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Good morning and welcome to the Morning Chalk Up. Yesterday CrossFit LLC and the Community Gyms Coalition released a statement lobbying Congress for community gym relief in the face of new COVID restrictions. And Spenser Mestel offers up the eighth installment of his #NotThatFit series.

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“Circumstances don't make the man, they only reveal him to himself.” - Epictetus

  CrossFit LLC, Community Gyms Coalition Fight for Local Gyms  

CrossFit LLC, Community Gyms Coalition Fight for Local Gyms

Over the past week, the states of Washington, Oregon, California, New York, and Michigan have all taken actions that will have a negative financial impact on the fitness industry. The Community Gyms Coalition (CGC), a group that represents more than 15,000 community gyms in the United States is calling on Congress to pass legislation to provide direct support for the fitness industry.

One big thing: As COVID-19 infection rates have spiked around the country, and state governments institute new restrictions that limit or close community gyms, the Community Gyms Coalition, yesterday released a statement calling on Congress to provide financial relief similar to that provided for the restaurant industry.

The details: The Community Gyms Coalition was created by CrossFit, Mindbody, Orangetheory Fitness, Planet Fitness, Self Esteem Brands, Xponential Fitness and Zumba Fitness.

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  Brooke Wells Tale of Two Different 2020 CrossFit Games Experiences  

Brooke Wells Tale of Two Different 2020 CrossFit Games Experiences

For Brooke Wells, the 2020 Reebok Games can be best described in two words “evolving and inconsistent”; each word coincides with the two stages of the Games. In stage one, the online stage, Wells was the only athlete to threaten Tia-Clair Toomey’s dominance finishing second to the then three-time defending Fittest Woman on Earth. Stage two was another story as the consistency she showed in the comfort of her home gym, CrossFit Trivium, was completely thrown into disarray in the unknown and rough elements of the Ranch and the Morgan Hill Sports Complex in Aromas, CA

One big thing: Wells is one of the most well known CrossFit athletes in the world thanks to her social media presence which includes 1.3 million Instagram followers and high profile sponsors such as NOBULL. However, what has been lacking is that coveted podium finish to secure her legacy amongst the pioneers of the sport. The 2020 Games offered her best chance for that but ultimately she would come up short as she finished fifth despite being one of the favorites to finish on the podium.

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  Not That Fit: Finding Balance with USA Gymnast Kara Eaker  


Not That Fit: Finding Balance with USA Gymnast Kara Eaker

After my convo with world record-holder sprinter, Dalilah Muhammad, I’m feeling faster but #NotThatFit overall. There are still two components of fitness to master, and today I’m diving into balance with Team USA gymnast, Kara Eaker.

At the world championships in 2018 and 2019, Eaker qualified for the finals of the balance beam, one of only a handful of American gymnasts in history to appear in back-to-back finals at the global level. This year, the 18-year-old was supposed to compete in Tokyo, but with the coronavirus delaying the Olympics by a year, she was forced to take a break, something she hasn’t done since she started the sport as a toddler.

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  Not That Fit: Finding Balance with USA Gymnast Kara Eaker  

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  Cheyanne Reed-Warriner: Refusing to Let COVID Sink Her  

Cheyanne Reed-Warriner: Refusing to Let COVID Sink Her

When her gym closed due to COVID-19 in March 2020, Cheyanne Reed-Warriner felt the stress like everyone else. A school teacher stuck at home with her wife who has multiple sclerosis and is immunocompromised, the 39-year-old Reed-Warriner had every reason to let COVID sink her. Instead, she decided to fight. For Reed-Warriner, this meant dialing in her diet and committing to working out more consistently.

  • It would have been just so easy to make excuses. And so it just became one of those things where I decided I wasn’t going to let this thing dictate my life. I decided to focus on the things I could control. I realized that this wasn’t just happening to me, or my community, or my state. It was happening all over the world, and is full of so many unknowns that you can’t control, so it felt good to be in control of something,” she said.

Building a home gym: When quarantine hit, Reed-Warriner, a member of CrossFit Dig Deep in Paducah, KY, started by building a pull-up bar and a plyo box “with some scrap wood I found lying around,” she said. She even managed to convince her wife to start working out with her during quarantine.

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The Story Behind Mat Fraser's Impossible Workout

This story has been making the rounds lately and involves five-time Fittest Man on Earth, Mat Fraser doing a 20-minute EMOM alternating between 24 calories on the Assault Bike and 18 GHD sit-ups. It's a monster workout and in this video from Armen Hammer, hear Fraser tell the story.




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Congratulations to Scott C., who was the only one to correctly answer which women have won multiple individual Games events at the Ranch. The correct answer was Tia-Clair Toomey, Annie Thorisdottir, and Sarah Dunsmore. Tia (3), Annie (2), and Sarah (2).

  • Today’s question: Which athlete has competed in the most CrossFit Games (all divisions)?

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Chalk Up Highlights is our section dedicated to celebrating our community’s wins in the gym. Follow @ChalkUpHighlights and submit your highlight to [email protected] or tag us in #chalkuphighlights for a chance to be featured.

  • Belle Headlee split jerks 176 pounds for a PR.
  • Jenna Michelotti PRs her clean and jerk at 185 pounds.
  • Bre Hillen squats 300 pounds for a 20 pound PR.
  • Emma Gardner split jerks 235 pounds for a 20 pound PR.
  • Nathan Damron hits a PR jerk at 467 pounds.

In our community round-up today, we are highlighting two fundraisers and a story about a gym-member who used her ventilation expertise to help her gym:

  • 24-Hour Guild Wheel Charity Challenge: Josh Reilly, a CrossFitter in Walton-le-Dale, Lancashire, England, and his roommate Ben Atkin will complete as many loops as possible in 24 hours of the Guild Wheel on their bikes on November 28. They are raising money for St. Catherine’s Hospice and Mind. Learn more and donate.
  • 5K and Fun Run with the Grinch: CrossFit FXT in Enterprise, AL will host a 5k and fun run event on December 12. Proceeds will go to help local businesses bring fun events to the community and “Shop with a Cop.”
  • New Ventilation System at 460 Fitness: Here’s a story that has been making the rounds. At 460 Fitness in Blacksburg, VA, gym-member Dr. Linsey Marr, a Harvard-educated expert in aerosol transmission at Virginia Tech, helped the owners set up a ventilation system that protected the community when a coach tested positive for COVID and inadvertently exposed 50 members. There were zero transmissions.
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