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October 13   |   POWERED BY


Good morning and welcome to the Morning Chalk Up.

In today’s edition:

  • Another banned athlete competes and takes home prize money at a local competition.
  • Let’s take a look at the upcoming CrossFit Games season calendar.
  • Affiliate owners turn to old school marketing tactics to generate new sales.
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  Another Banned Athlete Competes at Local Comp without Event Director’s Knowledge  

Another Banned Athlete Competes at Local Comp without Event Director’s Knowledge

Last weekend, another athlete who is currently serving a multi-year drug-related suspension from CrossFit competed in a non-licensed competition and earned $2,000 in prize money. Fanny Solis, who is nearing the end (June 2022) of her four-year suspension for stanozolol, an anabolic agent, took second in the M/F elite team competition at the Crash Crucible in Spartanburg, SC. Once again, the organizer said he was unaware that one of the registered athletes was currently banned.

  • As we noted, non-licensed events are free to allow athletes to compete at their discretion and athletes are also not required to notify organizers unless an event requires it.

The details: Three years ago, the drug sanction was issued to Stephanie Araujo, whose full name is Stephanie Solis Araujo. Her CrossFit Games profile lists her as Fanny Solis Araujo.

  • According to Solis, she goes by Fanny Solis: “I’m Stephanie Solis and I always register like this to compete…I hardly ever use the Araujo, only in ‘official’ records.”
  • A conversation with a Mexican member of Morning Chalk Up staff confirms this is a common practice in Mexico.
  • “I just want to make clear that it was not like that,” Solis told Morning Chalk Up.
  • According to the organizer James Howell, “​​the athlete did not register for Crucible under the same name that they went by when their failed drug test occurred.”

It’s important to note that Howell denied access to Stephanie Roy, who had originally registered to compete prior to being issued a drug ban, but was subsequently notified that she could no longer compete after the positive test became public.

  • Howell: “I was flattered and honored to know that a two-time Masters champ would think of my competition as a way to test herself against other elite females in the sport.”
  • After Roy found out she failed her drug test at the Games she contacted Crash [Crucible] and heard back from James Howell, the event director right away. “He showed me lots of empathy and wished me good luck”, but ultimately he told her she could not compete at his event while being banned by CrossFit.
  • Howell: “Ultimately I didn’t think letting her compete would foster a level playing field among the other competitors.”

The bottom line: This is now the third athlete in recent weeks to compete in a non-licensed event while serving a drug-related suspension. It’s also the second competition unaware that an athlete standing on the podium was under suspension, exposing an information gap in the CrossFit industry as there’s no public database of athletes currently serving a ban.

  • As a result, Morning Chalk Up has created and will maintain, a list of all publicly known sanctions.
  • This list was populated over the last 24 hours using publicly available information originally published by CrossFit. It may be incomplete.
  • If there are athletes missing from this list currently serving a sanction, please email [email protected].

Food for thought: Perhaps, as an additional measure, events could ask if athletes are currently serving a drug-related suspension from CrossFit on the registration form.

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Who Is Taking Home The Prizes in Week Two of The Zelos Games?

Who Is Taking Home The Prizes in Week Two of The Zelos Games?

This is your midweek warning: Workout two for The Zelos Games is live…and you may recognize it from somewhere.

Last week’s workout saw huge performances from top athletes like Danielle Brandon, Bethany Shadburne, and Kari Pearce.

This week, things are heating up even more.

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135 days until the 2022 CrossFit Open…

The top 20 most followed competitions, both licensed and unlicensed (compiled by TCB)

  1. CrossFit Games — 1.2mm (US)
  2. Wodapalooza — 349K (US)
  3. Rogue Invitational — 230K (US)
  4. Dubai CrossFit Championship — 109K (UAE)
  5. Granite Games — 106K (US)
  6. TCB — 96.7K (Brazil)
  7. Monster Series — 76.7K (Brazil)
  8. Brazil CrossFit Championship — 71.9K (Brazil)
  9. Fit Games — 58.5K (Venezuela)
  10. The European Championship (UK)
  11. See the rest. 

Gui Malheiros, the seventh fittest man on earth, finished his first full week of training at CrossFit Mayhem in Cookeville, TN. The rising star will be training stateside through Rogue before heading off to the U.A.E. for two competitions: Mayhem Desert Heat and Dubai CrossFit Championship.

Camille Leblanc-Bazinet becomes the newest Born Primitive athlete. Leblanc-Bazinet recently transitioned to competitive bodybuilding after nearly a decade competing in CrossFit.

The only athlete from South Korea to qualify for the 2021 CrossFit Games, 22-year-old Choi Seung-yeon, on her plans for the future of CrossFit in South Korea:

  • “I didn’t think CrossFit would ever be this popular in South Korea…I believe the popular impression in South Korea that you can easily get injured by doing CrossFit can get better when CrossFit coaches can teach people in a more fun, yet safer way.”
  • “My final goal now is to join the Games, hopefully next year, and get a good result so that I can further promote South Korea and Asia in the world of CrossFit. I feel a deep sense of gratitude to CrossFit, because the sport has really changed my life.”
  Another Banned Athlete Competes at Local Comp without Event Director’s Knowledge  

2022 CrossFit Games Season Schedule

So far, we don’t have a very clear picture of how the CrossFit Games season will shape up and if any changes are being made to the overall structure and format. CrossFit was early to announce the start of the 2022 CrossFit Open, but has been silent since July.

The following is a list of major events in the pre-season. Morning Chalk Up will be providing some on-site coverage at select events. Bookmark our season calendar as we will make periodic updates as information becomes available.


  • October 29-21: Rogue Invitational (Austin, TX)
  • November 12-13: Mayhem Desert Heat (Ras Al Khaimah, UAE)
  • December 16-18: Dubai CrossFit Championship (Dubai, UAE)
  • January 13-16, 2022: Wodapaloozaa (Miami, FL)


  • February 24: CrossFit Open
  • TBD: Quarterfinals
  • TBD: Semifinals
  • Last week of July or first week of August: CrossFit Games
  Trending: Affiliates Circle Back to Old School Marketing Tactics to Generate New Business  


Trending: Affiliates Circle Back to Old School Marketing Tactics to Generate New Business

In the early CrossFit days, “marketing strategy” wasn’t really in the affiliate owner’s vernacular. Acquiring new clients was more or less a grassroots, organic process that relied almost entirely on word of mouth.

By the time 2011 hit, CrossFit had become more mainstream, and in the years that followed affiliates hopped on board more modern and popular marketing tactics and large scale marketing campaigns, from Groupon, to ClassPass, to GymBuildr, Gym Launch, to paid Facebook ads.

And while they say each of the above worked to varying degrees to generate new clients, in 2021 many gym owners are once again taking a more grassroots and organic approach to lead generation.

Today, many gym owners are focusing their efforts on creating a referral culture, on creating organic social media content, and even on old school, cost-effective guerilla marketing tactics, and have found these strategies are bringing them higher quality clients than their marketing efforts of the past.

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Celebrating a PR, hosting a fundraiser, this, that, or otherwise. Send us a tip.

  • 🤵👰Happy anniversary Bronislaw and Lidka Dabrowska-Olenkowicz.
  • 🤵👰Happy anniversary Steph Chung and Robert Mireles.
  • 🤵👰Happy anniversary David and Annalee Woods (Monday).
  • 🎂 Happy birthday Michael Michaelides, owner of CrossFit Downtown Atlanta.
  • 🎂 Happy birthday Nick Shaw, founder of RP Strength.
  • Congratulations Jessica Whiteside from All Day Fitness in Houston, TX on winning your first-ever competition.
  • Alex Gazen hits a 240 pound/109kg clean and jerk PR.
  • Congratulations Olivia Gravelink from Coachman Strength and Conditioning in Byron Center, MI on the 230 pound/104kg clean PR.
  • 🏃Former CrossFit Games athlete Alex Parker ran the Chicago Marathon in 3:22 (7:35/mile pace) and raised more than $18,000 for the Leukaemia and Lymphoma Society.
3/1 - 3/31: Sit Ups For Pups (Everywhere, Anywhere Online)
3/2: The LKW Games (Lake Waccamaw, North Carolina)
3/9: The Valkyrie Fitness Competition (Tampa, FL)
3/16: Upper Hunter Strongest Novice (Muswellbrook, Australia)
3/16: Oceanside CrossFit 1st Annual Shamwod & Shenanigains (Oceanside, Ca)
3/16: Shamwod & Shenanigains (Oceanside, Ca)
3/16: Shamwod & Shenanigains (oceanside, ca)
3/23 - 3/24: Beach Brawl (Spring) (Pensacola Beach, FL)
3/23: Masters Distinguished Games (Fort Wright, KY)
3/23: CFL Teen Take Over (Lorton, VA)
4/6: Girls Gone Rx Minnesota (Austin, Minnesota)
4/6 - 4/7: SeaDog Summer Showdown (Jupiter, Florida)
4/6: Girls Gone Rx Kentucky (Richmond, Kentucky)
4/6: Girls Gone Rx Ohio (Lancaster, Ohio)
4/6: Best Babes Decatur (Decatur, Alabama)
4/6: Best Babes 608 (Janesville, Wisconsin)
4/6: Best Babes South Carolina (Beufort, South Carolina)
4/6: Best Babes Houston (Houston, Texas)
4/6: Best Babes Wyoming (Cheyene, Wyoming)
4/6: War Off I-4 (Deland, FL)
4/6 - 4/7: No Pain No Game (Legnano, Italy)
4/6 - 4/7: Shack Team Edition (Rome, Italy)
4/6: Best Babes South Carolina (Beaufort, SC)
4/6: Best Babes Decatur (Decatur, AL)
4/6 - 4/7: Landifornian Battle (Seignosse, France)
4/6: Two Peas in a Pod: Mixed Gender Partner Comp (Burlington, MA)
4/6: Best Babes Tampa (Tampa, Florida)
4/13: Queens of Oly Rockledge (Rockledge, FL)
4/13: Queens of Oly East Tennessee (Bulls Gap, TN)
4/13: Fittest on Main (Boaz, AL)
4/19 - 4/21: Crash Crescendo (Spartanburg, SC)
4/20: First EVER Adaptive Festivus Games Competition (Waterford, United States)
4/20: Barbells For Bullies: Community Workout Savannah (Savnnah, Georgia, US)
4/20: Festivus Games @ CrossFit Plattsburgh (Plattsburgh, NY)
4/20: Festivus Games @ CrossFit Masiphumelele (Kommetjie, Cape Town, South Africa)
4/20: Festivus Games (Goderich, Canada)
4/20: Festivus Games (Clermont, FL)
4/20: Festivus Games @ The Gym – CrossFit Kilo (Cedar Falls, IA)
4/20: Festivus Games @ CBM Sirens (Caledonia, MS)
4/20: Festivus Games @ Coyote Valley (San Jose, CA)
4/20 - 4/21: Okanagan Valley Throwdown (Penticton, British Columbia)
4/20: The Fittest 4 (Sunshine Coast, Australia)
4/20: Embrace the Challenge (Mentor, Ohio)
4/20: Festivus Games @ CrossFit Pagosa (Pagosa Springs, CO)
4/20: Festivus Games (WAUKESHA, WI)
4/20 - 4/21: BGR Contest Spring Edition (Bergerac, France)
4/20 - 4/21: Okanagan Valley Throwdown (Penticton, British Columbia, Canada)
4/26 - 4/28: Crash Crescendo (Spartanburg, SC)
4/27: Cap Crown Throwdown (Gladstone, Australia)
4/28: 249 Spring Throwdown (Sittingbourne, Kent, England)

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