RM back squat, clean or snatch and you’ll probably be ok.
+ 1 for innovation. +1 for more fitness at more hours of the day.
CHALK UP IN 2 MINUTES
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU HIT THE BOX
The 2016 CrossFit Liftoff has officially ended. You can checkout the leaderboard but CrossFit HQ still has to review the submissions before announcing all the winners. Andrea Ager wants to see if you can beat her in this WOD. Camille Leblanc-Bazinet tied her 1RM front squat at 280 pounds. When you’re the 5th Fittest Man in the World like Cole Sager, Rogue helps you build your garage gym. Brent Fikowski is now on the Reebok team. Maddy Curley plays with snakes.
WHAT WE’RE WATCHING
Even more CrossFit Liftoff videos like…Alec Smith’s 365 pound clean and jerk and 285 pound snatch. Nick Uranker snatches 315 poundsand clean and jerks 395 pounds. Did Sarah Hopping Estrella just power clean and jerk 260 pounds? Michele Letendre snatches 200 pounds. Emily Bridgers snatches 180 and clean and jerks 227. Saxon Panchik hits 2 PRs: 292 pound snatch and 351 pound clean and jerk.
Michele Letendre’s swan song — After competing at the CrossFit Games for six years, Michele is hanging up her hat, but not before one final throwdown: The CrossFit Invitational. Michelle’s predicting a Canadian win.
CHALK UP READS
“Can public health officials force Americans to break their soda habit? The answer may come soon from the University of California, San Francisco, a health sciences center that has more than 24,000 employees on its sprawling campus. Last year, U.C.S.F. removed sugar-sweetened beverages from every store, food truck and vending machine on its campus. Even popular fast-food chains on the campus, like Subway and Panda Express, have stopped selling Sprite, Coca-Cola and their sugary brethren at the university’s request.”With sugary sodas now a rare sight on campus, the university found that it had the perfect conditions to study what happens when people who were drinking large amounts of sugar during their workday suddenly stop.
“Researchers there have enrolled 214 of the school’s employees into a rigorous study, collecting blood samples to see if there have been any major metabolic changes in the people who lowered their soda intake.”
“Kaitlin Burgess is a Pro Strongman competitor who has lifted a 300 lb. stone to a 48 inch platform, can log press 200 lb. and deadlifts nearly 500 lb. But it was just a few years ago that Burgess was an out-of-shape new mom who was so scared and embarrassed that she couldn’t bear to go to a gym with other people in it… In addition to working at an emergency room in Texas, Burgess bartends at night and gets up some mornings to train other athletes at Arlington Strength, at 5:45 a.m.
‘People ask, “How do you do it? You’re a single mom with two jobs,‘” said Burgess, who has never missed a training session since Barrett’s talk. ‘Well, how do you get up and find time to change your underwear? It’s a matter of making the time. For me, it’s been a lifestyle change.’ And with that, a body-image change as well.
CHALK UP AFFILIATES
Are you already planning on going Teams for 2017 and have your eyes set on Regionals or the Games?
If you have an unusual circumstance that might raise red flags, like you live in Texas but your team is in Virginia, then you might consider filling out CrossFit’s early declaration form.
CrossFit Ad Finem in Manchester, NH organized a WOD and fundraiser for an officer who died 10 years ago to honor “his service for the city of Manchester as well as just kind of our way of saying thank you to police.” CrossFit Ten Twenty in Edwardsville, Illinois held a similar event to remember one of their local fallen officers.