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Happy Saturday Morning Chalk Up readers! It’s our last newsletter before the Morning Chalk Up team will have boots on the ground in Madison. We hope to see you there for all the fitness😎😎.

In today’s edition:

  • Athletes in the teen division to watch at the Games.
  • Tommy tackles athlete check-ins.
  • Masters athletes message to aging adults.
  • Staying fit with Reebok in Madison.
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  Podium Guide: Teen Division Showcases the Future of the Sport  

Podium Guide: Teen Division Showcases the Future of the Sport

The future of the sport will be on display early at the 2021 NOBULL CrossFit Games, as the teen division is among the first groups to kick off the competition on Tuesday. With much discussion around teen athletes competing in the individual division this year, such as Emma Cary and Mallory O’Brien, the teen division will feature many athletes hoping to follow suit in the near future.

  • P.S. All age group divisions will be broadcast live. Here’s how to watch.

Here are the teens we’re going to be watching to make a run at the podium this year.

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Can You Work a Full-Time Job and Train for the CrossFit Games?

Can You Work a Full-Time Job and Train for the CrossFit Games?

Is it possible to do both? Three-time Games athlete Emily Rolfe spends her day as a radiation technologist and still finds the energy to train four hours every day.

If you’ve been in the position of balancing work and training, you know that the energy roller coaster brought on by sugar or caffeine will destroy any chance of getting it all done. Emily relies on UCAN instead.

Read how Emily manages to combine both elite training and her day job. Plus, save 20% on UCAN with code “CHALKUP”.



  • Age-group and adaptive schedule announced: Age-group and adaptive athletes will compete Tuesday-Thursday in Madison. For all divisions, day one will begin with a long run, a couplet of rope climbs and heavy deadlifts, and end the day with a heavy snatch. All divisions will be cut to ten athletes before the final event on Thursday, besides the adaptive division.
    • Nine events throughout the week for 16-17, 35-39, 40-44.
    • Seven events throughout the week for 14-15, and divisions 45 through 60+.
  • Health panel presentations at the Games: Throughout Games week, panels will be held on the Demo Stage discussing popular health topics within the CrossFit space.
    • Thursday – 1:00 PM: CrossFit and Cancer.
    • Thursday – 2:00 PM: Wearables.
    • Friday – 11:00 AM: CrossFit and Pregnancy.
    • Saturday – 1:00 PM: CrossFit and Chronic Disease.
    • Sunday – 9:00 AM: Genomics and Precision Medicine.
  • Games plates are ready to go looking shiny and pristine for the athletes to sling around next week.
  • Continue to follow our CrossFit Games live blog for a steady stream of updates.


  • Mayhem Nation is headed East: Rich Froning and his team are 100% focused on the Games, but he put out a little teaser about a potential competition, Desert Heat, in November in the United Arab Emirates.
  • Reebok TRs making a comeback: If you loved the original Speed TRs, you’ll be able to get your hands on the Speed 21 TRs this August.
  A Peek Inside the NOBULL Athlete Check-In Experience  


A Peek Inside the NOBULL Athlete Check-In Experience

The 2021 NOBULL CrossFit Games are finally here, and the official kick off to Games week is highlighted by the check-in process for the athletes where the reality of the week ahead sets in amidst the nerves and excitement that come with competing.

The crown jewel of check-in is the athlete kit experience, where athletes receive their official uniforms, footwear, and all the various accessories needed to tackle the tests ahead of them. With 2021 being NOBULL’s first go as the title sponsor, I took a peek behind the curtain to see what this year’s process would look like for the competitors.

The vibe: Located in the same place as year’s past, athletes are greeted by their own personal concierge that will tend to them as they go through the process. Design-wise the aesthetics that have been a cornerstone of the NOBULL brand – clean colors and straightforward elements like wood, stone, and wrought iron – give an understated but salient environment.

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  Seven Masters Athletes Competing in Madison Offer Message to Ageing Adults  

Seven Masters Athletes Competing in Madison Offer Message to Ageing Adults

Every year at the CrossFit Games, spectators that watch the 50 and 60-plus competitors marvel at what they’re witnessing.

  • “I can’t believe she’s 55. Her muscle-ups are better than mine,” and, “How is he 60? He’s jacked,” will overtake the crowd.
  • But many of the masters athletes competing next week insist that the CrossFit Games isn’t why they do CrossFit. Sure, it’s a celebration of their hard-earned fitness, but it’s so much bigger than that, they say.

P.S. Here’s how you can watch the masters compete live at the CrossFit Games.

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  Fun Ways to Stay Fit in Madison with Reebok  

Fun Ways to Stay Fit in Madison with Reebok

We don’t know about you, but after watching Games athletes sell their soul on a workout in the North Park or Coliseum, we get a bit of FOMO. They shouldn’t be the only ones who get to have a good workout in Madison and that’s why Reebok has a week full of fitness for spectators.

Remind me: Reebok ran a fit barge for fans at the 2017-2019 Games hosting a slew of activities in the middle of the lake. It was so successful that 1,100 people signed up to take on fitness classes, kayak, or paddle board just to name a few. And this year, they’re excited to offer more fun for spectators.

  • “Next week is not just a celebration of the competing athletes, but the entire fitness community; and while our formal partnership with the games has changed, our commitment to the community has not…we wanted to show our appreciation to the community and ensure we were giving everyone an opportunity to partake in this special week in some way shape or form,” Kristen Fortin, the global marketing director at Reebok said.

Here’s this year’s itinerary to help keep you moving (almost as fast) as Games athletes, and even grab a quick snack. All events are Monday, July 26 through Sunday, August 1.

  • Free Fitness on Reebok: You can sign up now for outdoor fitness classes led by athletes like Christian Harris, Fee Saghafi, Jason Khalipa and Maddie Sturt.
    • Location: The lawn by Brittingham Boats entrance at 701 W Brittingham Pl, Madison, WI 53715.
  • Free Donut Specials: The first 100 customers at Greenbush Bakery wearing Reebok each day (doors open at 6 AM), will get a free donut.
    • Location: 1402 Regent St, Madison, WI 53711
  • Free Kayak or Paddle board: The first 50 water adventure seekers will get two hours out on a kayak or paddle board. You can sign up now using one of these daily promo codes depending on the day you wish to participate: ReebokMonday, ReebokTuesday, ReebokWednesday, ReebokThursday, ReebokFriday, ReebokSaturday, ReebokSunday.
    • Location: Brittingham Boats at 701 W Brittingham Pl, Madison, WI 53715.

P.S. Keep an eye out for the Reebok vehicle. It will be giving away merch around town throughout Games week. Who doesn’t love free merch?


Your Mystical Prediction Powers

Think you have seen the future and know who is going to atop the podium this summer? Now’s your chance to prove it. Predict the top five male and female athletes in Madison this summer for a chance to win some epic prizes from brands such as Reebok, Black Rifle Coffee, O2, and Ascent Protein.



How You Go From Capitol Hill to CrossFit Media

Justin LoFranco took his experience crafting communications for some of the highest elected officials in Congress and created the daily CrossFit newsletter, the Morning Chalk Up (heard of it?). Hear Justin discuss his story, 2020's impact on the CrossFit industry, and various other topics on The Friday Reporter podcast.




The AIRWAAV Affiliate Program

Help other athletes breathe better in workouts and get paid for it? Sign us up. AIRWAAV just released an affiliate and community program where athletes and gyms can provide discounts and earn a commission for every person they inspire to try AIRWAAV.



The Best Shower of Your Life for Free

What do you do when you can't find high-quality, cleanly formulated, performance-driven shower products at an affordable price? You build them, of course. Well, that's what Huron did, and they're offering all readers a free sample pack of shampoo, conditioner, and body wash while stocks last.



Some Free Steak and Lobster

That's right, fire up the grill. ButcherBox is sending all new customers two 5-oz. lobster tails and two 10-oz. ribeyes free in their first box. So skip the store and sign up to ButcherBox today to have high-quality meat arrive at your door every month.



Some Mojo Chicken

This Cuban-inspired Mojo Chicken recipe is packed with a garlicky citrus punch to upgrade your bland weeknight chicken. Super delicious and super versatile -- you can make it in the oven, air fryer, or on the grill. Serve it up with traditional black beans and rice for the perfect (completely prep-able) meal.


Chalk Up Highlights is our section dedicated to celebrating our community’s wins in the gym. Follow @ChalkUpHighlights and submit your highlights to [email protected] to be featured.

  • Happy birthday Paige Semenza.
  • Congratulations to Emily Bridgers and Ben Benson on their baby boy, Jett James Benson.
  • Zimbabwe CrossFit National Champion, Tafadzwa Mushandu, deadlifts 600 pounds/273kg for three.
  • Sophia Digregorio from CrossFit 316 in Wichita, KS cleans 235 pounds/106kg.
  • Elaine Tsay from Kawi CrossFit in Austin, TX high hang clean and jerks 200 pounds/90kg for a PR.
  • Kayla Aguililla from CrossFit Breaking Boundaries in Alpharetta, GA cleans 220 pounds/99kg for a PR.
  • Tristan Meredith from CrossFit Clash in McDonough, GA strict presses 185 pounds/83kg.
  • Patrick Garrett May from CrossFit Cornelius in Cornelius, NC snatches 200 pounds/90kg for a PR.
  • Jeff from Tolland CrossFit in Tolland, CT completes his first bar muscle-up.
  • Ready for a challenge? Try these overhead pistols. We’ll be quietly over here working on our ankle mobility.
7/9 - 7/10: Rex Rumble 11 Double Down (Ocala, FL)
7/9: Rex Rumble at CrossFit zoo (Ocala, FL)
7/16: Girls Gone Rx Fayetteville (Spring Lake, NC)
7/16: Girls Gone Rx San Antonio (San Antonio, TX)
7/16: Girls Gone Rx West Texas (Snyder, YX)
7/16: Girls Gone Rx South Sound (Puyallup, WA)
7/16: Girls Gone Rx Wilmington (Wilmington, NC)
7/16: Buckeye Games Individuals/Masters (Medina, OH)
7/17: Warrior Affiliate League Summer Classic (Whittier, CA)
7/23: Palm City CrossFit Fairgrounds Throwdown (Stuart, FL)
7/23: Buckeye Games Team Competition (Medina, OH)
7/30: Mayhem & Massacre @ CrossFit Fernandina (Yulee, FL)
7/30: No Grit No Glory (Barbell for Boobs) (Byron, IL)
8/13: The Mortal Games 2022 (Sunrise, FL)
8/20: Summer Smashdown (Tucson, AZ)
8/27: Mayhem & Massacre @ CrossFit Sango (Clarksville, TN)
8/27: The MFLH Fight For The Fittest 2022 (Ronkonhoma, NY)
8/27: Dawg Days of Summer (Portsmouth, OH)

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