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Froning, Toomey, Cho and Percevecz

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“You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.” — Margaret Thatcher

Why the Fittest on Earth Will Start Their Season at a Non-Sanctioned Event


Rich Froning, Tia-Clair Toomey, Chyna Cho and Tasia Percevecz: four names that claimed a big percentage of the 2019 podiums, will also compete November 8-10 at one of the first events of the 2020 season, even before the end of the Open.

It’s not sanctioned or officially licensed but that’s the goal – The Torian Pro in Brisbane, Australia is pulling out all the stops to get CrossFit’s attention and make their ‘local’ competition one of the premiere events on the global CrossFit calendar. 

“We 100 percent wanted it sanctioned,” said Torian co-owner Johno Snape, but when the official tick didn’t go their way, it put things in perspective. 

“We started this event (in 2015) to give an opportunity for people in the community and because we want to grow the sport in Australia,” Torian co-owner Mike Towner told the Morning Chalk Up. 

“We’re just going to keep doing the best event that we can like we always did and if we create the best event that we can … one day the sanction should fall our way,” he added. 

Securing Reebok as the title sponsor for 2019 has certainly upped the ante for the competition this November, where 542 athletes will compete across 8 divisions. 

A Reebok spokesperson told the Morning Chalk Up, the fact the event isn’t sanctioned wasn’t a deterrent. 

“Our commitment to CrossFit goes beyond the Games and Sanctioned events. We truly believe in the grassroots and community, and partnering up with an event like the Torian Pro is aligned to our vision.”

Again Faster – the equipment supplier – is also proud of the association. 

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  • GRAND RE-OPENING — CrossFit Bovine in Richardson, TX has new owners, new equipment and added classes. They will hold a family-friendly grand re-opening celebration September 14 with a community workout, games, food, music and a raffle.
  • BEERS AND BURPEES — On September 21, the 9th Annual Beers and Burpees Charity Event will be held in Charlotte, NC. Over 40 local gyms are partnering to host the event where over 1,750 people will come together to workout, drink beer and raise money for the Dream on 3 charity organization.
  • WOD WEEKLIES SEASON 4 — WOD Weeklies, a year-round, weekly online competition just opened up registration for Season 4, which kicks off October 1.
  • COFFLAND HERO WOD — Blue Crab CrossFit in Hanover, MD is hosting a Coffland Hero WOD on Sunday, September 15. All proceeds raised go to the Catch A Lift Fund to help provide a fitness and wellness grant to a combat wounded veteran who is need of a fitness program for recovery and rehabilitation.

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

Jordan Noe gets a 240 pound hang clean and jerk PR • Happy birthday Nicole BiscuitiSarabeth McLendon Jumper does a behind the neck jerk + jerk at 265 pounds • Nick Neratka does a 20RM back squat at 325 pounds • Jordon Noe hits a 240 pound hang clean and jerk PR. 

…and Jacob Heppner has that Instagram pose locked down, even when competing. 

USA Functional Fitness World Championship Winners — The USA Functional Fitness Federation held their World Championship over the weekend in Sweden. Zach Sowder, Khan Porter and Uldis Upenieks were the men’s winners while Alex ParkerJordan Adcock and Matilde Garne took the podium for women. 

Tim Paulson is Expanding his Affiliate — Games athlete Tim Paulson is expanding his affiliate, CrossFit Pallas, in Ithaca, NY.

— “We’ve spent the last 7+ years learning how to offer fun, safe, and effective group fitness – and we are over the moon to expand the means with which we do this in central NY. First, we’re really excited to be bringing the next chapter of Pallas to you all in a brand new group fitness studio.

— “Second, we’re ecstatic to be bringing some new upgrades to our affiliate, CrossFit Pallas! With stellar new equipment additions the breadth of fitness in our group classes just got even better. Ski ergs, C2 bikes, and sand bags…oh my!

— “It’s a truly awesome time to be living in Ithaca and looking to live a healthier lifestyle!”


“Male Rookie of the 2019 CrossFit Games,” by Brittney Kleyn, Morning Chalk Up 

Call him the quiet achiever, Australia’s Matt McLeod – the new kid on the block – left standing with the final 10 men in Madison.

The 26-year-old had been on the cusp of qualifying out of the Pacfic Regionals in 2016, 2017 and 2018, but it wasn’t until he finally punched a ticket to the Games this year – a 7th place finish and two event wins – that’s got to be up there with a rookie’s dream debut.

We don’t mean to gloat, but we’d tipped Matt as a ‘one to watch this season’ and clearly his attempts to “go there and try make a name for myself” were far from an empty threat.

“Probably more surprised than scared people I think,” he laughed.

Upon returning home, he’s straight back into training for 2020 and we caught up with the star rookie in his hometown of Brisbane, Australia.

His event wins: Event 4 — Sprint Couplet: “I didn’t think I would win that one. I knew I could just sprint with the sled and do my bar muscle ups unbroken and get back as quickly as I could, but I didn’t think I’d go anywhere near as well as I did,” he said.

Event 9 — Swim Paddle: After an impressive performance in a similar event at the Dubai CrossFit Championships in 2018, “I was pretty confident I could win that one quite, not easily, but I knew if I just swam, I could get ahead of everyone,” McLeod said.

That photo finish with Tia-Clair Toomey was one for the highlight reel. McLeod claims the pair discussed tactics on the paddle back, but the sprint wasn’t planned: “I said to her, can we just jog to the line?” he laughed.


9/5 – 9/7: The Iron Games (Cedar City, UT)
9/7: Power Output Challenge 8 (San Antonio, TX)
9/7: Family Fitness Faith Festival (College Station, TX)
9/7: Sirens of September (Smithfield, RI)
9/7: Garden State Open (Berkeley Heights, NJ)
9/7: Hill City Throwdown (Lynchburg VA)
9/7: D.C. Throwdown (Washington, D.C.)
9/7: Midwest Fall Classic (Tulsa, OK)
9/7: OUTWOD Asheville at CrossFit Pisgah (Asheville, NC)
9/7: OUTWOD Brooklyn at Park Slope CrossFit (Brooklyn, NY)
9/7: Double Trouble at Crossfit Unwavering (El Mirage, AZ)
9/7: Girls Gone RX (Virginia Beach, VA)
9/7: WODderfest (Beaufort, SC)
9/7: Primal Parkinson’s Ride (Tampa, FL)
9/7: SE TEX Masters Fall Classic (Cypress, TX)
9/7: The Sugar Skull Showdown (Agawam, MA)
9/7: Power Output Challenge (San Antonio, TX) 
9/7: 5th Annual Iron Maidens Raw Open (Brooklyn, NY)
9/7: Barbells for Boobs 5K and Family Fun Run (Cornelius, NC)
9/7: Rows for Crows (Westborough, MA)
9/8: Wingman (Lincoln, United Kingdom)
9/11: Coffland Hero WOD Challenge at CrossFit Alpha Dog (Lombard, IL)
9/14: Charm City Throwdown (Sparks, MD)
9/14: Stateline Throwdown (McHenry, IL)
9/14: Stealth Fitness Combine (New Brunswick, NJ)
9/14: Coffland Hero Challenge WOD (Vestal, NY)
9/14: OUTWOD Grand Rapids (Grand Rapids, MI)
9/14: 6th Annual Cancer Smash (St. Augustine, FL)
9/14: Project: Uplift 5.0 (Fort Collins CO)
9/14: Warrior Affiliate League Three Amigos (Rancho Cucamonga, CA)
​9/14: Mucc Town Throwdown (Winnemucca, NV)
9/14: Reps and Rescues Rumble (Olathe, KS)
9/14: Festivus Games at CrossFit Indestri (Collingwood, ON)
9/14: Granite Games at CrossFit Gallant (Bedford, TX)
9/14: The Dane Games (Mine Hill, NJ)
9/14: Granite games at CrossFit Nola 504 (New Orleans, LA)
9/14: Festivus Games at Gymology Fitness (Tulsa, OK)
9/14: Garage Games Master’s Tour 2019 (Chicago, IL)
9/14: WODktoberfest 2019 (Ottawa, ON)
9/14: Granite Games Throwdown Skyline CrossFit (Houston, TX)
9/14: Festivus Games at J5 CrossFit (Collinsville, IL)
9/14: Festivus Games at Crossfit Mountain Movers (Pikeville, KY)
9/14: Festivus Games at CrossFit Connection (Ontario, CAN)
9/14: Prime Partner Classic (Utica, NY)
9/14: Barbell Brawl V (Kennett Square, PA)
9/14: Festivus games at CrossFit Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, PA)
9/14 – 9/15: Gymnastics Seminar with Simon Nieland (Ocala, FL)
9/15: Patriot Throwdown 9/11 Memorial WOD (Simsbury, CT)
9/15: Coffland Hero WOD Challenge at Blue Crab CrossFit (Hanover, MD)
9/20 -9/22: Pensacola Beach Brawl (Pensacola Beach, FL)
9/20 – 9/22: The Dakota Games (Fargo, ND)
9/21: Cry Me a River 2019 (Online)
9/21: 4th Annual CrossFit Co-Ed Classic Competition (East Brunswick, NJ)
9/21: Beers and Burpees (Charlotte, NC)
9/21: 7th Annual CFuNKY Throwdown Competition (Florence, KY)
9/21: 4th Annual Battle on the Border (New York, NY)
9/21: Under Armour Turf Games City Series (Los Angeles, CA)
9/21: Fall Jam 2019 (Columbus, OH)
9/21: 2019 GR Games (Grand Rapids, MI)
9/21: Girls Gone RX (Denver, CO)
9/21: The Partner Throwdown (Philadelphia, PA)
9/21: 2019 Arsenal Throwdown (Pittsburgh, PA)
9/21: Barbells for Bullies (Portland, OR)
9/21: Barbells for Bullies (Clearwater, FL)
9/21: Throwdown in the Triangle (Raleigh, NC)
9/21: Rookie Rumble at CrossFit 643 (Washington Township, NJ)
9/21 – 9/22: The Central Regional (Bettendorf, IA)
9/21 – 9/22: Southie Showdown (Boston, MA)
9/21 – 9/22: CrossFit Cascade Classic (Seattle, WA)
9/22: Caffeine & Kilos Invitational (Sacramento, CA)
9/26 – 9/28: Heart of America (Springfield, MO)
9/27 – 9/28: Autumn Games 4 (Albuquerque, NM) 
9/27 – 9/28: Battle at the Banks (Cincinnati, OH)
9/27 – 9/28: The Greenville Games (Greenville, SC)
9/28: 2019 Pound-4-Pound Competition (Denver, CO)
9/28: Masters of the Midway: Individual (Lake in the Hills, IL)
9/28: The Shipwreck 4 at Harbor Park CrossFit (Racine, WI)
9/28: Firewall Frenzy 2019 Partner Comp (Holliston, MA)
9/28: No Mans Land 5 (Painesville, OH)
9/28: Country Tuff Competition (Richfield, UT)
9/28: Can You Dig It Delaware (Delaware, OH)
9/28: Bloodline Barbell Brawl (Lehigh Acres, FL)
9/28: Bring The Heat X (Katy, TX)
9/28: Rookie Rollout 4 (San Diego, CA)
9/28: The Fat Man Little Boy Showdown (Oak Ridge, TN)
9/28: Battle Cancer Competition (Madrid, Spain)
9/28: Fight of the Elements (Gland, Switzerland)
9/28: 4th Annual Kilo CrushFest (Hampton, VA)
9/28 -9/29: Beer City Beatdown (Asheville, NC)
9/28: Masters of the DMV3 (Alexandria, VA)
9/28 – 9/29: CrossFit Krypton Training Camp (Chesapeake, VA)
9/29: Labor Of Love (Newington, CT)

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