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Dylan Kade Hospitalized With Bacterial Meningitis

Morning Chalk Up

July 2


Good morning and welcome to the Morning Chalk Up. Dylan Kade, the 2018 CrossFit Games 16-17-Year-Old Teen Division 3rd place finisher is in the hospital battling bacterial meningitis; learn how you can help below. And, insurance companies have moved to provide options for gyms that have chosen to disaffiliate.

  • Learn how to help the Kade family.
  • Nexo and AGuard have developed easy processes for gyms to shift insurance coverage.
  • WIT Fitness seeks to empower women with “WIT Editions.”

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“Personally, what really transformed my CrossFit journey was having strong female coaches that I could look up to in such a supportive community. They weren’t afraid to lift heavy weights, get stronger, challenge themselves and certainly did not try and hide their muscles.” – Jess Rosart


Dylan Kade Hospitalized With Life-Threatening Case of Bacterial Meningitis

 Dylan Kade Hospitalized With Life-Threatening Case of Bacterial Meningitis 

Dylan Kade, a three-time CrossFit Games athlete in the teen division, has been hospitalized since June 23 with a severe and rare case of bacterial meningitis. An instagram post by his girlfriend and teen Games athlete Mia Nightingale details that he has been transferred to the C.S. Motts Hospital on the campus of the University of Michigan for specialized treatment. He was diagnosed with encephalitis, severe swelling of the brain, on Wednesday morning and was put into the hospital’s pediatric intensive care unit for monitoring.

How to help: With Kade’s mother being the sole source of income for his family, friends of the Kade family have started a GoFundMe page to help raise money for treatment and recovery. The 19-year old just completed his freshman year at Oakland University in Rochester, MI where he is studying to be a physical therapist. In 2018 he finished third at the Games in the boys 17-18 year old division. Friends and family have also asked for prayers and to share the fundraising page.


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LNexo and AGuard Insurance Companies Act Quickly to Accommodate Disaffiliated Gyms

 Nexo and AGuard Insurance Companies Act Quickly to Accommodate Disaffiliated Gyms 

Gyms who have chosen to drop the CrossFit name will have to give up the CrossFit Risk Retention Group (RRG) insurance as it is only available to affiliates, but they will continue to be covered through Nexo Insurance Services, said Eric Reingen, the Vice President and CFO of Nexo.

One big thing: Nexo Insurance Services is the broker for CrossFit RRG, so essentially, disaffiliating gyms are able to shift to Nexo Fitness Solutions insurance with no break in coverage, often keeping the same account manager. Nexo coverage specializes in fitness facilities around the United States. AGuard, another large insurer specializing in functional fitness gyms has created a similarly hassle-free transfer process for those dropping CrossFit.

The details: Nexo insures approximately 2,700 affiliates through the CrossFit RRG program, and “another 500 or so” through Nexo.

  • Disaffiliated gyms can switch coverage with no rate increase, Reingen told Morning Chalk Up.
  • “Many have come to us worried that their cost will rise, but they’re going to either pay the same cost or less…Nexo and the RRG are the same team, so in most cases gym owners can even continue to work with the same account manager,” he added.
  • Nexo has been working hard to make the transition process easy, Reingen said. “We have created a seamless transition for everyone…It has been a lot of work for us, but it’s working out well.
  • To make the transition from the RRG to Nexo, all a gym owner must do is reach out to their account manager and let them know they have disaffiliated.

New Apparel Label “WIT Editions” Empowers and Encourages Women Athletes

 New Apparel Label “WIT Editions” Empowers and Encourages Women Athletes 

Whatever It Takes Fitness or “WIT Fitness,” the London-based gym and retailer recently launched it’s own clothing and apparel label, “WIT Editions,” featuring many of its own female coaches and athletes as models and ambassadors for the brand.

  • “As we bring WIT Editions to life, there was no one else we considered telling the story of WIT, other than our own coaches, members, athletes and customers. Each have a different motive, a different ‘why’ but share one common denominator. They give whatever it takes, to become the best versions of themselves and achieve their goals” the WIT website states.

One big thing: While it might not be immediately obvious, a major goal of this campaign is to empower and encourage women to get into the gym, lift heavy weights and build confidence. While there is some evidence to suggest that women more than men are reluctant to return to the gym post-COVID, WIT is celebrating women’s strength and empowerment.  

WIT’s Corporate Wellness Coach Jess Rosart said that while “there is, unfortunately, a lot of doubt and lack of belief in many females that CrossFit is not for them for various reasons,” having female coaches on staff helps promote the methodology and members see the benefits of weight training first hand.

  • “Personally, what really transformed my CrossFit journey was having strong female coaches that I could look up to in such a supportive community. They weren’t afraid to lift heavy weights, get stronger, challenge themselves and certainly did not try and hide their muscles,” she told the Morning Chalk Up.

2018 second Fittest Woman on Earth Laura Horvath touched on a similar point in a recent Instagram post, as part of her response to debates surrounding the CrossFit brand.




At Home with “Titan” Margaux Alvarez

One of this season’s stars of NBC’s The Titan Games and CrossFit Games veteran, Margaux Alvarez takes you through an at-home workout that can be completed in three different versions: dumbbell, bodyweight-only and scaled.

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Armen Hammer’s Take on How Incoming Owner and CEO Eric Roza Will Change CrossFit

In this episode of his vlog, Armen Hammer thinks through some key ways that incoming owner and CEO, Eric Roza might innovate in the CrossFit space. Technology will be an area to watch, as will business practices and organizational culture.

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Community Round-Up

Here are some items that have come across our desks recently:

  • Blue Elvin Survey on the Future of Functional Training for Women: Blue Elvin, a female-founded London-based Functional Training brand, is starting a global conversation about the future of functional training for women. If you’d like to reflect on how training has changed for you over the last few months and be a part of shaping the future of functional training for women, head on over to their survey which will take 10 minutes of your time.
  • Run Against Racism: CrossFit Terminus in Atlanta, GA, co-owned by Games athlete Emily Bridgers, is hosting a month-long challenge for gym members and the broader community. The challenge is to run one mile per day for the entire month of July, 31 total miles. Gym members and friends and family can pledge money per mile to go to one of three charities: The NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, the Center for Policing Equity and Hands On Atlanta. On August 1, the gym will host the “Run Against Racism” 10k/5k event. Learn more and join!
  • Barbells for Bullies: Throughout the month of July, Barbells for Bullies and partner GORUCK will sponsor a month-long event called “Ruck Your Balls Off” to raise money and awareness for spay/neuter programs around the United States. The event is free to enter and in 2019 raised over $11,000. Learn more and go ruck!
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