Good morning and welcome to the Morning Chalk Up. Earlier this week, CrossFit posted a video message from Eric Roza to the community regarding the 2020 CrossFit Games, once again reiterating the value the new CEO places on the sport. And, there are many great things going on around the affiliate community, including fundraisers and life transformations. Read about a few of them below.
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“I'm so grateful that we didn't give up, all of us.”- CrossFit CEO Eric Roza on making the 2020 CrossFit Games happen.
“Magic” of the Games Inspiration for CrossFit First-Timers, According to Roza
In a video released last week, CrossFit CEO Eric Roza shared his take on the 2020 CrossFit Games, calling them an “inspiration” for not just the community, but those who “haven’t discovered CrossFit yet.”
What he said: “I’m so grateful that people who haven’t discovered CrossFit yet but might think the rest of their life isn’t going to be very long or might not be worth living at a level that they thought they might see possible are going to find inspiration from [the Games] or find inspiration from someone who’s driven to coach or open an affiliate due to [the Games] and that they’re not giving up and so this hope we’re providing all the way down the chain is really exciting.”
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Giving Back To Those Who Give The Most: Team RWB Launches Its Seventh Year Of WOD for Warriors
Since its conception, CrossFit has always held strong ties to the military community. Every year on Memorial Day, hundreds of gyms across the country pay tribute to fallen soldiers with Murph, and every Veteran’s Day, even more join in to help support our returning heroes.
One big thing: This year, Team Red White and Blue has come together for the seventh year to raise money and awareness for the physical and mental health of veterans returning from combat. They hope to make this year their biggest year yet, bringing together close to 200 chapters to participate in the 2020 WOD for Warriors event.
Foster Fit Seeks to Provide Foster Youth With CrossFit Gym Membership
Starting November 9, athletes around the world can compete in the first-ever online Foster Fit competition, a fundraiser to provide children in the child welfare system with a CrossFit gym membership.
Why it matters: According to the Children’s Rights organization, there are nearly 424,000 children in foster care on any given day in the U.S. In 2019, this number amounted to 672,000 for the year. Foster Fit is aiming to give these teens and children a steady, nurturing community.
Malisa McCurdy Loses 40 Pounds During Pandemic, “Better at Everything”
After seeing a Facebook ad in February 2020, 42-year-old Malisa McCurdy finally decided to take the plunge and start CrossFit. Tired of living with low self-confidence and hiding herself behind “basic, homey, stay-at-home mom clothes,” her goal was simple: “I just wanted to lose 20 pounds, and be healthier, happier and feel better,” said McCurdy, who at 5-foot-7 weighed 188 pounds. But after just a handful of weeks of training at 13 Stripes CrossFit in Harrisburg, PA, the gym was forced shut due to COVID-19.
Ordinarily, this would be the time McCurdy, a mother of four children, would give up, like the time she tried cutting out soda, or the time she tried eliminating carbs from her diet. This time, though, she had a secret weapon she didn’t yet know about: support.
Sometimes you may be close to being able to do a workout as written, but in doing so, you miss the intended stimulus because it was just a bit of an overreach. In this quick video from CrossFit Training, learn how to determine if you should go Rx based on your ability level and the goals of the workout.
Four-time CrossFit Games winner Tia-Clair Toomey and her husband and coach, Shane Orr, created PRVN Fitness to help you train like a champion and break through your plateaus, whatever your level. Get access to Tia-Clair’s exact same workouts, along with recovery and mindset tools. Get all of this right from your phone in the SugarWOD app!
A New Podcast Focused on the Adaptive Athlete Community
The Adaptive Collaborative Podcast is hosted by Michelle DeChellis and James Norris of the Adaptively Abled Amputee group. The show seeks to connect the adaptive community and show how anyone can overcome the challenges set before them with hard work, grit, gratitude and grace. They've released 12 episodes with more on the way.
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The Fit Gear Hunter created the "2020 WatchFit Games" as a way to analyze and review all the current devices on the market that offer high-quality training components. He used a CrossFit-Games-style scoring format across several categories and tests to evaluate the best wearable tech out there.
Congratulations to Jame R., who was the first to correctly answer when was the last time two Games rookies were on the same individual Games podium. The correct answer was the 2015 CrossFit Games (Tia-Clair Toomey and Sara Sigmundsdottir).
Today’s question: How many times have individual CrossFit Games Champions led wire-to-wire?
In our community round-up today we are featuring a Veterans Day fundraiser, a community festival, and a new kids CrossFit/PE class:
Wyakin Foundation/Boise CrossFit: On November 7, Boise CrossFit in Boise, ID will host a “Pull-Ups with a Purpose” fundraiser to benefit the Wyakin Foundation, a nonprofit organization that serves wounded veterans in transition. The event begins at 9 AM and participants will complete their pull-ups with an official timer/counter. Learn more and sign up!
New Kids/Students Classes:Kados CrossFit in Rapid City, SD is offering a new “PE-type” class for kids who are spending more time at home and need to move their bodies. The class will offer beginner CrossFit movements mixed with games and other types of exercise.The classes are open to anyone in middle or high school, beginner or advanced and will run Monday, Wednesday and Friday. 6:30-7:30 PM. For more information, email them.
The Boll Weevil Festival: In Enterprise, MO, the popular Boll Weevil Festival has been rescheduled to take place on Saturday, November 4 from 11 AM to 4 PM. Among the attractions, CrossFit FXT will be on hand to facilitate contests for visitors.
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