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CrossFit Dynamo is the Affiliate of the Month

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Good morning and welcome to the Morning Chalk Up.

In today’s edition:

  • May Affiliate of the Month: CrossFit Dynamo in Cumming, GA
  • The Oceania affiliate community is growing; learn about Ed Morrison, CrossFit’s Oceania Manager
  • Masters athlete and personal trainer, Ron Mathews, takes a break from CrossFit and leans into Dungeons & Dragons

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“Everyone has his superstitions. One of mine has always been when I started to go anywhere, or to do anything, never to turn back or to stop until the thing intended was accomplished.” - Ulysses S. Grant

  Georgia Gym Raises $437,766 for Childhood Cancer, Hopes to Hit $500,000 this Summer  

Georgia Gym Raises $437,766 for Childhood Cancer, Hopes to Hit $500,000 this Summer

For a few years, John Manser participated in a local 24-hour bike ride fundraiser, raising some “serious money” for childhood cancer research along the way.

When the bike fundraiser was canceled, he was left feeling “a void,” explained Manser, the owner of CrossFit Dynamo in Cumming, GA for the last 11 years.

  • At the same time, Manser looked around at his gym’s space and thought, “This has to be more than just for CrossFit. We should be able to leverage this for other stuff,” he said.

That’s when Manser decided to bring the 24-hour fundraiser idea to his gym community.

The result was 24 in 24—where participants complete 24 WODs in 24 hours—a fundraiser that has raised $437,766 for childhood cancer research since 2017.

The details: Manser didn’t know what to expect that first year and had humble goals for his community.

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👀 Check out the potential covers of Brooke Wells new book! The community can vote on which one she wants to use.

🥇 🥇 🥇 Mayhem Nation: The new Mayhem Update Show was just launched. Learn more now!

ICYMI: Joey Adduci broke down the Age Group Semifinal tests. How did he do?

Not sure what to get your mom or wife for Mother’s Day? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with our Shopping Guide for Fit Mamas.

  CrossFit’s Ed Morrison Shares His Take on Setting Up Lines of Communication and Growing Engagement in the Oceania Region  


CrossFit’s Ed Morrison Shares His Take on Setting Up Lines of Communication and Growing Engagement in the Oceania Region

CrossFit has experienced rapid growth in the Oceania region over the last 18 months, with active affiliate numbers skyrocketing by over 15 percent during this time.

Leading the way in this region is CrossFit’s Oceania Manager Ed Morrison, who was first brought in as Country Manager of Australia and New Zealand in October 2020.

With the recent explosion of growth in Oceania, CrossFit has increased its representation in the region, with individual Country Managers now found in New Zealand, Korea and Japan, and a Country Manager who oversees South Asian countries including India, Thailand, Philippines and Indonesia.

As the Oceania Manager, Morrison supports the Oceania country managers as well continuing in his role as Australia’s Country Manager.

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  Celebrity Trainer Turned CrossFitter Ron Mathews Steps Away from the Sport, Finds Passion for Dungeons & Dragons  

Celebrity Trainer Turned CrossFitter Ron Mathews Steps Away from the Sport, Finds Passion for Dungeons & Dragons

When Ron Mathews isn’t training celebrities or working out himself, you can find him at the table…well a Dungeon & Dragons table that is.

The former crossfitter said he’s taking some time away from the sport for now and dove head first into the popular role-playing game, informally known as D&D, alongside some familiar names like Joe Manganiello and Vince Vaughn.

Remind me: Mathews, a former college football player, started CrossFit when he was 41. He went on to be a five-time CrossFit Games masters athlete with his best year being in 2016 when he won the 45-49 Division.

  • “My experience with CrossFit was kind of weird because I came in with a weird skill set,” said Mathews.
  • “There were things that from day one I was incredibly good at, like already Regional/Games level-ish on day one. And there were things that I was an absolute beginner on day one. So my journey was always how can I maintain what I’m good at and bring up all of those other pieces.”
  • “I love having a goal to train for. I was always creating goals for myself, so the CrossFit Games was the perfect thing to aim for.”

Mathews is 6’3 and weighs roughly 245 pounds. He says he would lose weight to compete in CrossFit, but was still between 50 and 70 pounds heavier than the next heaviest competitor and taller than most.

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  Celebrity Trainer Turned CrossFitter Ron Mathews Steps Away from the Sport, Finds Passion for Dungeons & Dragons  

Mother's Day Shopping Guide For Fit Mamas

Looking for something to get your Mom or your special lady for Mother’s Day? If she’s a CrossFitter, then we’ve got some ideas for you!

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CrossFit Box Owner Increased His Revenue By €180k In Just 90 Days With Fitness Marketing Agency

As a gym owner, you know that marketing and sales for your gym are crucial to the success of your business. Read this success story for some helpful tips!




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This Podcast Busting Myths About Lifting During Pregnancy

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This Snatch Day Warm Up

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  • Congratulations to Games athlete Tudor Magda on the 386 pound/175kg clean and jerk.
  • 😱 Congratulations to 17-year-old Delia Moises from Risen Strength CrossFit in Gainesville, FL on the set of 75 unbroken muscle-ups.
  • Congratulations to Antonio De Sanctis, Owner of CrossFit Termoli in Molise, Italy on the 298 pound/135kg clean.
  • 🎉 Congratulations to Rob Orlando, Owner of Hybrid Athletics in Monroe, CT on the birthday back squat PR of 540 pounds/245kg.
  • 😳 Adaptive athlete Andrea De Beni reps out a set of 40 unbroken butterfly pull-ups.
3/1 - 3/31: Sit Ups For Pups (Everywhere, Anywhere Online)
3/2: The LKW Games (Lake Waccamaw, North Carolina)
3/9: The Valkyrie Fitness Competition (Tampa, FL)
3/16: Upper Hunter Strongest Novice (Muswellbrook, Australia)
3/16: Oceanside CrossFit 1st Annual Shamwod & Shenanigains (Oceanside, Ca)
3/16: Shamwod & Shenanigains (Oceanside, Ca)
3/16: Shamwod & Shenanigains (oceanside, ca)
3/23 - 3/24: Beach Brawl (Spring) (Pensacola Beach, FL)
3/23: Masters Distinguished Games (Fort Wright, KY)
3/23: CFL Teen Take Over (Lorton, VA)
4/6: Girls Gone Rx Ohio (Lancaster, Ohio)
4/6 - 4/7: SeaDog Summer Showdown (Jupiter, Florida)
4/6: Girls Gone Rx Minnesota (Austin, Minnesota)
4/6: Girls Gone Rx Kentucky (Richmond, Kentucky)
4/6: Best Babes Decatur (Decatur, Alabama)
4/6: Best Babes 608 (Janesville, Wisconsin)
4/6: Best Babes South Carolina (Beufort, South Carolina)
4/6: Best Babes Houston (Houston, Texas)
4/6: Best Babes Wyoming (Cheyene, Wyoming)
4/6: War Off I-4 (Deland, FL)
4/6 - 4/7: No Pain No Game (Legnano, Italy)
4/6 - 4/7: Shack Team Edition (Rome, Italy)
4/6: Best Babes South Carolina (Beaufort, SC)
4/6: Best Babes Decatur (Decatur, AL)
4/6 - 4/7: Landifornian Battle (Seignosse, France)
4/6: Two Peas in a Pod: Mixed Gender Partner Comp (Burlington, MA)
4/6: Best Babes Tampa (Tampa, Florida)
4/13: Queens of Oly Rockledge (Rockledge, FL)
4/13: Queens of Oly East Tennessee (Bulls Gap, TN)
4/13: Fittest on Main (Boaz, AL)
4/19 - 4/21: Crash Crescendo (Spartanburg, SC)
4/20: Barbells For Bullies: Community Workout Savannah (Savnnah, Georgia, US)
4/20: Festivus Games @ CrossFit Plattsburgh (Plattsburgh, NY)
4/20: Festivus Games @ CrossFit Masiphumelele (Kommetjie, Cape Town, South Africa)
4/20: Festivus Games (Goderich, Canada)
4/20: Festivus Games (Clermont, FL)
4/20: Festivus Games @ The Gym – CrossFit Kilo (Cedar Falls, IA)
4/20: Festivus Games @ CBM Sirens (Caledonia, MS)
4/20: Festivus Games @ Coyote Valley (San Jose, CA)
4/20 - 4/21: Okanagan Valley Throwdown (Penticton, British Columbia)
4/20: The Fittest 4 (Sunshine Coast, Australia)
4/20: Embrace the Challenge (Mentor, Ohio)
4/20: Festivus Games @ CrossFit Pagosa (Pagosa Springs, CO)
4/20: First EVER Adaptive Festivus Games Competition (Waterford, United States)
4/20: Festivus Games (WAUKESHA, WI)
4/20 - 4/21: BGR Contest Spring Edition (Bergerac, France)
4/20 - 4/21: Okanagan Valley Throwdown (Penticton, British Columbia, Canada)

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