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Katrin’s Place In History

Morning Chalk Up

October 6


Good morning and welcome to the Morning Chalk Up. EMT Jake Masterson traded in his McDonald’s breakfast and energy drinks for early morning CrossFit WODs, Emily Beers shares his story. And, Katrin Davidsdottir has already earned a place amongst the pantheon of CrossFit athletes; Tommy Marquez lays out a path for her to cement her legend even further. 

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The “80-Percent” Approach Helps Jake Masterson Lose 100 Pounds During the Pandemic

  The “80-Percent” Approach Helps Jake Masterson Lose 100 Pounds During the Pandemic  

One year ago, Jake Masterson would wake up, head to McDonalds for breakfast and “go to work feeling sluggish and gross,” said the 34-year-old paramedic.

At six-foot-two, he weighed 322 pounds. Just getting up out of the recliner at work when he was dispatched was a challenge.

  • “I’d stand up and have to take a second,” he said. “Everything was hard. Moving patients was a lot of work, but so was giving CPR and just lifting stuff. And I also felt so hypocritical. When I had to talk to patients about their diets and exercise, I’d be thinking, ‘Who am I to be lecturing this person when my shit was out of control.’”

It hadn’t always been this way. Masterson grew up running cross country, which he continued to do through college.

  • “Even then, I was addicted to bad food, but I was a collegiate athlete doing so much physical activity,” he said. “But when I stopped that and became a paramedic, I fell prey to the eat what you can when you can get it mentality and wasn’t doing a lot of activity. And I think because of some of the PTSD from work and being exhausted all the time (from long shifts), I started turning to food for comfort.”

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Katrin’s Place In History

  Katrin’s Place In History  

Katrin Davidsdottir’s championship resolve was on full display during stage one of the CrossFit Games.

The two-time fittest woman on earth dug her heels in after a slow start in the opening two events to mount a furious rally on day two and finish fourth overall, earning herself a sixth consecutive top five finish at the Games. In a few weeks she’ll have a chance for her 4th career podium a the CrossFit Games

One big thing: Despite being overshadowed by Tia-Clair Toomey’s current historic run at the top, Davidsdottir is also in the midst of one of the greatest runs ever at the CrossFit Games, and has another prime opportunity to further deepen her resume and elevate her place within the sport.


OUTAthletics to Celebrate National Coming Out Day with Burpee-A-Thon

  OUTAthletics to Celebrate National Coming Out Day with Burpee-A-Thon  

In celebration of National Coming Out Day on October 11, OUTAthletics is hosting a Burpee-A-Thon to raise funds for the OUT Foundation and their programs supporting the LGBTQ+ community.

One big thing: OUTAthletics in-person events are a major fundraising piece of the OUT Foundation. With COVID restrictions canceling many of their fundraising WODs, they have been struggling to fund their programs, according to Eddie Plata, Executive Director of the foundation.

The details: Register for the event and on October 11, complete as many burpees as you can in 10 minutes. OUTAthletics will live-stream the event via Zoom.




How to Use Leverage to Row Better

Regardless of your strengths or weaknesses on the rower, the best way to improve is to learn how to get leverage and use torque to increase your power output. Take a quick video of yourself rowing and then compare yourself to this video from MisFit Athletics. Here’s the tip: Use your torso!

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So soft, we dare you to take them off. The Ponto features a straight-leg modern fit with endless comfort. Light, stretchy, and buttery soft. They’re perfect for work from home or working out.

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Kristi Eramo O’Connell’s Pumpkin Spice Muffins

We’ve been all over the fall-themed recipes lately and this one hits hard while being healthy to boot. Kristi Eramo O’Connell (who has been at the CrossFit Ranch testing stage two events with Dave Castro) uses a recipe that includes pumpkin spice protein powder, Kodiak Cakes buttermilk mix, almond milk, and pumpkin puree, for clean eating muffins that pack a macro punch.

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The History of the Ranch

The Final Stage of the 2020 CrossFit Games takes place October 19-25 at the CrossFit Ranch in Aromas, CA. Chances are, you have heard of the Ranch and its role in the early history of the Games, but if not, take a few minutes to watch this short video and get hyped to watch the final five athletes in each division duke it out in Aromas.





Good Read: Samuel Kwant Will Only Be Satisfied with Podium Finish

On October 2, the South China Morning Post published a story entitled “Samuel Kwant Will Only Be Satisfied with Podium Finish as Stress-Free Approach Propels Athlete Into Final,” by Mark Agnew, and it’s a pretty good read. In it, the writer profiles last year’s 13th fittest man on earth who has cracked the top five for the first time in his career this year. Here are a few takeaways:

  • “I had a little bit of a goal shift when they announced it would be online and the top five would go through,” Kwant said. “Previously, I was targeting top eight. I know that sounds weird, as it would make more sense to do top 10, but top 10 did not sound good enough after 13th last year. So I changed my goal to top five.”
  • Agnew wrote: “It came as no surprise to him that he made the final, but it was touch and go towards the end. With one round to go, Kwant was in fourth. As the athletes were spread out over the world, they completed their workouts and then had to wait for the announcement to hear how they’d done.”
  • Kwant: “The only frustrating part was being done with the events and then I’d have to wait for two hours to hear how everyone else had done, which wasn’t even that long compared to some other athletes. I’d spend my time with my family, my wife, playing cards, chilling. I was just trying to keep my mind of it,” he said. “Apart from the last announcement, when we just waited for the news.”

There’s a lot more to read in the full story, be sure to check it out.

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