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Good morning and welcome to the Morning Chalk Up.

In today’s edition:

  • Interview: Haley Adams is scheduled for four major competitions this off season.
  • Reebok pays out $400,000 in bonus cash at the CrossFit Games.
  • Exercise like CrossFit can reduce anxiety by up to 60%.
  • Wodapalooza qualifier kicks off today.
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“The successful warrior is the average man with laser-like focus.” - Bruce Lee


Focusing Now on Strength, Adams Also Scheduled for Four Major Off-Season Competitions

Coming off another top-five CrossFit Games finish, the twenty-year-old knew she needed to focus on strength in the off-season.

I’ve “been hitting the strength pretty hard right now,” Haley Adams told Morning Chalk Up’s Patrick Clark in an interview.

Last season, due to the constantly shifting CrossFit Games schedule, Adams didn’t really get any type of off-season. The Games that was originally scheduled for August 2020, moved to a two-stage competition: stage 1 in September and stage 2 in October, disrupting the several months of recovery athletes like Adams rely on to rebuild and shore up weaknesses before the new season.

“I didn’t really this time last year. That’s crucial to have an actual strength cycle,” Adams said. “Definitely a month out [from Rogue] we’ll start picking up more metcons but right now I’m really working on the strength work.”

“I want to show up and be able to compete there [at Rogue] but we gotta make sure we stay on top of the strength training. I’m not doing 5 to 6 metcons a day that empty me out.”

On top of her strength cycle, Adams is scheduled to have the biggest off-season of her three-year individual career. She’s currently scheduled to compete at four of the most elite and competitive off-season competitions:

  • Rogue Invitational – Austin, TX (October 29 – 31)
  • Mayhem Desert Heat – Ras Al Khaimah, UAE (November 12-13)
  • Dubai CrossFit Championship – Dubai, UAE (December 16-18)
  • Wodapaloozaa: Miami, FL (January 13-16, 2022)

“I’m so excited to go over there. I’ve always wanted to go to the Middle East,” Adams said.
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The Zelos Games Begins Today - Over $70,000 In Cash Prizes Up For Grabs

The Zelos Games Begins Today - Over $70,000 In Cash Prizes Up For Grabs

The Open may be six months away, but you don’t have to wait to get your competitive spirit in gear.

The Zelos Games workout one is live today and you have until Sunday to submit your score to compete with the fittest athletes in our sport for some big cash prizes.

  • Competition for all: Not sure you’re going to finish in the prizes? There’s also over $10k worth of raffle prizes from brands like FITAID, Reebok, Tru Grit, Mayhem Athlete, Xendurance, and Toe Spacer for all competitors (scaled or Rx).

Check out the workout standards, how to submit your score, and pick up one of the last spots in this week’s workout.


Kicking off today, the Wodapalooza individual online qualifier. Athletes will have ten total days to complete five WODs released today and tomorrow. The team qualifier runs from November 1 – 9.

Hafthor Bjornsson versus Logan Paul? Not so fast, but also not that crazy either.

Rogue finalizes twenty invited athletes, adding Jason Smith and Uldis Upenieks, and Jacqueline Dahlstrom to round out the men’s and women’s field.

The Fit Boxx is donating 100% of profits from purchases of the October 2021 Fit Boxx to The box will feature items from Born Primitive, CompTrain and Element 26.

CrossFit has begun hosting affiliate gatherings in the U.S.

CrossFit launches Lift Move Work, a new virtual competition made up of one lift, one gymnastics skill component, and one test of general physical preparedness from October 21 to October 25.

Lucy Campbell, who finished 2nd in the U.K. in the Open and ninth at the Lowlands Throwdown Semifinal, won the Arnold Fitness Games over the weekend.

  Reebok Pays Out $400K to Games Athletes 

Reebok Pays Out $400K to Games Athletes

Reebok has concluded calculating and verifying bonus prize payouts for athletes who competed and won, or took second, in an event at the CrossFit Games while wearing a qualifying Reebok shoe. The total amounts to more than $400,000 across all divisions.

Remind me: A couple of weeks before the CrossFit Games, Reebok announced a bonus payout program for all divisions at the CrossFit Games that if an athlete won or took second on an event wearing a qualifying Reebok they would earn a bonus payout.

  • Individual and Teams: $10,000 for first, $2,000 for second.
  • All other divisions: $1,000 for fist, $500 for second.

One big thing: While the individual athletes had the highest potential earnings ($10,000 for first and $2,000 for second), the real winners were the team and age group divisions.

  • The CrossFit Games doesn’t pay prize money to teens, who made a total of $24,500 as a result of the Reebok program.
  • Teams also don’t win prize money for individual event wins. Reebok paid out $142,000, more than half of which went to CrossFit Mayhem for their seven event wins and two second-place finishes.
  • Masters athletes added another $73,000 to their take home.

Here’s the individual breakdown:

  • M 14-15: $7,000.00
  • M 16-17: $9,000.00
  • Individual Men: $96,000.00
  • Men’s Lower Extremity: $7,000.00
  • Men’s Masters: $33,000.00
  • Men’s Neuromuscular: $5,500.00
  • Men’s Upper Extremity: $7,500.00
  • Team: $ 142,000.00
  • W 14-15 $5,500.00
  • W 16-17 $3,000.00
  • Women’s Individual $38,000.00
  • Women’s Lower Extremity: $6,000.00
  • Women’s Masters: $40,000.00
  • Women’s Neuromuscular: $4,500.00
  • Women’s Upper Extremity: $3,500.00
  • Grand Total Earned $407,500.00
  New Research Suggests Exercise Can Lower Risk of Anxiety by More Than 60 Percent 

New Research Suggests Exercise Can Lower Risk of Anxiety by More Than 60 Percent

With that in mind, it’s commonly known that there’s a connection between physical activity and overall mental wellness. But a new study, reported in Frontiers in Psychiatry in September, suggests that the effects may be higher than previously reported.

Why this matters: Today, about 10 percent of the global population suffers from varying degrees of anxiety. This percentage, according to the CDC, has been on the rise since the pandemic, which has seen the number of adults with symptoms of anxiety or depression increase by 5.1 percent between February of 2020 and August of 2021.

The details: Swedish researchers found, in a population-based, large-scale observational study of 395,369 participants that having a physically active lifestyle is associated with a more-than 60 percent lower risk of developing anxiety disorders.

  • Researchers in the study aimed to investigate two things: the association between a physically active lifestyle and future development of anxiety disorders in men and women separately, as well as the impact of exercise dose, intensity, and fitness level on developing anxiety.
  • The study followed Swedes participating in the world’s largest cross-country ski race between 1989 and 2010, matching and comparing them with non-skiers. Researchers followed up with the participants for as many as 21 years.

The findings: Researchers concluded that physical activity substantially lowered the risk of anxiety in both men and women.

  • Data that examined individuals who were followed for a median of 10 years found that skiers, compared to non-skiers, had a 62 percent less chance of developing an anxiety disorder.

The bottom line: The World Health Organization states that physical activity is good for the “heart, ​​bodies, and minds” and that it reduces the symptoms of anxiety and depression. Now, there’s even more evidence to prove the value of fitness for mental health.



How Much Games Athletes Pay Chris Hinshaw

It takes a village to win the CrossFit Games. And being coached by one of the world's greatest conditioning coaches, Chris Hinshaw, has proven to be a difference-maker in the past for top-level athletes. But just how much do Games athletes pay for the honor?




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50 Healthy One-Pan Meals to Simplify Your Dinner Plans

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  • 🎂 Happy birthday Jason Khalipa (Saturday).
  • 🎂 Happy birthday Wesley Jack Paulson, son of Tim and Caitlin Paulson (Sunday).
  • 🎂 Happy birthday Tai Randall.
  • 🤯🤯🤯 Vicky Caruso hits a 280 pound/127kg clean PR.
  • Mia Hesketh hits a 245 pound/111kg squat clean postpartum.
  • Congratulations to Eric Marion of Steelweb CrossFit in Lebanon, NJ on running 100 miles to raise money for Stop Soldier Suicide.
  • Congratulations Ally Williams of Camel City CrossFit in Winston-Salem, NC, on the 95 pound/43kg snatch PR.
  • Congratulations Frank Wooley from Upper Level Fitness in Ocean View, NJ on the 300 pound/136kg snatch PR.

Charlie Eison, CrossFit coach at Dawson CrossFit developed and launched WOD Math, an iOS app that allows you to track your daily WODs and PRs, and quickly calculate your lift percentage

1/28 - 1/29: Qualifiche Campionato Italiano Sthenathlon Blor (Milano, Italy)
1/28: Masters Of The Midway (Cary, IL)
1/28: Bloodline Brawl (Fort Myers, FL)
1/28: Sunshine CrossFit ALS Fundraiser (Bedford Hills, NY)
1/28: Bloodline Brawl VII (Teams of 3!) (Fort Myers, FL)
1/28: Masters Of The Midway: Individual (Cary, IL)
2/4 - 2/5: Modena Challenge: Intermediate and Rx (Modena, Italy)
2/4: Valentine’s Day Massacre (Tucson, AZ)
2/4: The 2023 Winter Classic (Danbury, CT)
2/4: GOAT Youth/Teen Fitness Competition: Individual, Age Groups 10-17 (Olyphant, PA)
2/10 - 2/12: Fittest if the Coast Championship (Charleston, SC)
2/11: Cupid’s Clash (co-ed pairs) (Staten Island, NY)
2/11: The Big Chill (Chillicothe, OH)
2/11: Valentine’s Day Crush (North Hollywood, CA)
2/11: Cupid’s Clash at THRIVE CrossFit 103 (Staten Island, NY)
2/11: The Big Chill (Chillicothe, OH)
2/12: The 2023 RCF Winter War (Londonderry, NH)
2/18: Moultrie South Georgia Classic (Norman Park, GA)
3/1 - 3/31: Barbells For Bullies: Sit Ups For Pups (Online Event, United States)
3/18 - 3/19: Okanagan Valley Throwdown (Penticton, Canada)
3/25 - 3/26: Costa Dorada Fitness Challenge (Tamarit, Tarragona, Spain)
3/25: No Weak Links (Marcy, NY)

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