CrossFit HQ Announces the CrossFit Scholarship Program
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Good morning and welcome to the Morning Chalk Up. CrossFit HQ announced an important initiative, the CrossFit Scholarship Program that will provide opportunities for underprivileged and underserved youths the chance to earn a CrossFit Level One Certification and provide an achievable pathway to affiliate ownership. And, Margaux Alvarez took to the stage on the Titan Games once again. Today:
CrossFit HQ announces a new scholarship program.
Spoiler Alert: Patrick Clack provides a Titan Games Recap below.
The Instagram page “Black at CrossFit” is providing BIPOC athletes, coaches, affiliate owners and others an opportunity to present their experiences to the community, and its growing fast.
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CrossFit HQ Announces Launch of CrossFit Scholarship Program
On Monday, CrossFit HQ announced the launch of its “CrossFit Scholarship Program” on the CrossFit website and on Instagram. The program is the latest and potentially the most impactful initiative under current CEO Dave Castro.
The announcement stated, “that the mission of the CrossFit Scholarship is to spark meaningful health-care changes in underrepresented and underserved communities by providing foundational health and fitness education through free access to the CrossFit Level 1 Certificate Course.”
One big thing: During HQ’s tumultuous few weeks, Castro has continued to address issues that have caused some division within the community by putting words into actions. First hinted upon during his Instagram Live Q&A with Rich Froning and Rory McKernan and then again on Sunday’s interview with Talking Elite Fitness, the program is meant to improve diversity and reaffirm the inclusivity of the community by providing access to CrossFit’s methodology through the scholarship.
Castro also started sending out a weekly newsletter to affiliates to improve communication with HQ as well.
Besides providing a free Level 1 Course for teens and young adults in underrepresented or underserved communities, the program will expand in the future to include mentorship opportunities from HQ and the CrossFit community as well as pathways to becoming affiliate owners.
Alvarez Continues Her Run On The Titan Games, “Rhino” Robbie Debuts
Episode six of NBC’s The Titan Games once again showcased a pair of CrossFitters but with different results. Seven-time Games athlete Margaux Alvarez would get a chance to defend her West Region Titan title and CrossFit Regional athlete “Rhino” Robbie Rodriguez made his television debut with the hopes of joining Alvarez as a Titan.
Event 1, “Nuts and Bolts:” Rodriguez faced off against Cirque Du Soleil performer Wayne Skivington in the first event. The men’s wall featured 2,000 lbs of weight in a game of strength, speed and strategy.
Skivington held a slight lead as Rodriguez struggled initially shedding the weighted plates. Rodriguez pulled even and elected to leave a row of plates on his wall and went for the rope to attempt to pull his wall down. Skivington reacted and did the same and both went pull-for-pull. Skivington locked in his wall first and just beat Rodriguez in pulling the lever and securing the event win. Skivington – 1, Rodriguez – 0.
Black at CrossFit: A Collection of Voices From The Black Community
Talk to anyone within the community, and it’s clear that CrossFit as a health and fitness methodology and sport has tremendous potential to do great things. Things well beyond the scope of what has been accomplished already in its first 20 years. However, it would be neglectful at best to ignore some of the areas where the community has fallen short of being inclusive and supportive of all members from all walks of life. Identifying and acknowledging those shortcomings is the first step in creating a better path forward.
Black at CrossFit is an Instagram account that was created in the wake of the massive public outcry over social justice issues affecting the Black community — including comments from CrossFit founder Greg Glassman — and it works to anonymously highlight the voices and experiences of black members of the CrossFit community.
The account’s stated purpose: “to amplify Black athletes, affiliate owners, judges and coaches voices without exposing anyone to racial microaggressions. I don’t want to put anyone in the position where they have to defend that racism exists or where we center whiteness at the cost of toning out real lived experiences of Black people. It is also not the purpose of this account to “cancel” anyone. By canceling people and organizations, they are not held accountable”
The posted testimonials run the gamut and include abhorrent instances of racism and prejudice, positive praise of inclusive communities, as well as personal anecdotes of isolation and seclusion due to the uncomfortable racial homogeneity within the walls of their affiliate. Included in the page are testimonials from non-BIPOC members of the community sharing observed issues and instances as well from their point of view.
Adam Klink Run a 5:12 Mile and Hit a 500 Pound Back Squat in the Same Day
It’s a huge fitness benchmark — a five-minute mile and 500 pound back squat. Check out this video of Adam Klink, regionals veteran and 2019 CrossFit Games team athlete, as he tests his progress halfway through training for a sub-5:00 mile and 500 pound back squat in the same day.
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Morning Chalk Up Founder Justin LoFranco on the Big CrossFit Changes of the Past Weeks
Editor-in-Chief Justin LoFranco joins the hosts of the Agoge TV podcast to talk about what it was like to return from a week in the mountains with no cell phone reception into a CrossFit world turned upside down.
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Congratulations to James R., who was the first to correctly answer who won the most Games Championships in the Teenager division. The correct answer was Dallin Pepper. He won three Championships (CFG17, CFG18, CFG19). This was the third time that James was the first person to correctly answer the trivia question.
Today’s question: Which 2009 Games Podium Individual qualified via the online qualifier?
Here are just a few of the things we have our eyes on right now:
O2 Gives 100% of Profits on June 19 to Know Your Rights Camp: In an initiative led in conjunction with CrossFit Games athlete and gym owner Elijah Muhammad, O2 Recovery donated $7,000, all the profits from its online sales on Juneteenth, to the Know Your Rights
Camp, an organization devoted to empowering and educating Black youth.
The Hey Preslie Podcast: On this episode of her podcast, host and CrossFitter, Preslie Hirsch interviews her coach and the owner of CrossFit Magna, Brian Kunitzer. As a Games athlete, husband, father and business owner, Brian speaks to how to prioritize your health while you
have a lot on your plate and the importance of making choices that are aligned with your values.
The Development Project: Check out this week’s episode of the Development Project’s podcast where they discussed a fantasy CrossFit Games and how elite CrossFitters would do at there Fittest in the Fall competition.