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In today’s edition:

  • CrossFit Games Vet and Team USA Bobsledder, Kelsey Kiel, showcases a day of nutrition and training.
  • A Games berth 12 years in the making for Brazilian athlete Anita Pravatti
  • Battle Cancer and CrossFit LLC partner in 2021.
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  Team USA Bobsledder Kelsey Kiel Showcases Full Day of Training and Nutrition 

Team USA Bobsledder Kelsey Kiel Showcases Full Day of Training and Nutrition

With the 2021 NOBULL CrossFit Games approaching, the Morning Chalk Up reached out to multiple top-level CrossFit athletes to create a video series that digs deeper into their approach to fitness and nutrition. Cole Sager, Alison Scudds, and Kelsey Kiel all responded and provided insight into their training and daily eating routine.

Remind me: A three-time CrossFit Games athlete in Team competition, Kiel posted a career-best finish of ninth in 2018 with CrossFit Invictus Back Bay. She has now shifted her focus away from competitive CrossFit in order to represent her country. Kiel is a member of Team USA’s bobsled squad, forcing her to make adjustments to her training and nutrition.

  • “Because my training has definitely shifted from, obviously, CrossFit to now bobsled, the basics are the same,” Kiel explained. “But how I go about my food and my nutrition has had to change a little bit.”
  • “With CrossFit, training hours a day multiple times a day, I was just expending so much more energy. So I was eating more when I was training for CrossFit.” 

Fueling up: While Kiel has shifted her training style and put more of an emphasis on her explosiveness, she hasn’t forgotten the key factors that made her successful in CrossFit. She puts an emphasis on eating to provide fuel for her training sessions.

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  • This week on the Clydesdale Fitness and Friends podcastJulie Foucher discusses her journey into self-reflection. For the first time in her life, she didn’t have something to do right in front of her, and it forced her to stop and take a critical look at herself:
    • Foucher: “So I said I’m gonna step back, I don’t know when I’m gonna open (the practice), I’m just gonna take this one step at a time and see where life takes me, and then when I’m ready I will move forward. That was very uncomfortable for me because I like to have a plan, I like to have everything laid out and know where I’m going and what the next step is…I spent a lot of time reading, just reflecting, meditating, spending time in nature, really reconnecting with some family and friends. Some of the things I realized… I had really neglected some of the relationships in my life that were really important… In the process (of competing) I really isolated myself from friends and family or like, wasn’t there for people when they really needed me, in a way I wanted to be… in a lot of ways I numbed myself to a lot of things and kinda was not able to connect with my heart and who I really was.”
  • The Torian Pro Semifinal event, which will be held in Brisbane, Australia on May 28-30, posted the second individual and team event on Instagram. The second workout is “Amanda ’21“:
    • For time:
      21 Ring Muscle-Ups
      21 Squat Snatches (65/45kg, 143/99 pounds)
      Time Cap: 6 Minutes
  • The Granite Games Semifinal event, which will be held in Eagan, MN on June 4-6, will post one workout each day on Instagram. The first Team workout is “The Devil Walks“:
    • In MM/FF pairs, each pair must complete the following:45 Devil Presses (50/35 pounds)
      15 Yard Handstand Walk Each
      30 Devil Presses (60/45 pounds)
      15 Yard Handstand Walk Each
      15 Devil Presses (70/50 pounds)
      15 Yard Handstand Walk Each
      Time Cap: 15 Minutes
  • Spectator tickets for the West Coast Classic Semifinal event, which will be held in Las Vegas, NV on June 18-20, will be available starting at 1 PM ET today.
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  A CrossFit Games Ticket 12 Years In the Making 

A CrossFit Games Ticket 12 Years In the Making

A quick perusal of the team leaderboards yields Fourmixx Brazil as a heavy favorite to take one of the two team spots at the Games for South America.

The crew from Etto CrossFit could become the first team from Brazil to qualify for the CrossFit Games, but doing so would also fulfill a more than decade-long quest for one team member in particular – two-time fittest woman in Brazil Anita Pravatti.

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Good News is our weekly round-up of positive stories around the affiliate community. Are you opening a new gym, expanding a current location, offering new classes, or is your box running a fundraiser? Send us a tip to be featured.

  • Brickyard CrossFit opened in Rochester, NY. The new gym has 30 members and together, the five owners have a combined 50 years of CrossFit experience.
  • Wounded Warrior Project at CrossFit Big House: On May 21, C4 Athletics home of CrossFit Big House in Cleveland, OH is hosting Jordan Suarez and Aidan Malinowski, two US Veterans traveling the country to bring attention to the Wounded Warrior Project. They are picking one gym in each state to visit.
  • i1uvit Team Members Engaged: CrossFit Games athletes, Mitchel Stevenson and Carrie Beamer got engaged on the beach in Lynden, WA. They both qualified for individual Semifinals, but they declined, since their newly formed team, i1uvit finished third in North America, behind Mayhem and Invictus.
  • Rhapsody CrossFit and the Fishers: In Charleston, SC, Jeffrey Fisher suffered a devastating stroke, after being released from the hospital, he found Rhapsody CrossFit and its founder, Alan Shaw. Now he has made a full recovery through fitness and his wife, Alice joined the gym with him. Learn more about this story of resilience and recovery.
  • Vanderbilt Trauma Patient Establishes Fellowship for Doctors and Nurses: In 2017, someone accidentally drove into a CrossFit gym in Nashville in the middle of a workout. The crash sent Owen Caravan to the ICU at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Four years later, he’s back working out at CrossFit Breakthrough and to show his thanks for the treatment he received, has established a fellowship fund at the Vanderbilt Medical Center trauma unit.
  CrossFit Partners with Battle Cancer to Hold Functional Fitness Fundraising Events for Cancer Charities 

CrossFit Partners with Battle Cancer to Hold Functional Fitness Fundraising Events for Cancer Charities

Battle Cancer is now an official CrossFit partner and its fundraising events are now The Battle Cancer CrossFit Challenges.

Starting in July, every Battle Cancer event will be licensed by CrossFit in hopes of raising money and amplifying the Battle Cancer mission “to inspire, support and unite people with one goal: kicking cancer into the dust.”

The details: Battle Cancer is a non-profit organization that raises money and awareness for cancer charities through functional fitness fundraising events.

  • The Battle Cancer CrossFit Challenge series will kick off with the Battle Cancer Belfast event on July 31, 2021, and will be followed by events in Manchester, Toulouse, Berlin, and London coming later in the summer and into the fall. The non-profit also plans to take the challenge abroad into the US through a tour that brings the challenge into classes at local CrossFit boxes.
  • Using CrossFit’s methodology and workout accessibility, teams of four will take on four nine-minute CrossFit workouts incorporating teamwork, high-intensity cardio, “FUN-ctional fitness”, and bodyweight exercises. Teams are scored on the amount of money they raise for a cancer charity of their choice alongside their placement in the workouts.
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  CrossFit Partners with Battle Cancer to Hold Functional Fitness Fundraising Events for Cancer Charities 

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