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Against All Grain

Good morning and welcome to the Morning Chalk Up. Today’s edition was chalked up while still feeling about this fat.


“If we come to the gym to train and practice, we are halfway there. The second half is understanding the relationship between training and practice, and recognizing that as we age, we need less training, and more practice. More time on skills, mobility, and positional work. When we combine quality practice with focused training, we produce the response we need for adaptation – we become a better athlete.” — Ben Bergeron



After rumors spread yesterday, CrossFit Games General Manager Justin Bergh confirmed to us last night that Progenex is no longer a sponsor of the CrossFit Games. Can you carry a 605 pound yoke 40 feet? Kaitlin Burgess can. On the latest episode of The Real O’Neals (ABC) Eileen becomes obsessed with CrossFit after taking a class with Kenny. FloElite looks into theheaviest attempts at Ben Bergeron’s fabled Big Clean Complex. New Zealander Andrew Robinson finished the 75 mile World’s Toughest Mudder race in under 24 hours and guess what he does on a weekly basis: CrossFitCarleen Mathews hits some 75# kneeling jumps. Carly Fuhrer hits a 130 pound muscle snatch PR. Spotted: Zevia stocked at a local Corona, CAWinCo foods. Alyssa Ritchey makes her 48KG weightlifting class rumor official.

Björgvin Gudmundsson responds to two male Icelandic athletes refusing drug tests: “I have always showed up to and passed every drug test I have been asked to take, I can be tested any time, anywhere, randomly or not. With this I want to declare my support towards drug testing in CrossFit as well as any other sport.”


Nick Uranker is currently winning Greg Glassman’s competition with a time of 11:06, but Carleen Mathews has the fastest female time of 13:20. The only other Games athlete to give it a try (that we’ve seen) is Spencer Hendel with a time of 12:52. You have until 5PM Pacific tonight to submit your score. Have no idea what we’re talking about? Click here.


After being diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis, an autoimmune disease, when she was 22 years old, Danielle Walker suffered for years to balance her symptoms with the side effects of her medications, often landing herself in the hospital. She realized that she needed to take matters into her own hands and started to make some dietary changes including removing grains, lactose, and legumes from her diet. As her symptoms started to improve and she started to wean from some medications, she began a blog to help others who were suffering from similar ailments continue to enjoy food.

“Is there anything I am eating, or not getting enough of, or deficient in, or something I am eating constantly that might be aggravating [my symptoms]? Every single doctor said no. They said the same three things: diet can’t cause it, diet can’t cure it, diet can’t help it. Like a script they were given.”


Affiliate of the month award goes to CrossFit Decimus in Tacoma, WA.
“Mad props to CrossFit Decimus in Tacoma, Washington. My box, CrossFit Federal Way (about 20 minutes north) had our sewer line crap out on us last night (pun totally intended). Our gym is flooded and has had to close for cleanup. Within, seriously, 10 minutes of posting that on CFFW’s Facebook page, Decimus jumped in an offered free drop-ins to all CFFW members while our gym is out of service. CrossFit – nothing like it.” — Morgan from CrossFit Federal Way

Stefan Glover, co-owner of Canandaigua CrossFit, was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis a few years back and says CrossFit has put him in the best shape of his life: “Through diet, exercise, and the community of CrossFit, I am the healthiest I’ve been. I’ve found new purpose with exercise and I want to pass on the positive and sometimes life-changing experience.”

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