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Good morning and welcome to the Morning Chalk Up. As we head full-steam into December, Tommy Marquez breaks down the most significant numbers of 2020. And, don’t miss the last installment of Spenser Mestel’s “Not that Fit” series.

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“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” - Thomas A. Edison

  Hindsight Is 2020, Numbers That Defined The Season  

Hindsight Is 2020, Numbers That Defined The Season

The 2020 calendar year is entering its final chapter, and much like Open workout 12.1, there will be plenty of people happy to see the timecap pass by so we can collectively reset before the next test that awaits us.

The 2020 Games Season was equally turbulent, and before we turn our eyes to 2021 and the first full season under a new CrossFit regime, below are the collection of the numbers that defined a season filled with more twists than an M. Night Shyamalan film.

The Open

67 — The total number of days separating the end of the 2019 CrossFit Games season on August 4 and the start of the 2020 season with the announcement of the first workout of the Open on October 10. Rich Froning and Scott Panchik kicked off the Open season by performing 20.1 during Rogue’s live announcement in Austin, Texas, and afterwards Panchik announced that he would be joining the Mayhem Freedom team for the season.

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  NATIONWIDE POLL: Working Out From Home More Relevant than Ever  

NATIONWIDE POLL: Working Out From Home More Relevant than Ever

A large percentage of CrossFit athletes continue to use their homes as workout facilities, and have no intention of stopping anytime soon. This trend was revealed in the first nationwide poll of CrossFit athletes powered by Morning Chalk Up, Triib and TrueCoach and conducted by 0ptimus, a Washington D.C.-based political data firm, from September 18 — October 19, 2020.

Key takeaways: The poll asked athletes to select all of the ways they’re currently working out during the COVID-19 pandemic. NOTE: Athletes could select multiple options to best describe their weekly workout behavior.

  • 72% said they’re still working out at a gym.
  • 42% are working out at home by themselves.
  • 7.4.% are working out at home via online classes.
  • 1.1% are not currently exercising.
  • 6.7% said they’re working out in a different way.
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  Not That Fit: Suffering through Mobility with Tom Merrick, the Bodyweight Warrior  


Not That Fit: Suffering through Mobility with Tom Merrick, the Bodyweight Warrior

After my convo last week with Henning Langer, one of the guys behind WOD Science, and Jonathan Fader, a performance psychologist with SportStrata, I’m feeling more mentally tough but not that fit overall. I have one component of fitness left to cover — flexibility — so today I’m speaking with Tom Merrick aka the Bodyweight Warrior.

I’ve been following Merrick for two years, ever since I started using his programming for the middle splits. I’m now about an inch above the ground, and of all the trainers I’ve discovered, I like Merrick best. He’s got videos for every level of experience, ones that answer common questions, tutorials you can follow along to, and even primers on basic movements, like the dip. Best of all, there’s none of the macho bullshit present with a lot of other fitness personalities.

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  O2 and the Community Coalition Makes $100,000,000 Available for CrossFitters in December  

O2 and the Community Coalition Makes $100,000,000 Available for CrossFitters in December

In October, O2, Born Primitive, and eight other Community Coalition brands partnered with Scott Panchik to announce “#NoQuitNovember” — a gym member loyalty rewards program — after a month of sharing online profits with gym owners.

Similar to the popular “Stay for May” initiative last spring, #NoQuitNovember rewards gym members for keeping their memberships active. This time, though, the rewards were doubled: a $200 voucher for 10 brands ($20 per brand).

O2’s Community Coalition recently made the program eligible for every CrossFit and functional fitness gym in the continental US, regardless of whether they experienced shutdowns or enrolled in October.

One big thing: The potential dollar amount could be staggering. Based on the number of eligible gyms, there is approximately $100,000,000 in December gift vouchers available to active gym members in the CrossFit community.

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How to Fix Your Butt Wink

The "butt wink" is a posterior pelvic tilt at the bottom of a squat. Many of us do it, but is it dangerous? Why does it happen? And, how can we fix it? Dr. Aaron Horshig talks through the topic and why we lose power when our butt winks.




2020 Supplement Gift Guide and Deals

Athletes! It's that time of year again! Red H Nutrition® Co. has released their 2020 Holiday Gift Guide! While you're reflecting on the past year, and how far you've come, it's also important to look forward and make sure you have the pieces you need to be successful and stay on track in 2021. Find the perfect gift for yourself, OR that athlete on your Christmas list! 🎁



Alternatives to the Big Lifts

Do you need to squat, deadlift, and bench press with a barbell to get big? Yes, but also no. There are way too many athletes who are doing these lifts without proper technique and loading a heavy barbell just makes injuries more common. Check out these alternatives that will still give you big gains without the injury risk.



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Brown Butter Ginger Cookies

It's holiday cookie season and this is a great one to kick it off. It's a traditional soft ginger cookie made a little extra special with the addition of brown butter, molasses and a lovely sweet and tart lemon icing. These chewy, soft ginger cookies are perfect with a cup of coffee for an afternoon treat and make the best Christmas cookies for sharing!


Although many responses included 2 of the 3 athletes, there were no complete answers to Monday’s trivia question – who are the Top 3 athletes with the most Masters Divisions CrossFit Games appearances. The correct answer was Lynne Knapman, Mary Beth Prodromides, and Ron Ortiz. Lynne has ten Masters Games appearances. Mary Beth and Ron both have eight Masters Games appearances.

  • Today’s question: Which countries have won both Individual Men’s and Women’s CrossFit Games gold medals?

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Chalk Up Highlights is our section dedicated to celebrating our community’s wins in the gym. Follow @ChalkUpHighlights and submit your highlight to [email protected] to be featured.


Community Round-Up

Our community round-up today highlights Aaron Hoff’s 70-mile hike, plus two other fundraisers:

  • Uncle Hoffy’s Walk for the Keala Foundation: Aaron Hoff and 14 friends set out to complete a 70-mile hike around Kauai to raise money and awareness about youth drug addiction. Hoff, who has been clean and sober for 24 years completed the challenge and in the process, raised $100k for the Keala Foundation.
  • CrossFit Rotorua Digs Deep: The crew at CrossFit Rotorua did a “24 days of Christmas” workout and raised money for the Rotourua food bank. Learn more and find out how you can donate.
  • Burpees for Lake Placid Elementary School: CrossFit Lake Placid in New York s holding a burpee marathon to benefit Lake Placid Elementary School and help build a new outdoor playground. For every dollar donated, the members of the gym will do one burpee. The goal is $5,000 and the burpees will be pounded on out on December 19.
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