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Khrennikov’s Exodus Paves Way for Duddy

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Roman Khrennikov’s Spot Should Pass to Duddy


Roman Khrennikov’s inability to secure a U.S. travel visa for the second straight year could have significant implications for the men’s roster.

  • Khrennikov earned his spot by placing 5th at the Dubai CrossFit Championship. Fifth was good enough for the invite because the four preceding athletes qualified by other means.
  • Khrennikov: “Magic did not happen. I have not received a visa to USA. I continue my way. thanks friends.”

Behind the scenes, we know that CrossFit HQ, his coaches and management team have been hard at work trying to make this happen. Unfortunately for the second straight year he’ll be barred from competing at the CrossFit Games.

  • However, Russia’s fittest athlete, Alexandr Ilin, was reported by Sputnik News to have secured a visa to travel and compete in Madison.

In 2018, CrossFit HQ opted not to backfill his position after Khrennikov won the 2018 Europe Regional.

Section 3.01 of the CrossFit Games rulebook states: “Each Sanctionals competition will send one man, one woman and one team to the Games.”

  • “If a winner of one of the Sanctionals earns a spot to compete at the Games via another route, the second-place athlete at that Sanctionals competition will earn an invitation to the Games. This process will repeat if the second-place finisher has earned a spot at the Games, and so on.”
  • The only exception to this is the CrossFit Italian Showdown, which did not have a team competition this year. That’s why only 14 teams are competing.

This means the invite would jump down to 8th placed Connor Duddy.

  • Streat Hoerner (6th) qualified via the Open.
  • Jason Smith (7th) was South Africa’s national champion.

Caffeine and Kilos Named Official Coffee of USA Weightlifting


What happened?

On Tuesday, Caffeine and Kilos announced they’ll be brewing up a strong cup of Joe as the new official Coffee of USA Weightlifting. The six-year-old Sacramento-based company inked an 18-month deal that will put the brand, and their coffee, at many of the national weightlifting events across the United States. They will also be the presenting sponsor of a series of USAW online competitions.

“We’re proud to be an official part of USA Weightlifting,” said Caffeine and Kilos co-founder Dean Saddoris. “Since C&K launched in 2013, we have sponsored dozens of individual athletes in weightlifting, CrossFit, powerlifting, MMA, and general fitness competitions.  It’s especially gratifying to now be officially recognized as a key component in the sport of weightlifting.”

Stop by and say hello.

More than just a coffee company, Caffeine and Kilos has been a CrossFit mainstay for years with booths at Regionals and the CrossFit Games. Their apparel and lifestyle brand has been popular with top Games athletes and Olympic Weightlifters and they’ll be selling coffee with 50% more caffeine again in Madison this summer.

C&K also runs a yearly USAW sanctioned event called The Caffeine and Kilos Invitational. This year it’ll be September 22.


Things To…


WATCH: The Buttery Bros Visit Cookeville, TN
Buttery Bros Marston Sawyers and Heber Cannon spent some time in Cookeville, TN with the king and queen of CrossFit, Mat Fraser and Tia-Clair Toomey. There’s food from Feeding the Frasers, Mat Fraser builds an axe throwing board, and they go shooting. Lastly, Marston, Heber, Mat and Tia run a 5k.


HEAR: Talking Elite Fitness Look Towards Madison 
Talking Elite Fitness hosts Sean Woodland and Tommy Marquez discuss the latest headlines from the world of competitive fitness, including the recent implementation of a dress code at Graham Holmberg’s gym, and they start looking ahead to Madison, sharing  their five favorite events from the Games so far.


BUY: Armen Hammer Merchandise 
Armen Hammer has just launched his first line of merchandise. He’s got BRP pocket tees and dad caps, Sneaky Fit tees and shaker bottles. You’ll look super cool and you’ll support a familiar face in the CrossFit media realm.


EAT: Working Against Gravity’s Mustard Salmon 
Salmon is a staple in a lot of CrossFitters diets. But, like anything, it can get a little monotonous. Mix things up with dijon or brown mustard and then liberally coat with this unique spice blend before giving it a sizzling hot sear on both sides to add even more intense flavor to this dish!


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  • MAJOR’S FITNESS FESTIVAL — On August 17 and 18, CrossFit Waukee in Waukee, IA is holding a fundraiser competition for a members son, Major, who has cystic fibrosis. All funds raised goes to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation for research to help Major have a chance at a longer, healthier life.
  • YOUTH COMPETITION — Resilience CrossFit in Hopkinton, MA is holding the second annual Rise of the Resilient, a youth CrossFit event. Everyone will have the opportunity to participate in four workouts. The competition will take place August 11 and is open to youth ages 11 to 17.
  • FNX AMBASSADOR RETREAT — If you are an FNX ambassador, you can reserve your spot for the FNX Ambassador retreat in Utah from August 29 – September 1.
  • WHEELWOD GAMES 2019 — Last weeked, the WheelWOD Games took place in Collingwood, Ontario, Canada. Logan AldridgeTom MiazgaVictor Hugo Assaf and Jedidiah Snelson podiumed, amongst others. 
  • DONOVAN’S FIGHT — At 13 weeks pregnant, Devin and Kelly McIntosh found out that their unborn son, Donovan, has a life threatening birth defect. They are selling shirts and running a GoFundMe page to help with the costs of seeing a specialist in Florida.

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

Hayley Murillo snatches 185 pounds • The Chestee collaborative line with Rebel Collections dropped yesterday • Fittest in Chile, Simona Quintana Silva, does 142 unbroken overhead squats at 65 poundsBronislaw Olenkowicz snatches 308 pounds for a double • Colleen Fotsch snatches 100 pound dumbbells • Tessa Rose Anderson gets her first muscle upSean Sweeney gets a 680 pound yoke carry • McKenzie Flinchum split jerks 265 pounds for a PR.

…and the next time you approach the bar, let it be as boss as this kid.

Eight Childhood Eating Habits That Still Haunt You — Working Against Gravity shares eight childhood eating habits that people still commonly struggle with and how to address them as adults.

— “Once you become more aware of the habits that aren’t serving you, you can start working on turning those into healthy habits (plus work on not repeating these tactics with your own children). Learning to integrate some mindful eating techniques and strategies can be a big help as well.”

Fittest in Kenya Sheena Miller Is Excited for the CrossFit Games — Sheena Miller, the Kenya’s fittest woman, shared her excitement to represent Kenya in Madison for the 2019 CrossFit Games.

— “I recognize I’m a peanut in a sea of these amazing people,” she said. But for Sheena going to the Games is so much more than the opportunity to work out next to elite athletes. “Attending the Games is not only a personal goal, it is a platform for me to inspire and change the young and old, boy’s and girl’s views on health and fitness.”

Giving CrossFit a Go — Katie Mae just recently tried CrossFit for the first time. She loved it and decided to return to it, writing on Medium about her experience as she goes.

— “This past Saturday, I went to a CrossFit gym and tried a free session. It was hard. It was nauseating. It was an hour of my life where I felt physically weak, but emotionally strong and it left me feeling that regardless of my imperfections and limitations right now if I keep it up, I will get better.

— “Tomorrow, I go for my first official work out. It will be a one on one with a trainer who can help me stay on track, set attainable goals, and help me tone up this old body. After that, I will be going three times a week. I am both excited and scared.”

Camille Leblanc-Bazinet Launches Training Program — Camille Leblanc-Bazinet has launched her new training program, Féroce, designed to help people of all fitness levels, and in any gym. Morning Chalk Up readers can get a 10% discount with code “MORNINGCHALKUP”.

— Camille Leblanc-Baazinet on why she started Féroce: While training in a “club gym” while nursing an injury, she looked around and saw others in the gym. “They don’t know what to do, everyone is going kind of slow, everyone is on their phone, and it just felt like no one wanted to attract any attention to them, and were just kind of there feeling like, if I spend an hour here, I’ve trained and it’s gonna happen and it just broke my heart.”


“RxMindset Removes Copycat Program After Cease and Desist,” by Jessica Danger

On June 27, an Instagram follower messaged The Barbell Physio director Dr. Zachary Long with a curious message: “Do you also run rxmindset? They seem to be reposting some of your content and their programs looked a bit similar.”

Long and co-owner Pamela Gagnon, who is also head coach of The Gymnastics Course, began investigating a potential copycat program but were unable to find RxMindset on Instagram.

“When I tried looking them up via my Instagram TheBarbellPhysio I could not find them but could from the other accounts I ran,” Long told us.

This is usually a sign that a user has blocked you from viewing their content or even showing up in an Instagram search. However, when Barbell Physio staff were able to purchase the two questionable programs they noticed nearly identical programs being resold on RxMindset’s website.

The Morning Chalk Up was granted access to both programs in order to verify this.

After obtaining what Barbell Physio determined was sufficient evidence they sent a cease and desist letter to Richard Hernandez, who’s position at the company is unclear but is listed as associated via Instagram, demanding that all materials be removed from RxMindset by July 10, 2019. Morning Chalk Up can confirm that RxMindset has removed both programs — The First Pull-Up Program and Overhead Squat Overhaul — and their Instagram has been overhauled to remove any reposted videos of either Long or Gagnon.

Morning Chalk Up reached out to Hernandez for explanation about the duplicate programs but received no reply.

Hernandez is also listed as a coach at Pacifico CrossFit in Oceanside, CA. Attempts to verify business ownership for both RxMindset and Pacifico CrossFit with the California Secretary of State’s office were unsuccessful.


7/12: OUTWOD San Diego Crossfit Invictus (San Diego, CA)
7/13: Warrior Affiliate League Barbellas (Anaheim, CA)
7/13: Wods For A Cause Nova Scotia (Bedford, Nova Scotia)
7/13: The Mountain Meltdown Wilmot (Wilmot Mountain, WI)
7/13: Battle of the Beasts (Hudson, NY)
7/13: The Freedom Fitness Festival (Gainesville, FL)
7/13: River’s End Rampage 2019 (Sharpsburg, KY)
7/13: OUTWOD Westport CrossFit Westport (Norwalk, CT)
7/13: OUTWOD Lubbock Capstone CrossFit (Lubbock, TX)
7/13: Showdown at the Swamp 2019 (Greenville, SC)
7/13 – 7/14: Fresh Coast Games (Muskegon, MI)
7/19: OUTWOD Las Vegas CrossFit Social City (Las Vegas, NV)
7/19 – 7/20: The 2nd Annual 24 Hour Kettlebell Challenge (Chino, CA)
7/20: OUTWOD Twin Falls The Pack CrossFit (Twin Falls, ID)
7/20: OUTWOD Chicago PXM CrossFit (Chicago, IL)
7/20: The CFB Gymkhana (Burlington, VT)
7/20: Masters Mayhem (Kilgore, TX)
7/20: Belmar Beatdown (Belmar, NJ)
7/20: Battle at the Falls (Granite Falls, NC)
7/20: Old Timers Classic (Williamsburg, VA)
7/20: Hero Games 2019 (Bedford, VA)
7/20: 2019 McCall Throwdown (McCall, ID)
7/20: RX’Mas in July 2019 (Urbana, OH)
7/20: Sacred Pine Invitational (Ladson, SC)
7/20: Barbells for Bullies Denver (Denver, CO)
7/20: Shoofly Lift Off (Fuquay Varina, NC)
7/20: Coffland Hero Challenge at CrossFit Mt. Hood (Gresham, OR)
7/20 Rookie Rumble at CrossFit SOAR (Hawthorne, NJ)
7/20 – 7/21: Battle of the Barbells (Nashville,TN)
7/21: The Buckeye Games (Medina, OH)
7/21: Coffland Hero Challenge at Rough House CrossFit (Bridgeport, CT)
7/26 – 7/28: CanWest Games (Coquitlam, BC)
7/27: The Mountain Meltdown (Arapahoe Basin, CO)
7/27: 7th annual Dog Days of Summer Competition (Roswell, GA)
7/27: The CF Summer Circus (Des Moines, IA)
7/27: 2019 Summer Meltdown (Birmingham, AL)
7/27: Masters Tour (Travelers Rest, SC)
7/27: Rock The Ages CrossFit Team Comp (Carollton, TX)
7/27: The WoDer Games (Ontario, Canada)
7/27: Girls Gone RX Waco (Waco, TX)
7/27: Rock the Ages at CrossFit Templum (Carrollton, TX)
7/27: The Meshugge Melee (Overland Park, KS)
7/27: All Gave Some, Some Gave All (Whitesboro, NY)
7/27: EVF “Stronger Together” Challenge (New York, NY)
8/2: Pirate Supporters Friday Night Light Kick Off (Lefors, TX)
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)
8/10: 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 Charlotte at Silver Wolf CrossFit (Charlotte, NC) 
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 – 8/11: No Surrender Survival Games (Wooster, OH)
8/11: The Rise of The Resilient (Hopkinton, MA)
8/17: Fittest in the Fork (Ft. Sill, OK)

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