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Kettlebell Kitchen Files For Bankruptcy

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“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” — Ferris Bueller

CrossFit Games Invites From 2019 Sanctionals


After four Sanctionals, a handful of teams and athletes have qualified through the new Sanctionals system. Because the CrossFit Open leaderboard has not been finalized yet, these are not official but represent the most likely scenario given no additional changes. At this time, no changes are expected.

Men: The only athlete who’s really up in the air is Tola Morakinyo, who’s invite is dependent on three athletes deciding to go team which is all but a foregone conclusion at this point.

  1. Justin Medeiros — Filthy 150
  2. Khan Porter — Pandaland CrossFit Challenge
  3. Pete Shaw — SouthFit CrossFit Challenge
  4. Tola Morakinyo — Dubai CrossFit Championship


  1. Andrea Solberg — Filthy 150
  2. Harriet Roberts — Pandaland CrossFit Challenge
  3. Bethany Shadburne — SouthFit CrossFit Challenge
  4. Samantha Briggs — Dubai CrossFit Championship

Team: The teams are really set in stone barring a situation of a team declining of failing the drug test.

  1. ROMWOD Meat Squad (Brooke Haas, Christian Harris, Kelly Baker, and Dex Hopkins) — Filthy 150
  2. Team Butchers Lab (Rebecka Vitesson, Louise Wickstrom, Andre Houdet, and Julian Kragh-Magschvitsz) — Pandaland CrossFit Challenge
  3. Odd Squad (Alexis Johnson, Emily Tanner, Jordan Cook and Brandon Luckett) — SouthFit CrossFit Challenge
  4. MisFit P10 Performance (Travis Williams, Roy Gamboa, Andrea Nisler and Taylor Williamson) — Dubai CrossFit Championship

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Kettlebell Kitchen Files for Bankruptcy


News broke last month that the New York based meal delivery service Kettlebell Kitchen abruptly went out of business. The news was communicated to customers via email. The company, who’s legal name is High Quality Nutrition Company LLC, filed for chapter 7 bankruptcy on November 16, 2019, the Morning Chalk Up has learned.

The company was present in court on Tuesday, December 17 according to documents obtained through PACER, the Public Access to Court Electronic Records, where Judge Stuart M. Berstein granted a creditor’s motion for relief, which essentially allows them to collect the remaining assets to settle any outstanding debts.

  • According to the court report, KBK is more than $4.3 million in debt.

Full disclosure: Morning Chalk Up has outstanding invoices unpaid by KBK.

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Save $25 off your same gender team of 3 spot in either Rx, Intermediate or Scaled. Use code “WCC_25OFF” at check-out until Friday at midnight to save.

The West Coast Classic is March 20-22, 2020 and held at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.

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Chalk Up Community

  • FREE COMMUITY WOD — This Saturday, December 21, CrossFit Haywood and CrossFit 2311 are holding a community WOD at CrossFit Haywood in in Waynesville, NC.
  • WOD ON THE WAVES — WOD on the Waves, the luxury cruise for CrossFit fans, is open for its second annual ultimate fitness cruise. The four night, five day Caribbean cruise aboard Celebrity Infinity departs from Miami on April 16 and heads to Nassau, Bahamas and CocoCay before returning to Miami.

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

Happy birthday Graham HolmbergTiffany cleans 135 pounds for a PR • Josie D’Aquanno cleans 155 pounds for three sets of 10 • Julianne Russell deadlifts 369 poundsSamantha Huston hits a 205 pound front squat + jerk • Michael Rakoski cleans 275 pounds.

…and we’ll have whatever they’re having, please. 

Confirmed for Rogue Legends — Josh Bridges is confirmed as a Legend for the 2020 Rogue Invitational. 

Confirmed for Australian CrossFit Championship — Team Mayhem Independence is confirmed for the Australian CrossFit Championship. 

— Taylor Streid joins the team as the fourth female. 

West Coast Classic — Volunteer registration for the West Coast Classic opens on December 23.

— Yesterday, the West Coast Classic announced the prize purse for their RX Teams of three: $5000 for first, $4000 for second, $3000 for third, $2000 for fourth, and $1000 for fifth.

Mid-Atlantic CrossFit Challenge Online Qualifier Registration for the Mid-Atlantic CrossFit Challenge Online Qualifier is now open.

— Individual online qualifiers take place Wednesday, January 1 until Monday, January 13.

— Team online qualifiers take place Wednesday, January 29 until Monday, February 10.

Volunteer registration is open as well. The main event takes place April 17-19, 2020 at the DC Armory in Washington, DC.


“Four Sanctionals Join Second International Online Qualifier,” by Tommy Marquez, Morning Chalk Up 

This season’s International Online Qualifier (IOQ) was the first of its kind, allowing four Sanctionals to join forces and streamline the qualification process under a unified banner that included six workouts over the course of three weeks. Now in 2020, the IOQ will return for round two, featuring four more sanctioned events happening in the latter half of the season.

The Dates: March 23 – April 1, 2020.
The Events: The Granite Games, Asbury Park Summer Games, Madrid CrossFit Championship, Mayan CrossFit Classic.
The Cost: $20 per event, $80 total for all events involved.
Registration: Opens January 8, 2020.

The implications: The creation of a second IOQ brings the total number of Sanctionals involved in a qualifier collaboration to eight, or nearly a third of the season’s total. Increased collaboration amongst events has a host of benefits to all that are involved.

Dylan Malitsky, Loud and Live VP of Strategic Development: “It allows events and event organizers to save resources, and to amplify the message across multiple unique audiences, social or otherwise.”

Four of the five Loud and Live Sanctionals have joined in on the IOQ collaborations, with Wodapalooza being the only one that was involved in the first IOQ.

The bottom line: By having two separate IOQ qualifiers, it allows events to coordinate better based on timing given that the first IOQ took place just a few weeks after the Games in August. All four events take place in the latter part of the season, with Madrid being the first chronologically on May 22-24, 2020.


12/18: 2nd Über Belles and Balls (Bandera, TX)
1/10 – 1/12: CrossFit Mayhem Classic (Cookeville, TN)
1/11: Unbroken Ocala (Ocala, FL)
1/11 – 1/12: CrossFit Mayhem Classic (Cookeville, TN)
1/11 – 12: Strongfit Fundamentals Course (San Diego, CA)
1/17: A Grand Day at Frantic (Cannington, Australia)
1/18: The Force Wars 2020 (Pembroke Pines, FL)
1/18: 3rd annual Battle For The Axe (Brainerd, MN)
1/18: A Game of Totals (Beaufort, SC)
1/18: Row For Reveille (Poulsbo, WA)
1/18 – 1/19: CrossFit Krypton V.2 (Chesapeake, VA)
1/24 – 1/26: CrossFit Strength in Depth (London, UK)
1/25: Lost River Rumble II (Bowling Green, KY)
1/25: 2020 Winter Swolestice (Fayetteville, AR)
1/25: The Steeltown Throwdown (Sterling, IL)
1/25: Reindeer Gainz III (Donna, TX)
1/25: Cerberus Powerlifting (Blue Springs, MO)
2/1: Warrior Affiliate League Fantastic 4 (Chino Hills, CA)
2/1: Krypton’s Compete for a Cure (Chesapeake, VA)

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