Your Coffee is ready.

CrossFit Cancels Athletes Unleashed’s Affiliation — Powered by Vuori

Morning Chalk Up

November 30   |   POWERED BY


Good morning and welcome to the Morning Chalk Up. One more big shopping day of the season — today is Cyber Monday — and we’re giving you another crack at our Black Friday and Cyber Monday Buyer’s Guide. Also, learn more about Games athlete, Jacob Heppner’s entrepreneurial ventures.

Keep those story tips, quotes and PRs rolling in. Send them to [email protected].

QUOTE OF THE DAY + Send us a Quote

“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” - Winston Churchill

  The 2020 CrossFit Black Friday/Cyber Monday Buyer's Guide  

The 2020 CrossFit Black Friday/Cyber Monday Buyer's Guide

The holiday shopping season is officially upon and today we drop our official “2020 CrossFit Black Friday/Cyber Monday Buyer’s Guide.” Take care of all the fitness fanatics on your list and get some great deals.

Continue Reading...
SPONSORED Vuori_1586644955
Get 20% off Vuori's Most Comfy Gifts

Get 20% off Vuori's Most Comfy Gifts

Vuori’s buttery soft Dreamknit™ Fabric makes for sweatpants you’ll never want to take off, and the coziest gift. Available in both Men’s Ponto Performance Pants and the Women’s Performance Joggers, these are the pants that can take you anywhere and everywhere. Get 20% off your first purchase at today!

  Quarantined, Heppner Flexes Tech Muscle, Launches Fifth Start-Up  


Quarantined, Heppner Flexes Tech Muscle, Launches Fifth Start-Up

Jacob Heppner has had entrepreneurial blood in his veins for as long as he can remember.

“I was the kid selling lemonade on the side of the street,” said the four-time CrossFit Games veteran. “So I was an entrepreneur as a kid, but I think you lose that when you go into a job and you work a nine to five, working for the man. You can lose that ability to be creative and to go out and take risks.”

Continue Reading...
  Quarantined, Heppner Flexes Tech Muscle, Launches Fifth Start-Up  

Enter the “12 Days of Crossmas” Giveaway

To spice up your holiday season, Fitness Santa is bringing you 12 days of Crossmas, that’s 12 straight days of fun fitness giveaways from some of your favorite brands absolutely free.

From December 1 – 12, we’ll be doing Instagram live giveaways each day at 5:00 PM PT, totaling 78 prizes from:

Reebok, Rogue, RPM, Born Primitive, Ascent, Caffeine & Kilos, O2, 2POOD, Bear Komplex, Goodr, Beam.

Fill out the form to enter to win, and remember, the more points, the more chances to win.

Enter to win.

  CrossFit Cancels Athletes Unleashed’s Affiliation After Derogatory Email  

CrossFit Cancels Athletes Unleashed’s Affiliation After Derogatory Email

CrossFit LLC removed Buffalo, NY based Athletes Unleashed as an official CrossFit affiliate after a racially charged and derogatory email from owner Robby Dinero was reported by local news blog The email was sent to a Buffalo woman in response to a request for a refund for the Liberty Games competition originally scheduled for March 28, 2020, which was postponed and eventually canceled.

  • Dinero: “I will refund your money as soon as you eat my a** you filthy, foreign, third-world country piece of s**t.”

Upon learning about the email, CrossFit reached out to Dinero to confirm the authenticity of the email, which he didn’t deny and CrossFit subsequently canceled his affiliation on Friday.

  • CrossFit LLC: “We are outraged and appalled by the language used by Mr. Dinero, which has no place in the CrossFit community. When we heard about the issue, we contacted Mr. Dinero, who did not deny using the language in question, so we have terminated his affiliate relationship with CrossFit, effective immediately.”
Continue Reading...
  Seasons of Change: How the Games Format Affects the Best in the Sport  

Seasons of Change: How the Games Format Affects the Best in the Sport

It was just Thanksgiving here in the United States, a holiday built around gratitude and reflection, and considering we are just around the corner from yet another change to the CrossFit Games season format, it is worthwhile to reflect back on the changes from the prior two seasons and how they were reflected on the final leaderboards.

One big thing: Understanding the influence of format on result is important considering that when we talk about overall finish at the Games we are talking about the livelihood of athletes whose reputation, exposure, and earning power through sponsorships can be drastically altered by the number next to their name on the leaderboard.

  • Typically there are two big thresholds that have been perennial benchmarks for Games athletes that serve as solid parameters for evaluating the shuffling of overall placement at the Games at year’s end.
Continue Reading...
  US Army Warrior Fitness Team Holding Tryouts for 2021 Season  

US Army Warrior Fitness Team Holding Tryouts for 2021 Season

The United States Army Warrior Fitness Team is reloading their roster for the upcoming 2021 CrossFit season. The team will be holding an online tryout for members of the US Army that are interested in joining.

One big thing: The Army Warrior Fitness Team is looking to fill 5-6 slots on the full-time, active duty team, with the possibility of more slots being created depending on the quality of athletes that try out. The ultimate goal of the team is to bring together the most competitive group of soldiers to compete against elite athletes in the sport of fitness.

The details: CPT Rachel Schreiber and SGT Jacob Pfaff, current members of the team, will be handling the selection process for the new roster of athletes. To be considered for the full-time team, soldiers must currently be in an active duty status in the Army.

Continue Reading...
  US Army Warrior Fitness Team Holding Tryouts for 2021 Season  

Get the Morning Chalk Up App

Download Today...


Three Banded Exercises for a Bigger Back and Shoulders

Banded resistance training is great for adding volume and strengthening all your stabilizing muscles. Even more importantly, you can do banded exercises almost anywhere. Check out these three movements for your delts and upper back -- the keys to banded training are to maintain tension, minimize momentum and emphasize the mind-muscle connection.




Put AIRWAAV To The Test

The AIRWAAV Performance Mouthpiece creates an optimal airway opening which reduces the respiratory rate by 20%, improves muscular endurance, and delivers faster recovery by reducing cortisol build up levels by up to 50%. Today's the last day to put AIRWAAV to the test with our product launch pricing plus free shipping. (Free shipping for US only but no code needed)



Proper Deadlift Technique

This quick video from the CrossFit Level One Seminar focuses on deadlift technique. Once the bar passes your knees, concentrate on lifting your shoulders and squeezing your glutes. Also, maintain core and lat engagement throughout. Take a quick look as a good reminder on proper form.




A Great Deal On InsideTracker Testing

Cyber Monday Deal Alert! Take $200 off InsideTracker’s Ultimate Plan TODAY! Use code: CHALKUP200. Are you ready to transform your body's data into true knowledge, meaningful insights and a customized action plan of science-backed nutrition, fitness, and lifestyle recommendations? InsideTracker is the ultra-personalized nutrition system that analyzes your blood, DNA and lifestyle to help you optimize your body and reach your health & wellness goals.



The Perfect Grilled Cheese Sandwich

As the weather cools down there are few things as satisfying as a crunchy and gooey grilled cheese sandwich. Here are six rules to follow that will help you make the best grilled cheese you've ever had. The secret is in the mayo.



Up to 60% Off Reebok Gear

Through December 2 Reebok is offering up to 60% off sitewide including select Nano X's for $65 and select Nano 9's for just $54. All you have to do to snag the deal is use the code "CMEXCLUSIVE" at checkout. (US Subscribers Only)


There were no correct responses to Friday’s trivia question which asked “which woman has competed in the most CrossFit Games Affiliate/Team competitions?” The correct answer was Jessica Core. She competed on seven Games teams for CrossFit Fort Vancouver including their 2010 Affiliate Cup Championship Team. She also competed as an individual at the 2015 CrossFit Games.

  • Today’s question: Who are the Top 3 athletes with the most Masters Divisions CrossFit Games appearances?

Submit your answer.


Chalk Up Highlights is our section dedicated to celebrating our community’s wins in the gym. Follow @ChalkUpHighlights and submit your highlight to [email protected] to be featured.


Community Round-Up

In our first community round-up of the week we are highlighting several fundraisers around the CrossFit world:

  • Charlie Bell’s 150km Challenge: Eight-year-old Charlie Bell, a young CrossFit athlete from Hykeham, UK, set a goal at the beginning of the COVID pandemic. He would walk 150km and raise money for the Lincoln Community Larder. Months in, he’s surpassed his goal by 1000% and has raised over £1,600 so far.
  • Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust: Earlier this month, a group of friends in Gloucester, UK came together for a 27-hour CrossFit Challenge to raise money in honor of their friend Carrie-Ann Taitt who passed away from cervical cancer at the age of 31. They chose 27 hours to represent one hour of work for every month she suffered. Together they raised £1,600 for Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust.
  • Aaron Hoff’s 70-Mile Walk: In Kauai, HI, Aaron Hoff, founder of the Keala Foundation has set out on a 47-hour, 70-mile hike around the island. His goal is to raise awareness about youth drug addiction and hopes to raise $100,000 for the foundation. He’s already crossed the $78k mark, learn more and donate.
Share this newsletter with a friend. share
7/9 - 7/10: Rex Rumble 11 Double Down (Ocala, FL)
7/9: Rex Rumble at CrossFit zoo (Ocala, FL)
7/16: Girls Gone Rx Fayetteville (Spring Lake, NC)
7/16: Girls Gone Rx San Antonio (San Antonio, TX)
7/16: Girls Gone Rx West Texas (Snyder, YX)
7/16: Girls Gone Rx South Sound (Puyallup, WA)
7/16: Girls Gone Rx Wilmington (Wilmington, NC)
7/16: Buckeye Games Individuals/Masters (Medina, OH)
7/17: Warrior Affiliate League Summer Classic (Whittier, CA)
7/23: Palm City CrossFit Fairgrounds Throwdown (Stuart, FL)
7/23: Buckeye Games Team Competition (Medina, OH)
7/30: Mayhem & Massacre @ CrossFit Fernandina (Yulee, FL)
7/30: No Grit No Glory (Barbell for Boobs) (Byron, IL)
8/13: The Mortal Games 2022 (Sunrise, FL)
8/20: Summer Smashdown (Tucson, AZ)
8/27: Mayhem & Massacre @ CrossFit Sango (Clarksville, TN)
8/27: The MFLH Fight For The Fittest 2022 (Ronkonhoma, NY)
8/27: Dawg Days of Summer (Portsmouth, OH)
9/4: Girls Gone RX (Ocala, FL)

See all upcoming events

Your Coffee is ready.