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Happy Halloween and welcome to the Morning Chalk Up. Today Ava Kitzi takes on a topic not frequently discussed: young men and eating disorders in CrossFit. And, is “mindset” the 11th component of fitness? If you watched the “Ranch Loop” last week, you are probably nodding your head, mindset coaches Emma Hackett and Lauren Tait offer more in an OpEd below.

If you missed it last night, be sure to catch our exclusive interview with five-time CrossFit Games champ, Mat Fraser, on the Morning Chalk Up YouTube channel.

 
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“I'm just trying to keep my breakfast down.” - Samuel Kwant, after finishing Event 10: Swim 'n' Stuff in which he beat Mat Fraser by just under 9 seconds.

 

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  • Territory Foods is expanding. It’s now covering more cities on the East Coast, from Boston to Miami, and providing fresh, chef-made meals in cities to the west, like Chicago and Memphis.
  • O2 and the Community Coalition announces the #NoQuitNovember. At registered gyms, athletes who keep their memberships active for the month will receive $200 in gift vouchers from participating brands.
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  • WHOOP raises $100M in new capital, plans to use it to develop membership benefits and expand globally.
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  A Story Less Often Told: Young Men's Eating Disorders and CrossFit  

A Story Less Often Told: Young Men's Eating Disorders and CrossFit

“These demons go beyond one gender!” a commenter on lastarticle, “A Real Triple-Threat: Eating Disorders, Overtraining, and Reproductive Health in CrossFit,” wrote. The article attracted quite a bit of discussion in comment threads on social media and on the Morning Chalk Up website, most from young women who found painful relatability in the article. From Games-level teens sharing their own gut-wrenching stories to concerned boyfriends reminding their significant other that they’re worthy of eating, that along with friends’ accounts of watching someone battle an eating disorder and menstrual cycle loss, the comment section became a powerful catalog of understanding, knowing responses. But a notable amount of comments also mentioned a key flaw in the article: there was no representation of the male counterpart to this issue.

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  OpEd -- An “11th Component of Fitness”?  

OpEd -- An “11th Component of Fitness”?

In 2002, CrossFit founder and former CEO Greg Glassman explained his definition of fitness. Glassman wrote in the CrossFit Journal, that “CrossFit is not a specialized fitness program but a deliberate attempt to optimize physical competence in each of ten recognized fitness domains.” They are:  “Cardiovascular and Respiratory endurance, Stamina, Strength, Flexibility, Power, Speed, Coordination, Agility, Balance, and Accuracy.”

Fast forward to 2020 and the final event on day one of the CrossFit Games, “The Ranch Loop,” exposed and beautifully represented that there is actually an 11th component of fitness too: Mindset.  

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  Giving Back To Veterans: CrossFit Invictus Partners With The Honor Foundation For “The Veteran WOD”  

Giving Back To Veterans: CrossFit Invictus Partners With The Honor Foundation For “The Veteran WOD”

The CrossFit Community is well known for its history with the armed forces. In fact, the United States Army has its own functional fitness team.

One big thing: Each year, the CrossFit Community hosts hundreds of workouts and fundraisers honoring service members. However, few of those funds are directed towards helping returning service members adjust to real life. This year, CrossFit Invictus and the Honor Foundation have partnered to change that.

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Fundraiser for Moss Bluff Family

Tragedy struck the Open Gym Strength and Conditioning community in Lake Charles, LA two days ago. During a class WOD, a drunk driver collided with Jason Webb, a gym member, as he was out running. He was taken to the hospital and later succumbed to his injuries and passed away. Both Jason and his wife, Heather Webb are Air Force veterans. The community has started a GoFundMe to help support Jason’s wife, Heather and their four children. As of now, 320 donors have provided $31,277 of a $50,000 goal.

 
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