Good morning and welcome to the Morning Chalk Up. We’re just nine short days away from the first stage of competition at the CrossFit Games. In today’s edition:
A quick round-up of what you need to know on the CrossFit Games.
In his third piece of the series “Not That Fit”, Spenser Mestel profiles ultra-marathon runner Courtney Dauwalter.
Annie Thorisdottir announces that she plans to return to competition in 2021.
Emily Beers dives into the rise in personal training clients amid the COVID-19 global pandemic.
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Q&A – The most commonly asked question: Will you be able to watch the CrossFit Games stage 1 competition live?
Answer: No, the competition isn’t being streamed live. However, video teams across the globe will be filming select athletes to put together a video post-competition.
Get to know the athletes: We’ve been writing micro stories highlighting each of the 60 athletes competing next weekend. All told, there are 15 separate countries represented and 17 athletes will be competing for the first time as individuals; for 10, this is their first-ever Games.
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Not That Fit: Training Endurance with Ultra-Ultra-Marathoner Courtney Dauwalter
After my convo last week with weightlifter and power factory Quiana Welch, I’m feeling more explosive (shoutout to the 21-inch pistol box jump) but #NotThatFit overall. There are still seven components of fitness to master, so today I’m learning about
endurance from one of the world’s most successful long-distance runners, Courtney Dauwalter.
I’ve never been certain whether I’m bad at running and rowing because I’m built like a corgi (long torso, short legs) or because I have no endurance. To find out, I did the test that Ben Bergeron suggests in one of his “Chasing Excellence” episodes: 20 minutes on a stationary bike for maximum average wattage. Then, divide that number by your weight in kilograms.
Annie Thorisdottir Announces Return to Competition in 2021
In an Instagram post on Monday, two-time “Fittest Woman on Earth” Annie Thorisdottir announced that her first term as a founding member of the newly formed CrossFit Games Athlete Advisory Council would come to an end at the end of the year. The reason for her stepping down from the AAC is to concentrate on training for the 2021 CrossFit season and to qualify for the Games.
One big thing: There really wasn’t any question of “if” Thorsidottir would return to competing after her and partner Frederik Aegidius gave birth to their baby girl on August 11. She stated that much on social media after she was selected as a member of the AAC soon after the birth. The real question was how long she would take in the wake of giving birth before training to compete. The answer is not long. Following in the footsteps of Kara Saunders, who famously qualified for this year’s Games with a 12th place finish in the Open just five months postpartum, “Iceland Annie” will look to qualify for her 12th Games at 31 years of age. There’s no reason to think the five-time Games podium finisher won’t after she placed second in this past year’s Worldwide Open.
The bottom line: Thorisdottir’s stay on the AAC will be short-lived and her impact as a member of the council on this year’s and future Games is unknown. However, the council’s loss might be the Professional Fitness Athlete Associations gain. In her post she mentioned the PFAA and she could help that organization in it’s dealing with CrossFit HQ. The AAC is an entity created by HQ and includes non-active athletes, the PFAA is run independently by active athletes. Having one of the all-time
legends of the sport with connections to both could further develop the growth and regulation of the sport even more.
Personal Training Revenue at Affiliates on the Rise
Personal training revenue has all but saved Johnny Di Gregorio’s business in recent months.
Or at least, “personal training is saving my own personal income,” said Gregorio, the owner of 13-year affiliate DiG Fitness in Alhambra, CA, a gym that still isn’t allowed to operate inside because of COVID-19.
Without the 25 to 30 personal training hours Gregorio has taken on since the pandemic, he wouldn’t be able to pay himself, he explained. “Now, I only make personal training income from my (one-on-ones), and the gym does not pay me (right now),” he said.
Like many gym owners, Gregorio lost a huge chunk of his group class members — 60 percent of them— — n recent months. To compensate for this, he began offering private training, first via Zoom and now in-person, often out of his garage.
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The 2020 CrossFit Games is just around the corner and this year the format is a little bit different. Sixty athletes across twelve countries will be competing in an online competition from their home gyms starting on Friday, September 18. After the dust settled, the top 5 men and women will move on to an in-person competition in Aromas, CA from October 18-25.
Here’s your chance to get in on the action: Pick who you think the top 5 men and women will be in the correct order and win thousands of dollars in prizes from Reebok, JUNK, O2, Puori, Assault Fitness, and Macrostax.
What the Games Updates Mean for the Start of Competition
Niki Brazier and Armen Hammer break down the latest details about the Games format and equipment list for stage 1 of competition. The online portion kicks off September 18 and will run for two days to determine the top 5 athletes to advance to the in-person competition in Aromas, CA.
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Congratulations to Carolina T., who was the first to correctly answer which athletes on the 2020 CrossFit Games roster have also competed in the Age Group divisions at the Games. The correct answer was Samantha Briggs, Haley Adams, and Gabriela Migala (Briggs –1 Masters, Adams – 3 Teenager, and Migala — 1 Teenager). This was the second time that Carolina was the first person to correctly answer the trivia question.
Today’s question: How many athletes on the 2020 CrossFit Games roster will be making their first ever Games appearance for any division?