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“It doesn’t matter how this looks to other people, it matters how it looks to you. If this is something you gotta do, then you do it. Fighters fight.” — Rocky Balboa 

Reebok Unveils the New CrossFit Nano 9


Big news.

Make room in your closet folks; the Reebok Nano 9 is here.

Yesterday, Reebok officially launched the Nano 9, which they’re calling the “Nano for all.”

We’re listening, we’re listening.

It’s called the “Nano for all” because Reebok worked closely with CrossFit athletes of all levels from around the world for this version of the original CrossFit shoe. Athletes like Pat Vellner, Tia-Clair Toomey and Neal Maddox but also athletes like professional football coach Jen Welter and crossfitting actress Maddie Curley.

“For the amount and type of training I do, I need a shoe that I don’t have to think about and can trust to offer me the stability, comfort and durability that I need to perform my best,” said Pat Vellner.

What’s so special about ’em?

The Nano 9 has a CrossFit specific sole design for better traction and grip and a wide toe box for comfortable fit and powerful movements. It’s also got Flexweave, everyone’s favorite on rope climb days, for breathability (no more stinky feet) and durability with extra cushion for running days (not everyone’s favorite).

Tal Short, Senior Product Manager of Training Footwear at Reebok, says, “We’re proud to unveil a shoe that delivers directly on the needs we heard from the CrossFit community around the world. As a member of that community myself, I see and experience first-hand the varying demands of these athletes and know how critical having the right footwear is in getting the most out of your workout.”

When can I get a pair?

The Nano 9 will be available in four intro colorways starting June 12 for $135 on Reebok.com/Nano and at select footwear retailers worldwide.

But, for Morning Chalk Up readers, you can enter to win a free pair, by nominating the CrossFit inspiration in your box.  Post your nomination on Instagram and tag @Reebok #NanoForAllSweepstakes for a chance to win. (You can nominate us, it’s fine.)

Using CrossFit to Prepare for the Marines


The story.

At CrossFit Overwatch in Concord, CA one program stands out amongst the others. High school students who enlisted in the Marines under a delayed entry program come there to train. They’re called “poolees” and they are ”Marines awaiting training” who are getting “mentally and physically prepared for boot camp training,” said Gunnery Sgt. Angel Rodriguez, the Station Commander for the RSS Contra Costa.

Giving back to the military.

But the poolees aren’t the only ones giving themselves to service. Six years ago, CrossFit Overwatch owner Jimmy Greninger started a scholarship that allows Marines to train at his affiliate for free. To be considered, each applicant needs to write a letter explaining why they joined the Marines.

“For me it’s my opportunity to give back and to help any person getting ready to give back,” said Greniger.

Service through training.

Greninger reads the letters himself, selecting poolees that stand out for exceptionally understanding their “why.” Currently, CrossFit Overwatch has 12 poolees attending CrossFit Overwatch regularly.

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WATCH: Paige Semenza, “Feels good to earn it.”

Morning Chalk Up’s Senior Games Analyst, Tommy Marquez, spoke with Paige Semenza at the Brazil CrossFit Championship about how it feels to have secured her spot to the CrossFit Games at a Sanctional after being just outside a qualification spot at other events.



HEAR: The Transformation of Cole Sager

Six-time CrossFit Games athlete Cole Sager made waves in this year’s Open, finishing 6th worldwide. Cole joins the Brute Strength Podcast to discuss his mentality during this year’s Open, the topics of eating disorders and body image issues and shares his insight into maintaining a successful marriage.



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  • CLASH ON THE CONCRETE — CrossFit Skyfall in Springboro, OH Clash on the Concrete on June 22-23 as part of the Fitness Festival at Austin Landing in Miamisburg, OH. Individuals will compete on Saturday and teams on Sunday, with all proceeds going to Montgomery County Law Enforcement Memorial in support of several recently fallen police officers.
  • THREE MILLION METERS — CrossFit Hydrogen in Fishers, IN owner and head coach Sean Hollick reached three million lifetime meters on the Concept2 rower.
  • MILITARY APPRECIATION DAY — CrossFit Bemidji will hold a Military Appreciation Day event on Sunday, May 26, at Paul and Babe. This event will support local disabled American veterans, North Central Chapter 7, who will also be present for the event. Participants must be 16 years and older. Cost is $30 for the public and $20 for current CFB athletes,
    every registered athlete gets a free draft beer from Bar 209.
  • RUCK FOR ARDEN — Teresa and Phil Trojanowski, Ben Donnelly and members of CrossFit Central Houston rucked 31 hours to raise almost $28,000 for young Arden and the therapy she needs for her cerebral palsy. 

CHALK UP IN 2 MINUTES (a highlight reel around social media of CrossFit pros and average joes)

Jake Douglas clean and jerked 387 pounds at the Down Under CrossFit Championship to tie for world record in CrossFit Games competition history • Congratulations to Courtney Ball on her 60 pound weightloss
transformation • Jared Wayne Stevens front squats 435 pounds at the Rogue Invitational • Laura Cariello deadlifts 185 poundsAdrian Conway
deadlifts 605 pounds for a PR.

First Time Doing Murph — If this is your first time doing Murph, don’t be scared. Men’s Health has everything you want to know about Murph, but have been scared to ask. 

Tia-Clair Reflects on the Weekend at Rogue Invitational — Yesterday on her Instagram, Tia-Clair Toomey reflected on her weekend in Columbus, OH.

— “What a weekend. It was so great to get back out on that competition floor right beside my incredible competition but what was so special was being apart of the very first Rogue Invitational and bumping shoulders with the OG’s of Crossfit, so much respect.”

Will Moorad on Winning the Brazil CrossFit Championship — Will Moorad shared on Instagram, “Wow. To say it’s been a long road is an understatement. I feel blessed to be heading back to the CrossFit Games…Fam. We did it! I love you guys and I couldn’t ask for a better support crew to do life with. Brazil CrossFit Championship thanks for putting on an amazing event! Truly a top notch competition! This one feels good! See you in Madison!”

Jason Khalipa Was Nervous This Weekend — Jason Khalipa, who just competed as a Legend at the Rogue Invitational, admitted that he was nervous. “This weekend I competed as an individual (legends division) for the 1st time in 5 years. I’d be lying if I told you I wasn’t a bit nervous. Over the years I have learned to control this and harness It much better. Some of you may have seen my first “Amanda” workout in 2010 vs this weekend. If not, YouTube It for a laugh.

— “After some reflection… I realized I actually should enjoy feeling a bit nervous. I was nervous because I cared. It feels good to care about something enough to get nervous. Find things that push you a bit, make you feel nervous, then watch the mental/physical gains when you overcome them.

— “Huge thank you to all of my co-legend competitors for not only being good friends but inspiring me for so many years. Thank you to all of the fans who came out to support and watched online.”

User Not Found — Last night, CrossFit’s official Instagram account was down. No word on why yet.




“Down Under, Brazil, Rogue Recap,” by Tommy Marquez, Morning Chalk Up 

You get an invite, you get an invite, EVERYBODY GETS AN INVITE!

Just kidding, but with three sanctioned events and nine invites on the line this past weekend, there was enough up for grabs over the last three days to keep fans feeling like CrossFit Oprah was doling out prizes left and right.

Three countries on three different continents played host to the weekend’s events and all put forth a formidable test, and now that the dust has settled, we’ve got the lowdown on the biggest takeaways from the busiest sancional weekend of the year.

Amanda Barnhart is looking like a legit contender, and potentially America’s best hope at a potential podium at the Games on the women’s side. She traveled across the world and beat out one of the sports elite in Jamie Greene, winning two events and only finishing one event lower than second — which was a 5th.

New Zealand’s Alethea Boon will received the invite via backfill for a trip to her 4th CrossFIt Games as an individual and is the second master — behind Sam Briggs — to earn an invite through a sanctioned event.

Matt Mcleod finally nabbed his first invite to the Games in his fourth sanctioned event this season, and he definitely earned it. Mcleod went on a tear on day 2, winning the first two events and finishing the second in the last event of the day to put significant distance between himself and the rest of the field.

After competing in Dubai, Australia, and China this season, Mcleod beat out a formidable opponent in Jacob Heppner. For some, Heppner’s performance may be a bit of a disappointment but remember this weekend was his first live CrossFIt competition since the 2016 CrossFit Games, and it’s safe to say there might be some rust to shake off. Still, Mcleod beat Heppner outright in four of the seven events, and is the newest Aussie to join the CrossFit Games field.



5/21: Brady’s Border2Border Ruck March (Beach, ND)

5/24: 24 Heroes in 24 Hours (Ardmore, PA)

5/25: Battle of the Barn 2019 (Bright, ON)

5/26: 24 Heroes in 24 Hours 2019 (Southborough, MA)

5/27: ValorFit Community Murph (Urbandale, IA)

5/30 – 6/2: Granite Games (St. Cloud, MN)

5/31: OUTWOD at Roy CrossFit (Roy, UT)

5/31 – 6/2: CrossFit Lowlands Throwdown (Apeldoorn, Netherlands)

6/1: Warrior Affiliate League Terrible Two (Murrietta, CA)

6/1: Warrior Affiliate League Terrible Two (Victorville, CA)

6/1: The Burn Out 4 Person Team Competition (New Bern, NC)

6/1: Battle of the Vikings (Frederick, MD)

6/1: The Hound and The Mountain Team Competition (Sudbury, MA)

6/1: 2019 Hammy (Hudson, OH)

6/1: Rise of the Masters (Statesboro,GA)

6/1: 7th annual Battle Beyond the Barbell (Sudbury, ON)

6/1 – 6/2: River Ruckus VI (Asheville, NC)

6/7 – 6/8: Bricktown Throwdown 2019 (Oklahoma City, OK)

6/8: The Mountain Meltdown (Park City, UT)

6/8: Battle In The Basin 2 2019 (Joshua Tree, CA)

6/8: Battle on the Creek (John’s Creek, GA) 

6/8: Supergiant Meltdown (Westerville, OH)

6/8: Double Down Skylands Showdown (Sparta, NJ)

6/8: CFE’s Summer Sizzler 2 Masters Competition (Burlington, MA)

6/8: The Charlotte Throwdown for Mental Health Awareness (Charlotte, NC)

6/8: 3rd Annual WODing for SuperTy (Pawling, NY)

6/8: OUTWOD Showdown at Brick (West Hollywood, CA)

6/9: Million Meters Row (Baxter, MN)

6/8 – 6/9: CFCC Triple Threat (Denver, CO)

6/14: 2019 Summer Splashdown (Tuscon, AZ)

6/14 – 6/15: CanEast Games (Hamilton, ON)

6/15: Best of the Midwest Team Series (Greenwood, IN)

6/15: AZFITCOM (Phoenix, AZ)

6/15: Rep Your Box 8 (Jacksonville, FL)

6/15: Rookie Rumble at CrossFit Mercenary (Owings Mill, MD)

6/15: SweetTatas (Newtown,CT)

6/15 – FireTeam 4 Challenge and Fundraiser (Wheaton, IL)

6/15: Gameday (Rochester, MN)

6/15: Summer Slam 2019 (Staten Island, NY)

6/15: The East Coast Gambit (Brooklyn, NY)

6/16: Three Fathers RCMP Memorial Challenge (Bedford, NS)

6/21 – 6/23: The Bacon Beatdown (Daytona Beach, FL)

6/22: The Brethren Throwdown (Morgan Hill, CA)

6/22 – 6/23: Clash on the Concrete (Miamisburg, OH)

6/22: Femme Royale (Fort Atkinson, WI)

6/22: OUTWOD (Winter Garden, FL)

6/23: Third annual Bro Royale (Fort Atkinson, WI)

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