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Mayhem and Invictus Top Teams in North America

Morning Chalk Up

April 26   |   POWERED BY


Good morning and welcome to the Morning Chalk Up.

In today’s edition:

  • The 2021 Team Quarterfinals wrapped yesterday, we have some quick takes and first thoughts this morning.
  • Recap: How did the top training camps perform during Individual Quarterfinals?
  • Former NHL player Brooks Laich discussed developing CrossFit as a professional sport.

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  • Here are the top five teams on each continent, see the full leaderboard:
  • North America
  1. CrossFit Mayhem Freedom (12)
  2. Invictus (45)
  3. I1UVIT (61)
  4. MoveFastLiftHeavy Crew (68)
  5. On Track (78)
  • Oceania
  1.  64 Army Gold (9)
  2.  Reebok CrossFit Frankston (14)
  3.  Urban (19
  4. Awaside (31)
  5.  Wiser1 Phoenix (41)
  • South America
  1. FourMixx Brazil (14)
  2. Q21 (29)
  3.  CrossFit Villa Luro (33)
  4. Team SP (46)
  5.  Team Punk (48)
  • Europe
  1. CrossFit Zurriola Training Culture (24)
  2. Team Butcher’s Lab T-Bone (28)
  3. From the Port (30)
  4. CrossFit Oslo (40)
  5.  Team CrossFit Holistic (57)
  • Asia
  1. Team Dubai (15)
  2. Kolesnikov Team (16)
  3. MacPherson (28)
  4. Sour Patch Kids (33)
  5. Redyar (39)
  • Africa
  1. Eikestad Mighty Oaks (6)
  2. CrossFit Tijger Valley (17)
  3. Lions Bay CrossFit (24)
  4. Eikestad Golden Oaks (33)
  5. CrossFit Engine33 (34)

Here are a few more Speed Reads:

  • Gillette launches new fitness-focused deodorant. The new Invisible Solid Deodorant is designed to tackle any WOD. They’re offering all CrossFitters a free stick for their gym bag with the purchase of any Invisible Solid Deodorant. No code necessary.
  • CrossFit has teamed up with HBC Event Services to offer discounted hotel accommodations for the 2021 CrossFit Games. Cancellation policies at the area hotels will take into consideration possible COVID restrictions and cancelled travel.
  • Now Live: Volunteer applications for the Invictus Boston Invitational. Volunteer areas include judging, athlete control, pit crew and general volunteer.
  • Spectator tickets for The Fittest in Cape Town, Africa’s CrossFit Games Semifinal event, are available now.
  • Available for Download: The PRVN Fitness Pull-Up Program e-book is out now. The book provides a progressive and measurable program for people who wish to either achieve their first strict pull-up or even complete multiple strict pull-ups.
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  Team Quarterfinals: Six Key Takeaways  

Team Quarterfinals: Six Key Takeaways

The Team Quarterfinals for the 2021 CrossFit Games season has officially come to a close and while there was certainly a lot of excitement this weekend, here are six key takeaways.

1: The Surprisingly Tight Leaderboard In North America

While a quick glance at the North American leaderboard shows what you might expect from the weekend, with Mayhem and Invictus sitting in the top two spots, a closer look at the numbers reveals a much tighter race. The difference in final score between the first-place overall team and the fifteenth-place team was a mere 131 points, which sounds like a large number, but in a competition featuring 157 teams, that number is actually quite low. In fact, many other teams put forth exceptional scores on the leaderboard throughout the competition and even a small slip-up could cause a dip down the leaderboard for any team in North America.

2: The Gyms Who Qualified Multiple Teams for the Semifinals

While qualifying one team for a Semifinal is an impressive accomplishment in its own right, several gyms qualified multiple teams.

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  Training Camps Recap: Breaking Down Elite Performances in Individual Quarterfinals  


Training Camps Recap: Breaking Down Elite Performances in Individual Quarterfinals

After recapping how the top CrossFit training camps and their athletes performed in the 2021 NOBULL CrossFit Games Open three weeks ago. We wanted to capture the same camps (as well as some new additions) and how they performed after the individual Quarterfinals. What we found is that some of the top performances from the Quarterfinals came from athletes who trained and were pushed by other top athletes within their own camp.

Below we break down these notable camps, athletes and performances. We did the best we could to make sure we had a complete list of athletes by reaching out to the camps as well as gathering information off athlete’s social media pages. The camps are listed in no particular order.

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  Former NHL Player Brooks Laich Outlines Ways to Grow CrossFit as a Professional Sport  

Former NHL Player Brooks Laich Outlines Ways to Grow CrossFit as a Professional Sport

Former NHL player and Open Gym co-founder Brooks Laich made a recent appearance on the “Talking Elite Fitness” podcast to discuss his love of CrossFit with hosts Sean Woodland and Tommy Marquez. He also spent a large portion of the interview discussing prominent issues that he sees and several steps to take that could simultaneously grow CrossFit and better benefit its athletes.

Remind me: Laich played in the NHL from 2003 until 2018, primarily with the Washington Capitals. He also spent eight years as an NHLPA representative and played a role in collective bargaining agreement discussions. Now he is shifting his focus to CrossFit’s Home Office, the athletes who make a living competing, and how they can improve the sport to benefit everyone involved.

An athletes union: Laich was heavily involved in the NHLPA during his career, serving on the executive board for eight years. He played a role in hiring and firing executive directors, as well as the creation of agreements between the league and its players. As someone that lost over $2 million due to lockouts, Laich knows what can happen when the league has all of the power while the athletes have none.

  • Viewing CrossFit through that perspective, “I was absolutely shocked at what I saw,” Laich explained. “What an athlete’s life is like in CrossFit. Right now, what I see in CrossFit is that CrossFit yields all of the power. 100% of it, and the athletes have no say. They are at the mercy of everything CrossFit.”
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