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How Would You Fix the Qualification System?

Good morning and welcome to the weekend edition of the Morning Chalk Up. This is Justin LoFranco, your Editor-in-Chief to bring you a quick wrap-up of the major news items throughout the week.

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How We Would Fix the System

By: Sean Woodland and Tommy Marquez, the creators and hosts of the Talking Elite Fitness Podcast. They’ve covered the CrossFit Games and the broader CrossFit community as analysts, hosts, play by play announcers, color commentators, writers, and producers for the past nine seasons.

Broad sweeping changes are almost always met with some sort of backlash. The changes in the 2019 CrossFit Games season (and presumably beyond), were no exception. Every stage of the competition and every division was on the receiving end of large scale adjustments that significantly altered the course of action going forward.

As media personnel within the sport, the burning question we’ve gotten constantly is “how could this format have been better?” Now that we’re seven months into the season, through the Open, and 12 of the 15 sanctioned events, it’s clear that adjustments are needed in the future to make the system sustainable in the Open, Sanctionals, and the Games.

But what if you had control, like, complete control? How would you build a better system assuming we can’t just Hulk Snap our way towards reversing all the original changes in the first place?

In our latest episode of Talking Elite Fitness, we answered that question. Each of us had slightly different takes on how we would run the season, but both in our opinion add value in ways that could greatly benefit the sport going forward. We’ve laid each of our systems out for you below.

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CrossFit Shutters Facebook, Instagram Accounts Amid Data Privacy Concerns
Justin LoFranco

On Monday, CrossFit decided to deactivate all Facebook and Instagram pages indefinitely. On a call with Greg Glassman, Morning Chalk Up learned the decision was fueled by growing data and privacy concerns with the social media giant.

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CrossFit’s Facebook, Instagram Exodus Spurs Copycat Accounts
Justin LoFranco

As news broke of CrossFit’s exodus from Facebook and Instagram, several copycat accounts began popping up all over the internet. Instagram and Facebook accounts with official sounding titles emerged immediately. Hate to break it to you, but they’re all fake.

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Reebok Unveils the New CrossFit Nano 9
Jessica Danger

This week Reebok unveiled the latest iteration of the Nano, the Nano 9. They’re calling it the “Nano for all” because Reebok worked closely with CrossFit athletes of all levels from around the world for this version of the icnic CrossFit shoe. 

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Catlin Meade, Rogue Spectator to Sanctionals Competitor
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Last weekend at the Rogue Invitational in Columbus, OH one spectator got the chance of a lifetime. She got to hop on a team and compete alongside elite athletes in an official CrossFit Sanctional.

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It’s Memorial Day weekend. There are BBQ’s and pool parties and, of course, Murph. Here are five things you need to know about Murph.

  1. What is Murph and why do we do it every year?
  2. If this is your first time doing Murph, here is everything you need to know beforehand.
  3. Armen Hammer gives you his plan to master Murph with 50 rounds of 2/4/6.
  4. Even John Krasinski wants you to do Murph.
  5. If you’re traveling for the holiday and need to a place to drop-in on Monday, you’re in luck.

And, congratulations to Kara and Matt Saunders on the birth of their daughter, Scotti.

Oh and let’s not forget…

Down Under, Brazil, Rogue Recap (Tommy Marquez/Morning Chalk Up)

The Return of the Reebok Fit Barge (Jessica Danger/Morning Chalk Up)

The Hyponatremia of Exercise Part 10 (Tim Noakes/CrossFit)

The Best Thing You Can Do For Your Health: Sleep (Matthew Walker/The Guardian)

Why Eating Fat Won’t Make You Fat, But Sugar Will (Erin Brodwin/Business Insider)

CrossFit, Inc. Suspends Use of Facebook and Associated Properties (CrossFit)

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