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Scott Panchik’s Last Stand

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Happy Tuesday Morning Chalk Up readers! It’s finally here — the 2021 NOBULL CrossFit Games. Age Group and Adaptive athletes will take the field today to kick off a non-stop week of fitness💪🏼💪🏼💪🏼.

In today’s edition:

  • What you need to know going into day one.
  • Scott Panchik is retiring: How this year could solidify his CrossFit legacy.
  • Tommy Marquez and Brian Friend discuss the individual men’s field.
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  What You Need to Know Going Into Day One 

What You Need to Know Going Into Day One

Today, as CrossFit makes its long awaited return to live competition with fans after a two year absence, this is really the first CrossFit Games under new management. The 2020 Games took place barely two months after Eric Roza took possession of the company.

One big thing: We’re also seeing a return to the Games format that was used for many years where the age group athletes kicked-off Games week on Tuesday, concluding Friday, and the individual athletes starting on Wednesday with a break on Thursday.

Today, all age group divisions and adaptive athletes will compete in three events (details below). The weather is forecasted to be a high of 90 (32C) and a low of 70 (21C) in Madison, WI.

  • Follow our live blog to stay up to date with what’s going on around the arena.
  • Last but not least, if you’re in Madison, here are all the activities to get involve inside and outside the arena.

Speed read: A few stories that came out yesterday to get you up to speed.

  • Bethany Shadburne tested positive for COVID-19 and withdrew from competition. In addition, Kara Saunders also initially tested positive but a subsequent on-site test “with an antigen test on-site” came back negative “indicating she is no longer infectious” and is now cleared to compete.
  • Brooke Wells is now the new thumbnail of the Spotify Beast Mode workout playlist, a curated list with more than 8 million global subscribers. The takeover and subsequent ad campaign will feature Wells as the thumbnail the entire week of the Games as well as blanket 25-second video ads across all Spotify workout playlists through August 1.
  • 🤔🤔🤔 Which athletes benefit most from the new cut system? Games analyst Brian Friend dissects the recent announcement revealing a new cut system and which athletes benefit the most and the least. (Premium)
  • Take a look inside the new athlete experience designed by NOBULL. (Premium)
  • Kara Saunders just announced that she’s signed with INOV-8. The former NIKE athlete won’t be able to take advantage of the new Reebok prize money as a result.
  • Masters athlete Alethea Boon has withdrawn from competition citing new lockdown measures in New Zealand and facing “potential decrease[s] in numbers being allowed back into the country.”
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  What You Need to Know Going Into Day One 

Workouts, Schedule and How to Watch

Tuesday’s Schedule of Events: Below is the broadcast schedule. You can watch all of today’s events live as well as on the CrossFit Games’ YouTube and Facebook page.

  • Event 1: 7:00 AM PT/3:00 PM GMT
  • Event 2: 10:00 AM PT/6:00 PM GMT
  • Event 3: 12:00 PM PT/8:00 PM GMT

Want to see the schedule in your local time zone? Our schedule will automatically update to where you are on, or on our iOS or Android app. 

Tuesday’s Events:

Event 1 (Coliseum)

  • 4.5-Mile Run (6 Laps)
    • Ages 16-17, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49
  • 3.75-Mile Run (5 Laps)
    • Ages 14-15, 50-54, 55-59
  • 3-Mile Run (4 Laps)
    • Ages 60-64, 65+
  • Time Cap: 40 Minutes

Event 2 (Coliseum)

  • 5 Rounds for Time:
  • 1 Legless Rope Climb (20 ft.)
  • 5 Deadlifts
  • Time Cap: 6 Minutes

Ages 14-15: Legless Rope Climb, Deadlift (255/175 lbs or 115/79kg)
Ages 16-17, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49: Legless Rope Climb, Deadlift (345/215 lbs or 156/97kg)
Ages 50-54, 55-59: Legless Rope Climb, Deadlift (315/195 lbs or 142/88kg)
Ages 60-64, 65+: Legless Rope Climb, Deadlift (255/175 lbs or 115/79kg) *Will only perform four rounds.

Event 3 (North Park)

  • Heavy snatch

**Adaptive division event details have not yet been released.


"My Final Ride." Scott Panchik on the Cusp of Cementing His CrossFit Legacy Before Retiring

A perennial contender at the CrossFit Games for nearly a decade, Scott Panchik, will head onto the individual floor in Madison one last time. Yesterday, he announced on Instagram, “10 years and I’ve saved the best for last. This will be my FINAL ride.” A retirement announcement that adds all the more value and emotions when we see him compete this week.

Panchik will face off with a mix of fellow veterans and rising rookies while trying to reach the podium for the first time and now the last time. If he achieves this goal after a year away and a short-lived stint on CrossFit Mayhem Freedom, he will cement his legacy as one of the best, and most consistent, to ever lace them up.

Why it matters: Every sport has its list of athletes that must be part of the conversation when telling the story. The NFL has Tom Brady, Reggie White, and Jerry Rice and the NBA has Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant. In CrossFit, the list of men and women are quite extensive.

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  Tommy and Brian Discuss the Men's Podium Contenders for the 2021 NOBULL CrossFit Games 


Tommy and Brian Discuss the Men's Podium Contenders for the 2021 NOBULL CrossFit Games

There’s a void on top of the podium for the men at the CrossFit Games this year. Five-time defending champion Mat Fraser has retired. The second-place finisher from last years’ competition, Samuel Kwant, did not qualify for this year’s Games. Which leaves Justin Medeiros, at only 22-years-old as the highest finishing athlete (and only podium finisher) from last year who will be at the 2021 NOBULL CrossFit Games. Is he the one to beat? And if not, who is? Tommy and Brian go shot for shot debating if the ‘old guard’ or ‘new guard’ are more likely to occupy a majority of the podium positions this season.

Brian, the Old Guard: We’re considering this to be athletes who are at least 30-years-old and have competed in at least five Games prior to this year.

Tommy, the New Guard: These athletes must be 26-years-old or younger and have three years or less individual Games experience prior to this year.

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Last Day to Make Your Predictions

Research the rookies, verify the vets, and make sure you’ve studied all our Games previews because Guessing Games ends tonight.
Enter your predictions for the top five men and women for a chance to win some epic prizes from brands such as Reebok, Black Rifle Coffee, O2, and Ascent Protein.
Predictions must be in by 11:59PM PT tonight.




Sleep Tips from CrossFit's Sleep Queen

Over the years, Brooke Wells has made it very clear that sleep is key to her success. In fact, it’s even earned her the nickname “Sleep Queen.” Read Brooke’s tips and tricks for better sleep hygiene and see some of her astounding sleep data from her WHOOP.




Reebok's Free Fitness Classes in Madison

In Madison and want to get in on the action? Reebok is hosting outdoor community fitness classes three times a day. Check out the schedule and reserve your spot to train with expert instructors such as Christian Harris, Fee Saghafi, Jason Khalipa, and Maddie Sturt.



Resting Up When You're Injured

Newsflash: If exercise is good for you when you're healthy, it's still good for you when you're injured. Training injuries happen, but the worst thing you can do when it does is to stop training.⁠ Check out these six ways to keep your progress going while still encouraging recovery.



Personalized Fitness, Sleep, and Recovery Insights

Eight hours of sleep, a couple of glasses of water, and a daily WOD are all great ways to be a little fitter. But as advice goes, it's a bit...generic. WHOOP provides you with personalized scores so you can know yourself better and take your training to the next level.



Stuffing Your Steak

Steak is good. Steak stuffed with garlic, cheese, and spinach is even better. These steak pinwheel rolls are stuffed with spinach, garlic, and cheese to make a tender, cheesy, and delicious low-carb dinner.


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