Good morning and welcome to the weekend edition of the Morning Chalk Up. This is Justin LoFranco, your Editor-in-Chief to bring you a quick wrap-up of the major news items throughout the week.
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QUOTE OF THE DAY
“It’s hard to go. It’s scary and lonely…There will be boondoggles and discombobulated days, freaked-out nights and metaphorical flat tires. But it will be soul-smashingly beautiful… It will open up your life.” — Cheryl Strayed
LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
How CrossFit Made Me a Better Father
By: Jason Khalipa
In 2006, when I was first introduced to CrossFit, I couldn’t imagine the impact it would have on my life.
My children and family are undoubtedly my number one priority and CrossFit and moving on a daily basis are the standards for me to perform at my best. I have seen an incredible impact on my fitness, my mindset, and my ability to show our children what “hard work” is.
Fitness should never inhibit what I want to do, or what my children want to do. You need some motivation to workout. This is a great one! Through training CrossFit on a daily basis for over a decade, it is clear that I will never have to worry about my children asking me to do something physical. Want to play tag, jump on the trampoline, or go on a bike ride? Absolutely, is the answer. This is one of the best gifts CrossFit has provided me.
CrossFit has also made a huge impact on my mindset. Through the Sport of Fitness and also daily workouts I learned to push myself mentally and physically. Every day in the gym is an opportunity for us to overcome obstacles in a “low risk” environment. Low risk in the sense that if you “fail” (perhaps you don’t get the reps you wanted or the time you were striving for) it’s not a life and death situation. You try, you learn, you get after it again tomorrow.
Learning to overcome these obstacles has paid huge dividends in real life, specifically as a husband and father. In daily life when I am approached with challenges I instantly revert back to the skills I have developed in the gym and through competition. I have learned to focus on what is in my control and remain positive, two critical skills that can be developed in the gym really well.
See a workout pop up that stresses you out? Evaluate what is in your control vs. out of your control and focus solely on that through the workout. Get in a workout and your legs start to burn? Start coaching yourself in a positive way, revert away from the “my legs hurt,” and focus on your breathing as an example. Once you develop this skill in workouts it’s amazing how it transfers to real life.
In Signing Thorisdottir, Nuun Brings Pregnancy Protections Debate to the CrossFit World
Jessica Danger and Justin LoFranco
Annie Thorisdottir recently announced her new partnership with Nuun, makers of hydration products like electrolyte tablets and powders, but this contract came with a twist: a pregnancy clause ensuring that she would continue to receive financial support if she were to decide to take time off to start a family.
Mayhem’s Kabboord Tested Positive for Banned Substance Clenbuterol
Late last night, news broke that Elly Kabboord has tested positive for a banned substance at the Reykjavik CrossFit Championship. Rich Froning and Kabboord released a podcast last night to discuss the test and the steps Kabboord is taking going forward.
Starting July 1st, CrossFit, Inc. will be handing specialty courses over to Subject Matter Experts 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 will now rest in the hands of the SMEs.
Sanctional Games-Invites Differences between Women and Men
With just one Sanctional left to go before the 2019 CrossFit Games, we looked at the initial trends from the inaugural Sanctional season. Two things that stood out: Seven women will be competing at the CrossFit Games as Individuals who did not do the Open. Also, there is a significant participation difference between Games-qualified men and women in the Sactional season.
In a video posted to Instagram Tuesday, two-time CrossFit Games champion Katrin Davidsdottir announced that she was joining the NOBULL team on a multi-year deal, positioning Davidsdottir, the second most followed CrossFit athlete with 1.5 million followers on Instagram, as the marquee athlete of an emerging, fast-growing brand.