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From England, To Dublin, To Miami

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“Success isn’t always about ‘Greatness’, it’s about consistency. Consistent, hard work gains success. Greatness will come.” — Dwayne Johnson

From England to Dublin, to Miami


Woody Allen famously stated that “eighty percent of success is showing up.” For CrossFit Exe – the winners of the teams-of-4 community competition at the Filthy 150 – this may be true, but the other twenty percent falls squarely on the shoulders of their Irish box mate. 

Shoot your shot: When registration opened for the competition, teams from all over Ireland and Europe rushed to get a spot for a chance to compete for a trip to Wodapalooza, and entry into the elite team division at the 2020 CrossFit Filthy 150. The one team that didn’t immediately jump at the opportunity was the crew from CrossFit Exe.

  • Jamie McCauley, a native of Ireland and a member of the affiliate based in Exeter, England, thought the event sounded like a great opportunity for his gym.
  • McCauley: “I’m an Irish guy who moved to Exeter in England four years ago and joined a box to try and make some friends in a new country. Fast forward 4 years and I’m feeling a bit homesick and in need of a weekend at home. I convinced our entire box to enter the ballot.”

When the gym gained a single entry into the competition, the CrossFit Exe squad selected their team, and booked the short trip over from the U.K. Even though he wasn’t competing, McCauley showed his support by making the journey to cheer on his crew in Ireland. 

Gameday players: The single-day competition included four workouts over the course of Saturday morning. With 119 teams competing, the size of the field meant that expectations were tempered.

  • Affiliates from 8 countries and every affiliate in Ireland took the floor in the teams-of-4 division. 
  • McCauley on the team: “These four are pillars of our gym’s community. They have trained and competed locally together for years and have given us all some fantastic moments to cheer on and laugh with. They are always competitive and close but have never ended up on the podium at any event.”

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WATCH: Meet Justin Medeiros, Winner of CrossFit Filthy 150
Morning Chalk Up’s Tommy Marquez catches up with 20-year-old Justin Medeiros who took the top spot overall at the CrossFit Filthy 150. He shares what it’s like to claim the first sanctional of the season and what he needed to prove to everyone else, and himself.


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HEAR: Jason Khalipa Asks Should You Score Your WOD
Jason Khalipa of NCFIT on the Business of Fitness podcast challenges coaches to consider whether they should be scoring every WOD or instead, focus on body awareness and optimizing each workout.


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EAT: Brown Butter Snickerdoodle Cookies 
This recipe for brown butter snickerdoodles have a caramel like flavor, thanks to the brown butter. These snickerdoodle cookies are rolled in cinnamon sugar for a crunchy exterior with a chewy middle and will quickly become your new go-to snickerdoodle recipe.


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  • Deeper sleep with an OOLER Sleep System — the next-generation cooling pad from the makers of the chiliPAD.
  • Better range-of-motion with a bundle of Dr. Kelly Starrett’s favorite mobility gear.
  • A copy of Becoming a Supple Leopard signed by Kelly.

Two runners up will also receive the mobility gear bundle, signed book, and a Ready State hat.

>> Enter to win the Ultimate Recovery Package

Chalk Up Community

  • BRUTE STRENGTH WEBINAR — Adrian Conway of Brute Strength is hosting a free webinar on at 4:00 PM PT on December 3 to share how there is more opportunity than ever before to compete in high-level competitions and how to set yourself apart this upcoming season.
  • CROSSFIT KRYPTON CAMP 2.0 — CrossFit Krypton’s Training Camp V.2 will be January 18 and 19 in Chesapeake, VA with Ben Smith, Adam Klink, and the Krypton team. You will leave with a greater understanding and knowledge of the sport of CrossFit. Open to all skill levels. 
  • PEDALING FOR WOMEN’S AID — Fosse Way CrossFit in Newark, UK held a fundraiser to benefit the Newark Women’s Aid refuge. Members biked 370,000 meters on Rogue bikes to raise $1,030 for Newark Women’s Aid. Their fundraising page is still open to receive donations.

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

Matthew McCloud front squats 225 poundsLynwood Dunn front squats 405 pounds for a PR • Colleen Fotsch does a Front Squat + Thruster at 220 pounds Happy birthday Scott BrittonHappy birthday Stacie Tovar • Tasia Percevecz shares her six-year transformation with CrossFit • Jacob Heppner snatches 255 pounds • Maddy Espinoza cleans 220 pounds

…and wait a minute, Make WODS Great Again might be onto something here.

Wodapalooza Team Qualifier Kicks Off — The Team edition of the Wodapalooza Qualifier kicks off in nine days. This year they’ve got all new co-ed teams of 4, and over 400 team spots available between Elite, Rx, Intermediate, Scaled and Beginner. Register your team now and get moving. 

James Newbury to Run an Ironman This Weekend — Games athlete James Newbury, who was hospitalized after an accident one month ago, is back at it. He is set to run a long-distance Ironman this weekend.

— “This weekend I’m tackling a very different kind of beast. A long distance Ironman. A full IM consists of a 3.8km open water swim (with sharks), 180km bike and to finish it off, a marathon 42.2km run….The Ironman is likely to take the better part of 12 hours to finish. The total distance being 226km/140.6mi – Fun times!”

OUTWOD and CrossFit Open Raises Nearly $25,000 — OUTWOD‘s OUT in the Open LGBTQ+ 2020 Games leaderboard raised $25,000 and is sending 14 athletes to compete in the OUTWOD Championships, taking place at the West Coast CrossFit Classic. 

— “In its third year, OUTWOD’s inclusive LGBTQ+ leaderboard for the CrossFit Games Open included 400 athletes ages 13-66 from 20 countries, 47 US states, and 9 Canadian provinces.

— “The Top 7 CrossFit RX Men’s Standards finishers are Alec Smith, Eric Evans, Andris Sturans, Tyler Wilcox, James Bevan-Lee, Derek Foltz, Derek Saffold.

–” The Top 7 CrossFit RX Women’s Standards finishers are Meg Reardon, Alex Parker, Ehea Schuerch, Amy Fryt, Dorothy Morentin, Courtney Sims, Marie Hirsch.”


“NOBULL Short, Games Documentary Premiere at First Fitness Film Festival,” by Katie Ferraro, Morning Chalk Up 

Saturday night in Brooklyn, 700 spectators packed into the Greenpoint Terminal Warehouse for the first-ever film festival dedicated to the sport of fitness.

NOBULL, the chic up and coming training shoe and apparel company started by two former Reebok execs, announced the community event back in September. The festival that welcomed the who’s who of CrossFit debuted “Who I’ve Always Been,” a short film inside the lives of Katrin Davidsdottir, Tia-Clair Toomey, and Brooke Wells — NOBULL’s three marquee athletes.

“The story of NOBULL, it didn’t start in the Alps, or in Iceland, not in the Midwest our Australia. It started before then. Before you were following. When Marcus Wilson and Michael Shaefer met at a diner outside of Boston and committed to building something together. And the culture that was born on that day, is the same culture that films this room today. The culture of no excuses and no gimmicks. No tomorrows and no bull shit. Because that is who Marcus and Michael have always been,” said Todd Meleney, VP of Marketing.

The film festival, which garnered interest from Forbes, Men’s Health, ESPN, and CNBC (and ourselves) is a culmination of their foray from training upstart to full-blown newsmakers. Just this year alone, NOBULL has deepened their athlete roster to include Games champions Tia-Clair Toomey and Katrin Davidsdottir, as well as Carolina Panther Will Grier. They also opened their first brick and mortar in SoHo NYC.


12/6 – 12/8: SouthFit Challenge (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
12/7: New Wods on the Block (Lubbock, TX)
12/7: Granite Games Winter Throwdown (Lubbock, TX)
12/7: Warrior Affiliate League Battle Royale (Whittier, CA)
12/7: Game of Rowers (Norwood, MA)
12/7: 2019 Local RIVals Series (Colchester, CT)
12/7: Granite Games Throwdown at Slate CrossFit (Seattle, WA)
12/7: 4th Annual Reindeer Games (Bismarck, ND)
12/7: Granite Games Throwdown at Snake River CrossFit (Nampa ID)
12/7: Granite Games at Crossfit North Charleston (Charleston, NC)
12/7 – 12/8: Pandaland CrossFit Challenge (Chengdu, China)
12/7 – 12/8: CrossFit Winter Classic (Cleveland, OH)
12/11 – 12/14: Dubai CrossFit Championship (Dubai, UAE)
12/15: Strong New York (New York, NY)
12/15: Syndicate Vault (Columbia, MD) 
12/18: 2nd Über Belles and Balls (Bandera, TX)

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