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CrossFit Games OGs Headline Masters Division

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Good morning and welcome to the Morning Chalk Up.

In today’s edition:

  • Veteran Games athletes headline 35-39 and 40-44 Masters divisions.
  • Meredith Root talks gut health.
  • Casey Acree leads the Upper Extremity Adaptive division and posted impressive Rx scores too.
  • Vuori works to become carbon neutral.
  • Plus, Dani Speegle’s Workout of the Week.
  • Hot off the press! Commemorate the 2020 CrossFit Games season with a Morning Chalk Up limited edition print newspaper. On sale now.

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  CrossFit Games OGs Headline the Masters 35-39 and 40-44 Leaderboards  

CrossFit Games OGs Headline the Masters 35-39 and 40-44 Leaderboards

The 2021 CrossFit Open came to a close with 21.3 and 21.4, resulting in some prominent names atop the (unofficial) leaderboard. Jeffrey Adler holds the top spot in the Men’s division after finishing fifth in the 2020 CrossFit Games while four-time champion Tia-Clair Toomey-Orr continues her reign of dominance.

The Masters divisions also feature several prominent names, many of whom have found success as individual Games athletes.

Why this matters: There is a flurry of young athletes making a name in the individual division, but veterans with Games experience are still putting on a show. Names such as Dan Bailey and Kyle Kasperbauer sit in the top five on the 35-39 men’s side while Rebecca Voigt Miller and Joey Kimdon headline the 40-44 women’s division. Together they join a stacked list of competitors that are making noise in 2021.

Women Ages 35-39: Of the five athletes sitting atop the Open leaderboard, four have considerable experience at the CrossFit Games. There is a perennial Affiliate Cup competitor, an athlete that has previously represented the masters division, and two that are considered legends in the sport.

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  • Questions about Quarterfinals? Here are the official cutoffs and equipment list.
  • Justin Cotler, Kari Pearce’s coach, who has created a stellar training camp in Las Vegas that includes Bethany Shadburne and Danielle Brandon among others, announced that he is creating a training facility in the Vegas area with CrossFit Games OGs Tommy Hackenbruck and Zach Forrest. He also that he would be releasing programming called “Underdog Athletics” after the Quarterfinals.
    • Cotler: “We are going to create essentially a fithub, a destination for athletes…I’ll let the cat out of the bag I’m partnering up with Tommy Hackenbruck and Zach Forrest…and we are going to opening up the ‘it’ facility here in Vegas.” 
  • Groupon joined the Community Gyms Coalition earlier this week.
    • Brian Fields, Chief Commercial Officer at Groupon: “Small gyms and fitness studios are important neighborhood fixtures that help create vibrant, healthy communities. Groupon believes in the power of local businesses and we’re proud to stand with the fitness industry in support of the Community Gyms Coalition. We urge Congress to take immediate action to help these businesses.”
  • Reebok is releasing some new Nano X1 colorways including a Court Blue on April 7.
  • The Battle Cancer Program is now an official 501c3 charity organization. And, the official start date for this summer’s Battle Cancer programs at CrossFit Invictus-Boston, CrossFit Wynwood, WIT House and more on June 7. There is still room to sign up for cancer survivors seeking to rebuild their physical and mental health.
  Let’s Talk About Gut Health  


Let’s Talk About Gut Health

“You are what you eat,” is a saying we have all heard probably thousands of times. As the field of research into gut health becomes larger and larger, that saying becomes more and more true. Or more specifically, “you are what your microbes eat.”

When we say “gut health” we are really talking about the size, density, and health of our microbiota and microbiome.

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  Adapting Since Birth: Casey Acree Leads Upper Extremity Division, Posts Impressive Rx Performances  

Adapting Since Birth: Casey Acree Leads Upper Extremity Division, Posts Impressive Rx Performances

Casey Acree learned at a young age that if he didn’t look out for himself and find ways to adapt movements and skills, he would get left behind. This attitude not only helped him in the 2021 CrossFit Open, where he currently sits atop the Men’s Upper Extremity division leaderboard, but also compete in the Rx division each week.

The details: The 28 year-old has a congenital defect that caused his arm to stop developing in the womb. As a result, he was born without a left arm below his elbow.

  • Since he was a child, Acree’s physical disability has never stopped him from pursuing any physical activity he set his mind on. Growing up, he played basketball, football and ran track, and eventually got into bodybuilding-style training and found CrossFit in 2014. Today he owns and coaches at Summit Systems, a gym in Decatur, IL.
  • “It is all I have ever known, so I have had to figure out how to adapt everything since I was young,” Acree said.
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  Vuori Works to Become Carbon Neutral, Plastic Neutral in Pursuit of a Better Planet  

Vuori Works to Become Carbon Neutral, Plastic Neutral in Pursuit of a Better Planet

It is estimated that the fashion industry produces 10% of global carbon dioxide emissions every year, and concerns about pollution from the industry — from chemical waste to microplastics — are on the rise as well.

Many brands have been taking a closer look at their production processes and materials, with the hope of developing systems that will ensure a cleaner and more sustainable planet for future generations. Making big steps since 2019, Vuori is hoping to make an even bigger impact in the year to come.

Vuori’s mission: Performance apparel brand Vuori has dedicated the last couple of years to reducing its carbon footprint and partnering with conservation groups to ensure it’s investing in both a product and a planet that serves athletes for years to come.

“We believe that businesses have the power to make real, meaningful progress in securing a low-climate future,” Vuori says on its website. “We worked with Climate Neutral, an independent non-profit, to measure our 2019 climate footprint, purchase climate credits to offset its entirety, and implement plans to reduce our emissions. We successfully completed all three steps, and now are Climate Neutral certified.”

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  Dani Speegle's Workout of the Week  

Dani Speegle's Workout of the Week

Every Friday, we’re bringing you an exclusive workout challenge programmed by a CrossFit Games athlete or coach that you can take on at home or the gym. You can post your times or scores in the comment section.

Today’s workout of the week is programmed by Dani Speegle.

For Time:
40 Cal Row
40 Deadlifts
(225/155 lbs or 102/70kgs)
100 Double Unders
* Deadlifts decrease by 10 each round (40-30-20-10)

Some advice from Dani: “Make it hurt. ☠️”

To inquire about submitting an upcoming workout of the week, shoot us a note.

  Dani Speegle's Workout of the Week  

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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.

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)

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