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Good morning and welcome to the Morning Chalk Up.

In today’s edition:

  • Affiliate owner Lindsey Grasis launches fundraiser for sexual assault awareness and shares her story to help others.
  • WWE star Seth Rollins completed the CrossFit Quarterfinals and Westlemania in the same weekend.
  • One of the original CrossFit Kids, Nichole DeHart models how to be a professional CrossFit coach long-term.
  • 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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  Affiliate Owner Lindsey Grasis Launches Fundraiser for Sexual Assault Awareness and Shares Her Story to Help Others  

Affiliate Owner Lindsey Grasis Launches Fundraiser for Sexual Assault Awareness and Shares Her Story to Help Others

Lindsey Grasis, affiliate owner of CrossFit 1977, opened up on Instagram last week about her sexual assault story and is looking to raise money to help support survivors and their families.

Her story: Nine years ago, while studying abroad in Puerto Rico, her junior year of college, Grasis was sexually assaulted by a security guard who worked at the hotel where she was staying.

  • “I did press charges, and I did fight it in court,” she said in a video on Instagram. “It took nearly two years, flying back and forth to Puerto Rico, to get this man behind bars.”
  • Although Grasis ended up winning the case, she understands how difficult it is for survivors to speak up.
  • “You’re treated like you are the criminal,” she said.

One big thing: Grasis began speaking about her sexual assault openly on social media one year later after her college asked her to speak at a sexual assault awareness event they were holding.

  • When she finished speaking, five to seven other students walked up to the stage to share their stories too. That is when Grasis knew that she needed to share her story with more people.
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"It's Just a Fluke"

That’s exactly what Dena Garner, Ph.D. first thought when her research started to show the enormous impact a mouthpiece could have on breathing during workouts. Like all good scientists though, she then spent years trying to disprove her findings. But she couldn’t.

In fact, she found even more evidence that using an AIRWAAV Performance Mouthpiece during workouts increases endurance, recovery, and even strength.

Read this article from Runners World to see how sleep studies, CT scans, and 16 years of hands-on research at the Citadel have gone into creating the world’s most reliable solution to breathing better.


  • Fraser Teases a Return: On the Josh Mat Sevan podcast last week, Mat Fraser talked about retirement and whether it would be possible for an elite athlete to return to competition after a year off.
    • Mat Fraser: “Let’s say you take a year off, now you have 24 months before the next games. So let’s say you have 18 months before your next competition like the Open or something. You have 18 months to do nothing but base building. What type of superhuman would you come back as? That’d be amazing.”
  • Age Group Online Qualifier invitations will be emailed out on April 26.
  • The Mid-Atlantic CrossFit Challenge, which will take place in Knoxville, TN on May 24-30, is searching for a few members to add to their medical team. For more information or to volunteer, contact them.
  • The Madrid CrossFit Championship, one of the 2020 Sanctionals that had to cancel due to COVID-19 will hold an official CrossFit Licensed Event in October 2021.
  • The Nano X1 Vegan is now available to Reebok Unlocked members. The new design is 100% free of any animal products or materials.
  Seth Rollins Takes on Quarterfinals and Wrestlemania in the Same Weekend, Discusses Future of the CrossFit  


Seth Rollins Takes on Quarterfinals and Wrestlemania in the Same Weekend, Discusses Future of the CrossFit

For World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) superstar Seth Rollins, the 2021 NOBULL CrossFit Games Quarterfinals was an experience he will not soon forget. It was one that saw him join thousands of athletes across the globe who earned an invite to the second stage of the Games qualification process by finishing within the top 10% threshold in the Open. We talked with him about that experience as well as asked for his thoughts on other topics in the CrossFit space.

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  Nichole DeHart: From CrossFit Kid to Veteran Professional Coach  

Nichole DeHart: From CrossFit Kid to Veteran Professional Coach

It was 2004: Nichole DeHart was a high school student who was passionate about Krav Maga. Like most people at the time, she had never heard of CrossFit.

  • Then one day, Jeff and Mikki Martin, who at the time owned CrossFit Brand X in Ramona, CA and were in the process of developing CrossFit Kids, saw DeHart and “kind of tricked me into doing CrossFit,” said DeHart, now 35, of how she became one of the original CrossFit Kids.
  • Had someone told her back then that 17 years later she would have a very successful career at the world-renowned CrossFit Invictus in San Diego, CA, DeHart said she never would have believed it. After all, nobody even knew what CrossFit was.

What happened next: In the years that followed, DeHart started helping CrossFit Founder Greg Glassman and his wife at the time, Lauren Glassman, at various CrossFit Kids seminars, and in 2007, at the age of 21, she showed up in the Aromas, CA and threw her name in the hat — there was no qualification process back then — to compete at the first ever CrossFit Games. She placed third.

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The Squat Stance That Works for You

No two squats look the same because every athlete has a different body, that moves in it's own way. So how do you work out what stance is right for your body?




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Your Knee Valgus

Simply put, this is when you're squatting, jumping, or lunging, and your knee caves a little. We're often told that this is bad, but how much is wobble is too much wobble? And how can we fix it?



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Romanian Deadlifts

Build up your hamstring strength and improve the midrange of your deadlifts by using this variation in your programming. Watch the video to see how, why, and when they should be in your program.


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5/21: Luminate The Day (Grand Rapids, MI)
5/21: Hollister Showdown (Hollister, CA)
5/21: Barbells & Beers (Berkeley Heights, NJ)
5/21 - 5/22: The Halo Games (Seattle, WA)
5/21: North East Hungergames (East Windsor, CT)
5/21: Mayhem in the Mountains (Colorado Springs, CO)
5/21: SlaughterFest 2022 (Salem, OR)
5/21: Masters Of The Midway: Individual (Cary, IL)
5/21: Girls Gone Rx Delaware (Middletown, Delaware)
5/21: Code 3 Clash (Eagle, ID)
5/21: Spring Splash 2022 (Fuquay Varina, NC)
5/21: Luminate the Day (Grand Rapids, MI)
5/21: Big Impact Games – CrossFit Fox Valley – Regional Qualifier (Kaukauna, WI)
5/21: Girls Gone Rx South Dakota (Rapid City, SD)
5/21: Girls Gone Rx Arkansas (Little Rock, AR)
5/21: Girls Gone Rx Eau Claire (Eau Clare, WI)
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5/21: Girls Gone Rx Louisiana (West Elmwood, LA)
5/21: Girls Gone Rx Atlanta (Roswell, GA)
5/21: PAINKLLR Venice Beach (Venice Beach, CA)
5/21: Reload Athletics Spring Throwdown (Watertown, CT)
5/26 - 5/27: Gold Star Murph 2022 (Southern Pines, NC)
6/3 - 6/5: Northern California Classic (Sacramento, CA)
6/3 - 6/5: Atlantic Coast Classic (Daytona Beach, FL)
6/4 - 6/5: Whiplash: The Welsh Open 2022 (Same Sex Pairs) (Merthyr Tydfil, United Kingdom)
6/4: Love’Em or Leave’Em 10 (Saugus, MA)
6/4 - 6/5: Tandemonium (Palmer, AK)
6/4: Goose Games (Chicago, IL)
6/4: Average Joe’s Competition (Sheridan, WY)
6/11: Costa Rica Riptide Rowathon (Mokena, IL)
6/11: Hi Temp Games (Albany, GA)
6/11: Kanna Fest (Ambler, PA)
6/11: Battle on Bridge Street III (Phoenixville, PA)
6/11: Mind Games (Okemos, MI)
6/18: Back Lot Bout – RX, Intermediate, Scaled (Saint Charles, MI)
6/18: Oz Fest 2022 (Junction City, KS)
6/18: Beat The Heat 2022 (Hays, KS)
6/18: Atlanta Masters Classic (Snellville, GA)
6/18: Wodmania (Urbana, OH)
6/18 - 6/19: Best of the West (Rock Springs, WY)
6/18: Girls Gone Rx Maryland (Dunkirk, MD)
6/18: Girls Gone Rx NorCal (Petaluma, CA)
6/18: Girls Gone Rx Kentucky (Winchester, KY)
6/18: The Heat 5.0- Co-ed Partner Competition (Marysville, OH)
6/18 - 6/19: The Garrison City Gauntlet (Dover, NH)
6/18: Girls Gone Rx West Fargo (West Fargo, ND)
6/18 - 6/19: The CS&F Summer Classic (Cumming, GA)
6/18: Girls Gone Rx Maryland (Dunkirk, MD)
6/18: Girls Gone Rx NorCal (Petaluma, NC)
6/18: Girls Gone Rx Kentucky (Winchester, KY)
6/18: Girls Gone Rx Tennessee (Mc Minnville, TN)
6/18 - 6/19: Emerald Coast Throwdown (Pensacola, FL)
6/18: Girls Gone Rx West Fargo (West Fargo, ND)
6/24 - 6/27: I Got Your Six (Charleston, SC)
6/25 - 6/26: BILT Summer Classic (Welland, CA)
6/25: Independence Games VIII at The Pit Fitness Ranch (Three Rivers, MI)
6/25: Northwest Arkansas Basement Brawl (Fayetteville, AR)
6/25: Summer Bash 2022 (Zanesville, OH)
6/25: Ocean State Summer Threesome (Smithfield, RI)
6/25: Mayhem & Massacre @ CrossFit Muster Station (Sanford, FL)
7/9: Rex Rumble at CrossFit zoo (Ocala, FL)
7/9 - 7/10: Rex Rumble 11 Double Down (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)
7/17: Warrior Affiliate League Summer Classic (Whittier, CA)

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