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December 7 |
Good morning and welcome to the Morning Chalk Up. Our nationwide poll revealed that 84.6% of CrossFitters believe gyms are meeting cleanliness and health safety standards, learn more below. And, Jillian Michaels made waves again on social media by calling Olympic Lifting in CrossFit workouts “dangerous.”
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84.6% of CrossFitters Say Gyms Are Meeting Cleanliness and Health Safety Standards, Nationwide Poll Shows
The cold winter months have arrived and the possibility of comfortable outdoor classes is decreasing daily, as a result, the importance of making members feel comfortable indoors has taken on incredible importance. In the first nationwide poll of CrossFit athletes powered by Morning Chalk Up, Triib and TrueCoach and conducted by 0ptimus Analytics, a Washington D.C.-based political data firm, from September 18 — October 19, 2020, responses revealed, among other things, how gym members felt about cleanliness and health safety measures during the pandemic.
The key numbers:
63% said they feel safe returning to their gym.
84.6% said they felt their gym was doing a somewhat good job or very good job maintaining cleanliness and meeting health and safety standards.
91.4% said that it was somewhat important or very important for others to wipe down gym equipment after each workout.
48.4% said they would leave their gym if safety standards weren’t being observed.
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Olympic Lifting in CrossFit “Dangerous”, Workouts Just “Beating, After Beating” According to New Jillian Michaels Video
Nearly two years exactly after Jillian Michaels first began railing against CrossFit training, the world-famous trainer took to Instagram TV in a 9-minute long video to discuss why she doesn’t like CrossFit.
Remind me: The world-famous fitness trainer has made waves over the past two years, producing two written pieces and two separate videos on why she doesn’t like CrossFit.
It started back in December 2018, when she penned an op-ed and video in SHAPE Magazine on “why she wants you to stop kipping in CrossFit.”
Then on February 8, 2019, Michaels appeared in a SHAPE Magazine Instagram video about why she doesn’t like CrossFit, arguing that it “has only maybe 20 to 25 movements that don’t really vary,” and that those movements stop “being effective because you’re not challenging the body from various angles of push and pull.”
After an internet backlash that prompted SHAPE to run a counter-response from Rich Froning, Michaels went even further with a February 27 blog post on her own site: “The Good & Bad of CrossFit,” where she argues that CrossFit “exercises can be too complicated for the average person.”
The Sin City Squad: Games Veterans and Hopefuls Converge on Vegas
We have all heard the phrase “what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas,” but in the case of Justin Cotler and his team of CrossFit athletes, that isn’t true. Word got out after Cotler’s training sessions in the lead up to the 2020 Reebok CrossFit Games and that led to his stable of athletes growing exponentially since the end of October. Over the last few weeks, a number of the top athletes and up and comers have made the move to Las Vegas, Nevada to train together.
“I Want To Flip Tires”: How CrossFit Changed Nevin Smith’s Life
When Laurie Smith and her son, Nevin, started taking CrossFit classes at CrossFit the Challenge in 2016, Laurie wasn’t sure what to expect. Nevin has Down syndrome, and struggles receiving information audibly.
But four years later, Laurie says the changes in Nevin’s cognitive ability — in and out of the box — are incredible.
“Other than just muscles and being strong,” she says, “His ability to listen and follow directions, learn to accept a challenge, not take criticism personally, and be willing to try again — all those things were just incredible.”
Before they started CrossFit, Nevin was sitting at home, “doing absolutely nothing,” she says, because Laurie was caretaking for her parents and her husband was working.
“I came home and said, ‘We’ve got to get busy. We’ve got to do some stuff.’”
Posture, strength and balance in the clean and snatch pull are vital for a successful lift and new PRs. Use this drill -- the "floating, halting deadlift" from a riser to groove your muscle memory and log some time under tension.
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On the Talking Elite Fitness podcast's 100th episode, the Buttery Bros join Sean Woodland and Tommy Marquez and give the inside scoop on the new CrossFit documentary and talk about some other upcoming projects including the possibility of a film on the 2018 Games season and a 2019 Sanctionals mini-series.
There were no correct responses to Friday’s trivia question — how many Regionals were there in the 2009 Games Season. Micah C. was off by just one with a response of 17 Regionals. The correct answer was 18 Regionals. Additionally, there was a last chance online qualifier for the 2009 CrossFit Games which was held after the Regionals ended.
Today’s question: In recognition of today’s 100th Morning Chalk Up newsletter trivia question, who are the six athletes that have competed in 100 or more individual division CrossFit Games events?
Jawon Garrison hits a 518 pound bench press for a PR.
Bronisław Olenkowicz does 100 kettlebell snatches at 88 pounds in under 5 minutes.
Our first community round-up this week features holiday fundraisers and toy drives and a cancer awareness WOD:
Santa Claus Fund: At Gas City CrossFit in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada, owners Kaine and Britteny Dick took on the fourth annual 24-hour workout challenge, December 4-5, to raise toy donations for the Medicine Hat News Santa Claus Fund. The idea for the challenge came from a former member and British soldier named Charlie Bruce who originally did the challenge individually, completing one workout per hour. This year, Kaine and Britteny tackled it as a pair and in six-hour shifts, giving each of them a chance to rest.
“Gift to Lift” Toy Drive: Started by Anthony Montes, the “Gift to Life” toy drive that has become a popular throw down for boxes in the greater Los Angeles area has transformed into a “12 Days of Gift to Lift” with pop-up shops and throw downs at 12 local boxes. Toys can be donated at all locations, but the default drop off is at Divergent CrossFit in South Pasadena, CA. Last year the event received over 400 toys that were donated to the LAPD to hand out to the underprivileged children of L.A. Learn more and donate.
#WODforSara:Four Leaf CrossFit in Wesley Chapel, FL will do a WOD to honor member Sara Ewing who was diagnosed with colorectal cancer last month. Ewing is a special education teacher, mother of twins and super healthy 39-year-old CrossFitter. The workout will take place on December 12 and while there is no GoFundMe or fundraising component, the goal is to raise awareness about the importance of proper screening for colorectal cancer. Learn more about the WOD and do it on the 12th.
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