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$42,000 To Get Home From CrossFit Games

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August 13   |   POWERED BY

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Happy Friday Morning Chalk Up readers! With $42,000 you can purchase a car, build nearly four at-home gyms, or even buy 287 pairs of NOBULL trainers (probably what we’d do), but how about spending that kind of dough on a flight back home? Yeah — our heads nearly popped off too when we heard that 🤯🤯🤯…

In today’s edition:

  • A year’s salary for one flight home?
  • Reebok sold to Authentic Brands Group for $2.5 billion.
  • Are glucose monitors for non-diabetics the latest wearable fad?
  • Scott Panchik’s workout of the week.
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  $42,000 to Return Home to Australia? That’s What the van Zyls Paid 

$42,000 to Return Home to Australia? That’s What the van Zyls Paid

Australians Katelin and Johann van Zyl, a nanny and two kids weren’t allowed to board their August 7 flight back to Australia after competing at the CrossFit Games with CrossFit Urban Energy. The New Zealand border control wouldn’t allow Aussies to transfer through Auckland airport to fly to Australia so they had to scramble to find other arrangements.

  • To get home, the van Zyls borrowed $42,000 from family to buy return tickets back.
  • They boarded a flight home last night and will be arriving in Australia today.

The van Zyls aren’t the only ones experiencing issues. It was Friday night during competition that Ellie Turner found out her Wednesday return flight to Australia was canceled, and the earliest she could get home would be the 2nd of October.

  • Turner was able to get the last seat on an August 7 flight back home after calling repeatedly. Lucky for her, it “only” cost $6,000.
  • Urban Energy teammates Jaylee and Adam Mansy are still stuck in the U.S. without return flights home.

So what’s going on? Because Australia requires a strict two-week hotel quarantine upon re-entry, they are capping the number allowed back in because they’re running out of beds. This is also one of the reasons it costs Aussie athletes upwards of $20,000 to compete at the CrossFit Games this year.

  • ​​Because only 15-20 people are being allowed on an airplane, airlines are charging $10,000+ a seat to make up the lost revenue.
  • Aussie individual athlete Ellie Turner said she was the last of 15 people on her flight.
  • “Because we have to go into hotel quarantine when we get there, it’s all about how many beds are available and how many people they’re letting back into the country,” Turner explained to the Morning Chalk Up in a sit down interview.
  • “With the Olympics on at the moment as well they get priority to get back in. We are bumped back on the waitlist.”
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  • From WIT to NOBULL: Co-founder at WIT, Sam Kitching, is leaving the company after founding it nearly seven years ago with Daniel Williams. Kitching is now pursuing a job at NOBULL where he will be the GM of Europe with the company.
  • Bodybuilding or WOD? Craig Richey has been training with Mat Fraser and while Fraser claims they’re bodybuilding, Richey thinks it’s awfully close to a CrossFit WOD.
    • Richey: “He just managed to turn a friggen bodybuilding workout into a WOD. ’15 of this, ten of that, we’re going to do four rounds’…but normally in bodybuilding I’m gonna rest four minutes in between and he’s like, ‘we’re going again.'”
  • From 500 pounds to working in CrossFit: Scott Switzer, the host of the Clydesdale Fitness and Friends, joins the Morning Chalk Up to discuss his weight-loss journey, what it’s like working out at Kristi Eramo O’Connell’s box, and his advice for coaches working with overweight athletes.
    • Switzer: “In 2011 I weighed 500 pounds plus…My next-door neighbor ended up being an affiliate owner and he reached out to me and we did some things together. I started at his gym six months later and I dropped about 50 pounds at that point. I did Murph as my first workout and over the course of about two years I got down to about 260 pounds.”
  • Tudor Magda joins TBO Training Team where he will now train alongside Mal O’Brien.


  • Chris Hinshaw, founder of Aerobic Capacity, is hosting a seminar at CrossFit Kreis 9 in Switzerland on August 22. Registration is open now.
  Reebok Sold to Authentic Brands Group for $2.5B 

Reebok Sold to Authentic Brands Group for $2.5B

After months of being up for sale, Adidas has agreed to sell Reebok to Authentic Brands Group (ABG) for up to $2.5 billion. We first reported on Adidas intent to sell back in October 2020.

  • Adidas bought Reebok for $3.8 billion in 2005, in an attempt to compete with American market leader Nike.
  • The deal is expected to finalize in the first quarter of 2022, according to Yahoo Finance.

Who’s ABG? Authentic Brands Group owns Sports Illustrated and other sports apparel companies like Prince Sports, Tapout and Volcom, as well as fashion brands Nine West, Brooks Brothers, Aeropostale and IZOD.

  • ABG is preparing an initial public offering (IPO) with a valuation of around $10 billion, according to CNBC.

What does this mean for CrossFit? Back in March, Reebok’s president Matt O’Toole reiterated to Morning Chalk Up their commitment to the CrossFit community saying, “make no mistake, Reebok remains committed to supporting the athletes, affiliate partners, and the global CrossFit community.”

  • O’Toole: “This is a community that we’ve believed in since day one, and we have no plans to walk away from them.”
  • Reebok has also recently refilled their athlete roster in the last few months, adding Christian Harris, Amanda Barnhart, Fee Saghafi, Saxon Panchik and Haley Adams.

Reading between the lines: We wouldn’t expect much to change to be honest. Reebok has squarely transitioned to a fitness and training brand over the past two years in lieu of competing in the big four sports. Their flagship Nano has been dubbed the Official Shoe of Fitness. Without specific numbers, it’s hard to say for certain, but Reebok remains a significant power player in CrossFit and the training category overall. We wouldn’t go to Vegas to take any bets on that changing anytime soon.

  Are Glucose Monitors for Non-Diabetics the Latest Wearable Fad? 


Are Glucose Monitors for Non-Diabetics the Latest Wearable Fad?

From the novice to the most highly paid professionals, athletes are notorious for their susceptibility to being taken in by services, products and claims that promise to improve training output, recovery, and performance. And we see this tendency reflected in the way companies advertise to athletes. Faster, higher, stronger.

The Olympic motto is peppered all over websites, packaging, and promotional items to prey on our willingness to shell out big dollars for small gains. At the high levels of most sports, winning becomes a game of inches. Marginal improvements matter. Companies know this.

We live in a time right now where information and data are more available than ever. An entire industry has emerged whose sole purpose is to collect your data and sell it back to you. Whoop, Garmin, Oura, Fitbit and several much smaller wearable tech companies are all founded on the same principle: measure as much data as possible and sell it back to the wearer. We can certainly benefit from some of this information.

  Scott Panchik’s Workout of the Week 

Scott Panchik’s Workout of the Week

Every Friday, we’re bringing you an exclusive workout challenge programmed by a CrossFit Games athlete or coach that you can take on at home or the gym. You can post your times or scores in the comment section.

Today’s workout of the week is programmed by Scott Panchik.

Burpee Box Jump Overs 24/20
1 Rope Climb After Each Round
Time Cap: 15 Minutes

Some advice from Scott: “Pace through the beginning and push hard through the middle into the end.”

To inquire about submitting an upcoming workout of the week, shoot us a note.



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