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“Tell yourself, this is when you get better and when you want to stop…Don’t.” — Brooke Ence

Holmberg’s Affiliate Issues Dress Code Standard, Bans “Booty Shorts” and “Shirtless Workouts”


On July 1, former CrossFit Games athlete and owner of Eleventh Element CrossFit Hilliard, in Hilliard, OH notified members in an email of a dress code policy barring men and women from working out topless and disallowing women to wear “booty shorts.”

The specifics: The new policy, which went into effect 24 hours later, prohibited all athletes from removing their shirts at the gym, including during and after the workout. Female athletes are also barred from wearing “booty shorts.”

  • “We understand the temperatures are getting hot, but we ask that you consider bringing an extra shirt as we will no longer be allowing shirtless workouts for men and women,” the policy states.
  • “Additionally, female athletes will no longer be allowed to wear ‘booty shorts.’”

The rationale: “Please consider the movements we do during CrossFit classes (deadlift, toes to bar, handstand push ups) and how these movements reveal certain areas of the body to others in the class. Our mission is to create an environment where we can display our fitness and success, but allows every member to feel comfortable in their CrossFit journey.”

  • One member received this response to a question about the new policy: “We understand not everyone will agree with our position on how we run our gym/business. Our goal is to create a positive and welcoming environment. We believe our influence can be more then just a physical and mental toughness from hard workouts. But carrying ourselves in humility and modesty, and being thoughtful of how I expose my body to others besides my spouse.”

For what it’s worth: Owner Graham Holmberg was seen working out topless in his gym as recently as May 8. He also competed topless at the Rogue Invitational.

  • We reached out to Holmberg through his Instagram, his email address and the Eleventh Elements Instagram specifically asking for the reason behind this policy change. We received no reply.

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HEAR: Jason Khalipa and Annie Thorisdottir
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  • FITTEST IN DUBAI SCREENING — On Wednesday, July 17 from 8:30 PM to 10:00 PM UAE the Fittest in Dubai documentary will be screened at Roxy Cinemas Citywalk.
  • 31 HEROES 2019 — CrossFit Midtown in Atlanta, GA has donated two custom Concept 2 rowers to the first and second top fundraising teams in the 31 Heroes 2019 WOD. Gyms can register and fundraise through August 31 to qualify.

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

Dave Waters completed six Murphs in six weeks to celebrate turning 64-years-old • Jason Barroso hits 245 pounds on a clean complex • Kristin Holte is doing a mini training camp • Brooke Pernice, who is visually impaired, clean and jerks 65 pounds for a PR • Alyssa Ritchey back squats 275 pounds for three • Zack George did a 50-minute EMOM • Happy 80th birthday Jacinto BonilloPrisais “Princess P” beats dad James Townsend at max effort strict handstand push-ups • Teen Games athlete Maddy Espinoza gets a 225 pound clean and jerk • Michael VanDerschelden gets five strict handstand push-ups • Fourteen-year-old Kaitlyn Baxter gets a 215 pound deadlift PR.

…and we get it, CrossFit is not for first dates maybe?

Dave Castro Continues to Test Games Events — Marquan Jones, member of the 2019 CrossFit Games Demo Team, was testing a 2019 Games event with muscle-ups on the ranch yesterday.

 “Marquan Jones getting on top of the bar this morning at CrossFit Ranch. This is the original pull up rig from the first CrossFit Games.”

Members Spend Holiday Cleaning Flooded Gym — Yesterday morning, instead of holding the hero WOD “Whitten,” coaches at CrossFit Pigsah in Asheville, NC woke up to a flooded gym. When members found out that the holiday WOD was cancelled because of a flood, they showed up to clean the gym instead.

Daniel Muto, owner of CrossFit Pigsah told Morning Chalk Up, “We had, at one point, over 25 people using their holiday time to drag floor mats out of the gym, clean the mats, move equipment, pressure wash the floors, squeegee the floors, and clean up all the mud. I also had a friend lend fans and commercial dehumidifiers to dry out the gym.

— “In just a few hours we got the gym cleaned out, and it’s in the process of drying out so that we can put the gym back together over the next couple days. Our members really pitched in and crushed it, they stepped up as a community. It was the most awesome show of love that I’ve experienced as a gym owner.”


“Even a Little Bit of Soda is a Lot Not Good,” Dominick Suzanne-Mayer, The Takeout

It’s a rough time to be anybody who makes their money off soda and other sugary drinks, or to be a person who enjoys it, because both parties seem equally screwed of late.

As studies continue to emerge that drinking soda — yes, even the diet ones — is legitimately terrible for most people, soda companies are trying everything from de-carbonating fizzy drinks to declaring their wares the official drink of U.S. states.

Now, yet another study has concluded that everyone really, really needs to work on cutting soda, sports drinks, and other sugary libations out of their diets. Researchers at Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health have found that sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) contribute to a higher risk of early death from “any cause”:

Compared with drinking SSBs less than once per month, drinking one to four sugary drinks per month was linked with a 1 percent increased risk; two to six per week with a 6 percent increase; one to two per day with a 14 percent increase; and two or more per day with a 21 percent increase. The increased early death risk linked with SSB consumption was more pronounced among women than among men.

That’s significant, because it means more soda — even just two per week — is linked to increased risk of early death. Researchers also found a “particularly strong link” between SSBs and cardiovascular disease


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7/6: 2019 Rex Rumble 8 (Ocala, FL)
7/12: OUTWOD San Diego Crossfit Invictus (San Diego, CA)
7/13: Warrior Affiliate League Barbellas (Anaheim, CA)
7/13: Wods For A Cause Nova Scotia (Bedford, Nova Scotia)
7/13: The Mountain Meltdown Wilmot (Wilmot Mountain, WI)
7/13: Battle of the Beasts (Hudson, NY)
7/13: The Freedom Fitness Festival (Gainesville, FL)
7/13: River’s End Rampage 2019 (Sharpsburg, KY)
7/13: OUTWOD Westport CrossFit Westport (Norwalk, CT)
7/13: OUTWOD Lubbock Capstone CrossFit (Lubbock, TX)
7/13: Showdown at the Swamp 2019 (Greenville, SC)
7/13 – 7/14: Fresh Coast Games (Muskegon, MI)
7/19: OUTWOD Las Vegas CrossFit Social City (Las Vegas, NV)
7/19 – 7/20: The 2nd Annual 24 Hour Kettlebell Challenge (Chino, CA)
7/20: OUTWOD Twin Falls The Pack CrossFit (Twin Falls, ID)
7/20: OUTWOD Chicago PXM CrossFit (Chicago, IL)
7/20: The CFB Gymkhana (Burlington, VT)
7/20: Masters Mayhem (Kilgore, TX)
7/20: Belmar Beatdown (Belmar, NJ)
7/20: Battle at the Falls (Granite Falls, NC)
7/20: Old Timers Classic (Williamsburg, VA)
7/20: Hero Games 2019 (Bedford, VA)
7/20: 2019 McCall Throwdown (McCall, ID)
7/20: RX’Mas in July 2019 (Urbana, OH)
7/20: Sacred Pine Invitational (Ladson, SC)
7/20: Barbells for Bullies Denver (Denver, CO)
7/20: Shoofly Lift Off (Fuquay Varina, NC)
7/20: Coffland Hero Challenge at CrossFit Mt. Hood (Gresham, OR)
7/20 – 7/21: Battle of the Barbells (Nashville,TN)
7/21: The Buckeye Games (Medina, OH)
7/21: Coffland Hero Challenge at Rough House CrossFit (Bridgeport, CT)
7/26 – 7/28: CanWest Games (Coquitlam, BC)
7/27: The Mountain Meltdown (Arapahoe Basin, CO)
7/27: 7th annual Dog Days of Summer Competition (Roswell, GA)
7/27: The CF Summer Circus (Des Moines, IA)
7/27: 2019 Summer Meltdown (Birmingham, AL)
7/27: Masters Tour (Travelers Rest, SC)
7/27: Rock The Ages CrossFit Team Comp (Carollton, TX)
7/27: The WoDer Games (Ontario, Canada)
7/27: Girls Gone RX Waco (Waco, TX)
7/27: Rock the Ages at CrossFit Templum (Carrollton, TX)
7/27: The Meshugge Melee (Overland Park, KS)
7/27: All Gave Some, Some Gave All (Whitesboro, NY)
7/27: EVF “Stronger Together” Challenge (New York, NY)
8/3: OUTWOD Kansas City at CrossFit FIF (Kansas City, MO)
8/3: War of the WODs Summer Series (Greensboro, NC)

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