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CrossFit Overhauls Specialty Courses

Good morning and welcome to the weekend edition of the Morning Chalk Up. This is Jessica Danger, your Managing Editor, to bring you a quick wrap-up of the major news items throughout the week. Today’s edition is powered by Revtown.

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“Character is what you do in the dark.” D.L. Moody

Excuses are Easy

It’s real easy to make excuses at 5:30 in the morning. 

I’m on vacation.

No one will know.

It’s okay to skip this one time.

I’ll do it later. 

But you won’t do it later, and you would know that you skipped it this one time, even though you are on vacation. Which is why I still got up this morning and went downstairs to the gym in my hotel in Cancun. I made up a little WOD based on the equipment they had there (dumbbells! And I packed my jump rope. Always pack your jump rope!) and I got after it, watching the sunrise over the Yucatan peninsula while everyone else slept.

It was the highlight of my day.

So, as we enjoy the weekend and we prepare for the week, remember that excuses are easy but the work is hard and worth it, even on vacation.

Be well,

Jessica Danger

Managing Editor 

Loehner, Herrera Receive Drug Sanctions. MisFits Finally Gets MACC Invite.
Tommy Marquez

CrossFit Games officials announced two drug sanctions this week for Chantelle Loehner and Lauren Herrera, who were in breach of the drug policy stemming from in-competition tests following the Mid-Atlantic CrossFit Challenge (MACC). Now, Invictus X’s win at MACC is invalidated and their invite rescinded and Team MisFit is the official winner.

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CrossFit Games Season Schedule
Morning Chalk Up Team

Last week, CrossFit announced the final additions to the 2019/2020 season. To help you navigate the expanded season, we’ve built a chronological event calendar with all the information you need, including qualifier dates, location, news and standings.

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CrossFit Inc. Overhauls Specialty Course System
Tommy Marquez

Starting July 1st, CrossFit, Inc. will be handing specialty courses over to Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) as CrossFit Preferred Courses. Specialty courses like CrossFit Gymnastics, CrossFit Weightlifting, and CrossFit Jump Rope will no longer retain the CrossFit-branded moniker, and the execution (i.e. writing course material, staffing, and logistics) will now rest in the hands of the SMEs.

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Plant, Bloom, Test
Jessica Danger

Danial Hooper walked away from fitness because he felt like his family needed the time and attention he was giving to his health. Years later, overweight and unhappy, he realized he had made a mistake. 

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Granite Games and Lowlands Throwdown Wrap Up
Tommy Marquez

The CrossFit Lowland Throwdown concluded three days of competition at Omnisport Apeldoorn in the Netherlands, and the Granite Games wrapped four days of individual competition and three days of team competition at St. Cloud University in St. Cloud, Minnesota. Here’s who walked away with a ticket to the 2019 CrossFit Games.

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NOCCO Launches in the U.S.
Jessica Danger

NOCCO, one of Europe’s leading BCAA beverages, is now available on Amazon and in more than 100 gyms in Southern California with plans to continue expanding. 

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  6. Teamwork makes the dream work, people. 
  7. And whatever you do, don’t challenge James Townsend to a jumping contest.
Oh and let’s not forget…

The Hyponatremia of Exercise, Part 11 (Tim Noakes/CrossFit)

Exercise May Help Teens Sleep Longer, More Efficiently (Penn State/Science News)

The Heart of a Swimmer vs. the Heart of a Runner (Gretchen Reynolds/NY Times)

An Introduction to Metabolism (Richard Feinman/CrossFit)

The Depression Pill Epidemic (Peter C. Gotzsche/CrossFit)

John Ioannidis on the Effectiveness of the Depression Pill (CrossFit)

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