Good morning and welcome to the Morning Chalk Up. Stage two of the 2020 CrossFit Games begins tomorrow morning. There are many records up for grabs this year, including Mat Fraser’s bid to win a fifth straight and Tia-Clair Toomey’s bid for a fourth. Learn about those and more below.
Thank you again for all the quote suggestions, story tips and PRs. Keep them coming at [email protected].
“Talent without grit is just potential. Talent plus grit is unstoppable.”- Ben Bergeron
CrossFit Games Stage Two Updates
The final stage of the 2020 CrossFit Games kicks off tomorrow at 8:00 AM PT. Games news has continued dropping at a
steady pace, here’s everything you need to know right now:
The schedule of events is still taking shape. We know a lot (but not everything) about Events 1-7, information
about later events is being revealed as we speak. The Morning Chalk Up has an up-to-date
listof known events and time blocks for the weekend.
Event 11: Sprint, Sled, Sprint.This event consists of a
100-yard sprint, a 100-yard sled push, and a 100-yard sprint. It’s worth noting that the sled and the
surface (artificial turf) athletes will push it on are similar to the 2019 Games event “Sprint
Couplet” that included a 172-foot sled push, 18/15 bar muscle-ups and another 172-foot sled push. Following
last year’s event, Mat Fraser and others voiced a concern that there were disparities in the competition
lanes. It looks like Castro wants to retest this implement. For more, see Castro’s video of
his first interview with Sean Woodland and Tommy Marquez on the Talking Elite Fitness podcast.
Final Event, Atalanta: Late Tuesday night, Dave Castro revealed the name of the
final event saying it “will be the most difficult final of any Games, if not the most difficult event, to
date.” In Greek mythology, Atalanta was a virgin hunter and follower of Artemis, goddess of the hunt.
All the CrossFit Games stage two events are streaming live for free and there are multiple Internet platforms
hosting the stream. Plus, CBS Sports will air a live, two-hour block of Games coverage on Saturday from 12:00-2:00
PT. CBS Sports will also televise two 30-minutes shows leading up to the Games as well as a two-hour documentary
later this fall.
Haley Adams has checked in and made it to her athlete trailer for the first time.
Tia-Clair Toomey announces that she’s in the bubble and working on recovery
until the Games start.
Katrin Davidsdottir has been training at the Games venue.
Kari Pearce and Haley Adams hit some training sessions
together earlier this week with their bubble “plus ones,” coach Justin Cotler and Mayhem Freedom team
member, Tasia Percevecz.
Mat Fraser says he’s spending all his time in the bubble rolling through GOWOD protocols in
his hotel room.
Demo team member Chandler Smith posted a video of a 330 pound power
clean PR at the Ranch and noted that he was “Seriously
super grateful for the chance to learn firsthand how [Dave Castro] and
company build the test for the fittest athletes in the world and am excited for whatever else he’s got lined
up for [Saxon Panchik],
and [Danielle Brandon],
and I this week.”
LIFEAID has brought together the official partners for this year’s CrossFit Games and
are giving you a chance to win the “Official Partner Prize Package” that includes gift cards, cash and
gear from LIFEAID, Pure Spectrum, Reebok, ROMWOD, ROGUE, and Bear Komplex. Enter now, the
winner will be announced on October 25.
The Buttery Bros announced that in addition to producing the 2020 CrossFit Games
documentary, they would be posting behind-the-scenes clips all weekend.
Dave Castro warns everyone about the threat of mountain lions at the Ranch and notes that he has personally been clearing brush for
Event 5: The Trail Run.
Buy O2 For 50% Off, Give Back To Your Gym, Get Free Gear - Games Week Only
This week only, you can save up to 50% on O2 & get free gifts with every purchase. Plus, 50% of OUR profits will be donated back to YOUR gym.
Approximately 100,000 small businesses have closed their doors permanently because of Covid-19, and we must take action to support our local box. Our efforts alone may not be enough, but as a community, we’re stronger together!
The Five Biggest Records Up For Grabs This Weekend
When the final five men and women take the competition floor Friday morning, they will already be making history as part of a once-in-a-lifetime cohort that has managed to make it through the fire and flames of the 2020 season.
You can bet your bottom dollar though that just making it to Aromas won’t be enough, and now that we’re on the eve of stage two of the CrossFit Games, there’s a handful of historic records worth noting that are at stake along with the title of “Fittest On Earth.”
Below are the five biggest records up for grabs this weekend as the final five close out the 2020 CrossFit Games season.
"Plus Ones:" Who the Final Five Brought to the Ranch
When the ten finalists hit the competition floor tomorrow morning for the start of the 2020 Reebok CrossFit Games, they will face an entirely different competition environment than what they are used to. The pomp and circumstance, the large field of athletes, multiple divisions, the crowds, the controlled, familiar venues, will all be noticeably absent. What each athlete will have is one familiar face that they picked to join them as they conclude their 2020 season with hopes of being crowned the “Fittest on Earth.”
The big picture: As Tommy Marquez stated in his Games safety piece, each athlete is allowed one primary support person to join them in the bubble and throughout the Games week. That person must follow all of the same protocols as their athlete. Here is the list of each athlete’s “plus one” for this weekend’s Games.
Final-Five Athlete Kari Pearce on Balancing Games Prep and Training Athletes Around the World
When it comes to preparing for the CrossFit Games, most athletes have a regimented training schedule, multiple daily sessions and a plan that revolves around dedicating most of their time to the main event. But for six-time Games competitor Kari Pearce, her prep must also be balanced with being a business owner, and training men and women from all walks of life, all over the world.
Take it back to Phase One: at the start of the 2020 CrossFit Games, Pearce found herself battling for a top spot through the online portion of Phase One. Six events over the course of three days of competition stood between her and an invitation to the Ranch. Although she had been doing as much back-of-the-napkin math as possible, the blind leaderboard kept her guessing right up until the live announcement of the final five.
The Buttery Bros Announce Their Next CrossFit Documentary and More
Both the CrossFit Games and the Buttery Bros announced this week that later this fall, the next in the series of "Fittest" documentaries would be released, this one chronicling the 2020 COVID season. And, throughout the weekend of the CrossFit Games finals, they will be posting behind-the-scenes clips on YouTube.
Time is running out to enter the Fall 50/50 Pledge's epic giveaway. Take 30 seconds and enter your email for a chance to win a $10,000 gift card to Rogue, free Chipotle for a year for you AND your gym owner, and 6 VIP tickets to Wodapalooza.
Noah Ohlsen's Games Prep Camp with Training Think Tank
The 2020 CrossFit Games kick off tomorrow and Noah Ohlsen looks primed for a great showing. In this video, take a look at the Games simulation the Training Think Tank created for Ohlsen's pre-Games training camp, complete with Games-style events and a "final five" competition field.
Brent Fikowski's "Train Your Weakness" Program Bundle
Do you struggle with double unders, handstand push-ups, and ring muscle-ups? Then you need to snag the exclusive Morning Chalk Up "Train Your Weakness" bundle. With this exclusive bundle, you'll save 20% and get access to Brent's double under, handstand push up and ring muscle up programs. No code needed just click the link, purchase the bundle and you'll be on your way to mastering your weaknesses.
The WIT x Reebok Nano X is launching today and if you want first access to this exclusive, limited-run shoe, be sure to sign up now. Like the entire Nano line, this shoe is designed for functional fitness with a minimal drop, lightweight foam cushioning, and Flexweave woven textiles. It's light, durable and stylish.
Michelle Ford low-hang snatches 60 pounds for 2 for a PR.
Ray Fleser back squats 435 pounds for a 5 pound PR.
Alexander Fallek push presses 315 pounds for a PR.
While much of the community is focusing on the CrossFit Games this week, there are still lots of fundraisers and other good works taking place. Here are a few we are watching now:
Food for Fitness: Ace Fitness in Williamsburg, VA is a relatively new gym but has already made a big impact in the local community. On October 24, it will host a fun, friendly competition called “Food for Fitness” to raise money and collect canned goods for the local food pantry. The entry fee for teams is $100, but you can receive a $10 discount with the donation of 10 canned goods.
BoxtoberFest: Last weekend, CrossFit FXT in Enterprise, AL hosted Boxtoberfest, a competition/fundraiser for breast cancer awareness. The event, in its third year, attracted a big crowd nearing 100 athletes and spectators.
Pullups with a Purpose: The Wyakin Foundation in Boise, ID will be hosting its inaugural “Pullups with a Purpose” fundraising campaign in honor of veterans on November 7. The independent Idaho-based nonprofit, which connects wounded and injured veterans to their civilian futures through education, development, and guidance, offers two ways to support this challenge. One way is to sign up to do pullups at Boise CrossFit and get per-pullup pledges from friends and family. The other way to participate is by giving towards a participant’s pullup challenge. Learn more and sign-up.
This email may contain affiliate links. We make a small commision off of purchases made via our affiliate links to help support this newsletter. If you no longer wish to receive the Morning Chalk Up newsletter, unsubscribe here.