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August 30   |   POWERED BY


Good morning and welcome to the Morning Chalk Up.

In today’s edition:

  • Roman Khrennikov does it again.
  • The elite-level teen throwdown returns more organized and prepared.
  • A bay area non-profit is giving out CrossFit scholarships.
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“Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.” - Og Mandingo

  Experience and Perspective Make for a Bigger and Better Teen-Focused Competition  

Experience and Perspective Make for a Bigger and Better Teen-Focused Competition

When the CrossFit Games were canceled for age groups and teams in 2020, independent competitions stepped up as alternate competitive outlets for athletes out of luck. One of the most fruitful turned out to be the Pit Teen Throwdown, hosted by the Pit Fitness Ranch in Three Rivers, Michigan.

This year, event organizers Brock Yost, the owner of the Pit Fitness Ranch, alongside mother and son duo Stephanie and Azariah Price, are using last year’s experience coupled with perspective as a coach, parent, and teen athlete to make the 2021 Elite Teen Throwdown everything and more for this year’s athletes.

As the largest teen-exclusive CrossFit competition on Earth with over 150 athletes this year, “the Pit,” as the competition is often called, has more room to focus on intricate details that pertain only to the teens, in ways the Games or other big competitions just don’t have the bandwidth for.

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Eating and Competing: What CrossFit Athletes Do Differently

Eating and Competing: What CrossFit Athletes Do Differently

Hard truth time.

Trying to get better at CrossFit without working on your diet will not work. 

CrossFit athletes are some of the fittest and strongest humans on this planet. But that kind of performance requires planning, knowledge, and discipline.

Luckily for you, Trifecta’s Eating for Performance Guide will help you:

  • Plan your eating like a competitive CrossFit athlete.
  • Understand why your body actually needs sugar.
  • How to mentally set yourself up for success.

Find out what professional CrossFit athletes do differently when it comes to dieting.


Butcher’s Classic Recap: The elite same-sex pairs competition wrapped up yesterday in Denmark with Roman Khrennikov and Ilin Aleksandr taking the men’s side and Martine Solheim and Ingrid Hodnemyr pocking the $8000 on the women’s side.

  1. Roman Khrennikov and Ilin Aleksandr | Martine Solheim and Ingrid Hodnemyr
  2. Simon Mantyla and Giorgos Karavis | Julie Hougard and Solveig Sigurdardottir
  3. Phil Hesketh and Alexander Elebro | Mia Furu and Astrid Tind
  4. James Newbury and Khan Porter | Erica Ekelund and Ella Wunger
  5. Kristof Horvath and Andrea Ferrero | Rebecka Vitesson and Christina Agerbeck

Wodapalooza registration is now open. The individual online qualifier runs from October 4-13 and the team qualifier from November 1-10.

Rogue Invite Tracker: Add Emma McQuaid, Kristi Eramo-O’Connell and Noah Ohlsen to the invite list.

  • Looks like Rogue is also bringing back the Legends category.
  • Dodge Ram will also be their official truck sponsor.

Kari Pearce spoke at the Women of the Air Force Test Center for women’s equality day.

Josh Bridges launched a new 30-minute, minimal equipment workout program.

  This Bay Area Non-Profit Wants to Give Scholarships to Get You Fit  

This Bay Area Non-Profit Wants to Give Scholarships to Get You Fit

A Bay Area non-profit organization is on a mission to provide access to CrossFit gyms to those who might need financial assistance. Westside Athletes Association has created a new program that will provide access to CrossFit affiliates by removing the cost barrier.

One big thing: Traditional gyms have offered similar programs, often issuing challenges to people wanting to get in shape by a certain date. The Westside Athletes Association offers access to a supportive community and a different training style, removing the main factor — cost — that potentially keeps people from signing up.

The details: Those interested must meet three main requirements. They have to be at least 18 years old and must make less than $100,000 per year. Most importantly, they must reside in the San Francisco Bay Area.

  • The non-profit’s first partner is CrossFit Potrero Hill. The affiliate is located in the Design District, near the California College of the Arts. Interested affiliates can apply to become a partner.
  • Supporters can get involved regardless of location. The Westside Athletes Association accepts donations through PayPal and Venmo to help cover membership costs.

Why it matters: The San Francisco Bay Area is one of the most expensive places in the country to live. With the median rent ranging from $2,600-4,100 based on apartment size, many residents may not have the ability to afford the average $75 fitness club membership, let alone potentially twice that amount for a CrossFit gym.



Five Tips For Mastering Double Unders

The Double Under Dilemma - always programmed, but rarely taught. The truth is, to master double unders it's 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration. So check out these five essential tips on mastering double unders and get to work.




Five Questions With a Six-Time Games Athlete

Ever wanted to know what keeps a Games level athlete going day in day out? Six-time CrossFit Games competitor Marcus Filly sat down with AIRWAAV to reveal what inspires him, the best advice he's ever received, and about his current training.



Use a Band to Get Deeper

Sometimes an exercise calls you to get deeper than your body is ready to go right now, looking at you pistol squats. This simple band method gives your body the added support it needs to train the movement without changing the stimuli as rings and straps do.



Some Free Burgers, Hot Dogs, and Chicken Breasts For Labor Day

It's your last chance to get six burgers, eight hot dogs, and three pounds of chicken breasts free in your first ButcherBox. So act now and order your free meat ready for one last grill this weekend.



How to Cook the Perfect Chicken Breast Every Time

If it's going to be a staple in your diet...make sure you know how to cook it well. Get the step-by-step tutorial for baking, grilling, poaching, and slow cooking a chicken breast, so you always have the perfect protein for your favorite meals. Marinade and recipe ideas included.


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  • 🎂🎂🎂 Happy sixth anniversary to CrossFit JXN in Jackson, MS.
  • 🎂🎂🎂 Happy Birthday Mads Jacobsen.
  • Congratulations to Nick Myers, a firefighter in Dallas, TX, on a 195 pound push-press PR, up from 145 pounds a year ago.
  • Back to training after winning the CrossFit Games affiliate cup, Andrea Nisler hits a 302 pound front squat.
  • Congratulations Ava Maelea from Train Waco in Waco, TX on the first bar muscle-up.
  • Congratulations Annah on the 200 pound squat clean.
  • Congratulations Shenell Howard from CrossFit Raeford in Raeford, NC on getting your first ring muscle-up.
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3/30 - 4/8: Nine27 Athletics Spring Showdown (Online, Virtual)
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4/1 - 4/2: The SuperTotal 2023 (Bridgeport, PA)
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4/15: Big Impact Games Throwdown (Rockford, IL)
4/15: Battle for the Mountain 8 (Dawsonville, GA)
4/15: Best Babes Riverbend (Godfrey, IL)
4/15: The Main Thing (Teams of 4: FFMM) (Cullman, AL)
4/15: WOD Wars Fitness Festival (Dunedin, FL)
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4/29: 2023 Spring Fling Olympic Weightlifting Meet (Chapel Hill, NC)
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5/7: Spring Fling (Medina, OH)
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5/20: Girls Gone RX Wilmington (Wilmington, NC)
5/20: Girls Gone Rx San Antonio (San Antonio, TX)
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