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Fittest in Cape Town Postponed Indefinitely

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Fifth and Final Workout Closes out the 10th Open


The fifth and final week of the 10th CrossFit Open kicked off at Reebok HQ in Boston, MA. While Annie Thorisdottir and Patrick Vellner squared off in Boston, Willy Georges and Streat Hoerner threw down in France.

  • Fun Fact: This is the first time chest-to-bar pull-ups have not been programmed in the CrossFit Open. There are now only four movements that have been programmed in every Open: toes-to-bar, double-under, thrusters, and muscle-ups (ring and/or bar).


For time, partitioned any way:
40 muscle-ups
80-cal. row
120 wall-ball shots (20-lb. ball to 10 ft. / 14-lb. ball to 9 ft.)
Time cap: 20 min.

Peak Live viewership

Reebok US — 34,500
Netherlands — 15,000
Brazil — 3,750
France — 1750

The CrossFit Fittest in Cape Town Postponed Amid Venue Dispute


In a shocking and unfortunate revelation Wednesday, The CrossFit Fittest in Cape Town (FiCT) announced via Instagram that they would be postponing their 2020 sanctioned event indefinitely due to an unresolved scheduling issue involving the events venue, a charity tennis match, and the City of Cape Town.

What happened: shortly after the CrossFit Games this past August, the event announced that they would be returned to the Green Point Athletic Stadium – which played host to the 2019 event – after booking the venue for February 6-9, 2020.

  • A charity tennis match between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, two of the greatest tennis players of all time, was booked in the Cape Town Stadium adjacent to Green Point Athletic Stadium on February 7, 2020.
  • The City of Cape Town canceled the confirmed venue booking for the FiCT, in favor of the tennis match, leaving the FiCT without a location to host their event.

After meeting with the city’s event department officials, the event team was unable to secure another date or an alternative venue that was suitable to host the multi-day competition. The event even tried enlisting the help the Premier of the Western Cape – the head of government for their province – as well as the Ministry of Cultural Affairs and Sport to no avail.

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Chalk Up Community

  • JAMIE HAGIYA CLINIC — Jamie Hagiya is holding a snatch and clean clinic at CrossFit Vibe in Costa Mesa, CA on November 16. Registration is $75.
  • INCLUSIVITY WORKSHOP FOR COACHES — Alyssa Royse is holding a one day workshop for coaches on inclusivity on December 7 at Violet Community Cross Fit in Columbus, OH. Royse will break down everything you do in the gym to make sure it’s as inviting and inspiring as possible, for any body. 

CHALK UP IN 2 MINUTES (a highlight reel around social media of CrossFit pros and average joes)

Sixteen-year-old Morgan McCullough front squats 500 pounds for a PR • Samantha Huston back squats 275 pounds for five • Simon Mantyla does a 287 pound thruster • Ethan Helbig snatches 245 pounds for two • Hampton Morris front squats 308 pounds for 10.

New Episode of A Fresh Cup of Fitness — In Episode 5 of A Fresh Cup of FItness, hosts Jessica Danger and Brittany Marsh map out how to identify priorities in your life, negotiating the urgent versus the important, and outlining actionable tasks to actually accomplish or honor what you prioritize. If you take just one thing from this episode: You always have a choice.

Brooke Ence Plans to Return to the Sport of Fitness — Brooke Ence announced yesterday on her podcast, Between the Reps, that she will be competing at the 2020 West Coast Classic Sanctional.

— “I am now training for a competition. I am going to be competing at the West Coast CrossFit Classic.”

Kettlebell Kitchen Shuts Its Doors — Kettlebell Kitchen announced yesterday that they will no longer be operating. 

–“We’re grateful for the past 7 years and the opportunity to fuel you along the way, thank you for giving us the chance to do so! As we close our doors, we want to introduce you to Territory. Like us, they believe in the power of delicious, clean food, and have been serving healthy eaters like yourself since 2011.”

Torian Pro Takes Place This Weekend — The Torian Pro in Brisbane, Australia takes place this weekend with a roster of impressive Games athletes. 

— “Ones to watch: The real entertainment will be the impressive caliber of CrossFit royalty – including Fittest Woman on Earth Tia-Clair Toomey –  completing 20.5 on Friday Night from 7:00 (AEST). Rich Froning will continue to compete alongside Australia’s Royce Dunne in the Pro Pairs division on Saturday and Sunday, as well Mayhem Freedom’s Tasia Percevecz and Chyna Cho.

— “Last minute withdrawals: It’s not great timing for several athletes – including Australia’s Kara Saunders — on the cusp of punching a ticket to the 2020 CrossFit Games through the Top 20 in the Open. Already Katelyn Van Zyl (who qualified through the Top 20 last year) has withdrawn from the competition to focus on the final qualifier workout.”

— UPDATE: Kara Saunders has withdrawn from the competition to focus on her final week of the Open.


“Week 5 Leaderboarding and How the Top 10 Games Athletes are Faring,” by Justin LoFranco, Morning Chalk Up

Going into the fifth and final week of the CrossFit Open, the leaderboard has consolidated and the race for the final few qualifying spots is narrowing to a close.

Quick recap: Athletes can qualify two ways: 1). as a national champion and 2). By placing in the top 20 worldwide.

Where the top 20 line sits currently: This number shifts each week depending on how many national champions are currently in the top 20. The more national champions ranked in the top 20 worldwide, the line drops further down the leaderboard.

Men: 27th
Women: 34th
One caveat: Two penalty waves for 20.1 and 20.2 have adjusted the overall standings, but we’re fully expecting more adjustments from 20.3 and 20.4. It’s possible for this to have a major effect on the overall leaderboard.

How are the top 10 Games athletes doing: As expected, most are doing just fine as they’ve consistently performed week over week regardless of the test.

Only four of the top 10 Games males are slated to qualify through the Open as it currently stands.
Three male athletes currently sit outside of a qualifying spot: Matt Mcleod (-44), Saxon Panchik (-28) and Will Moorad (-30).
Scott Panchik is also outside of a qualifying spot (-2) but he’s squarely committed to team Mayhem.
James Newbury is out due to injury and Adrian Mundwiler withdrew after placing 760th on 20.2 took his out of contention.
Six of the top 10 Games females are currently in qualifying position.
On the outside looking in: Haley Adams (-3), Bethany Shadburne (-23), Thuri Helgadottir (-34) and Danielle Brandon (-13).


11/8: Veterans Day Bash 2019 (Lubbock, TX)
11/8 – 11/9: WOD for Warriors (Waite Park, MN)
11/8 – 11/10: The Kalis Games (Manila, Phillipines)
11/9: Patriot Challenge 3.0 (Longview, TX)
11/9: The Garage Games Masters Tour (Rochelle Park, NJ)
11/9: The Battle at Branded One (Las Vegas, NV)
11/9: Battle on the Airfield at Skyraider CrossFit (Riverside, CA)
11/9: The Goat Gauntlet (Hartford, CT)
11/9: The Bay Games (Huskisson, NSW AUS)
11/9: Third Annual Battle on the Airfield (Riverside, CA)
11/9: Sweat For Sweeney (Keene, NH) 
11/9 – 11/10: Fallout 2 Presented by Battleground Events (Long Beach, CA)
11/9: Emerald Coast Honor Games (Destin, FL)
11/15 – 11/16: 24 Hours 24 Heroes (Charleston, SC)
11/16: Warrior Affiliate League Delta Force (City of Industry, CA)
11/16: O-Town Throwdown 2019 (Oconomowoc, WI)
11/16: The Garage Games Masters Tour (Blue Springs, MO)
11/16: The Garage Games Masters Tour (Clemmons, NC)
11/16: The Garage Games Masters Tour (Plainville, CT)
11/16: The Pain Cave SD (San Diego, CA)
11/16: 2019 Graveyard Games (Kenosha, WI)
11/16: Mid-Atlantic Masters Classic (Abingdon, MD)
11/16: 3rd Annual Bombs & Barbells (Pooler, GA)
11/16: Mama Said Knock You Out (Canton, CT)
11/16: Olson WOD (Hanford, CA)
11/16: CFP’s 6th annual Fall Brawl (Pittsfield, MA)
11/16: 4th Annual Battle of the Badges (St. Louis, MO)
11/16 – 11/17: 24 Hours of Heroes (London, ON)
11/17: Annual Ghetto Games (Plainville, MA)
11/17: Crews For Brews (Windsor, Ontario)
11/22: Sixth Annual Gobbler Gauntlet (Scottsdale, AZ)
11/23: Kettlebells for Balls (Newburyport, MA)
11/23: Keep Austin (Austin, TX)
11/23: CrossFit XLTs 6th Annual Turkey Bash (Chatham, IL)
11/23: Fitness for Ellie Fundraiser (Amherst, OH)
11/23: Rise of the South (Statesboro, GA)
11/23 Vekter Games (Laurel, MD)
11/23 – 11/24: South Loop Games (Chicago, IL)
12/7: New Wods on the Block (Lubbock, TX)
12/7: Peace, Love & WOD’s 2019 (Oakdale, CA)
12/7: Winter Granite Games Throwdown (Chicago, IL)
12/7: Winter Warriors Throwdown (Lebanon, NH)
12/7: Granite Games Winter Throwdown (Lubbock, TX)
12/7: The Grinch Games (Lawrenceville, GA)

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