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CrossFit Unveils New Daily Programming for Affiliates

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In today’s edition:

  • CrossFit announces new “CrossFit Affiliate Programming” track.
  • Who to watch in the Last Chance Qualifier, now that the workouts have been revealed.
  • How have the 2019 “top ten” athletes fared in the new Semifinals system?
  • Former CrossFit HQ employee, Tim Chan, on being gay and CrossFit’s ability to unite.
  • The Morning Chalk Up is hiring a Social Media Manager and Homepage Editor, and Customer Service Representative.

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  CrossFit Unveils Massive New Daily Program With the Goal of Benefitting Affiliate Owners  

CrossFit Unveils Massive New Daily Program With the Goal of Benefitting Affiliate Owners

CrossFit Home Office announced on Tuesday, June 29, a new program designed to benefit affiliates in good standing. The CrossFit Affiliate Programming (CAP) will provide “daily programming, class planning, and coaching development tools” distributed through written materials, graphics, and videos. The service will roll out worldwide on July 6 in English, expanding to other languages in Q4.

One big thing: This is CrossFit’s first foray into providing direct coaching support and programming for the more than 12,000 affiliate gyms worldwide.

  • In the 21 years since it was founded, companies like NCFIT, CompTrain, and Mayhem Athlete have filled this gap, offering full-service mobile-app daily programming solutions to CrossFit affiliates and disaffiliated functional fitness gyms.
  • Others are emerging like PRVN to service affiliates, led by Shane Orr, husband and coach of four-time CrossFit Games athlete Tia-Clair Toomey.

The details: The CAP is a creation of three former individual and team athletes — Austin Malleolo, James Hobart, and Spencer Hendel — who have a combined 24 appearances at the CrossFit Games. This trio has trained more than 20,000 coaches while working as part of the CrossFit Seminar Staff. Now they will provide this service on a much larger scale.

  • Affiliates in good standing can sign up for the CAP free of charge through December 31, 2021. There will be a price for the service starting January 1, 2022. CrossFit Home Office has not yet finalized the total cost, but will announce it during the trial period.
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  • Get Games veteran, Khan Porter’s entire programming collection now through July 1 for only $50. The collection includes “8 Weeks to Peak,” 30-Day Bike Beast Volume 1 and 2,” “Complete Dumbbell Athlete” and more.
  • Podium Fitness, the supplement company founded by Mat Fraser and the Buttery Bros, is giving away two tickets to the 2021 NOBULL CrossFit Games.
  • Born Primitive will launch its 2021 Swim Collection on July 9 at 9 AM ET. You can sign up for VIP access and shop the collection 48 hours before the general public.
  • On Monday, Mat Fraser posted a picture of the gift Nike gave him to commemorate his fifth consecutive CrossFit Games win. The gift included a coffee gear set created using “Kintsugi,” the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with gold (silver or platinum) dusted lacquer. Once repaired, the pottery is more valuable than it previously was. Fraser noted in his Instagram post that the concept of “Broken to Best” has been a theme throughout his career.
  • Camille Leblanc-Bazinet, the 2014 Fittest Woman on Earth, is taking on bodybuilding and physique competitions. She will do her first show on October 2, 2021, exactly one year and one day after her daughter, Zoe, was able to come home. You can follow CLB’s journey on YouTube.
  Breaking Down the Last Chance Qualifier Events  

Breaking Down the Last Chance Qualifier Events

The CrossFit Games released the events for the 2021 NOBULL CrossFit Games Last Chance Qualifier on Monday afternoon. The four-event, online competition will take place July 2-4 and will be the final chance for a select few athletes to punch their Games tickets to Madison, WI. A total of 67 athletes (33 men/34 women) will be vying for the final two spots in each division to round out the field at the Games.

The workouts that Director of Sport Dave Castro has created for this final test for potential Games athletes is simple and uncomplicated. Three of them feature pulling with the 3-rep max deadlift the highlight. There’s nothing tricky about these workouts and whoever earns the final spots to the Games through the LCQ would be deserving after surviving the Open, Quarterfinals and Semifinals.

Event 1

A couplet that features three rounds of descending calories on a rower and alternating dumbbell hang snatches. The weight (50/35 pounds) on the dumbbell for both the men and women is light for this field, I wouldn’t be surprised if you see a few athletes go unbroken on those snatches where transitions from hand-to-hand will be key. But I feel this workout will come down to power output on the rower.

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  A Look Back: How Did the 2019 Games  


A Look Back: How Did the 2019 Games "Top Ten" Fare Two Years Later

Much has been written and discussed about the differences (both positive and negative) from the 2019 CrossFit Games.

Sitting here in 2021, having a season which is very similar to the mostly popular structure from several years prior to the changes in 2019, it seems appropriate to look back and ask a very specific question: where are the ten male and ten female athletes who made the ‘top ten’ in 2019 at now, and specifically, how did they do at the 2021 Semifinals?

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  Former CrossFit Employee Talks Being Gay and CrossFit’s Innate Ability to Unite  

Former CrossFit Employee Talks Being Gay and CrossFit’s Innate Ability to Unite

When Tim Chan first walked into CrossFit SoCal in San Diego in 2006, he wasn’t sure what to expect. Being a gay, Chinese-American male, he had grown used to feeling like an outsider, a feeling that started during his childhood.

  • “I had traditional Chinese parents (immigrants from China and Hong Kong), who had expectations that I was going to get married (to a woman) and have kids, the whole nine yards, so to not measure up and not meet their expectations was hard,” said Chan, a former CrossFit employee who spent a good deal of time working closely with CrossFit’s General Manager of Sport, Dave Castro.

High school was particularly hard, Chan explained. “I hated it. I never felt like I belonged,” he said.

But the moment he joined CrossFit SoCal, he discovered a community that created an innately welcoming environment, one that didn’t care about a person’s gender, sexuality, political or religious views.

  • “When I look back at those days, like at the CrossFit Games in 2008, we were this rag tag, almost underground community of misfits. It didn’t matter if you were gay, straight, tattooed or pierced. It mattered that you could squat below parallel,” Chan said.
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