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MACC’s Journey to Becoming a Semifinal

Morning Chalk Up

May 13   |   POWERED BY


Good morning and welcome to the Morning Chalk Up.

In today’s edition:

  • The Mid-Atlantic CrossFit Challenge is one of the first two Semifinals of the 2021 season and one of the first CrossFit licensed events to be held in-person and with spectators since March 2020. Learn more about its history.
  • The Semifinals are quietly backfilling as the competitions grow ever closer.
  • The Bottom Line is back with new hosts — Scott Switzer and Cat Scherer from The Clydesdale, Fitness and Friends podcast. Today they talk with Brian Friend about the Masters divisions in the AGOQ.
  • CrossFit coach Jocelyn Coutant becomes Connecticut National Guard’s first female infantry officer.
  • Hot off the press! Commemorate the 2020 CrossFit Games season with a Morning Chalk Up limited edition print newspaper. On sale now.
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  A “Labour” of Love: MACC Semifinal Heart and Soul Lies in Its Affiliate Community 

A “Labour” of Love: MACC Semifinal Heart and Soul Lies in Its Affiliate Community

In less than three weeks the organizers of the Mid-Atlantic CrossFit Challenge will be one of two officially licensed CrossFit events to kick-off the invitation process for the 2021 NOBULL CrossFit Games.

The MACC will be held at Thompson-Boling Arena on the campus of the University of Tennessee in Knoxville on May 28-30. How the MACC got to the point where it is only one of five Semifinals to hold a live, in-person competition this year is a tale of hard work, perseverance, stubbornness, stress and most importantly, community.

In the beginning:

The MACC as we know it today started in 2012 as the Mid-Atlantic Affiliate Challenge (MAAC) and the primary purpose of MACC CEO and founder Luke Espe was to hold a big community event, the actual competition would be just a piece of the overall experience.

In order for that to happen, he had to cultivate and involve his own affiliate community. With that, the backbone, the heart and the soul of his first event in 2012 and the following eight iterations became an extension of 12 Labours CrossFit.

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  • Live now: Registration for the CrossFit PairUp Throwdown, the two-person, online competition that’s set to take place May 20-24 is now open.
  • The next Rogue Fitness Challenge was announced yesterday. The Bella Challengeis an unbroken barbell complex for max load in five minutes. The challenge kicks off on May 21 and scores are due by May 24 at 8 PM ET.
    • The complex is: One Clean, One Shoulder-to-Overhead, One Front Squat, One Shoulder-to-Overhead.
  • The Mid-Atlantic CrossFit Challenge announced a mandatory check-in for all individuals and teams. There are two options for the check-in, Wednesday, May 26, 5-8 PM and Thursday, May 27, 12-8 PM. For teams, all four members must attend the check-in.
  • The Torian Pro has several spots available in the Pro division (one level below Elite) due to teams that have accepted their Elite competition invitations. Pro-level athletes interested can join the waitlist.
  2021 CrossFit Semifinals Quietly Backfill as Competitions Near 


2021 CrossFit Semifinals Quietly Backfill as Competitions Near

It doesn’t seem like anyone other than the athletes themselves have been putting much out there about this, but for nearly two weeks now backfills for the ten individual Semifinals around the world have slowly been trickling in. And, we’ve been tracking them, here’s a full rundown:

Remind me: It is somewhat ambiguous and unclear in the rulebook whether or not CrossFit would be extending backfill invitations for individuals at Semifinals at all. (This was probably intentional given how much is unknown about the ability to run these events given the drastically different regulations and restrictions in different parts of the world).

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  2021 CrossFit Semifinals Quietly Backfill as Competitions Near 

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  Leading Through Limits: CrossFit Coach Jocelyn Coutant Becomes Connecticut National Guard’s First Female Infantry Officer 

Leading Through Limits: CrossFit Coach Jocelyn Coutant Becomes Connecticut National Guard’s First Female Infantry Officer

For CrossFit Coach Jocelyn Coutant, the military has always been part of the plan, there were just a few unexpected pit stops along the way. But this March, Coutant became the first Connecticut National Guard female infantry officer, an accomplishment that exceeded nearly everyone’s expectations, except those closest to her, and perhaps least of all, those who had been part of her CrossFit classes over the years.

One big thing: At 25, Coutant finally enrolled in the military after attending college and earning her masters degree, as well as working for one of the top accounting firms in the country. It was from there that her journey towards becoming Connecticut’s first female National Guard officer would take off.

  • “I’ve always wanted to join the military, but my parents wanted me to go to college and do something in business so I became a tax accountant for PwC,” said Coutant.
  • “It was a great job, but I knew it wasn’t for me so I enlisted at 25 into the Army National Guard because I wasn’t sure if I’d want to do it full time or not,” she added.
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