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Morning Chalk Up

March 7


Good morning and welcome to the weekend edition of the Morning Chalk Up. Two Sanctionals, 10,000 miles apart, and we’ve got all the details. The Australian CrossFit Championship is into its third day; check out our recap of the first two days, including the beach events. And, Patrick Clark gives us a rundown of day one at the Brazil CrossFit Championship. Today:

  • Beach events down under, and recaps from the first two days.
  • All the day one action from Brazil.
  • CrossFit HQ is available for rent, you can get it for $41k per month.

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Heading to the Beach at the Australian CrossFit Championship

  Heading to the Beach at the Australian CrossFit Championship  

Day one of the Australian CrossFit Championship saw the debut of the “Flags” event and individual athletes were then immediately tested in a Run-Swim-Run. While the distance was short, the strong current proved to be challenging for even the strongest swimmers.

Check out the video recap of the beach events, as well as full recaps of day one and day two at the Gold Coast Convention Centre. And, be sure to read our complete analysis of how “Flags” went down.

Stay tuned throughout the weekend: As the official media partner of the Australian CrossFit Championship, the Morning Chalk will deliver exclusive athlete interviews, in-depth coverage, highlights, analysis and daily recaps.


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Brazil CrossFit Championship Day 1 Recap

  Brazil CrossFit Championship Day 1 Recap  

The opening day of the 2020 Brazil CrossFit Championship came to a close in beautiful São Paulo on Friday with all three leaderboards showing the diversity of the field. The day featured two events each for the individual athletes and teams. Both divisions started the morning at the track and field stadium next door to the Ibirapuera Gymnasium for the opening event.

The women’s division:

South America dominates the top of the women’s leaderboard with Camila Siller representing the host country atop of the standings. The 26 year old Brazilian is competing in her first career Sanctional as an individual. She has been consistent through the first two events with a fourth-place finish in the opening event, the “Bike/Run” workout, and fifth in event two, the “March of Pain”. She holds a four-point lead over the second fittest woman in Argentina, Sol Lupo. Argentinian national champion Melina Rodriguez and Carolina Long from Brazil are tied for third, just eight points behind Siller.

  • American Amelia Mellon won the “Bike/Run” event with a time of 17:14. She’s currently tied for seventh with fellow American Dani Davis.
  • Mia Edgar is in fourth place and is the top American on the leaderboard. The US Navy physician placed third in the opening event and finished the day with a tenth in event two. She is just 16 points off the lead.
  • Mexico’s second fittest woman, Cecilia Ramirez Villamil sits in sixth, 20 points behind Siller.
  • Melina Rodriguez bounced back from a disappointing opening event by winning the “March of Pain” nearly 30 seconds ahead of Davis.

The men’s division:

The men’s division could turn into a one-person race as American Josh Miller dominated day one. Seeking a return trip to Madison, he came out on fire winning “Bike/Run” with a time of 17:18. He showed that running and biking with the weighted vest did not tire him out in event two, placing second just behind fellow American and Games hopeful Marquan Jones. Miller opened up a 26 point lead after two events over Jones and Canadian Adam Davidson.

  • Jones added an eighth-place finish in event one to go with his event win in “March of Pain.” Jones, like Miller, is seeking his second career Games invitation.
  • Davidson placed third in the first event finishing just 20 seconds off Miller’s pace and followed that up with a fifth-place finish in the final event of the day.
  • Rasmus Andersen might have been a late addition to the individual line-up but showed no signs of jet-lag as he sits in fourth after a sixth and eighth-place finish. He is fifty points behind Miller with plenty of events left in the competition to make up ground.
  • “Mr. Sanctional” Joshua Al-Chamaa sits in fifth place to round out the top-five in the men’s division.

CrossFit Inc. Puts the HQ Office Up for Rent

  CrossFit Inc. Puts the HQ Office Up for Rent  

Are you a die-hard CrossFit fan looking for a change of scenery?

Got a cool $41,400  burning a hole in your pocket? Well, then you’re in luck.

The office space that laid claim as CrossFit HQ for the larger part of a decade was recently listed as available for rent by the building’s owner, Robert Slawinski.

A piece of history: The 23,000 square foot office space in Scotts Valley, California, played home to CrossFit Inc. since the spring of 2011, and was the central working location for a company that saw exponential growth across the world as well as internally with the development of its own media team.

  • Eight years and millions of minutes of live competition and media were produced, captured, and pumped out to the CrossFit world from the space, which includes the original set location of the CrossFit Games Update Show, which is now a break room.
  • Multiple feature-length documentaries, four of which broke into the top 50 all-time bestsellers on iTunes, were produced there as well.
  • It was home, figuratively and literally at times, to an HQ staff that helped grow the company and the sport from 3,000 affiliates in 2011 to over 15,000, and from 26,018 registered participants in the CrossFit Games Open to nearly half a million worldwide in 2018.

The times are changing: The listing represents one of the final few dominoes to fall in what’s been a massive change of direction for the company that included layoffs for a majority of their staff, and significant changes to the CrossFit Games season.

  • Financially speaking, the move makes a ton of sense given the monthly price tag for rent, and the fact that the skeleton crew of staffers remaining simply don’t need that much space to operate.
  • What’s not listed for rent, is the downstairs space CrossFit Inc. occupies, which includes the gym, and other spaces that are used for seminars, lectures, and at-home instructional content.

The listed space is still currently occupied by CrossFit, but whoever ends up renting the space will be getting a state of the art office after CrossFit Inc. completely remodeled the space during its tenure there.

The only drawback for the new tenants might be that the downstairs neighbors make a bit of noise.




How to Get Handstand Push-ups and String Bigger Sets

In this episode of her vlog, Kristi Eramo O’Connell offers some great tips and drills for learning how to kick up into a handstand, how to scale and how to build handstand push-up strength.

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Matt O’Keefe’s West Coast Classic Coronavirus Update

On the Loud and Live podcast, company president Matt O’Keefe discusses the current status of the West Coast Classic concerning the coronavirus. In short, the show will go on, but organizers will be taking special precautions to ensure the safety of attendees. O’Keefe also discusses his vision for the competition and what people can expect.

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Instant Pot Honey Mustard Chicken and Potatoes

This instant pot chicken and potatoes with honey mustard recipe is the ideal weeknight dinner! The chicken breasts are brushed with honey mustard, seared, then cooked alongside potatoes for a simple one-pot dish. Serve steamed veggies on the side for a delicious and healthy meal.





Top Trending Stories at the Morning Chalk Up

Here are five of the top trending stories from the past week:

  • Annie Thorisdottir declines her CrossFit Games invitation, and she’s having a dottir!
  • After nearly 300 days, the CrossFit Games reactivated their Facebook account.
  • CrossFit Copenhagen and its 26 other gyms plan to unaffiliate from the CrossFit brand on March 30.
  • Robert Tingle changed his life through diet and CrossFit and found his soulmate.
  • Tommy Marquez on why Wodapalooza was great for the sport of CrossFit.

Bonus: Kara Saunders tackles motherhood and her first Sanctional.

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