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Games Athletes: A Stronger Front Squat?

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Good morning and welcome to the Morning Chalk Up.

In today’s edition:

  • How much stronger are 2020 Games athletes now versus six months ago?
  • Greg Lanctot, Sanctionals emcee and former team athlete, took on the Equipment-Free Open.
  • DREAMER Project demonstrates how fitness can be critical tool in sobriety.
  • Hot off the press! Commemorate the 2020 CrossFit Games season with a Morning Chalk Up limited edition print newspaper. On sale now.

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  How Did 2020 Games Athletes Fare on the Four Rep Max Front Squat Test in Quarterfinals? 

How Did 2020 Games Athletes Fare on the Four Rep Max Front Squat Test in Quarterfinals?

One of Dave Castro’s programming tendencies, and gifts, is to evolve various tests over the years. Sometimes the gap between these programming ploys is long, but in the case being studied today, the time gap was very small — a matter of less than six months.

Remind Me: Last October, the 30 qualifying athletes for Stage One of the 2020 CrossFit Games competed in an online format similar to this past weekend’s Quarterfinals. In October, one of the seven tests was a one rep max front squat. The 2021 Quarterfinals featured it’s distant cousin, the four rep max front squat. Natural curiosity begs two questions:

  1. What is the expected capacity of a four rep max relative to a one rep max?
  2. How did the 54 athletes who registered official scores for both fare as compared to the expected outcomes? (Six of the 60 from October did not compete in the Quarterfinals for various reasons.)

Expected Capacity: A quick search on Google indicates from a variety of different sources, that 90% of an athlete’s one-rep max is a good indicator of an expected four rep max value.

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  • CrossFit CEO Eric Roza was on CNN this week and laid out his reasoning for why gyms should be included in the infrastructure bill.
    • Roza: “We absolutely support the infrastructure bill and there needs to be a way to pay for it.
  • Torian Pro, the Oceania Semifinal, announced its official partnership with athletic flooring manufacturer Rep House.
  • The Asia Invitational announced that in addition to the Semifinal event on June 11-13, there will be a community event, the Asia CrossFit Classic, on June 19-20.
  • The Scaled Nation CrossFit Spring Classic started last week and after the first event, James Hollingsworth, Chrissy Harrison, Amy Lobb are the leaders.
  • Army Captain Amy Hernandez set a world record on April 3, running a mile in 10:23 wearing a 96 pound bomb suit at the track on the campus of George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. The CrossFitter who commands the Army’s 717th Ordnance Company, 52nd Ordnance Group (Explosive Ordnance Disposal), began preparing for this attempt more than a year ago.
  • The WOD for OOCH: Starting this Friday, the virtual competition, “WOD for OOCH”, kicks off to raise money for  Camp Ooch and Camp Trillium. Camp Ooch is a privately funded, volunteer-based organization that provides kids with and affected by childhood cancer with unique opportunities for growth through challenging, fun, enriching and magical experiences. Workouts are released April 15 and must be completed by April 19.
  Greg Lanctot, Sanctionals Emcee and Former Team Athlete, on the Equipment Free Open 


Greg Lanctot, Sanctionals Emcee and Former Team Athlete, on the Equipment Free Open

Who is Greg Lanctot? 

Well, not only is he the gentleman pictured above, he’s contributed quite a bit to the sport and community of CrossFit, especially in the last couple years.

He is also one of the host of impressive emcee’s from some of the biggest Sanctionals these past two seasons: Wodapalooza both years, French Throwdown 2019, Filthy 150 2019, and Strength in Depth 2020. But, he’s also been covering the CrossFit Games for RDS (the French version of TSN in Canada), every year since 2017, and began honing his skills on the microphone at the Atlas Games all the way back in 2016.

Prior to the more forward facing roles he’s recently been in, Lanctot was a perennial Regional Team athlete. From 2013 through 2016 he competed with Deka CrossFit, twice at the Canada East Regional, then twice at the East Regional.

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  DREAMER Project Provides Strong Evidence for Fitness as a Sobriety Tool 

DREAMER Project Provides Strong Evidence for Fitness as a Sobriety Tool

We first met Hayley Avino last July 2020, when she was completing her Doctoral Degree in Nursing at Arizona State University. She was about to launch a trial fitness and wellness program at Hope House, a residential treatment centre in Scottsdale, AZ, to test her hypothesis that group fitness has a positive impact on those recovering from substance abuse.

  • Eight months later, Avino’s research is complete and her statistically significant findings showed that incorporating functional fitness, “CrossFit-style group workouts” and wellness sessions into rehabilitation programs positively impacts perceived quality of life, social support, health and confidence in achieving long-term sobriety for those in recovery. In fact, Avino’s project — the DREAMER project — was so successful that ASU and Hope House now have a five-year contract to continue to build her program.

The details: Avino’s original plan was to administer fitness and wellness sessions three days a week for 12 weeks in-person, but COVID-19 caused her to pivot to a Zoom platform. Admittedly not her first choice, but as a silver lining, this allowed her to deliver her program to a second Hope House facility, as well.

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Dead Butt Syndrome

When you're squatting or lunging, do you feel like your glutes aren't doing their share of the work? Learn how to retrain them to fire harder and stronger so you can start hitting more PRs.




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How to Avoid CrossFit Burn Out

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Which Panchik Brother is the Messiest

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10/7 - 10/8: Koda Iron Games (Lafayette, CO)
10/8: Mayhem & Massacre @ Infinite Fitness & Health (Wharton, NJ)
10/8 - 10/9: Mid-Atlantic CrossFit Challenge Festival (MACC FEST) (West Friendship, MD)
10/8: Fall Brawl at CrossFit Lehigh Valley (Allentown, PA)
10/8 - 10/9: MACC FEST (West Friendship, MD)
10/8: Rua Rumble II (Frankfort, IL)
10/8: Nightmare On Wod Street (Spring Lake, MI)
10/8: The X Games (Brooklawn, NJ)
10/14 - 10/16: 3F Throwdown (Poreč, Croatia)
10/15: Girls Gone Rx Belleville (Belleville, Canada)
10/15: Ragin Games 2022 (Lafayette, LA)
10/15: Wodtoberfest (Owosso, MI)
10/15: PAINKLLR Nashville (Nashville, TN)
10/15: Ragin Games (Lafayette, LA)
10/15: 7th Annual Kilo Crushfest (Hampton, VA)
10/15: Girls Gone Rx Omaha (Gretna, NE)
10/15: Girls Gone Rx Dallas (Dallas, Texas)
10/15: Diamond K Classic (Birmingham, AL)
10/15: Girls Gone Rx Richmond (Richmond, Canada)
10/15: Girls Gone Rx San Diego (Alpine, CA)
10/15: Girls Gone Rx Iowa (Des Miones, IA)
10/15: Girls Gone Rx Southern Illinois (Highland Robinson, IL)
10/15: Girls Gone Rx DC (Alexandria, VA)
10/15: Girls Gone Rx Charlotte (Charlotte, NC)
10/15: Girls Gone Rx Newport News (Newport News, VA)
10/15: Mid Atlantic Masters Classic (Abingdon, MD)
10/15: Bridgetown Throwdown (City of Industry, CA)
10/21 - 10/23: Battledrome Championship (Milan, Italy)
10/22: 8th Annual Crossfit Pittsfield Fall Brawl (Pittsfield, MA)
10/22: Doomsday 2022 (Palm Springs, CA)
10/22: The Humble Games Fall Throwdown (Hanover, MD)
10/22: Festivus Games Pairs – Same-Sex or Mixed-Sex (Savannah, GA)
10/22: Goblin Gauntlet – CrossFit Sandy (Sandy, UT)
10/22: 8th annual fall brawl (Pittsfield, MA)
10/22: Festivals Games – CrossFit 906 Ishpeming, MI (Ishpeming, MI)
10/22 - 10/23: Rep It Out (Sheffield, England)
10/22: Clash at the Creek 2022 (Knoxville, TN)
10/22: 2022 Arsenal Throwdown (Pittsburgh, PA)
10/22: Ironclad (League City, TX)
10/22: Festivus Games (Waukesha, WI)
10/22: Scream and Clean 2 (Danbury, CT)
10/22: SE TEX Masters Fall Classic 2022 (Cypress, TX)
10/22: Black and Brewed (Huntsville, AL)
10/22: Festivus Games – Pairs (Savannah, GA)
10/22: Dreamland Games 3 (same sex pairs) (Portsmouth, OH)
10/22: Festivus Games – Teams @ Crossfit Clan (Parsippany, NJ)
10/29 - 10/30: Mayhem & Massacre @ CrossFit Black Hive West (Jacksonville, FL)
10/29: Heartland Games (Kearney, NE)
10/29 - 10/30: Chi-Town Throwdown (Elmhurst, IL)
10/29 - 10/30: The Vanguard (Lakeland, FL)
10/30 - 11/20: CHLKDUP Box League – Nashville (Nashville, TN)
11/1 - 11/21: MFLH X FFTF Partner Series Online Qualifier (New York, NY)
11/5 - 11/6: Reignited Games (Wilmington, NC)
11/5: Fall’s Fittest Partner Throwdown (Amherst, OH)
11/5: Best of the Wurst (New Braunfels, TX)
11/12: Girls Gone Rx Salt Lake City (West Salt Lake, UT)
11/12: Girls Gone Rx Mesa (Mesa, AZ)
11/12: CrossFit Exodus Throwdown (Bridgeport, TX)
11/19: Babes & Beasts TURF Games 2022 (Port Saint Lucie, FL)
11/19: Cactus Classic 2022 (Phoenix, AZ)
12/2 - 12/4: WheelWod Games (Raleigh, NC)
12/3 - 12/4: Torino Challenge (Moncalieri (TO), Italy)
12/3: Reindeer Rumble (Ocala, FL)

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