Last weekend, nearly 200 affiliate owners and guests gathered in Whistler for a two-day event. Top brass from CrossFit HQ joined Greg Glassman to sit down with affiliate owners of gyms open for 10 years and longer to answer any questions they have and discuss the current direction of the company.
A couple of key stats:
193 total affiliates in the room.
18 different countries.
804 total 10-year affiliates worldwide today.
1300 10-year affiliates by next year; 1900 by 2021.
Oldest affiliate at the gathering: Kurtis Bowler, opened Rainier CrossFit in July 2004, 15 years ago.
One big thing: When asked, affiliate owners gave a resounding yes to whether they’d like to have more of these gatherings, even opening them up to newer affiliates especially for the international community where gyms haven’t been affiliated as long. Affiliate owners are geographically spread out. Outside of the CrossFit Games, there are not a lot of opportunities to network and talk face-to-face.
The last time there was an official affiliate gathering was in 2013 in Big Sky, Montana.
The CrossFit affiliate community has more than doubled in size since the last gathering to roughly 15,000+ globally.
The 10+ year community is a unique group of owners who have really seen a lot since they affiliated over a decade ago. Many owners expressed gratitude that they had time to network and talk to one another, sharing stories and memories.
This Saturday, September 28th, the Spartan Race World Championships will be taking place in North Lake Tahoe, California, and obstacle course racers from across the world will compete in a variety of distances, including the Spartan which takes place across 13 miles, and 30 obstacles strewn about Squaw Valley’s prestigious mountainside that was host to the 1960 Winter Olympic Games.
Joining in on the race this year will be four elite CrossFitters, all of whom were competing at the Games in Madison just a couple months ago, but they won’t be just competing in the race Saturday, they’ll be going head to head with 4 elite obstacle course racers in an entirely new competition from the mind of Hunter Mcintyre called “The Faceoff presented by FITAID.”
The event will be live streamed all weekend, and you can access links to the stream on Obstacle Racing Media.
The Competition: Four obstacle course racers, battle head-to-head with four CrossFit Games athletes in five events across the day. Points will be awarded based on the finish for each event. At the end a male, female, and team champion will be crowned.
WATCH: Buttery Bros At the Ultimate Hawaiian Trail Run
The Buttery Bros, Heber Cannon and Marston Sawyers, ran through Kauai for the Ultimate Hawaiian Trail Run with Tommy Marquez. See all their muddy shenanigans, big breakfast, and tricycle spills. SOME DIRTY FUN.
GET: Ready for the Open with Invictus
The Open is right around the corner. Want to train for it like some of the elite athletes you see on the Games floor in Madison? Consider training with one of the most consistently successful CrossFit coaches, C.J. Martin, with Invictus programming. BE AN INVICTUS ATHLETE.
IMPROVE: The Quality of Your Sleep
Did you know that a magnesium deficiency not only hinders performance and recovery but also interferes with your sleep? Prospera has created a unique magnesium formula that’s boosted with tart cherry and melatonin to soothe your muscles and improve the quality of your sleep, so that you get the rest you need to recover. Shop now and get 15% off the code “CHALK15”. GET BETTER SLEEP.
EAT: Healthy Sweet Potato Black Bean Burritos
Healthy breakfast burritos stuffed with sweet potatoes, black beans, eggs and avocado. You’re going to love this protein-packed breakfast that’s freezer-friendly and great for meal prep. GRAB AND GO.
Today’s edition of the Morning Chalk Up is brought to you by
PRO-TIP: DUMBBELL SNATCHES — If the dumbbell snatch has always been tricky for you, then check out this Men’s Health guide to the dummbell snatch.
BATTLE OF THE BADGES — Earlier this month, officer Richard Salazar organized Battle of the Badges at CrossFit MOB in Thornton, CO to raise money for Jessica Ridgeway Foundation and the Bigelow’s Big Waves Foundation. More than 70 athletes attended, raising more than $4600.
HELPING THE COMMUNITY — For the last several weeks, CrossFit Themis in Rib Mountain, WI held a food drive for theWoman’s Community in Wausau. On Wednesday, one of the groups at the gym, Bigfoot Rucking Crew, walked 4.7 miles to deliver the donation.
CHALK UP IN 2 MINUTES(a highlight reel around social media of CrossFit pros and average joes)
…and here are five reasons the CrossFit Open is better than sex.
Watch…this class of first graders getting some burpees in on a school day.
How to Know if You Should Sleep or Train — Sometimes, a lot of the time, you’re faced with only a few hours of sleep but the desire to train. Here’s how to decide.
“The answer is a bit complicated. According to experts, it primarily boils down to just how tired you are. To make the best decision, you need to assess your recent sleep history and determine whether you’re merely feeling sluggish or you’re woefully sleep-deprived.”
Tia-Clair Toomey Will Do the Open in Australia —Tia-Clair Toomey told BOXROX that she will be doing the entire Open back home in Australia, after training all year in Vermont with Mat Fraser.
— “The first week, Shane and I will be heading over to Australia and doing the whole Open back home. It’s been 12 months since I’ve been home so it’s definitely going to be a nice time to see the family and friends.
— “She will be flying back from Cookeville, Tennesse to her homeland of Australia where she will compete at the live announcement of CrossFit Open Workout 20.5. This will take place at the Torian Pro Event in Brisbane.”
Judge’s Course for the 2020 Open –– If you completed the judge’s course for the Open in March, there is no need to take it again.
Open Tips and Tricks with Alessandra Pichelli — Games athlete Alessandra Pichelli posted her Open tips and tricks yesterday to Instagram.
— “Use the last Open as your motivation. Be a better you this time! If this is your first year, do the best YOU can do and set a high standard for next year!
— “Brush up on your weaknesses and common Open movements ( Burpees, Toes to bar, Muscle-ups…). Practice fast transitions and minimize chalk breaks.”
Located in the heart of London’s financial district, WIT’s 18-month-old gym and retail space is Mecca for the burgeoning training category.
Built just steps from the London Stock Exchange, the vision was “to give the training consumer a curated multi-brand product selection that we think they deserve,” said CEO and Co-Founder Dan Williams.
Below WIT’s store is a full CrossFit affiliate, running classes from 5:30 AM to 7:00 PM at night for 200 members and more than 100 drop-ins a week.
“We are for the serious trainer,” Williams said in an exclusive sit down with Morning Chalk Up.
Back in 2015, Williams, who was inov-8’s UK account manager at the time, approached Sam Kitching, WIT’s other co-founder with an idea.
That year, they launched multiple pop-up shops in London’s trendy Shoreditch district. The following year, they opened a full retail store in the same neighborhood.
In 2017, with plans to merge a full retail and training experience, WIT launched its first funding round and met their £840,000 target in seven days. By the time they closed the crowdfunding campaign, WIT had raised more than £1,200,000 from 389 investors.
Since the opening of their new store 18-months-ago, the brand has been on a meteoric rise in training. Today, they ship worldwide, averaging 30-40 countries daily.