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CrossFit Brings Normalcy to College Students

 
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October 20
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Good morning and welcome to the Morning Chalk Up. The Games finals are upon us and we are covering the competition plus all the important developments in the community. Check out Emliy Beer’s story on Grant Sjostrom, who lost 150 pounds after finding CrossFit. And, Hilary Achauer dives deep into workout apparel and its durability. Plus, Heather Hartmann digs into college town affiliates and how they are providing teen athletes a respite from the stresses of the COVID campus.

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Grant Sjostrom: Shedding 150 Pounds for a “100 Percent” Better Life

  Grant Sjostrom: Shedding 150 Pounds for a "100 Percent" Better Life  

A year-and-a-half ago, being married to Grant Sjostrom meant watching him fall asleep at the dinner table — he was constantly exhausted and struggled with sleep apnea. Though she was always supportive of Grant — “we have always been team Sjostrom,” his wife said — she tried “for years” to gently encourage him to get healthy.

 

Score Some New Gear For Yourself, While Giving Back to Your Box! Born Primitive is donating 50% of profits back to gyms this week 🙌

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Score Some New Gear For Yourself, While Giving Back to Your Box! Born Primitive is donating 50% of profits back to gyms this week 🙌

In March, we raised over $186,000 for gyms across America. But local facilities still need help facing the difficulties of 2020, so we’re back at it again by pledging 50% of all our profits to all participating gyms in our Fall 50/50 Pledge campaign.

From now until 10/23 (at 5pm ET) checkout the pledge site, find your gym’s unique code, and enter it at checkout to automatically get your gym paid 💰

Start shopping now.

 

The Best Inexpensive Workout Leggings and Shorts (that Can Withstand a CrossFit Workout)

  The Best Inexpensive Workout Leggings and Shorts (that Can Withstand a CrossFit Workout)  

I bought my first pair of Lululemon leggings in 2009 — black bootcut yoga pants — and was an immediate convert.

It was the most I’d ever spent on a pair of leggings, but the quality and fit was exceptional. At the time, workout apparel options were mostly limited to big athletic wear brands like Nike, Under Armour, Adidas, and Reebok. They were functional, but not particularly fun or stylish.

 

CrossFit Brings Normalcy to College Students

  CrossFit Brings Normalcy to College Students  

The struggle is real for college students across the United States.

 

Beating Tia: What Katrin, Brooke and Kari Have to Do

  Beating Tia: What Katrin, Brooke and Kari Have to Do  
 

THINGS TO…

…LEARN

How to Plank Properly

The front plank is a simple static hold, but you can still improve your technique and get more out of it. Try putting your feet, especially your heels, against the wall as a tactile cue that will allow you to activate your hamstrings and hold your pelvis in position.

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Help yourself while helping your gym

If you’re on the verge of splurging on some new workout attire — now is the perfect time. Born Primitive is donating 50% of all profits back to local gyms as part of their Fall 50/50 Pledge campaign. Just click the link below, find your gym’s unique code or register your gym if it’s not on the list, and finish your shopping by entering the code at checkout. You’ve got until 5pm ET on 10/23 to shop ’til you drop.

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Is Now a Bad Time to Join the Fitness Industry

On this episode of the Mind Muscle Project podcast, hosts Lachy Rowston and Raph Freedman sit down with business mentor Sean Greely to learn all about the current landscape in the fitness industry.

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The Surf And Turf Deal Is Coming to a Close

ButcherBox delivers 100% grass-fed beef, free-range organic chicken, heritage breed pork, and wild-caught Salmon all free of antibiotics and added hormones right to your door. October 21 is the last day that new ButcherBox subscription members will get two lobster tails and two pieces of filet mignon for free in their first box.

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Nourishing Asian Chicken Soup

It’s officially soup season and this Asian chicken soup with bok choy, lemongrass, green onion, garlic, ginger, and fresh herbs is amazing! Here’s a tip: add rice noodles for a fresh, flavorful and healthy dinner!

 

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COMMUNITY

Good Read: The Athletes to Look Out for at the 2020 CrossFit Games

On Sunday, The Sportsman, a UK sports newspaper founded in 1865 ran a story entitled “Survival of the Fittest: The Athletes to Look Out for at the 2020 CrossFit Games” by Jack Porter and it’s a pretty good read. In it, the author offers up his picks on who to keep an eye on this weekend in Aromas, CA. Here are a few key takeaways:

  • Porter selected three men and two women to profile in the piece.
  • “Mat Fraser: The King” — “The man who simply loves the target on his back. Let’s get this out of the way, if you’re a novice to this gnarly sport, and you’re trying to find the paragon quickly, well there’s simply no one crosser or fitter than American Mat Fraser, the man who has won the Games FOR THE PAST FOUR YEARS IN A ROW!”
  • “Katrin Davidsdottir: The Fitness and Splitness Specialist” — “Davidsdottir is the 27-year-old Icelander who has been competing as an individual athlete at the World Games since 2012, winning twice (consecutively in 15/16) and placing out of the top five on just two occasions in seven attempts.”
  • “Noah Ohlsen: The (Potential) Usurper” — “OK, so we know there’s been nobody greater, nobody better than Mat Fraser. But Ohlsen has been on his coattails for many a year – finishing second in the last event – and it’s evident he now wants to wear the jacket: this year in the handstand hold he bested Fraser by just two seconds! ”  
  • “Tia-Clair Toomey: From Oz, the Great and Powerful” — “The reigning queen doesn’t want to give up her crown. In fact, the Australian athlete has famously trained alongside male champion Fraser in the United States during lockdown…She isn’t ready to abdicate just yet.”
  • “Justin Medeiros: The Young Upstart” — “Justin Meideros, who is only just legally allowed to drink alcohol in his native States, has foregone all that hedonism to challenge himself against some of the hardest bastards alive. He finished third, behind Fraser and Ohlsen but bronze won’t satisfy the young man.”

There’s a lot more in the article, so be sure to check it out.

 
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10/23: WODTOBERFEST 2020 (Lodi, CA)
10/24 – 10/25: New Zealand Teams Nationals (Cambridge, New Zealand)
10/24: The Garage Games Masters Tour (McKinney, TX)
10/24: Girls Gone Rx Caribbean – Lift Up Series (Curacao, Netherlands Antilles)
10/24: Fittest in the Fall (Indianapolis, IN)
10/25: Krefeld Ravens U19 Tryout (Krefeld, NRW, Germany)
10/28 – 11/10: The Fittest Experience Online Qualifier (Austin, TX)
10/31: Barbells for Boobs (San Antonio, TX)
10/31: Come as You Aren’t (Jacksonville, FL)
10/31: BOA – Season 5 – Challenge of The Decades (Bensenville, IL)
10/31: Halloween Havoc | Kids + Masters Competition (Cedar Falls, IA)
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10/31: WOD-o-WEEN (Minnetonka, MN)
11/6 – 11/7: Strength Wars 2020 (Blacktown, Australia)
11/7 – 11/8: The Bay Games [Unstoppable (online) Edition] (Jervis Bay, Australia)
11/7: The Garage Games Masters Tour (Bedford, TX)
11/7: The Garage Games Masters Tour (Columbia, SC)
11/7: Kilo Crushfest (Hampton, VA)
11/7: Bayou Brawl 2020 (Lafayette, LA)
11/7: Cactus Kids 2020 (Phoenix, AZ)
11/7: CrossFit Brisbane Hard’n Up Challenge (Coorparoo, QLD, Australia)
11/7: The Battle at Branded One 2020 (Las Vegas, NV)
11/7 – 11/8: Barbells & Bacon (Erlanger, KY)
11/7: Battle at the Bridge (Windsor, ON, Canada)
11/7: The FORGE Partner Challenge 2020 (Plantsville, CT)
11/7: 2020 FTX Open (Wheaton, IL)
11/7: Turkey Throwdown (6th Annual) (Limestone, TN)
11/7: The Garage Games Masters Tour (Conroe, TX)
11/11: WOD for Warriors (Waite Park, MN)
11/13 – 11/15: ChasingBetter Throwdown 2020 Live Event (Perth, Australia)
11/14: The Garage Games Masters Tour (Fort Wayne, IN)
11/14: The Garage Games Masters Tour (Canton, TX)
11/14: CFWR Festivus Games (Muncie, IN)
11/14 – 11/15: IRC Games 2020 (Pitt Meadows, BC, Canada)
11/14 – 11/15: The Clang and Bang Vol 4 (Topeka, KS)
11/14: Warrior Affiliate League Gruesome Twosome (Chino, CA)
11/14 – 11/15: SugarMeltdown 2020 (Odense, Denmark)
11/14: 2020 Trident Fitness Festival (Suffolk, VA)
11/14: Girls Gone Rx Dallas (Dallas, TX)
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11/15: Southpaw’s Murph Swim Challenge (McKinney, TX)
11/20 – 11/21: GAME TIME (Brisbane, QLD, Australia)
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11/21: 2020 Vehement Barbell Festival (Oxnard, CA)
11/21: AKL MASTERS LEAGUE FROM LOCKDOWN TO THROWDOWN PAIRS EVENT (Henderson, Auckland, New Zealand)
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11/21: Fit Chicks (Whitehouse, TX)
11/21: Manion WOD 2020 (Waite Park, MN)
11/22: TFL2020 Autumn Edition (Tournai, Belgium)

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