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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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10/8: Mayhem & Massacre @ Infinite Fitness & Health (Wharton, NJ)
10/8 - 10/9: Mid-Atlantic CrossFit Challenge Festival (MACC FEST) (West Friendship, MD)
10/8: Fall Brawl at CrossFit Lehigh Valley (Allentown, PA)
10/8 - 10/9: MACC FEST (West Friendship, MD)
10/8: Rua Rumble II (Frankfort, IL)
10/8: Nightmare On Wod Street (Spring Lake, MI)
10/8: The X Games (Brooklawn, NJ)
10/14 - 10/16: 3F Throwdown (Poreč, Croatia)
10/15: Girls Gone Rx Belleville (Belleville, Canada)
10/15: Ragin Games 2022 (Lafayette, LA)
10/15: Wodtoberfest (Owosso, MI)
10/15: PAINKLLR Nashville (Nashville, TN)
10/15: Ragin Games (Lafayette, LA)
10/15: 7th Annual Kilo Crushfest (Hampton, VA)
10/15: Girls Gone Rx Omaha (Gretna, NE)
10/15: Girls Gone Rx Dallas (Dallas, Texas)
10/15: Diamond K Classic (Birmingham, AL)
10/15: Girls Gone Rx Richmond (Richmond, Canada)
10/15: Girls Gone Rx San Diego (Alpine, CA)
10/15: Girls Gone Rx Iowa (Des Miones, IA)
10/15: Girls Gone Rx Southern Illinois (Highland Robinson, IL)
10/15: Girls Gone Rx DC (Alexandria, VA)
10/15: Girls Gone Rx Charlotte (Charlotte, NC)
10/15: Girls Gone Rx Newport News (Newport News, VA)
10/15: Mid Atlantic Masters Classic (Abingdon, MD)
10/15: Bridgetown Throwdown (City of Industry, CA)
10/21 - 10/23: Battledrome Championship (Milan, Italy)
10/22: 8th Annual Crossfit Pittsfield Fall Brawl (Pittsfield, MA)
10/22: Doomsday 2022 (Palm Springs, CA)
10/22: The Humble Games Fall Throwdown (Hanover, MD)
10/22: Festivus Games Pairs – Same-Sex or Mixed-Sex (Savannah, GA)
10/22: Goblin Gauntlet – CrossFit Sandy (Sandy, UT)
10/22: 8th annual fall brawl (Pittsfield, MA)
10/22: Festivals Games – CrossFit 906 Ishpeming, MI (Ishpeming, MI)
10/22 - 10/23: Rep It Out (Sheffield, England)
10/22: Clash at the Creek 2022 (Knoxville, TN)
10/22: 2022 Arsenal Throwdown (Pittsburgh, PA)
10/22: Ironclad (League City, TX)
10/22: Festivus Games (Waukesha, WI)
10/22: Scream and Clean 2 (Danbury, CT)
10/22: SE TEX Masters Fall Classic 2022 (Cypress, TX)
10/22: Black and Brewed (Huntsville, AL)
10/22: Festivus Games – Pairs (Savannah, GA)
10/22: Dreamland Games 3 (same sex pairs) (Portsmouth, OH)
10/22: Festivus Games – Teams @ Crossfit Clan (Parsippany, NJ)
10/29 - 10/30: Mayhem & Massacre @ CrossFit Black Hive West (Jacksonville, FL)
10/29: Heartland Games (Kearney, NE)
10/29 - 10/30: Chi-Town Throwdown (Elmhurst, IL)
10/29 - 10/30: The Vanguard (Lakeland, FL)
10/30 - 11/20: CHLKDUP Box League – Nashville (Nashville, TN)
11/1 - 11/21: MFLH X FFTF Partner Series Online Qualifier (New York, NY)
11/5 - 11/6: Reignited Games (Wilmington, NC)
11/5: Fall’s Fittest Partner Throwdown (Amherst, OH)
11/5: Best of the Wurst (New Braunfels, TX)
11/12: Girls Gone Rx Salt Lake City (West Salt Lake, UT)
11/12: Girls Gone Rx Mesa (Mesa, AZ)
11/12: CrossFit Exodus Throwdown (Bridgeport, TX)
11/19: Babes & Beasts TURF Games 2022 (Port Saint Lucie, FL)
11/19: Cactus Classic 2022 (Phoenix, AZ)
12/2 - 12/4: WheelWod Games (Raleigh, NC)
12/3 - 12/4: Torino Challenge (Moncalieri (TO), Italy)
12/3: Reindeer Rumble (Ocala, FL)

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