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Good morning and welcome to the Morning Chalk Up. Continuing the theme of innovation from yesterday, Kay Wiese profiles several gyms that have adapted in pivotal ways both before and after the pandemic. And, the fifth Fittest Woman on Earth, Brooke Wells, is making a big move.

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Product News

  • O2 is offering free neck gaiters for new subscribers, plus additional discounts. And, it is also dropping a super-secret new product next week, enter your phone number to learn what it is and get early VIP access.
  • Born Primitive will donate $10 to Project Purple from every item sold from its Project Purple Collection during the month of November. And, on Veteran’s Day, Born Primitive donated 50% of its profits to the Navy Seal Foundation and the Adaptive Training Foundation.
  • NOBULL announced its Black Friday Collection.
  • Reserve your advance access to Born Primitive’s Black Friday Sale.

Athlete News

  • Chandler Smith went skydiving with Rich Froning, Haley Adams and Tasia Percevecz.
  • Fun Fact: The “weakest” pound-for-pound athletes in stage two of the CrossFit Games placed second on the podium.
  • Athena Perez, author of Lifting the Wait, was on the Inclusion Rx’d podcast.
  • Get 20% off of Margaux Alvarez‘s GOAT Wine and $1 shipping.

Everything Else

  • The Fittest Experience announced its new venue for 2021.
  • CrossFit LLC is currently taking applications for individuals who want to join its new advisory board on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
  • Ben Bergeron is coaching teens at CrossFit New England.
  • Trifecta is hiring a new Director of Sales.
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  Changes Continue for Brooke Wells; Leaves CompTrain  

Changes Continue for Brooke Wells; Leaves CompTrain

In an Instagram post on Friday, Ben Bergeron announced that six-time CrossFit Games athlete Brooke Wells will depart his CompTrain stable to pursue other training opportunities. Wells has not announced who her new coach will be or what programming she will follow.

One big thing: Wells departure ends a successful relationship that lasted over four years and culminated last month with Wells finishing fifth at the 2020 Games, her best finish in her career. It also continues the theme of change this year for Wells who moved from Tulsa, Okla. to Nashville, Tenn. in July to continue her training for the Games.

Why it matters: Bergeron stated in his post that “Brooke has let me know that the time has come for her to explore new opportunities with a new coach.” His post and her subsequent reply show the mutual respect and friendship that the two share. The move for Wells was not based on anything negative or any strife between the two but rather it signals possibly bigger things are in store for her and that her partnership with Bergeron had run its course.

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  Two Gyms that are Rethinking the Affiliate Model  


Two Gyms that are Rethinking the Affiliate Model

In 2001, CrossFit opened its first affiliate in Santa Cruz, CA. Since then, CrossFit has grown to more than 14,000 gyms in over 120 countries (at the high water mark, there were over 15,000). To give you some context, there are currently more CrossFit Gyms in the world than Dunkin Donuts. But perhaps the most surprising thing about the CrossFit affiliate model is that little has changed in the 19 years since CrossFit began.

Walk into your average CrossFit gym on a weekday night, and you’ll find that it doesn’t look that much different than it did ten years ago. Most CrossFit affiliates still employ part-time coaches and run 5-7 group fitness classes each day. While the athletes have gotten fitter, it seems the business model is still stuck in 2001.

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  Early Season Predictions: How The 2021 Season Event Partners Could Line Up  

Early Season Predictions: How The 2021 Season Event Partners Could Line Up

Last week we covered some potential details regarding the 2021 CrossFit Games season, including the status of the middle portion of the season, previously composed of 28 Sanctionals, and before that nine Regional competitions. As we reported, and as Eric Roza has mentioned in various media appearances, the middle portion will act essentially as Regionals, but will be operated by “event partners,” that were previously Sanctionals.

With approximately 12 event partners slated for 2021 and Open registration determining the number of events in each region, the truest representation of the greater CrossFit community’s numbers is the 2018 Open when participation was at its peak, and closer to Roza’s stated 2021 goal of 500,000 registered athletes.

  • The proposed events: 5 in North America, 3 in Europe, 1 in Australia, 1 in Asia, 1 in Africa, 1 in South America.
  • 2018 Open registration by region: North America 62.7%; Europe 19.2%; Australia 6.8%; Asia 2.5%; Africa 2.6%; South America 6.2%
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  The CrossFit Open Adaptive Division: What We Know Now  

The CrossFit Open Adaptive Division: What We Know Now

In an interview with the Talking Elite Fitness podcast on November 11, CrossFit’s new CEO Eric Roza, stated (seemingly kind of leaked) that he’s excited for the inclusion of a new Adaptive Division in the 2021 CrossFit Open. This may not be an official announcement from CrossFit, but for everyone who has been hoping for this addition, it was a day to celebrate.

One big thing: CrossFit is now more than ever aware of the need to be inclusive and accepting of everyone within the fitness community, and the introduction of an Adaptive Division to the Open represents a major development for adaptive athletes around the world.

  • In reaction to the announcement, Logan Aldridge, co-founder of Adaptive Training Academy, Nike sponsored athlete, and reigning world’s “Fittest Adaptive Athlete” from 2018 and 2019 said, “as a competitive adaptive athlete, I’m absolutely thrilled that there is going to be an official Adaptive Division in the sport of CrossFit! But what’s more exciting to me is the trickle down effect this will have for the community as more people with disabilities see that CrossFit training is something they can, and should be doing.”
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Community Round-Up

Our final community round-up this week features a gym that stepped up to fill a void for adaptive athletics, a Thanksgiving food drive and a quick recap of a fundraiser to honor a fallen hero:

  • Underground Fitness for Adaptive Athletes: In Asheville, NC, South Slope CrossFit closed its doors in the spring and as the home of an Adaptive CrossFit program, it left a void in the community. Underground Fitness stepped in and took on the program, partnered with Buncombe County Special Olympics. Learn more about their great work in this profile.
  • Turkey Day Throwdown: Excel Health and Fitness in Manteca, CA will host its annual Turkey Day Throwdown competition and frozen turkey drive. Two-person teams will complete one workout with two scores and heats begin every half hour between 9 am and 3 pm. The entry fee is one frozen turkey per individual which will be donated to Second Harvest Food Bank.
  • Murph Challenge Fundraiser: Last weekend, Babylon CrossFit in Babylon, NY held a Murph fundraiser to benefit the LT. Michael P. Murphy Memorial Scholarship Foundation. Murphy, a Navy Seal from nearby Patchogue, NY, was killed in Afghanistan during Operation Red Wings in 2005, he was awarded a Medal of Honor. CrossFitters across the United States traditionally honor Murphy on Memorial Day by completing his namesake Hero WOD “Murph.” Learn more and see pictures from Babylon CrossFit’s event.
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6/3 - 6/5: Northern California Classic (Sacramento, CA)
6/3 - 6/5: Atlantic Coast Classic (Daytona Beach, FL)
6/4 - 6/5: Whiplash: The Welsh Open 2022 (Same Sex Pairs) (Merthyr Tydfil, United Kingdom)
6/4: Love’Em or Leave’Em 10 (Saugus, MA)
6/4 - 6/5: Tandemonium (Palmer, AK)
6/4: Goose Games (Chicago, IL)
6/4: Average Joe’s Competition (Sheridan, WY)
6/11: Hi Temp Games (Albany, GA)
6/11: Costa Rica Riptide Rowathon (Mokena, IL)
6/11: Mind Games (Okemos, MI)
6/11: Kanna Fest (Ambler, PA)
6/11: Battle on Bridge Street III (Phoenixville, PA)
6/18: Girls Gone Rx NorCal (Petaluma, CA)
6/18: Oz Fest 2022 (Junction City, KS)
6/18: Beat The Heat 2022 (Hays, KS)
6/18: Atlanta Masters Classic (Snellville, GA)
6/18: Back Lot Bout – RX, Intermediate, Scaled (Saint Charles, MI)
6/18: Wodmania (Urbana, OH)
6/18 - 6/19: Best of the West (Rock Springs, WY)
6/18: Girls Gone Rx Maryland (Dunkirk, MD)
6/18: Girls Gone Rx Kentucky (Winchester, KY)
6/18: The Heat 5.0- Co-ed Partner Competition (Marysville, OH)
6/18 - 6/19: The Garrison City Gauntlet (Dover, NH)
6/18: Girls Gone Rx West Fargo (West Fargo, ND)
6/18 - 6/19: The CS&F Summer Classic (Cumming, GA)
6/18: Girls Gone Rx Maryland (Dunkirk, MD)
6/18: Girls Gone Rx NorCal (Petaluma, NC)
6/18: Girls Gone Rx Kentucky (Winchester, KY)
6/18: Girls Gone Rx Tennessee (Mc Minnville, TN)
6/18 - 6/19: Emerald Coast Throwdown (Pensacola, FL)
6/18: Girls Gone Rx West Fargo (West Fargo, ND)
6/24 - 6/27: I Got Your Six (Charleston, SC)
6/25: Ocean State Summer Threesome (Smithfield, RI)
6/25: Independence Games VIII at The Pit Fitness Ranch (Three Rivers, MI)
6/25: Northwest Arkansas Basement Brawl (Fayetteville, AR)
6/25: Summer Bash 2022 (Zanesville, OH)
6/25 - 6/26: BILT Summer Classic (Welland, CA)
6/25: Mayhem & Massacre @ CrossFit Muster Station (Sanford, FL)
7/9: Rex Rumble at CrossFit zoo (Ocala, FL)
7/9 - 7/10: Rex Rumble 11 Double Down (Ocala, FL)
7/16: Girls Gone Rx Fayetteville (Spring Lake, NC)
7/16: Girls Gone Rx San Antonio (San Antonio, TX)
7/16: Girls Gone Rx West Texas (Snyder, YX)
7/16: Girls Gone Rx South Sound (Puyallup, WA)
7/16: Girls Gone Rx Wilmington (Wilmington, NC)
7/17: Warrior Affiliate League Summer Classic (Whittier, CA)
7/23: Palm City CrossFit Fairgrounds Throwdown (Stuart, FL)

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