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Good morning and welcome to the Morning Chalk Up.

In today’s edition:

  • CrossFit Team Quarterfinals are here and we’ve got you covered
  • Travis Mead talks doing 365 Hero WODs
  • Strictly Come Dancing star Gorka Marquez on CrossFit training ideology
  • CrossFit has relaunched a number of popular specialty programs
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  2022 Team Quarterfinals: Cutlines, Eligibility, and Important Dates  

2022 Team Quarterfinals: Cutlines, Eligibility, and Important Dates

The Individual Quarterfinal competition stirred up its fair share of discussions in the online CrossFit community. While the leaderboard remains in disarray, we turn our attention to the Team competition beginning this week.

Note: This article is referencing Team Quarterfinals only. News regarding Individual Quarterfinals is detailed separately. We will release more information regarding Age-Group Quarterfinals as it becomes clear.

Which teams advance to Quarterfinals?

According to the CrossFit Games Rulebookthe top 25% is “based on the number of athletes registered per continent as of the close of 22.1.”

How were Open scores determined for teams? During the Open, designated team managers had until the close of 22.1 to create team rosters with any number of eligible athletes as outlined in the Rulebook. For each workout, the top two men’s and top two women’s performances posted by roster members are added together for one aggregate score. This is why you will see scores from individual athletes such as Saxon Panchik, Brooke Wells, Tia Toomey, Dani Speegle, and Katrin Davidsdottír contributing to an affiliate’s team score, even though you may not see those athletes on the team roster for the CrossFit Games.

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In case you missed it, Lauren Kalil, host of The Bottom Linecaught up with Kelsey Kiel, who trained with the US bobsled team before returning to the team competition for the 2022 NOBULL CrossFit Games season.

  • “I remember walking towards the dumbbells (at CrossFit OBA in Philadelphia) and someone says, ‘Kelsey Kiel, how are you?’ And it’s Joey (Tortora) and he’s like ‘What’s your plan for this season?'”

The WW4M Crossfit Licensed Event will take place this September in Sardinia, an island in the Mediterranean Sea, and will feature a crazy good American elite team that features Rich Froning, Haley Adams, Tyler Christophel and Baylee Rayl.

CrossFit LLC is hiring a director of Marketing for CrossFit Sport. The job is described as:

  • “In this newly created role, the Director of Marketing for CrossFit Sport will bring CrossFit events to global and local markets & key customer segments to drive awareness, consideration and participation. Building on the understanding of our consumers and value proposition of CrossFit Sport, this marketing and product leader will define and drive the overall go-to-market strategy and development of this critical element of CrossFit’s brand and business.”

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  2022 Team Quarterfinals: Cutlines, Eligibility, and Important Dates  

VIDEO: Travis Mead Completes 365 Days of Hero WODS

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  Gorka Marquez: Dancing Star uses CrossFit to Stay Fit  


Gorka Marquez: Dancing Star uses CrossFit to Stay Fit

Gorka Marquez vividly remembers getting into dance as a young child, even to this day.

“I was 11 years old,” said the 31-year-old Spaniard. “My mum and dad used to go to ballroom and Latin dance lessons and I used to come along with them and sit on a bench in the corner and watch them.”

Marquez, who shot to fame in 2016 on the British television dance competition show Strictly Come Dancing (think Dancing With the Stars where celebrities are paired with professional dancers), said his entire life came into focus at a very young age at a precise moment.

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  CrossFit Relaunches Specialty Courses with Aerobic Capacity, Weightlifting and Gymnastics  

CrossFit Relaunches Specialty Courses with Aerobic Capacity, Weightlifting and Gymnastics

CrossFit LLC announced the relaunch of its specialty course program Monday, three years after it was discontinued in favor of a deregulated “preferred course” system.

The first courses to be offered will include Aerobic Capacity, Weightlifting and Gymnastics, three of the mainstays and most popular of the original program.

One big thing: CrossFit trainers and athletes will once again be able to enroll in one and two-day courses administered through the CrossFit Training department and led by world-renowned subject matter experts. It will be easier for those interested to find and enroll in these courses and they will be in-person, hands-on and offered regularly.

Remind me:  In 2019, Glassman and team removed the creation and execution of specialized training courses from CrossFit’s direct control.

  • In place of the specialty courses, subject matter experts could create courses, pay a $5,000 licensing fee and apply for them to become “preferred courses.”
  • The goal was to free CrossFit up from administering these courses, while empowering the subject matter experts to exercise more freedom and control over their materials, registration fees, and schedules.

This overhaul was part of the same general trend that saw Sanctionals replace Regionals, but similarly to the more recent shift to Semifinals under the new management team, the relaunch of specialty courses represents a consolidation of control and oversight by CrossFit LLC.

The details: Registration opened on April 4 and there are already four or more meetings scheduled for each course between the end of the month and early June. They are open to anyone. However, trainers with a CrossFit Level 1 (or higher) credential will earn a trainer certificate following completion of any CrossFit Specialty Course. Additionally, CCFTs are eligible to earn CEUs for attending these courses.

  • CrossFit Aerobic Capacity: The registration fee for this one-day course is US$349 and is run by Chris Hinshaw, founder of Aerobic Capacity and coach to some of the top athletes at the CrossFit Games. The course is appropriate for both coaches and athletes–from beginner to expert–who want to create a more robust and efficient aerobic system.
  • CrossFit Gymnastics: The registration fee for this two-day course is US$645 and is hosted by Nathan Bird, founder of The Gymnastics Course. The course is suitable for both coaches and athletes of any skill level and is designed to help participants understand gymnastics movement, improve coordination, and enhance coaching skills.
  • CrossFit Weightlifting: This two-day course also costs US$645 to register and is run by the Burgener Strength Team. It is designed to instruct coaches and athletes on how to teach and perform the snatch, clean, and jerk safely, efficiently, and effectively.
  • In the coming months, CrossFit plans to expand the specialty course offerings further.

The bottom line: This is an exciting development as the specialty courses were popular and offered a source of revenue to CrossFit that was also valuable to the community.



Get Off Of Your Knees

Sometimes, volume catches up on you and you have to start scaling push-ups. But if you're still using your knees to's time to get up off the floor. Use these scaling methods instead to better preserve the stimulus and carry on building your technique.




Saxon Panchik's Choice for Smarter Energy

CrossFit Open winner Saxon Panchik points to a new fueling strategy as a key to his recent success. He made the switch from sugar to UCAN in 2021 and went from crashing and burning to "riding a high through the entire workout." UCAN's unique time-release profile allows your body to access energy consistently throughout your WOD.



No GHD Back Extensions

Back extensions are one of the best exercises you can do to strengthen your posterior chain. But if you don't have a GHD handy, what can you do? Try this method to MacGyver your way to some solid back strength.



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Celebrating a PR, hosting a fundraiser, this, that, or otherwise. Send us a highlight.

  • 🍼Congratulations to Roman Khrennikov and wife Anastasiya on their new baby boy, born April 3rd.
  • 🎉 Congratulations to CrossFit Rincon in Rincón, Puerto Rico on their 4 year anniversary.
  • Kristin Holte hits a new back squat PR of 308.5 pounds/140kg.
  • Congratulations Samuel Proulx from L’Usine Sherbrooke in Sherbrooke, Quebec on the 260 pound/118kg power clean.
  • Third Fittest Teen Hailey Rolfe hit a snatch of 180 pounds/81.5kg at the Pit Fitness Ranch in Three Rivers, MI.
  • Congratulations Charles Hallworth from Gripen CrossFit in Malmö Sweden on two new PRs: 314 pound/142.5kg clean, and 286.5 pound/130kg overhead squat.

There is still time to grab a team of 3 and register in The Krypton Games, a virtual team competition hosted by CrossFit Kyrpton, with all proceeds benefiting St. Jude.

  • The submission deadline for all three workouts is this Sunday, April 10.
10/6 - 10/8: Marbella Championship (Marbella, Spain)
10/7: Battle of Branded One at Redstone CrossFit (Littleton, CO)
10/7: KJ Classic (Longmont, CO)
10/7: Babes with Barbells (Huntington, WV)
10/7: 2023 KJ Classic (Longmont, CO)
10/7: FitoberFest (Prairie Village, KS)
10/7: Pitness At The Mill (Canton, GA)
10/13 - 10/15: Midwest Championship (Rochester, MN)
10/13 - 10/15: Midwest Championship (Rochester, MN)
10/13 - 10/15: Crash Crucible (Spartanburg, SC)
10/14: 8th Annual Kilo CrushFest Competition (Hampton, VA)
10/14: Oscar Mike Challenge (Lakeville, MN)
10/14: Triple Threat Terror 2023 (Forney, TX)
10/14: Oscar Mike Challenge (Lakeville, MN)
10/14: T-Town Throwdown (Toledo, OH)
10/14: Babes and Barbells (Asbury Park, NJ)
10/14: Scream & Clean III (Danbury, CT)
10/14: Girls Gone Rx Canada: Belleville (Bellevile, Canada)
10/14: Best Babes West Fargo (West Fargo, ND)
10/14: Best Babes Columbus GA (Columbus, GA)
10/14: Best Babes Illinois (Byron, IL)
10/14: Best Babes Massachusetts (Beverly, MA)
10/14: Girls Gone Rx Sedalia (Sedalia, MO)
10/14: Girls Gone Rx DC (Alexandria, VA)
10/14: Girls Gone Rx Mesa (Mesa, AZ)
10/14 - 10/15: The Vanguard (Lakeland, FL)
10/14: Strength and Speed (Feasterville, PA)
10/14 - 10/15: 059 Classic (Modena, Italy)
10/15: Kares CrossFit October Showdown (Georgetown, Guyana)
10/20 - 10/21: AAYMCA CrossFit Throwdown (Anderson, SC)
10/20 - 10/21: AAYMCA CrossFit Throwdown (Anderson, SC)
10/21: 401 Fall Throwdown (Smithfield, RI)
10/21: Barbells For Bullies: Portland (Hillsboro, OR)
10/21: Festivus Games – Pairs (Savannah, GA)
10/27 - 10/29: Oslo Throwdown (Oslo, Norway)
10/27 - 10/28: Star City Fittest (Roanoke, VA)
10/28 - 10/29: The Ghostly Games (Fayetteville, GA)
10/28: Wodtoberfest (Owosso, MI)
10/29 - 11/19: CHLKDUP BOX LEAGUE – NASH (Nashville, TN)
10/29 - 11/19: CHLKDUP BOX LEAGUE – BHAM (Birmingham, AL)
11/3 - 11/4: Florida Grid League Championship (Orlando, FL)
11/4 - 11/5: Hold Fast Competition Individual (Gerenzano, Italy)
11/4 - 11/5: Oz Fest (Junction City, KS)
11/4: Barbell Babes Lorton (Lorton, VA)
11/4: Witch City Throwdown (Salem, MA)
11/4: Sunshine SmackDown (Bedford Hills, NY)
11/4 - 11/5: Costa Barcelona Fitness Challenge (Vilanova i la Geltrú, Barcelona, Spain)
11/10 - 11/11: Desert City Classic (Tempe, AZ)
11/11: War of the Masters (Elkton, MD)
11/11 - 11/12: 24 Heroes Challenge (Fayetteville, NC)
11/11: Clearwater Beach Brawl (Clearwater, FL)
11/11: The Meadowlands Classic (Carlstadt, NJ)
11/11: Barbell Massacre 8 (Dahlonega, GA)
11/11: Freakin’ Gauntlet (Pembroke Pines, FL)
11/11: War of the Masters (Elkton, MD)
11/18: Best Babes Dallas (Dallas, TX)
11/18: Best Babes Philly (Philadelphia, PA)
11/18: Best Babes Iowa (Mason City, IA)
11/18: Girls Gone Rx Salt Lake City (West Haven, UT)
11/18: Teams Of The Midway: 2 Person Teams (Cary, IL)
11/18: Friendsgiving (Ambler, PA)
11/18: Turkey Bash (Chatham, IL)
12/2: Babes & Beasts WINTER GAMES 2023 (Port St. Lucie, FL)
12/2 - 12/3: Reindeer Rumble (Ocala, FL)
12/2: Battle at Bion (Tucson, AZ)

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