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Affiliate Closures Remain Steady

Morning Chalk Up

April 20

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Good morning and welcome to the Morning Chalk Up. We are another week into the COVID-19 pandemic and according to our data, global CrossFit affiliate closures stand at 88%. Be sure to scroll below to check out an opportunity to support the Morning Chalk Up and the inaugural edition of our trivia section. Today:

  • 88% of global CrossFit gyms remain closed.
  • Kara Saunders is launching her new eyewear line and we have the exclusive insight.
  • What to look for in the 60+ Age Group Division.

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UPDATE: Worldwide Closures Steady at 88.9%, 96% in U.S.

 UPDATE: Worldwide Closures Steady at 88.9%, 96% in U.S. 

The percent of CrossFit affiliates closed worldwide inched up since last week as another 28 affiliates were added to the list, mostly located in the United States. The overall percentage of U.S.-based gyms closed remained relatively flat overall. We have likely reached the high water mark in terms of gyms temporarily closed, and there have been early indications that gyms are looking for ways to reopen as soon as possible. Reports and news stories abroad also indicate efforts underway to get businesses back open.

  • 6,671 or 96% of all 6,915 affiliates in the U.S. are temporarily closed.
  • 13,163 or 88.99% of all 14,790 affiliates worldwide are temporarily closed.
  • Interact with our full map of closures.
  • Even if your gym is closed due to a state-mandated closure, please report it in this survey.

One big thing: Thirty-days of closures is taking a toll on affiliates and especially the gym industry. According to self-reported data, 22 affiliates have now permanently closed. Last week, the USA Today reported that Gold’s Gym permanently closed about 30 of their 700 gyms, and CNBC reported that 24 Hour Fitness is weighing bankruptcy.

  • You can report your gym permanently closed here.

It’s worth noting: While 88.99% of gyms are closed worldwide, the number is likely a few percentage points higher. In addition to self-reported data, we’re relying on reports of local, state or country-wide closures to determine which gyms are closed. Some reports simply do not exist or are in different languages, which makes verifying closures very difficult.


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Kara Saunders To Launch Her ACTIV Eyewear Label

 Kara Saunders To Launch Her ACTIV Eyewear Label 

We got the tip-off about her business venture last August and now Games Athlete Kara Saunders is finally ready to reveal her ACTIV eyewear collection to the CrossFit community.

The Morning Chalk Up has been given an exclusive look at the full range of new designs (featured), after the brand announced on Sunday April 19 a launch campaign, set to include a six-part giveaway before the sunglasses go on sale.

  • “For now our community will have the opportunity to win some freebies by getting involved and having some fun with us,” Kara Saunders told the Morning Chalk Up.

What’s taken so long? Kara says there’s been lots of moving parts to make sure that her creative team was 100 percent happy with the product.

  • “We’ve gone from design drawings and concepts to samples, adjusting the samples and then getting the final product in our hands,” she said.

So, what does the ACTIV eyewear collection look like?

  • The “PS” frames (featured) are among 13 styles in the ACTIV lifestyle range each with multiple color options and varying functions, including blue light blockers. Kara has tried and tested each design to ensure it can withstand whatever WOD you chose to throw at them.
  • You also might notice some of the style names, familiar acronyms like HPC, T2B, C2B named after popular CrossFit movements.

Talk about a tough time to launch a business, but Kara says she’s had “this crazy passionate vision for quite some time now and in our eyes, people need that more than ever.”

  • “There are a lot of things we can’t control right now and there will always be a reason that something may be difficult as a business owner and company in general,” she added.

What’s the timeline? The brand launched its first giveaway on Sunday night (AEST), giving away two AirAssault runners and two pairs of ACTIV eyewear, entries close April 29.

They’ll be five more similar giveaways before the full product line is available for sale from $89

The launch plan is clearly working, the brand went from 7 thousand to 22 thousand followers, literally overnight.

“We want to keep it exciting and keep everyone guessing,” she said. “Each giveaway will be engaging and interactive for our followers and also give them the opportunity to share the experience with their mates, even from a distance.”


2020 CrossFit Games Age Group Preview: Men and Women Ages 60+

 2020 CrossFit Games Age Group Preview: Men and Women Ages 60+ 

We close out the Masters divisions in our preview of the 2020 CrossFit Games Age Group qualifiers with part six, the 60+ division. These standings are unofficial after the Age Group Online Qualifier (AGOQ) scores were submitted and could change due to score adjustments as the top-25 athletes in each division must submit videos to CrossFit HQ for review. Recently, CrossFit HQ stated that it is extending the video review period and concluding the process on April 29. The leaderboard is scheduled to be finalized after the appeals process concludes on May 11 with the top ten athletes in each division receiving an invitation to the Games.

Chad Schroeder dives into the numbers of the AGOQ even more, breaking down all the divisions with his statistical analysis.

Men’s 60+ division: Two names stand out in the field as both of those athletes have combined to win six Masters Championships. The field features a balanced mixture of five newcomers to the division and five who return to compete for the title. With a combined 27 years of Games appearances, the experienced field has just two athletes who will be making their Games debut.

  1. Will Powell will attempt to make history as he competes in the 60+ division for the first time. Powell is looking to become the first three-division Masters champion in Games history. He won three-straight titles from 2014-2016, with his first championship occurring in the 50-54 division before winning consecutive titles in the 55-59 division. Prior to winning this year’s AGOQ in his new division, Powell competed in seven-straight Games with four podium finishes. He goes into the Games as the favorite with dominating performances in both the Worldwide Open and the AGOQ. He won his third AGOQ, just the second Masters athlete to accomplish that feat. His 15 points were the lowest point total in the Masters AGOQ, he recorded three event wins, giving him five career AGOQ event wins, and had no event finish worse than sixth. One of his event wins was in the max clean and jerk with a lift of 252 lbs.
  2. David Gantz returns to the Games after missing the cut the last two seasons. The four-time Games veteran will make his division debut after competing in the 55-59 division from 2015-2019 and the 50-54 division in 2014. His best finish at the Games was in 2016 when he placed third. He finished second in this year’s Worldwide Open before repeating the feat in the AGOQ. In the AGOQ, Gantz recorded five top-ten finishes including three third place results.

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