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Kristin Holte Returns

Morning Chalk Up

June 2


Good morning and welcome to the Morning Chalk Up. The second Fittest Woman on Earth returned to live competition over the weekend; learn how Kristin Holte has recovered from wrist surgery and weathered the lockdown. And, the DCC2020 Online Challenge just completed its second week of competition, Patrick Clark has your update. Today:

  • Kristin Holte Returns.
  • The Reykjavik CrossFit Championship is the 11th Sanctional to cancel for the 2019-2020 season.
  • The DCC2020 Online Challenge is heading into its final week, who is in position to take home the big prize purse?

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Kristin Holte Returns

 Kristin Holte Returns 

The second fittest woman on earth from 2019 officially returned to the competition floor this past Saturday, as Norway’s Kristin Holte took the top overall spot at the ATA Games 2020 in what was also the first live competition to take place since worldwide restrictions were put in place in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Holte’s return was also significant for the fact that the 2019 silver medalist had been recovering from surgery on her left wrist for carpal-tunnel syndrome back in January, and plans on competing next week in the Rogue Invitational.

  • Holte: “(The) wrist is doing great. No pain during or after the competition, so it’s all healed up and good to go again.”
  • Her recovery mirrors the 2017 season when Holte recovered from surgery in her right wrist to come back and win the 2017 Meridian Regional for her fourth consecutive Games appearance.

Norway’s fittest woman showed no signs of rust across the four events in total that made up the entirety of the one-day competition. She finished every event in third place or higher – including two event wins — to easily win the competition ahead of second-place Lena Richter.

  • Andrea Solberg (3rd) and Matilde Garnes (4th) also competed in the competition, meaning that the top three women in Norway — and five of the top ten overall – from the 2020 Open took part.
  • Holte on her performance: “Even though there are several movements I haven’t done in a really long time they are still there. I haven’t been able to snatch heavy more than a couple of times since January, but I still managed to hit a weight that was just below my PR which I was super happy with.”

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Sanctional Cancelation Tally Now Eleven, Reykjavik CrossFit Championship to Return in 2021

 Sanctional Cancelation Tally Now Eleven, Reykjavik CrossFit Championship to Return in 2021 

The Reykjavik CrossFit Championship alerted athletes via Instagram on Monday, that its SAnctioned event was officially canceled for the 2019-2020 season. It was originally scheduled to take place in Reykjavik, Iceland on April 3-5, 2020, but had previously been postponed until June 26-28. Eleven Sanctionals have now been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

One big thing: As we have covered in-depth, the cancelation puts event organizers in a difficult financial position. The RCC Instagram post noted, however, that “All registration fees and purchased tickets will be fully refunded through Eventbrite and respectively, but the processing time might be slow due to a high number of refunds that need to be finalized so please bear with us.”

From the Instagram post: “We have been following the development of Covid19 and its effects on travel restrictions and the limitations put on larger events since the shut-down of most the world in March.”

  • “We were hoping that our postponed dates would still be possible but as we are now moving into June, we are sorry to inform you that we will not be able to host the 2020 RCC on June 26th-28th,” the post read.
  • “The partner gauntlet will return at the 2021 Reykjavik CrossFit Championship. We are excited to see you all in Iceland in 2021. And in the meantime, stay safe,” it concluded.

Prevost and Ilin Take the DCC2020 Online Challenge Lead after Event Two

 Prevost and Ilin Take the DCC2020 Online Challenge Lead after Event Two 

The second event of the Dubai CrossFit Championship Online Challenge continued its theme of testing the physical and mental fortitude of all its participants. The top finishers of event two in each of the eight divisions found themselves atop of their respective leaderboards with one more event to go and a handsome prize purse for each champion.

Event 2: A grueling triplet that featured a 15-minute AMRAP in ascending order of box jumps, step downs and single-arm dumbbell thrusters awaited the athletes. The weight of the dumbbell (50 lbs for men/35 lbs for women) and height (24 inches for men/20 inches for women) of the box was the standard across all the divisions.

Looking at the Leaderboard: There was little change in the leaderboard from the opening event as all eight divisions feature races for the coveted prize purse. Here’s a look at the unofficial leaderboard for each division.

  • Women’s Division: Canadian Carolyn Prevost picked up her second event win in as many chances once again sharing top honors this time with Swede Mikaela Norman, both scored 425 reps. Samantha Briggs finished third with 421 reps followed by American Hannah Pruitt with 414 reps. Sara Sigmundsdottir finished fifth, just one rep behind Pruitt. Prevost holds the overall lead with two points for the $10,000 prize purse with Briggs and Sigmundsdottir tied for second, just four points behind her. A pair of national champions complete the top-five in Larissa Cunha (Brazil) with 15 points and Emma McQuaid (Ireland) with 16 points.
  • Men’s Division: Russian Alexander Ilin makes it two-for-two with 394 reps for the event win. Canadian national champion Jeffrey Adler finished second with 386 reps followed by Latvian national champion Uldis Upenieks (385 reps), Stas Solodov (384 reps) and American Brendan Willis (383 reps) in the top-five. Ilin holds a four-point lead over fellow countryman Solodov and Upenieks in the overall standings. Adler is in fourth just five points out of the overall lead. Fellow Canadian Nick Anapolsky is in fifth.



Jacob Heppner Debut His New and Improved Programming

After a brief hiatus, that included getting lasik eye surgery, Games athlete Jacob Heppner returns to discuss his new programming company GRIT Performance. He also shows what a full day of his training looks like.

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Gym Owners Don’t Reinvent The Wheel When Building A Nutrition Program

At Healthy Steps Nutrition, we believe something as fundamental as nutrition shouldn’t be complicated. As a Registered Dietitian and CrossFit affiliate owner, Nicole Aucoin understands what it takes to build a successful nutrition program. Through HSN Mentoring, they have helped over 700 gyms around the world build successful nutrition programs. Is nutrition the missing piece in your business? Learn how to set up nutrition coaching and start building nutrition into your business with this FREE checklist and webinar recording.

Nicole Aucoin on Why Your Gym Should Be Offering a Nutrition Program


Nicole Aucoin on Why Your Gym Should Be Offering a Nutrition Program

Nicole Aucoin is the founder of Healthy Steps Nutrition and CrossFit HSN and on this episode of the Open Gym podcast, sponsored by O2 Recovery, she talks with host Patrick Cummings about why there has never been a better time to start an internal nutrition program.

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SteadyMD Now Has A Pediatrics Plan

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Honey Cinnamon Walnut Banana Muffins

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Community Roundup

Here’s a quick roundup of fundraisers and competitions that are taking place around the CrossFit community:

  • All Together Online CrossFit Comp:  All Level CrossFit has organized a “battle of the boxes” style online competition set to take place on June 13. There will be four bodyweight workouts released throughout the day. CrossFit Valeo in Ottawa, ON, and Windsor CrossFit in Windsor, ON are among the boxes already signed up to participate. Learn more and get registered.
  • The Giving Process: CrossFit Games athlete Zach Sowder and The Giving Process have partnered together to help support Big Brothers, Big Sisters – Kansas City. And, they will be giving away $1000 to one lucky winner. There are multiple ways to enter and donate.
  • Barbells for Bullies x VETWOD: VETWOD and Barbells for Bullies have joined forces to create “Sit Rep 2020,” an online CrossFit competition to raise money and awareness for organizations that pull shelter dogs and train them to be therapy or service animals at no cost to the veteran. The virtual event takes place June 13-June 27. Sit Rep is also a platform to bring awareness to the situations that challenge veterans and pit-bull type dogs. Sadly, we lose one active soldier a day due to war, but we lose an average of 20 veterans a day to suicide. It’s also estimated that over 1.2 million dogs are euthanized in the US each year, over half of them being pit-bull type dogs. Both of these numbers are unacceptable. Check out the promo video and learn more.
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