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Doctor, Affiliate Owner and Make WODs Great Again Creator Go All In on CrossFit Box
You may know John Wooley by his more popular identity — the man behind the CrossFit meme account Make WODs Great Again, with 376k followers on Instagram. And while he’s planning to keep churning out funny, all-too-relatable content, alongside continuing to host a couple of podcasts, he’s got a new venture he’s embarking on; this time with two partners, to serve the functional fitness community on an even deeper, more personal level.
Jennifer Pishk founded Chagrin Falls CrossFit almost exactly eight years ago (Dec. 2, 2014) in the same area she grew up in, and as of November, she now shares ownership of the affiliate with Wooley and longtime friend, gym member, physician and champion for the CrossFit Health program, Dr. Tom McCoy.
Wooley has incorporated philanthropy efforts into his endeavors since starting the meme page about four years ago, “and I like the charity work, but I’ve always wanted to make kind of a bigger impact with a lasting impact,” he said. “I’ve always had it in the back of my mind that potentially owning an affiliate or being a part of an affiliate was on my radar, but I’ve never had a good opportunity for it.”
In case you missed it: Morning Chalk Up’s Lauren Kalil brought on sports analyst Joey Adduci and emcee Bella Martin to reveal their podium picks for the elite men’s field for the Dubai Fitness Championship, which goes this weekend.
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Another one: Yet another amazing team has been confirmed for the TYR Wodapalooza, this time its Christine Kolenbrander, Alexis Raptis and Fee Saghafi.
Laura Horvath is fit. She is committed. She is one of the best women we’ve ever seen in our sport. And, she is not good at handstand push-ups.
When this movement appears in a strict form of any kind we can assume a close to last place finish. When this movement is not present at the CrossFit Games, it is safe to assume she will give anyone a run for their money to take the title “The Fittest on Earth.”
So what gives? Does she train them? Isn’t her coach Ben Smith? Didn’t Ben Smith win the Games in 2015 and isn’t he considered one of the fittest dudes to ever do it? Isn’t she a full-time athlete? Hasn’t she been at a high level since 2018? Why is this chink in her armor so glaring? Why hasn’t it changed?
We’re just a few days away from the kick-off to the Dubai Fitness Championship and Morning Chalk Up’s Lauren Kalil brought on sports analyst Joey Adduci and emcee Bella Martin to reveal their podium picks for the elite women’s field. Once the competition starts on Friday, December 1, make sure to check back here for Kalil’s daily recap shows and updates with some of the athletes competing. Link to the leaderboard.
Masters Fitness Collective Responds to Athlete Comments About Low Payouts
The premier annual event for masters athletes,the Masters Fitness Collective (MFC), took place October 21-23, where approximately 500 athletes across 16 divisions threw down in Fort Wayne, IN. Shortly following the competition, Morning Chalk Up started receiving messages from athletes in regards to payouts received.
In the elite divisions, first place received $300, second place got $200, and third place, $100
For the teams, first place in the elite divisions was awarded $500
For RX divisions, they received a prize pack with a variety of items, including something from each of the 30-plus on-site vendors
One elite athlete who finished on the podium, and wishes to remain anonymous, told Morning Chalk Up they do not plan on returning to the event, “mostly due to feeling misled payment-wise, as well as the competition, flights, (and) hotel being way too expensive for what it was.”
“Having to fill out a 1099 on top of it was just insulting as well. The cost of competing was more than the payout, never mind travel expenses and such.”
They added: “One of the workouts got cut in half on the final day because of how poorly coordinated the timing of workouts were each day.”
The 2022 Dubai Fitness Championship is set to kick off this weekend, celebrating the competition’s 10th anniversary. The event will feature a mix of big names, up-and-coming athletes, along with new competitors looking to make a name for themself.
The programming has yet to be released, but looking at past performance and the trends in programming typically seen at Dubai, here are our podium picks and dark horses for this weekend.
Jamie Simmonds: Five-time CrossFit Games veteran and 2019 podium finisher, Simmonds is the most experienced competitor in the women’s field, bringing a wide range of strengths to one of the most diversely programmed offseason events. She is among the best in the world at high volume gymnastics and anything featuring a classic couplet or triplet.
Lena Richter: Back-to-back runner up in the team division, Richter has been a crucial part of CrossFit Oslo’s consistent success over the last couple of years. If she’s able to execute and manage the demands of individual competition, she definitely has the physical fitness to fight for a podium spot at Dubai.
Matilde Garnes: After her recent 14th place finish at the Rogue Invitational, Garnes showcased the breadth of her fitness, taking fourth in the trail run and second in the ring muscle up, hill run and goblet squat workout. Garnes did something similar at the 2022 CrossFit Games, where she finished 19th overall. She finished 10th in Shuttle to Overhead “A” and fifth in Shuttle to Overhead “B,” which tested fitness on completely opposite sides of the spectrum. Anytime an athlete displays such a wide range of strengths, it makes them a major threat to the rest of the field.
Morning Chalk Up Announced as Official Media Partner for Dubai Fitness Championship
Earlier this month, Morning Chalk Up announced a series of Partner Events. With this structure, we’ll be bringing you more in-depth coverage across a broader range of competitions in the off-season.
Newly added to the list is the Dubai Fitness Championship, taking place December 2-4, 2022 at the Coca-Cola Arena in the United Arab Emirates. As the official media partner, we’ll bring you live updates from the floor including exclusive stories, interviews, competition updates and more.
Stay tuned for updates as the action draws closer this weekend. And to inquire about becoming a Morning Chalk Up Partner Event, send us a note.
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