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Finding Passion In Challenge

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November 10   |   POWERED BY


Good morning and welcome to the Morning Chalk Up. There are so many great projects and life transformations across the affiliate community, it’s difficult to cover them all. Learn about a few below.

Keep those quote suggestions, story tips and PRs coming. Let us hear your voices at [email protected].

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“A goal is just an awesome way to force growth on yourself.” - Deena Kastor

  Finding Passion In Challenge: Joel Godett’s Mission To Help Others With Type 1 Diabetes  

Finding Passion In Challenge: Joel Godett’s Mission To Help Others With Type 1 Diabetes

In January of this year, Joel Godett was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. Godett isn’t what people typically think about when they think of diabetes. He’s a fit guy and an avid CrossFitter who has worked in sports broadcasting and is a contributor to the Morning Chalk Up. But Type 1 Diabetes doesn’t care about all that. It doesn’t care how many miles you can run or what kind of eating habits you choose. It’s simply a draw in the genetic lottery.

One big thing: At 32 years old, Joel found himself coming to terms with what it meant to be a Type 1 Dabetic and the impact it would have on his life. While he considered himself one of the lucky ones with good insurance and low premiums, he soon realized that other people didn’t have the same privilege as him when it came to treating their diabetes. That’s when Joel decided he needed to do something.

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  Battling MS, Kevin Maijer Learns CrossFit is “More than a Place to Workout”  

Battling MS, Kevin Maijer Learns CrossFit is “More than a Place to Workout”

In January 2020, Kevin Maijer started experiencing pain in his left eye. “It felt like there was something in it all the time,” said the 28-year-old who has been a member of CrossFit Bunschoten in Spakenburg, Netherlands for the last three years. When the pain started waking him up at night, he decided to go see a doctor.

  • “They thought I had a brain tumour at first,” he said. “Then eventually they realized nothing was wrong with the eye itself. It was the optic nerve that was the problem. There was a lot of inflammation and it was damaged.”
  • Doctors suspected Maijer had Multiple Sclerosis (MS), a disease that affects the brain and spinal cord, and in Maijer’s case, his eyes.
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  Find Success with Nick Shaw’s New Book, Fit for Success  

Find Success with Nick Shaw’s New Book, Fit for Success

Nick Shaw, in his soon-to-be-released book Fit for Success, breaks success down to seven habits.

The co-founder of Renaissance Periodization (RP), a science-based nutrition and training company, places these seven habits — work ethic, internal locus of control, positive mindset, discipline, purpose, failure, and recharge — at the core of the book, drawing what four-time CrossFit Games champion Rich Froning calls a “roadmap” to finding success.

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  Find Success with Nick Shaw’s New Book, Fit for Success  

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Your Cool Downs on the Rower

Join Shane Farmer and Dark Horse Rowing for some insight into how to use the rower for a thorough cool down. So many of us fail to budget time for a proper cool down, but doing so not only improves recovery but as this video illustrates, also helps improve flexibility as well.




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Three-Dimensional Abs

You've heard the saying "abs are made in the kitchen, not the gym," and while that's partially true (your nutrition will dictate that layer of fat that covers your midsection), these ab hypertrophy exercises will make that washboard pop. And the bast part? All you need is a band.



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Smoked Tofu Larb with Lemongrass

Yes, we are following up a recipe for pepperoni pan pizza yesterday with a recipe for smoked tofu larb today, what about it?! This meat-free version of the Laotian and Thai dish combines smoked tofu with pops of crunchy sesame seeds and a kick of lime dressing.

  • Jared Enderton snatches up to 285 pounds in a series.
  • Crystal Kirkland back squats 220 pounds for a PR.
  • Cori Clark hang snatches 180 pounds for a 15 pound PR.
  • CJ Putterman does 2 front squats + 1 jerk at 205 pounds.
  • Desmond Lee does a front squat complex at 325 pounds.
  • Emily Loogman back squats 290 pounds at 4 months postpartum.

Community Round-Up

Our community round-up today features a food/present drive, a new affiliate, more sponsors for a big Veteran’s Day event and a little more about the group CrossFit joined to lobby Congress:

  • Hope for the Holidays: In Sapulpa, OK, the Hope for the Holidays campaign has kicked off and includes a present and food drive. CrossFit West of the River has joined in fill Christmas Stars (i.e. provide gifts). Adopt a star or sponsor Hope for the Holidays now.
  • New Affiliate: In Dripping Springs, TX, a new affiliate, CrossFit Second Wave opened on November 7 and is taking on new members now.
  • WOD for Warriors: The WOD for Warriors event at Cigar City CrossFit has announced more sponsors in addition to Yuengling Brewery. The Vitamin Shoppe, BPI Sports, MuscleTech, Outright, Prosupps, and Redcon1 have all joined in the event taking place to benefit Team RWB and the Wounded Warrior Project. It will take place starting at 4:30 PM on November 9.
  • Community Gyms Coalition: Announced yesterday, CrossFit LLC has joined with the Community Gyms Coalition to lobby Congress for for legislation to help gyms and fitness centers. The group includes OrangeTheory Fitness, Pure Barre and Anytime Fitness.
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