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Helping Vets Through Drill Weekends

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“If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.” — Albert Einstein

Taking Drill Weekends Into Their Own Hands


In July, CrossFit Nola, held a week of Hero WODs. At the end of the week, coach Nick Thayer decided he wanted to do more for those the Hero WODs honored. So he started Drill Weekends, a monthly event to raise funds for veterans and honor the memory of fallen military heroes.

Thayer served as Active Duty in the US Coast Guard for seven years before becoming a defense contractor. Now he oversees the electronics portion of new Coast Guard ships, called Cutters. 

“These cutters are named after enlisted heroes. One of these cutters was named after Nathan Bruckenthal,” Thayer told the Morning Chalk Up in an email. “It occurred to me that I built a ship named after him, I trained it’s crew, I met his family, but I had never done his workout.” So Thayer decided to change that.

He posted the event on his affiliates member page, and soon enough other members were signing up to do Bruckenthal with him. They got together, did the workout, and at the end of the day they had raised $600.

“It ignited a fire in me,” said Thayer.

He reached out to his friend David Theriot, who had just retired from 20 years of reserve service, and together Drill Weekends was born.

Every month, the last weekend of the month, Drill Weekends completes a Hero WOD, encouraging other boxes around the country to participate. There are two ways Drill Weekends raises funds, through donated goods and services from local companies that are raffled off at each event, and from apparel sales. Every month, the funds will be split; half will always go to the Reveille Project while the second half will go to a nonprofit that is associated with the fallen hero from that WOD.

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Chalk Up Community

  • HOPE FOR THE BAHAMAS — On Friday, September 27, CrossFit Potcake in Nassau, the Bahamas is calling on affiliates around the world to participate in Hope for Bahamas. All funds raised will be donated to families of CrossFitters in the Bahamas who need help following Hurricane Dorian. 
  • EVERY GIRL FUNDRAISER — CrossFit Wooster in Wooster, OH held a competition called “The Fight” Saturday to benefit their nonprofit organization For Every Girl. The money raised will help fund the education of young girls in Liberia who have been victims of gender-based violence.
  • TEN YEAR CELEBRATION — To celebrate their ten year anniversary CrossFit Roots in Boulder, CO is holding an anniversary party and shop festival on Saturday, October 26. 

CHALK UP IN 2 MINUTES (a highlight reel around social media of CrossFit pros and average joes)

Happy birthday Alexa GeorgoulisDane Smith clean and jerks 325 poundsRoyce Dunne hang clean and jerks 309 poundsSean Sweeney does a clean and jerk complex at 305 pounds • Amanda Hardeman is now coaching at Left Coast CrossFitScott Panchik overhead squats a grown man on the beach • Congratulations to Lindy Barber and Jon Esposito on their engagementChase Long does a bear complex variation at 295 pounds SneakyFit spooky open line by ArmenHammer is available for presale now • Happy eighth anniversary to Lori and Nick Shaw • 

…and did you remember to read your box a bedtime story last night?

Sam Briggs and CrossFit Filthy150 — Sam Briggs, the only Individual woman to qualify for the 2019 CrossFit Games by every means possible during the 2019 season, is confirmed for the CrossFit Filthy150, taking place in Ireland in November. 

So You Just Started CrossFit — Jacob Heppner made this handy video for anyone that just started CrossFit. Here is what you need to know and what you should, and shouldn’t, be doing. 

The Perspective of Masters Athletes from a Doctor — CrossFit Games medical staff and orthopeadic surgeon Sean Rockett shares his take on Masters athletes.

— “You have a joint that’s at its end range of motion, its full range of motion, and there’s sudden tension put on it. That can happen, its called an eccentric contraction, when all of a sudden the tendon just gets pulled on. Just like achilles, achilles will do that too.”


“What Rep Cutting Says About Your Character,” by Jeff Tincher, Morning Chalk Up 

It is not often that I find a subject that I want to sit down and write about. When I do, it is something I want to share or something that has been bothering me. In this case, it is the latter.

I am blessed in many ways. I often tell people I have two jobs but I never work a day in my life. I love being a firefighter and I love being a CrossFit coach. Both jobs are rewarding and come easy to me. Firefighting is known for its Brotherhood and strong bond among those who are on the job. You can say the same about the CrossFit Community.

Firefighters that I haven’t worked with for a while, often ask me if I ever think CrossFit will fade away. My answer is something they don’t expect: NO. Why? Because of the CrossFit Community. This community is as strong as the Firefighting Brotherhood. They don’t believe me, but that’s okay. You have to be a part of it to understand it.

As much as I love the CrossFit community, there is a subject in CrossFit that confuses me and troubles me deeply, a subject that few talk about in public. It has become more prevalent in my gym and it is time for me to stop ignoring it. If I don’t address it, then I’d start to lose the confidence of my coaches and clients, especially those who have brought up this subject to me. So what exactly am I referring to? REP CUTTING. There it is, for everyone to see.

Cutting reps is nothing new to me. The first time I dealt with a client who was cutting reps, I pulled them aside and talked to them one-on-one. The client denied it and shortly thereafter left the gym. The second time, I actually stood beside them counting their reps, and if they called “time” or moved on to the next movement, I’d tell them how many reps they still had to go. That client also left the gym. So as time went on, I became less likely to engage someone that was rep cutting. Were they doing all the work? No, but at least they were still doing CrossFit and working out. That is how I justified it in my mind. What was going on didn’t affect me. When I train, I try to improve myself. Those cutting reps didn’t change my fitness. But what about their fitness? How do they even know if what they are doing is actually working? How do they know to make nutritional, sleep or lifestyle changes too improve, if they are not doing all the work? They DON’T!


9/20 – 9/22: Pensacola Beach Brawl (Pensacola Beach, FL)
9/20 – 9/22: The Dakota Games (Fargo, ND)
9/21: Cry Me a River 2019 (Online)
9/21: 4th Annual CrossFit Co-Ed Classic Competition (East Brunswick, NJ)
9/21: Beers and Burpees (Charlotte, NC)
9/21: 7th Annual CFuNKY Throwdown Competition (Florence, KY)
9/21: 4th Annual Battle on the Border (New York, NY)
9/21: Under Armour Turf Games City Series (Los Angeles, CA)
9/21: Fall Jam 2019 (Columbus, OH)
9/21: 2019 GR Games (Grand Rapids, MI)
9/21: Girls Gone RX (Denver, CO)
9/21: The Partner Throwdown (Philadelphia, PA)
9/21: 2019 Arsenal Throwdown (Pittsburgh, PA)
9/21: Barbells for Bullies (Portland, OR)
9/21: Barbells for Bullies (Clearwater, FL)
9/21: Throwdown in the Triangle (Raleigh, NC)
9/21: Rookie Rumble at CrossFit 643 (Washington Township, NJ)
9/21: OUTWOD Chattanooga (Chattanooga, TN)
9/21 – 9/22: The Central Regional (Bettendorf, IA)
9/21 – 9/22: Southie Showdown (Boston, MA)
9/21 – 9/22: CrossFit Cascade Classic (Seattle, WA)
9/22: Caffeine & Kilos Invitational (Sacramento, CA)
9/26 – 9/28: Heart of America (Springfield, MO)
9/27 – 9/28: Autumn Games 4 (Albuquerque, NM) 
9/27 – 9/28: Battle at the Banks (Cincinnati, OH)
9/27 – 9/28: The Greenville Games (Greenville, SC)
9/28: 2019 Pound-4-Pound Competition (Denver, CO)
9/28: Masters of the Midway: Individual (Lake in the Hills, IL)
9/28: The Shipwreck 4 at Harbor Park CrossFit (Racine, WI)
9/28: Firewall Frenzy 2019 Partner Comp (Holliston, MA)
9/28: No Mans Land 5 (Painesville, OH)
9/28: Country Tuff Competition (Richfield, UT)
9/28: Can You Dig It Delaware (Delaware, OH)
9/28: Bloodline Barbell Brawl (Lehigh Acres, FL)
9/28: Bring The Heat X (Katy, TX)
9/28: Rookie Rollout 4 (San Diego, CA)
9/28: The Fat Man Little Boy Showdown (Oak Ridge, TN)
9/28: Battle Cancer Competition (Madrid, Spain)
9/28: Fight of the Elements (Gland, Switzerland)
9/28: 4th Annual Kilo CrushFest (Hampton, VA)
9/28 -9/29: Beer City Beatdown (Asheville, NC)
9/28: Masters of the DMV3 (Alexandria, VA)
9/28: OUTWOD Chicago (Chicago, IL)
9/28: OUTWOD Richmond (Richmond, VA)
9/28: OUTWOD Suffolk (Suffolk, NY)
9/28 – 9/30: Duality 2019 (San Antonio, TX)
9/29: Labor Of Love (Newington, CT)
9/28 – 9/29: CrossFit Krypton Training Camp (Chesapeake, VA)
10/3 – 10/21: Dubai CrossFit Challenge Online Qualifier (Online)
10/5: The Grit Games (Jacksonville Beach, FL)
10/5: Second Annual Sona Slam (Johnson City, NY)
10/5: Nashoba Learning Group FUNdraiser (Woburn, MA)
10/6: Barbells and Babes Liftoff (Middletown, NY)
10/6: My Mommy is Stronger Than Your Mommy (Houston, TX)
10/16: 2019 Graveyard Games (Kenosha, WI)
10/19: Battle for the Bell VIII: End Bell (Southbury, CT)

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