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Good morning and welcome to the Morning Chalk Up.

In today’s edition:

  • Athlete Spotlight: Anikha Greer looking to make rookie Games debut in 2022.
  • Emily Rolfe’s workout of the week is 🤮. 10 out of 10 recommend if you like pain.
  • How top athletes lay a foundation for years of success.
  • Brooke Wells opens up about road to recovery.
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“I tell myself, ‘You’ve been through so much, you’ve endured so much, time will allow me to heal, and soon this will be just another memory that made me the strong woman, athlete, and mother I am today.” - Serena Williams


Anikha Greer Breaks Through at Wodapalooza After Winning Event 6, Looking to Make Rookie Appearance at 2022 CrossFit Games

Under the lights and in front of a crowd for the first time, 18-year-old Anikha Greer heard her name projected over the stadium loudspeakers in Miami, Florida. After falling short of qualifying for the 2021 CrossFit Games by just five seconds, Event 6 at Wodapalooza was an event that let sports fans know she’s a name you’ll want to remember this season.

“That’s when I realized how much I loved competing. This was the first time I really experienced this atmosphere, and I don’t even remember feeling pain during that workout. It was just every time he said [the announcer] my name, I got another boost of energy.”

Greer had an incredible first-place finish during Wodapalooza’s Celebrate 10 event, a first-ever event win for the young Canadian. Last season, she placed 6th at the Atlas Games Semifinal, missing the 2021 Games by just one spot and then took 22nd in the Last Chance Qualifier. Since both of those events were virtual, Wodapalooza was the first major in-person competition Greer has ever competed in – creating a learning curve that Greer says she was lucky to experience before the next season.

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…27 days until the 2022 CrossFit Open kicks off. Register today.

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The Fittest Experience kicks off today in Austin, TX featuring elite athletes like Luke Parker from Mayhem, Matt Dlugos and Kyra Milligan from Underdogs Athletics, Josh Woodhull, Kels Kiel, and Rebecca Fuselier.

Registration for the European Championship is now open. The competition, which will take place in Nottingham, UK will feature both individual and a team category, and goes after the 2022 NOBULL CrossFit Games, from August 19-21.

Noah Ohlsen and Chandler Smith have some of the coolest bro moments out there: “Go faster!” 🤣

Poor Peleton. Apparently, people may not actually like biking and running in the comfort of their living rooms after all? 🤔

  • Peloton has essentially guessed wrong about how many people would be buying its products, after so much demand was pulled forward during the coronavirus pandemic. It’s now left with thousands of cycles and treadmills sitting in warehouses or on cargo ships, and it needs to reset its inventory levels,” wrote a CNBC article.
  Emily Rolfe’s Workout of the Week  

Emily Rolfe’s Workout of the Week

Every Friday, we’re bringing you an exclusive workout challenge programmed by a CrossFit Games athlete or coach that you can take on at home or the gym. You can post your times or scores in the comment section.

Today’s workout is programmed by two-time CrossFit Games individual athlete Emily Rolfe. The Canadian is coming off her second top-20 finish at the 2021 Games with a career-best 15th place highlighted by her second career event win.

It has been a busy four months for the full-time medical professional, she is the only athlete to compete in all three major off-season competitions as an individual. She placed 16th at the Rogue Invitational, 8th at the Dubai CrossFit Championship and 9th at this month’s Wodapalooza Fitness Festival.

  • RX:
    For Time
    500 meter Ski
    10 Toes-to-bar
    500 meter Row
    20 Chest-to-bar Pull-ups
    1,000 meter Bike
    30 Toes-to-bar
    Toe-to-bar = V-ups or Leg Lifts to parallel
    Chest-to0bar = Regular Pull-ups
    Time Cap: 10 minutes

Some advice from Emily: “​​Acid bath….with a sprinkle of fun! Smooth is fast. Go hard on the Ergs but not too hard that the gymnastics suffers. You will lose more time staring at the pull-up bar then slowing down the erg. Elites aim for sub 8 mins!”

To inquire about submitting an upcoming workout of the week, shoot us a note.

  In Sports There’s No Such Thing as Luck: How Top Athletes Lay a Foundation Years Before Success  


In Sports There’s No Such Thing as Luck: How Top Athletes Lay a Foundation Years Before Success

Every few years, and potentially more frequently as of late, an athlete seems to come out of the woodwork and blow away events or competitions despite being relatively unknown. Tia-Clair Toomey did this in 2015. Similar timeline for Mat Fraser. Laura Horvath had a mind-blowing rookie season in 2018 and is making a resurgence now. And there is a growing collection of teenage athletes who seem to be knocking on the door of greatness.

When you go back and watch the 2015 CrossFit Games documentary, Toomey gets very little coverage. That is how much of a surprise she was and it was a slightly different time in the sport from now, but these surprises still happen. Remember Jason Hopper at MACC last year?

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  Brooke Wells Talks ‘Traumatizing’ Elbow Injury, Rehabilitation and the 2022 Season  


Brooke Wells Talks ‘Traumatizing’ Elbow Injury, Rehabilitation and the 2022 Season

Locking out the 175-pound snatch at the 2021 NOBULL CrossFit Games, Brooke Wells sensed something was off. Her elbow felt a little unstable.

Maybe it was because the pegboard event she did before lit her elbows up she thought, or maybe, it was nothing to worry about.

Wells quickly brushed it off. After all, this was the CrossFit Games, and she had a great chance of being in the top three on a max snatch event. Moments later, Wells hit 180 pounds on her second snatch attempt and then made 185 look easy, securing herself a top 10 finish in the process.

What happened next still feels like yesterday, she said.

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  Equipment List for the 2022 CrossFit Open  

Equipment List for the 2022 CrossFit Open

The 11th iteration of the CrossFit Open kicks off February 24 for three weeks of competition. For most of us, the largest community fitness event in the world is the final stop in the CrossFit Games season calendar, but for the most elite athletes, the Open is just the beginning.

Regardless of your fitness level, CrossFit has released a complete equipment list so athletes and affiliates can prepare for what they’ll need to take on the Open.

Key Links for the CrossFit Open

The 2022 CrossFit Games Season Calendar

  • Feb 24 – 28 – Open week 1
  • Mar 3 – 7 – Open week 2
  • Mar 10 – 14 – Open week 3

Below is a specific list of equipment needs for each division.

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Your Stiff Back

Have pain from sitting down too long this week? Make sure you start the weekend with a pain-free back by doing these four exercises tonight before bed.




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Doing Some FUNctional Core Training

It's Friday, you made it. Celebrate by throwing some of these unconventional core movements into the finisher that are sure to give you a solid workout, and provide some laughs at the same time. There are 30 to try out.


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

  • 🎂 Happy birthday Orion Melehan, co-founder of LIFEAID Beverage Co.
  • 🎂 Happy birthday Synne Krokstad.
  • Sean Sweeney takes on the 60 second L Sit Challenge, holding it for 55 seconds. “If you can hold over 30 sec and send me the video – I’ll hook up up with a free month of @cowboywayathlete programming!”
  • Tiffany Beaupré from Aspire Athletic Performance in Westford, MA hits a 242 pound/110kg split jerk.
  • Congratulations Jeremy S. from Queens, NY on the 200 pound/91kg push press PR.
  • James Townsend posted a throwback to his One Ton Challenge: Move 2000 pounds in any weight combination of CrossFit Super Total as fast as you can. Townsend completed the challenge in 37 seconds.
  • Congratulations to Cole Martinez from Tennessee on placing first in his weight class at the 2022 Nashville Weightlifting New Year’s Open.
  • Congratulations CrossFit Oconee in Oconee County, GA on your new location.
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 Ohio (Lancaster, Ohio)
4/6 - 4/7: SeaDog Summer Showdown (Jupiter, Florida)
4/6: Girls Gone Rx Minnesota (Austin, Minnesota)
4/6: Girls Gone Rx Kentucky (Richmond, Kentucky)
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: 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: First EVER Adaptive Festivus Games Competition (Waterford, United States)
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)

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