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Happy Monday Morning Chalk Up readers! It’s Games week baby and we’re hitting the ground running🏃🏼‍♀️🏃🏼‍♀️🏃🏼‍♀️.

In today’s edition:

  • CrossFit is looking for the next city to host the Games.
  • Tommy Marquez and Brian Friend discuss the women’s field podium picks.
  • 2018 Games documentary is in the works.
  • RPM Training Co. launches a new at-home training program.
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“A good plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan executed next week.” - George S. Patton

  On the Road Again: CrossFit Accepting Bids for New Games Host Site 

On the Road Again: CrossFit Accepting Bids for New Games Host Site

While this week the city of Madison, WI. is filled with athletes and fans for the 2021 NOBULL CrossFit Games, America’s Dairyland won’t crown the fittest athletes on earth for much longer, with only one year on the contract remaining. CrossFit is now accepting bids for a new host city that will be home to the CrossFit Games for three to five years starting in 2023.

One big thing: There are three main requirements for the potential host city: It must have multiple venues for events, seat sizable crowds, and have areas for the fans and vendors.

  • A “full-size soccer/football field and stadium with a minimum of 15,000 seats” is the first requirement. Artificial or natural turf is acceptable. Director of Sport Dave Castro has used the fields in Carson and Madison for several high-profile events, including the Midline March in 2014, Murph in 2015, and the Sprint Couplet in 2019.
  • The second requirement is a “tennis stadium/basketball arena/hockey arena with a minimum of 15,000 seats.” These venues serve as the sites of the biggest moments at the CrossFit Games, including the Friday night events and the final events of the year.
  • The third requirement focuses on the spectator areas larger than 375,000 square feet, an athlete village larger than 75,000 square feet, and an operation area larger than 175,000 square feet.
  • Along with the primary requirements, the RFP specifies the potential need for an area to hold swimming events. Pools or open water are acceptable for Castro’s needs.
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  • 24-Hour Rowing Challenge: Five teams in Southern California took on a 24-hour rowing challenge to raise money for pediatric cancer patients. The teams, which included the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department, the West Covina Fire Department and local CrossFitters, raised more that $40,000 for the Jessie Rees Foundation.
  • Seventh Annual Battle at the Ballpark: At Dozer Park in Peoria, IL, 309 Fitness held the seventh annual Battle at the Ballpark competition, the largest competition in downstate Illinois. This year the event raised money for Team Red, White, and Blue, a veterans’ organization.
  • Pride WOD Amsterdam: CrossFit Zeeburg in Amsterdam, NL will host its fourth annual Pride WOD during Amsterdam’s Pride week. The WOD will take place on August 6 at 6 PM local time. Tickets for the event are available now.
  • Community Bike Build: CrossFit Una Stamus in Elk River, MN held a charity bike build earlier this month and together they raised more than $8,000 and built 53 bikes for foster kids in the local area.
  • Beast Factory CrossFit Jump-A-Thon: In Yuma, AZ tragedy struck a week ago when Kayla Ramirez’s toddler sons drowned. To help the family, Beast Factory CrossFit, along with Na Koa Fitness and Babe Cave Fitness held a jump-a-thon fundraiser. There is also a GoFundMe, if others in the community would like to help.


  • Individual Event 10: Actress and CrossFit addict Anna Paquin announced IE10.
    • 30 toes-to-bar, run 1.5 miles
    • 30 toes-to-bar, run 1.5 miles
    • 30 toes-to-bar
  • Individual Athlete cut schedule: Dave Castro announced over the weekend which days and events we’d see the field begin to shrink down. Unlike in 2019, these cuts are much less drastic with 20 athletes still competing for the crown after the first event on Saturday through the end of the competition.
  • That’s a heavy cheddar chunk: Ever hear of the Husafell stone used in Strongman competitions? Castro teased a special orange cheddar chuck edition of the Husafell bag athletes will use in Madison.
    • P.S. Historically, the Husafell stone weighs 409 pounds/186kg. With this bag being sand, Castro can essentially pick whatever weight he wants.
  • Five American women podium contenders: After a five-year drought without seeing a female American stand on top of the podium at the CrossFit Games, Kari Pearce put the US back up there with her third-place finish in 2020. While this year has several hungry Americans vying for those podium placements, we picked five women with the greatest shot of getting back up there.
  • Adaptive Athlete podium guide: It’s the inaugural year of the Adaptive Athlete division and there’s a total of 14 men and women we’ll be keeping an eye on in contention for the podium. This year, the divisions are broken up by upper extremity, lower extremity and neuromuscular.
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  Tommy and Brian Discuss the Women's Podium Contenders for the 2021 NOBULL CrossFit Games 


Tommy and Brian Discuss the Women's Podium Contenders for the 2021 NOBULL CrossFit Games

Tia-Clair Toomey is the dominant force for the women’s competition that Mat Fraser, and before him Rich Froning, were for the men’s field. She is coming back this year on a mission to claim her fifth straight title and we will be following that story closely throughout the Games. Today, Tommy Marquez and Brian Friend will be evaluating the rest of the field, debating whether the other two podium spots are more likely to be occupied by international athletes or by women from the United States.

Tommy, the International Contingency: Pretty simple, just can’t be a woman from the U.S.

Brian, Women From the United States: Can only select women who have their listed country as the United States.

*Both analysts will select five women given the criteria and go back and forth discussing the likelihood and plausibility for each selection.

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  Confirmed: 2018 CrossFit Games Documentary in Production 

Confirmed: 2018 CrossFit Games Documentary in Production

Rumors of a documentary in the works on the 2018 CrossFit Games were confirmed over the weekend by multiple sources. There is no known release date at this time.

  • A first glimpse was posted to Dave Castro’s Instagram story with a file name titled “2018doc_RoughScreener.mp4.”

One big thing: The documentary will not be produced by The Buttery Bros’ Marston Sawyers and Heber Cannon, who have produced the other award-winning CrossFit Games documentaries.

  • Their most recent documentary “Resurgence” was the number one downloaded movie in America the day it launched.
  • It’s unclear who is producing the 2018 documentary.

Remind me: Shortly after the 2018 CrossFit Games, the sport was thrown into turmoil as then-owner Greg Glassman laid off dozens of Games staff, including almost the entire media staff, and drastically altered the Games structure and season.

  • The project was scrapped even though The Buttery Bros’ Marston Sawyers and Heber Canon had already filmed many of the interviews and segments.
  RPM Training Co. Introduces Atom, an At-Home Functional Training Program Package 

RPM Training Co. Introduces Atom, an At-Home Functional Training Program Package

The purveyor of jump ropes and clothing made for functional fitness, RPM Training Co., is branching out in a major way. The company co-founded by Josh and Shane Rogers, just announced an at-home training system designed for the modern functional athlete. The new program called Atom, will focus on fitness enthusiasts that prefer to workout from home but don’t necessarily want to exercise in front of a mirror or ride a bike for hours.

One big thing: The company is not trying to take people out of the gym; instead, RPM is looking at ways to complement the traditional training methods after a pandemic threw a wrench into the proverbial gears and forced people to adapt.

The details: Atom will include a “premium equipment kit” and daily programming delivered through a digital platform. Using the virtual platform, Atom will provide workout demos, instruction from coaches, and leaderboards. Users who sign-up for the $35-per-month subscription can also set up live sessions and take on the daily workout together, which Josh compared to a video game party system.

  • There are three equipment kits, starting with Axis at $995. This kit includes dumbbells, a kettlebell, sandbag, jump rope, plyo box, and some smaller accessories.
  • The tiers continue with the Fly kit ($1,395), adding a barbell and gymnastic rings to the existing Axis kit.
  • The third and final tier is the Power kit ($1,995). This package includes Axis and Fly but also adds bumper plates with the barbell. The purchase of any kit includes two free months of the subscription.
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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.

  • Dariana Rosales from Geaux CrossFit in Baton Rouge, LA snatches 185 pounds/84kg for a PR.
  • Magda Krolikowska from Tiger Pit CrossFit in the United Kingdom push presses 176 pounds/80kg for three.
  • Ebonee Scott from CrossFit 623 in Glendale, AZ power snatches 125 pounds/56kg for two.
  • Kyler Boucher from CrossFit Hyperion in Pleasant Grove, UT snatches 240 pounds/108kg for a PR.
  • Sientje Henderson from Jamacia snatches at 151 pounds/69kg.
  • Samantha Secord from Jacked Nation in Medley, FL snatches 185 pounds/84kg and clean and jerks 246 pounds/112kg.
  • Mark Collier clean and jerks 315 pounds/142kg for a PR.
  • Charlotte Jacobs completes her first bar muscle-up.
12/3 - 12/4: Torino Challenge (Moncalieri (TO), Italy)
12/3: Reindeer Rumble (Ocala, FL)
12/9 - 12/11: Fall Series Throwdown (Desio, Italy)
12/17: The Midwest Championship (Warrensburg, MO)
1/15 - 1/31: Athens Throwdown Qualifiers (Athens, Greece)
1/21 - 1/22: Modena Challenge: Beginner and Master (Modena, Italy)

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