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Good morning and welcome to the Morning Chalk Up.

In today’s edition:

  • Mayhem Nation’s Jake Lockert reflects on Ironman Chattanooga
  • Asking “What If…?” about the 2023 Games season
  • Review of the Week: Represent 247
  • EZ Muhammad partners with Forging Youth Resilience

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  From Pumping Iron to Ironman, Part II: Jake Lockert Reflects on the Ironman Chattanooga  

From Pumping Iron to Ironman, Part II: Jake Lockert Reflects on the Ironman Chattanooga

CrossFit has long been heralded as a fitness methodology for creating well-rounded athletes prepared to face any challenge. But what if that challenge was a 14+ hour endurance event with 2.4 miles of swimming, 112 miles of biking and 26.2 miles of swimming?

One big thing: Over the years, hundreds of CrossFitters have taken on the challenge of the Ironman, utilizing CrossFit as one of their primary training methodologies. While many have proved successful, the race does not come without its unique challenges.

Remind me: One month ago, we sat down with Mayhem Athlete Director, Jake Lockert to talk about his and his team’s experience preparing for a full Ironman.

  • According to Lockert, their training was largely comprised of CrossFit training alongside some supplemental endurance training.
  • “We were not training even 10 hours a week for most of the year until the last couple of months,” he said.

This week, we sat down with him again to talk about the actual race itself and some of the lessons he and his team were able to take from the event.

The highlights: 140.6 miles of swimming, biking, and running was certainly a challenge, Lockert also highlighted some of the high points of the race.

  • “It was a really good experience. Overall, I’m super glad I did it,” said Lockert. “One of the coolest parts was that basically the whole city shut down for the routes along the bike and run,” he continued. “There would be people sitting out in their driveway cheering us on all day.”
  • “When you see people it’s amazing how much life it gives you, especially the transition areas,” Lockert added noting that his friends and family came to cheer him on throughout the event.

The lessons: While there were highlights, there were also lessons from the day, especially when it came to pacing and nutrition.

One of the most important lessons Lockert learned was in carb loading the week before. “I don’t think I hit it,” said Lockert referring to the volume of carbs he had to eat prior to the start of the race.

  • “I love eating, but I was sick of eating,” he continued.

Lockert also admitted that he learned some lessons in pacing when it came to racing 140.6 miles. “I felt good on the bike. Looking back, I went faster than I should have gone,” he said.

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Live Like Lou: NOBULL and local CrossFit affiliates are partnering with the Live Like Lou Foundation for a special workout and fundraiser on January 27, 2024. Learn how you or your gym can participate.

  • “The Lou” workout was created by Sunshine CrossFit owner Deb Austin and inspired by CrossFit Games Athlete, former gym owner, and ALS advocate Rainer Hartmann, who was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease in 2022.

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  Some “What Ifs?” from the 2023 CrossFit Season  


Some “What Ifs?” from the 2023 CrossFit Season

Let’s take a play out of the Disney+ playbook and ask “What If…?”

We are going to review a handful of developments from the 2023 CrossFit Games season and imagine what if something had gone differently.

Which athletes or events could have changed the outcome of the CrossFit Games?

Let’s take a look and see what could’ve been, starting with the beginning of the season all the way back in February.

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  Review of the Week: Represent 247  

Review of the Week: Represent 247

You may have seen Joshua Al-chamaa, Christian Harris and the Move Fast Lift Heavy 247 team donning the 247 line by Represent, clad in sleek neutral colors, a style of clothing that transitions seamlessly from gymwear to streetwear.

The brand, founded by brothers George and Michael Heaton, has grown in popularity beyond the CrossFit market, as we’ve seen the clothes worn by celebrities like Dua Lipa and Justin Bieber.

As more lux-casual brands are popping up, we were excited to see if this one lived up to the hype. We were able to try out a few pieces of the 247 line, and wanted to let you know what we thought.

The long sleeve has a soft cotton feel but is instead constructed with breathable antibacterial cooling fabric, allowing stretch, quick drying and it continues to maintain its shape and deep black color wash after wash. It fits oversized, so is perfect for layering this time of year. This is definitely going to become a staple moving into the colder months.

The training pants are sleek and lightweight. They have zippered pockets, including a center back waistband pocket, and while they are slim fit, are still roomy and would be great for a trail run or outdoor training where shorts are just a bit too chilly. The style is such that paired with some clean kicks, they could be worn coaching, or out and about, away from the gym.

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  Elijah “EZ” Muhammad Teams Up with Forging Youth Resilience   

Elijah “EZ” Muhammad Teams Up with Forging Youth Resilience 

Long-time CrossFit athlete and affiliate owner Elijah “EZ” Muhammad grew up in a tough neighborhood but learned from his mother early on the importance of helping others in need.

Since that time, he has been a big advocate for helping young people, most recently becoming an ambassador for the non-profit Forging Youth Resilience.

The charitable organization’s mission is to bring fitness and mentorship to underserved and underprivileged youth in communities by partnering with gyms across the country. The non-profit started back in 2007 as Steve’s Club National Program but rebranded as Forging Youth Resilience (FYR) in 2021.

Muhammad, a two-time Games qualifier, has been in the space for quite some time. While he is known for his talents on the competition floor, he may be even better known for his work outside of the gym and his all-around positive attitude towards everyone he meets.

  • FYR holds a youth camp once a year and Muhammad was invited to attend. Muhammad said he’d heard of the organization before, “but once I went to that camp, it just really changed my perspective of what they were doing, how big it was and how many lives are being impacted.”
  • “I grew up in a pretty low-class neighborhood. Underserved, very poverty stricken and so I grew up in a neighborhood that was just tough. My mother used to run a lot of nonprofits for youth where they had a space to go for after-school programs, different programs that cleaned up the neighborhood and helped service the neighborhood.”
  • “I was able from a young age to engage with these nonprofits, from a young age to experience these things and see that there’s a lot of service that needs to be given back to the community to help uplift and build the community.”

Not only is Muhammad a talented CrossFitter, he is also the co-founder of Project Onyx, a nonprofit organization focused on eliminating barriers for Black and Brown teens and young adults through access to affordable health and fitness services and mentorship.

The goals and mission of FYR aligned perfectly with Project Onyx. By attending the FYR camp, Muhammad was able to see “the hands-on work that I do daily. I got to see other people doing it. And that really sparked me to kind of say, ‘Hey, how can we make this a closer relationship?’.”

FYR has 24 locations or ‘clubs’ across the United States. The way it works is a CrossFit affiliate first has to become a club and from there, the FYR class can be run on or off-site. An FYR class is typically about 90 minutes and includes fitness and time to chat and hangout with the kids.

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