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July 10   |   POWERED BY


It’s the weekend Morning Chalk Up readers! Dave Castro gave us hints about the first two Individual Games Events and we wasted no time peeling back the layers for what we could see from the athletes.

In the meantime — clear your Sunday schedule. Live competition is back abroad! No spectators of course, but we’re live-streaming the 2021 Freakest Challenge with a guest appearance from the five-time champion himself, Mat Fraser.

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“Life consists of two dates with a dash in between. Make the dash count.” - Stuart Scott

  This Week in CrossFit 

This Week in CrossFit

Two CrossFit Games Events teased to us in just a matter of days? That’s one way to make the work week fly by. And there’s a fun way you can participate in some of the events from the comfort of your local box.

Headed to the CrossFit Games from the Last Chance Qualifier:

  • Roman Khrennikov and Alexandre Caron
  • Emma Tall and Kristi Eramo O’Connell

Individual Event One — Here’s what we know:

  • IE1 will take place on the morning of Wednesday, July 28.
  • The workout will include swimming and paddle boarding. Both portions will be long, but paddle boarding will be longer.
  • Paddle boarding will not be stand-up, according to Dave Castro.
  • The event will most likely take place on Lake Monona as the city of Madison approved the use of three parks along that lake for the dates of the Games.
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  • Demo Team, Assemble! Alison Scudds has been selected as Team Captain for the CrossFit Games Demo Team, a group responsible for testing and demonstrating Games events.
    • Scudds was part of the Demo Team in 2017, is a Regionals athlete and finished ninth at the 2021 West Coast Classic.
  • Waterlogged: Jeffrey Adler is out on Canadian waters honing in on his paddle boarding skills. He looks like he may have fallen in a few times.
  • Sean Sweeney is out training with the Ten Thousand crew, a training gear company. Taking on a seven-mile trail run gaining 1200 feet of elevation, we’d say that’s pretty good Games training too.


  • The Freakest Challenge is back: the tournament-style team competition won’t have any spectators, but don’t worry you can watch it live on Sunday at 9:00 AM PT featuring guest appearances from NIKE athletes like Mat Fraser.
  • Want to take your members and clients to the next level? AIRWAAV just released an affiliate and community program where gyms can provide discounts and earn commission without having to carry inventory.
  • NASCAR meets CrossFit? Barbell Apparel, a popular athletic brand in CrossFit, is sponsoring a local motorsports event with NASCAR driver Matt DiBenedetto and Xfinity Series driver Ryan Ellis. Both drivers are hardcore CrossFit enthusiasts and DiBenedetto is regularly sporting Barbell Apparel.
  • Call Dave the Donkey for a coffee refill: Josh Bridges put out an ad spot for his coffee company, Good Dudes Coffee. For all the lady loving coffee drinkers, he makes it clear that “you don’t need to be a dude to be a good dude.”


  • Born Primitive is hiring: They currently have openings for a shipping and receiving associate and customer service specialist.
  • Volunteer at the CrossFit Games. Apply now.
  Tommy Tackles The First Two Games Events 


Tommy Tackles The First Two Games Events

The first two individual events of the CrossFit Games have been (informally) announced, with Dave Castro announcing some details of event one, and Hollywood star Max Greenfield announcing the basic structure of event two.

The full scope of each event is unknown, and by design has left the community to speculate and try to fill in the gaps as a means of building excitement for the event. So that is precisely what I am going to do this week. Do a little sleuthing, speculate a little, and hope to provide some clarity around how the first two tests of the 2021 NOBULL CrossFit Games could ultimately take shape.

Individual Event 1: “Swim Long, Paddle Longer.”

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  After Big First Year, the Type One Takedown Returns to Raise Money and Awareness for Diabetes Organization 

After Big First Year, the Type One Takedown Returns to Raise Money and Awareness for Diabetes Organization

Last year, CrossFitter Joel Godett was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. Eleven short months later, he raised just shy of $10,000 to help others with the financial barriers of treating the disease.

One big thing: In 2020, Godett created the Type One Takedown with the intention of raising money for an Indianapolis-based diabetes organization, Diabetes Will’s Way, which directs funds to those who can’t afford insulin and healthcare costs associated with Type 1 Diabetes.

  • This year, Godett hopes to double the number of individual registrations, gym participation, and funds raised.
  • On November 6, 2021, gyms across the country will participate in the workout “Sugar Free Granola Bar,” involving 5.7 rounds to represent the target glucose level diabetics shoot for.
  • Currently 40 gyms in eleven states are registered.

Incentives for participation: More participants means more prizes up for grabs.

  • So far, ten sponsors have committed to offering prizes and discounts to participants.
  • Each participant will receive discounts from Fuel for Fire, MUSH overnight oatmeal, RokFit, CrossOver Symmetry, NutriSense and Trifecta Nutrition.
  • The first 300 registrants will also receive Ascent Protein.
  • The gym with the most athletes registered will also receive a Crossover Symmetry kit as well as a case of MUSH Overnight Oats.

Get involved: For athletes looking to get involved, individual registration costs $25. Gym owners can also register their gyms on the Type One Takedown website and encourage their members to participate in the workout on November 6.

  • “My whole goal is to create a movement that is easy to execute for gyms with no cost to the facility itself; a fun way to spice up a regular Saturday at the box; and raises money to support a cause that’s really personal to me.”
  Triumph Through Tragedy: Meet Games Rookie Andre Houdet 


Triumph Through Tragedy: Meet Games Rookie Andre Houdet

After submitting his final two scores at the CrossFit German Throwdown, 27-year-old Andre Houdet spent the evening trying to convince his family not to be too sad that he didn’t qualify to the CrossFit Games this year.

“My mom, dad, sister, grandmother, fiancé and all our dogs were there…and I basically did a presentation for them explaining that I’m not going to make it this year, but that it’s OK…They were all crying on my behalf because I didn’t think I made it, but I said I’m going to step it up next year and I will never stop until it happens,” Houdet explained of how he had given up on his chances of being in the top five.

Houdet had gone into Day 3 of the online Semifinal in seventh place. And as he and his family were waiting for the final leaderboard to be posted on Sunday night in Denmark, Houdet and fellow competitors Luka Dukic and Alex Kotoulas shared their scores with each other from the final two events. Dukic and Kotoulas were two competitors Houdet knew he needed to beat, and both of them had been faster on Event 5.

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

  • 17-year-old Games rookie Emma Cary completes double DT faster than her fastest regular DT time.
  • Abdulla Alsuwaidi from CrossFit Sand Warriors power cleans 270 pounds/122kg for a PR.
  • Austin Roam from Bakersfield, CA front squats 255 pounds/115kg for a PR.
  • Erika Michelle Herevia from Ironshield CrossFit deadlifts 285 pounds/129kg for a PR.
  • Jesse Plumley from CrossFit Syracuse hits 195 pounds/88kg for a clean complex.
  • Ian Lawler from Somerset, KY hit 275 pounds/124kg for a power clean PR.
  • Age is just a number. 76-year-old Ron rowed a 1k at a 2:10 pace. And…he said, “this is slow, it needs to be under 2!”
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2/4: The 2023 Winter Classic (Danbury, CT)
2/4: GOAT Youth/Teen Fitness Competition: Individual, Age Groups 10-17 (Olyphant, PA)
2/4 - 2/5: Modena Challenge: Intermediate and Rx (Modena, Italy)
2/10 - 2/12: Fittest if the Coast Championship (Charleston, SC)
2/11: Valentine’s Day Crush (North Hollywood, CA)
2/11: The Big Chill (Chillicothe, OH)
2/11: Cupid’s Clash at THRIVE CrossFit 103 (Staten Island, NY)
2/11: The Big Chill (Chillicothe, OH)
2/11: Cupid’s Clash (co-ed pairs) (Staten Island, NY)
2/12: The 2023 RCF Winter War (Londonderry, NH)
2/18: Moultrie South Georgia Classic (Norman Park, GA)
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3/18 - 3/19: Okanagan Valley Throwdown (Penticton, Canada)
3/25 - 3/26: Costa Dorada Fitness Challenge (Tamarit, Tarragona, Spain)
3/25: No Weak Links (Marcy, NY)
3/30 - 4/8: Nine27 Athletics Spring Showdown (Online, Virtual)

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