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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Solace Strength and Performance in New York City, a six-year CrossFit affiliate, closed permanently.
Physician-Scientist and Games Athlete, Allison Betof Warner is studying the ways exercise boosts the effectiveness of melanoma treatment. Earlier this week we published a story on a CrossFit affiliate housed in an oncology department in Spain.
Finally, the Weightlifting Belt You've Been Waiting For
The problem with most weightlifting belts is they’re too bulky and inflexible to be comfortable. When you’re looking to PR a lift – you can’t be distracted by a belt that’s doing more harm than good.
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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.
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.
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:
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.
If you are working on cycling your chest-to-bar pull-ups, this is the tip for you. For some athletes, the leg scoop and hip-pop are a little sluggish, slowing down the cycle rate. In this Misfit Athletics video, learn how to correct your timing and get the most efficiency possible out of your hips.
In "Fit for Success," RP Founder Nick Shaw details the habits successful people have in common and how we can develop those same habits to thrive — despite our obstacles. But it wasn’t until 2020 when his wife was diagnosed with breast cancer and facing months of treatments through the pandemic, that he had to really put those habits to the ultimate test. This book vividly outlines the lessons he’s learned, valuable takeaways, and most importantly how you can apply these strategies to your own life.
We are not talking about the kinds of injuries that require medical attention and possibly surgery, but for minor strains and tightness, give these four drills and exercises a try. They will help your body recover and train your movement patterns properly, leading to stronger, safer pulls.
Jake Rhodes, Co-Founder of Bear Komplex, on Building Businesses in the Fitness Space
As one of the founders of Bear Komplex, and now Routine, a natural foods supplement company, Jake Rhoades has been an innovative entrepreneur in the fitness space for many years. On this episode of SimpliFinance, Rhodes joins host Shane White to discuss his career and all things CrossFit.
James Newbury clean and jerks 325 pounds for a PR.
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.
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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