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Haley Adams Reflects on Her 2020 Games

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November 7   |   POWERED BY


Good morning and welcome to the Morning Chalk Up. Haley Adams is only 19 years old, but is already a Games veteran; Patrick Clark profiles her 2020 Games experience below. And, Eric Roza hosted his second Town Hall discussion this week and announced the “Affiliates First” theme for the year.

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“The official theme for CrossFit for the next year is 'Affiliates First.'” - Eric Roza


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  Haley Adams Reflects on Her 2020 Games  

Haley Adams Reflects on Her 2020 Games

The 2020 CrossFit Games season came to a close less than two weeks ago and for athletes all around the globe their seasons featured highs and lows. Haley Adams experienced all of those emotions just over the course of her weekend in Aromas, CA for the Games. A rested and recovered Adams shared her Games experience with the Morning Chalk Up.

Remind me: Though only 19-years old and the youngest competitor in the field, Adams was far from being a newcomer to the Games two weeks ago. After competing and dominating in the teen division from 2016-2018 at the Games, she made the move to Cookeville, TN to train with Rich Froning and CrossFit Mayhem. That change led to her debut as an individual athlete at the 2019 Games where she surprised everyone including herself with a sixth place finish and “Rookie of the Year” honors.

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  Part-Time Coaches Can “Bring Huge Value, too,” Gym Owners Say  


Part-Time Coaches Can “Bring Huge Value, too,” Gym Owners Say

How many full-time coaches do you have? 

It’s a common question affiliate owners ask each other, the assumption being full-time coaches are the key to having a successful gym long-term, while part-time coaches are a “short term solution,” said Jordan Finlayson, the owner of Iron Forged Athletics in Fayetteville, NC.

  • Part-time coaches “do not bring the same energy and aren’t as invested in the long-term growth of the business,” he added.
  • Or as Angi Bowman Halvorson put it: Having three full-time coaches “sets us apart (because it means) we have professional staff who do this work for a living,” said the owner of Carlisle CrossFit in PA.
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  Guest Post: Five Ways to Finish 2020 Stronger Than You Started  

Guest Post: Five Ways to Finish 2020 Stronger Than You Started

This year has been a wild ride and lots of people are talking about wanting to move beyond 2020 and never look back, but we can use all of these challenges to make us stronger and go into 2021 better than ever

But what if we took the last few months and committed to using what we’ve experienced to lead to personal growth?

Here are five ways to help you leave 2020 stronger than how you came in:

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  Eric Roza Hosts Second Town Hall Event, Lays Out ‘Affiliates First’ Theme  

Eric Roza Hosts Second Town Hall Event, Lays Out ‘Affiliates First’ Theme

On Thursday afternoon, CrossFit CEO Eric Roza hosted a virtual town hall for affiliate owners  to learn about the directions the organization is taking to help affiliates navigate the COVID landscape and beyond, and introduce two new senior members of the affiliate team: Gary Gaines, Director of International and Kate Alexander, Director of Affiliate Success.

One big thing: The theme for this year, as Roza outlined it, is “Affiliates First.” That means that as CrossFit works to develop the impact of the Games, the reach of CrossFit training and seminars, and innovates in research and analytics, the affiliate community will be at the center.

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Community Round-Up

Our final community round-up for this week features a new sober living class offering and several fundraisers and campaigns across the affiliate community:

  • Fit to Recover Sober Living Class: CrossFit Low Oxygen in Frisco, CO will open a new, free community connection class starting today that is catered toward individuals dealing with mental health and substance use disorder. Last month, the affiliate owners, Jared and Taneil Dennis traveled to Salt Lake City to earn their certifications through the “Fit to Recover” curriculum and are instituting the class with the help of a mini-grant from Building Hope Summit County.
  • Pink Sisters Saturday: The breast cancer support group, The Pink Sisters, has partnered with Crossfit Zapped in Moulton, AL for a fundraiser to benefit Russel Hill Cancer Foundation. The event kicks off today at 10 AM, registration will begin at 9:30. A light breakfast, snacks, drinks and lunch will be provided and there are some great door prizes and swag bags for participants.
  • 82 Workouts for The Orders of St. John Care Trust: Mark Lacey, from Chipping Norton in Oxfordshire, England is taking on 82 CrossFit workouts to raise money for The Orders of St John Care Trust, who run the Henry Cornish Care Centre where his grandmother lives. The 82 workouts include one for each of the home care residents. Learn more and donate.
  • Wall of Warmth: Teton CrossFit in Rexburg, ID is one of several locations collecting coats for the Third Annual “Wall of Warmth” coat drive. The organizers are hoping to collect at least 1000 coats this month to help those in need stay warm during the harsh Upper Valley winter.
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