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Inside Scoop, Day 1 at the Games

Good morning and welcome to the Morning Chalk Up. Today’s edition is fueled by Kettlebell Kitchen.

What do Tia-Clair Toomey, Noah Ohlsen, Kari Pearce, and the Invictus teams all have in common? They’re all eating Kettlebell Kitchen during the 2019 CrossFit Games!

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“Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing.” — Vince Lombardi 

Games Day Lay of the Land


We’re 48 hours away from the start of the 2019 Reebok CrossFit Games, and things onsite at the Alliant Energy Center and around the city of Madison are starting to heat up.

For the last two days athletes from the world over have been checking in and collecting their official games gear in prep for what should be one of the most important events in CrossFit Games history on Thursday to start the competition.

The big difference this year is very little is known in terms of schedule and structure, and even less is known about the events themselves. Dave Castro has been onsite with the Demo Team testing workouts, but has yet to reveal a single detail. Still, there is plenty to get caught up on at home to make sure you’re up to date on all the info for this year’s competition.


For the first time since the Games moved to Madison, zero events have been revealed at the start of Games week. Here’s what we know so far:

  • There is an athlete dinner scheduled Tuesday evening, that the press is invited to for the athlete’s arrival between 5:00 and 6:15 PM CST. This is a dinner where typically details about at least one event are revealed.
  • Based on the CrossFit Games App, competition is scheduled to start at 9:00 AM CST at the North Park Venue.
  • After the first event, the individual field of men and women will be cut to 75 athletes in each division.
  • Once the field is cut to 75 athletes, it will then be cut to 50, 40, 30, 20, and then finally to 10 athletes, however, the timing of the cuts is not fully known.
  • Competition isn’t scheduled in the Coliseum until 3:00 PM CST on Friday.
  • The scoring tables will change with each cut, and you can view the full list of tables here. We’ve also analyzed some potential impacts of this further along in the competition.
  • Dave Castro posted to Instagram a photo of Dan Bailey, potentially testing a workout, at the top of a bar muscle-up.​

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WATCH: Games Training with Noah Ohlsen and Chandler Smith
Steve Stover headed to Miami to train with Noah Ohlsen and Chandler Smith as they prepare for the 2019 CrossFit Games. They film a full day of training, eating, and ROMWOD before sharing some of their favorite CrossFit events and memories while grilling steaks.


HEAR: Talking Elite Fitness and Dan Bailey 
Dan Bailey joins Tommy Marquez and the Buttery Bros in their RV at the CrossFit Games Campgrounds to catch up and chat about Dan’s recovery from injury, the creation of Dan’s alter ego “Danny Broflex,” and share some hilarious stories about his time spent training with the crew at CrossFit HQ.


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WIN: When Kari Pearce Scores, You Score!
Kari Pearce is giving away one PowerAbs or SummerPowerAbs online program for every point she scores at the CrossFit Games this week! All you have to do to enter is follow Kari on Instagram, and tag as many of your friends in the comments as you can. Every follow and comment is an entry.


EAT: Three Ingredient Stuffed Peppers
Delicious vegetarian poblano peppers stuffed with black beans, topped with cheese and then grilled to perfection. These peppers make a great side dish or a healthy main vegetarian entree. Top with tomatoes, onions and avocado for an easy, inexpensive meal.


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Chalk Up Community

  • HEADPHONES FOR STUDENTS — CrossFit Mix in Midland, TX is collecting headphones for students at South Elementary so that each student can have a pair of their own when doing computer work. You can purchase a pair and have them shipped to CrossFit Mix if you’d like to contribute.
  • CROSSFIT FOR RESCUES — On Saturday, September 14 Adamant CrossFit inOlathe, KS is hosting a team competition to benefit Prairie Paws Animal Shelter, a no-kill shelter located in Ottawa, KS. 
  • THE BCS CLASSIC — Boomfit presents the Family, Fitness, and Faith Festival located at the Thomas G. Hildebrand, DVM ‘56 Equine Complex at Texas A&M University with guest speaker Rich Froning. Tickets go on sale August 1 and the event takes place September 7. 
  • THE PROCESS CAMP — The Process Camp has two upcoming events, one in Kansas City, MO September 7 – 8 at Beyond the Lines Crossfit and another camp in Lexington, KY September 21-22 at Crossfit Maximus. The events will focus on aspects you’ll see in the Open, specifically in the RX category.

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

Win a pair of a signed pair of Rehband knee sleeves and a signed copy of Tia-Clair Toomey’s autobiography • Eric Carmody has partnered with Viktos shoes • Taylor Woods deadlifts 490 poundsP10 Performance has partnered with Team OC3 Black •  Happy birthday Niki Brazier • You can win a U.S. Army Warrior Fitness Team hat and shirt • Adaptive athlete Logan Aldridge completes the multi-rig at the Asheville Spartan Super with one arm • Adrian Conway is giving away one can of FNX RebalanceFroning Farms is live.

…and how much would you pay for Jacob Heppner’s “signed  vintage prom photo” with Travis Mayer?

Games Watch: 2 Days Until the CrossFit Games

— Bookmark our website for all the Games coverage, including leaderboards.
— Subscribe to our YouTube channel for our on the ground coverage in Madison.
— Watch: A day in the life of Brandon Swan
— Watch: Harriet Roberts trains for the Games. 
​– Withdrawals: Daniel Rankin, Jennifer Okpolua.
— Added: Ben Smith after receiving a wildcard.

Around the Alliant Energy Center:

— G.O.A.T wine tasting with Margaux Alvarez tonight from 7:00 to 8:00 at CrossFit Connex
Things to do in Madison this week.
How to get a WOD in at the CrossFit Games.

Melissa Doss on Getting Pregnant As an Elite Athlete — Games athlete Melissa Doss shares some of her thoughts on getting pregnant after competing at the elite level. 

— “Let’s talk about competing on a high level and infertility. Oh boy! I’ve had countless friends struggle to also get pregnant after years of pushing their bodies too hard (plus me) and it’s led me to believe that competing on a high level/over training AND maintaining a low body fat level makes it more difficult to get pregnant. Yes there are outliers, but bodies in fight/flight mode and bodies who’s adrenals are smoked, don’t make the most wonderful environments for getting pregnant. Can it happen?! Hell YES and it will! may it take longer? In my humble opinion, unfortunately yes. I thought I’d share a few things that helped me and things I wish I did sooner for all of you beautiful women struggling right now.”


“How the New Games Scoring Could Affect the Outcome,” by Scott Henderson 

Announced to general skepticism, the 2019 CrossFit Games will feature athlete cuts until only the top 10 individual athletes remain with the new point structure adjusting along the way.

The whittling down of the athletes most certainly introduces a new and exciting element and it’s not the cuts, but rather the point distributions that are raising questions. Why the skepticism? Well in some ways this scoring system makes sense, as points should be equally distributed throughout the field of eligible athletes. However, the new scoring distributions introduce both a major strategy component to the Games as well as increased potential for programming bias.

The programming bias occurs because later workouts are much more valuable than the initial workouts (this is explained more in a second). While one could argue this has always somewhat been the case, it is true this year in a pronounced way.

Unless similar skills are tested continuously from start to finish, certain athletes will find an advantage based on when workouts that test their CrossFit strengths occur. The potential redemption from this bias is Dave Castro himself as he has proven a programming genius in the past. We know he considers all of this and more when programming the Games, so while this has the potential to be a pitfall for the Games, Dave could also masterfully handle it all.


7/29 – 8/4: The 2019 CrossFit Games (Madison, WI)
8/2: Pirate Supporters Friday Night Light Kick Off (Lefors, TX)
8/2: OUTWOD Amsterdam at CrossFit ZeeBurg (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
8/2- 8/11: VoyEdge Best of Greece (Greece)
8/3: OUTWOD Kansas City at CrossFit FIF (Kansas City, MO)
8/3: War of the WODs Summer Series (Greensboro, NC)
8/3: Riverport Rumble (Louisville, KY)
8/3: 31 Heroes (Norfolk,VA)
8/3: G’Town Throwdown – Chapter 3 (Georgetown, MA)
8/3: Brawl in the Burbs (Bridgeport, PA)
8/10: CFE’s Sugar & Spice Co-Ed Partner Competition (Burlington, MA)
8/10: Best of the Midwest Team Series at CrossFit 9 Degrees (Brownsburg, IN)
8/10: OUTWOD North Brunswick at Iron CrossFit (North Brunswick, NJ)
8/10: OUTWOD Phoenixville at CrossFit Lock 60 (Phoenixville, PA)
8/10: Sparrow Classic 2 Scaled Partner Competition (Pearland, TX)
8/10: Summer Battleground 2019 (Farmingdale, NY)
8/10: Goddess Games (Charlotte, NC)
8/10: All Day Row (Alexandria, VA)
8/10 – 8/11: No Surrender Survival Games (Wooster, OH)
8/10 – 8/16: VoyEdge Banff National Park (Canada)
8/11: The Rise of The Resilient (Hopkinton, MA)
8/16: OUTWOD Charlotte (Charlotte, NC)
8/16 – 8/17: WodFest 2019 (Joplin, MO)
8/17: Fittest in the Fork (Ft. Sill, OK)
8/17: Barbells For Bullies at CrossFit QDA (Buffalo, NY)
8/17: CrossFit Sua Sponte’s Summer Slam (Raleigh, NC)
8/17: The Fossil Games (Denver, CO)
8/17: Warhorse Games KC (Kansas City, KS)
8/17: CrossFit Shatter Summer Slam (Albany, NY)
8/17: The Syndicate Series Presents The Battlegrounds (Columbia, MD)
8/17: Poore Beer and CrossFit Benefit (Hendersonville, NC)
8/17: Unbroken Series Adaptive Games (Marion, NC)
8/17: 6th annual Babes and Bros (Grand Rapids, MI)
8/17: The Battlegrounds at 12 Labours CrossFit (Columbia, MD)
8/18: Red Raider Backyard Brawl III (Coatesville, PA)
8/24: Battle For the Badge (Vestal, NY)
8/24: OUTWOD Miami at Move.Lift.Live (Miami, FL)
8/24: OUTWOD Las Vegas at CrossFit Social City (Las Vegas, NV)
8/24: Deadlifts for Kids (Lilburn, GA)
8/24: The Southern Games 2019 (Louisville, KY)
8/24: 2019 Koda First Timer’s Open (Oklahoma City, OK)
8/24: Rumble on the Bay (Green Bay, WI)
8/24: Ragin’ Games (Lafayette, LA)
8/24: The 10th Annual Iron Belle (Austin, TX)
8/24 – 8/25: Oregon CrossFit’s Best of the West Summer Event 2019 (Bend, OR)

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