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CrossFit Games: When Things Get “Odd”

Morning Chalk Up

October 8


Good morning and welcome to the Morning Chalk Up. We are less than two weeks from the start of stage two of the 2020 Crossfit Games and Patrick Clark dives deep into how the top five in each division have performed in odd object workouts. And, Hillary Froning published a book of essays about her and Rich’s experience with adoption.

  • Also, we have a preview of the final five women who are headed to Aromas, CA for stage two of the CrossFit Games. If you missed the men’s preview, tune in here.

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CrossFit Games Event Analysis: When Things Get “Odd”

  CrossFit Games Event Analysis: When Things Get “Odd”  

We are less than two weeks away from the continuation of the 2020 Reebok CrossFit Games and in true Games fashion we know little about what is in store for the ten athletes who advanced through the online stage. For now we can only speculate based on historical data about what awaits those athletes at the Ranch in Aromas, CA on Oct. 19-25. We are going to break down athlete’s strengths and weaknesses in certain types of events we expect to see at the Ranch.

The big picture: We are grabbing historical data from the 2016 Games up to last year’s Games to form our analysis. The reason for this is that 2016 featured seven of the ten qualifying athletes who made the finals in this year’s Games. On the men’s side Mathew Fraser, Noah Ohlsen and Samuel Kwant competed while four of the five women will be making their return to the Ranch. Tia-Clair Toomey, Katrin Davidsdottir, Brooke Wells and Kari Pearce all finished in the top-six at the Games in 2016.


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Hillary Froning’s Book Offers Help and Comfort to those Looking to Adopt a Child

  Hillary Froning’s Book Offers Help and Comfort to those Looking to Adopt a Child  

On September 29, Hillary Froning, the wife of four-time CrossFit Games champion Rich Froning, announced her book is “on the shelves.”

  • “I am terrified, nervous, anxious, excited, over the moon happy. I pray that sharing my struggles and stories (will) help those in the same place I’ve been, find comfort, laugh and know they aren’t alone even if they feel like it,” Hillary wrote on Instagram. “I pray my book feels like a friend because believe me, you get to know me better than you doing these squares.”
  • She added: “Thank you Rich Froning for always holding my hand along the way in any journey we face.”

The details: Blessed by Adoption: One Mom’s Stories, Scriptures, and Prayers to Comfort You and Remind You That You’re Not Alone tells the story of her family’s adoption journey, which has included adopting three children.

  • The book features 30 short essays that dive into how she and Rich found their birth mom, what it was like going through home studies and hospital visits, as well as their experience telling their friends and family. It also includes Bible verses and prayers, as well as reflections aimed to guide those thinking about going down the adoption journey.

The GOAT rings in: “The most exciting thing about the book is…I think it’s going to help people..i think it’s going to give people that, ‘Hey, other people have gone through this. We’re not alone…,’” Rich Froning said in this video on Instagram.

  • I’m really excited to see just the stories of hope that come through it, or come out of it…,” he added.

Hillary’s book can be purchased on Amazon, or at Barnes and Noble, Target and Walmart. It’s also available in a Kindle e-book version.


See You at the Ranch: The Final Five Women

  See You at the Ranch: The Final Five Women  



Five Home Workout Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Home fitness is here to stay, so we want you to avoid these common mistakes and continue to make progress. In this video, Shane Farmer and the Dark Horse Rowing crew explain how you can make the most out of your at-home workouts and home gym. Some key things include buying versatile equipment, avoiding overuse injuries and focusing on fundamental movements.

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Become An Online Nutrition Coach

Today, Working Against Gravity opened up registration for their Nutrition Coach Certification. This is the last time they will offer the cert at its current price before raising it in January. If you’re ready to make a huge impact on people’s lives, act now.

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Amanda Barnhart’s Off-Season Strength Training

Following stage one of the 2020 CrossFit Games, Amanda Barnhart took some time off, but now she’s back on the grind. In this video, she demonstrates some of her strength training work and how she works rehab/prehab post-competition.

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Guessing Games for Stage Two of the 2020 CrossFit Games

With all the surprises in stage one, no one quite guessed the top 10 correctly, so we’ve decided to extend the competition to stage two, which means more chances to win. Guess the correct order of the top five men and women correctly by Wednesday, October 21 at 11:59 PM PT for a chance to win the the grand prize.





Good Read: Jeffrey Adler on His Plans For Aromas: “I will give 110 per cent”

Earlier this week, the South China Morning Post published a profile of Jeffrey Adler by Patrick Blennerhassett entitled “Jeffrey Adler On Heading to Aromas for Final Five — ‘I will give 100 per cent,'” and it’s a pretty good read. In the profile, Blennerhassett reveals that Adler thinks reigning four-time Fittest Man on Earth, Mat Fraser is headed for a historic fifth title. Here are a few takeaways:

  • Adler on Fraser: “I will for sure give 110 per cent to give him a good competition and I am sure the other three guys will do the same. Hopefully, he doesn’t win all the workouts,” Adler said.
  • Blennerhassett on Adler: “Training out of CrossFit Wonderland in Montreal, where he is also a coach and owner alongside his own coach Caroline Lambray, Adler has shown a proficiency only a few CrossFit veterans have been able to master – the ability to perform at equal levels at both online and in-person competitions.”
  • Adler on Stage Two: “Hopefully, I can perform as well in Aromas. After every competition we find out some weak points and that determines what we have to focus on for the next one. Based on what we learn we adjust the programming.”

There’s a lot more in the article itself, be sure to read the full story.

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