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New Athletes Join CrossFit During COVID Quarantine

Morning Chalk Up

April 28

Working Against Gravity

Good morning and welcome to the Morning Chalk Up. The COVID-19 lockdown impacted CrossFit gyms in a myriad of ways, but interestingly, it’s also created an opportunity to attract new members, Emily Beers has more. And, 12 Labours CrossFit has created a brutal workout that will benefit local restaurants. Today:

  • Meet some COVID CrossFit newbies.
  • The Asia CrossFit Championship has officially canceled its event in 2020.
  • The Burpee Hour is happening…May 2.

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Meet Two Lockdown-Inspired CrossFit Converts

 Meet Two Lockdown-Inspired CrossFit Converts 

Misty Wilkins Bohanon was never interested in CrossFit.

The 44-year-old endurance athlete was more interested in mountain biking and training for marathons.

  • “I have (didn’t) make the time for lifting weights and wasn’t interested quite frankly,” Bohanon said. “I just didn’t have the energy to add more training.”

Further, she was scared of getting injured.

  • “I have had three knee surgeries and one shoulder surgery. I didn’t want to re-injure myself,” she added.

Along came the COVID-19-required lockdown: Bohanon had known about Dig Deep CrossFit in Paducah, KY for a while. And when she heard the gym was participating in CrossFit HQ’s Support Your Local Box Fundraiser — and that non-members could also join — Bohanon thought she’d give it a shot.

Though Bohanon was never all that interested in CrossFit or lifting weights, she also knew her body needed more strength, to increase her muscle mass “to help carry over to an ultra-marathon next spring,” she explained. So Bohanon bought some light weights and joined in.

Bohanon isn’t the only CrossFit newbie to join CrossFit Dig Deep’s home workouts and participate in the fundraiser. In fact, gym owner Brandy Key has managed to attract dozens of people to try CrossFit for the first time since she closed her doors in March.

Another newbie: Tiffany Dawn Ice lost 65 pounds just by focusing on her diet alone. When the lockdown hit, she decided she was ready to add regular workouts to her lifestyle transformation.

  • “I knew Brandy (Key) previously and followed her gym’s page on Facebook,” Ice explained of how she found out about the at-home workouts they were offering.
  • “I wanted something to help me tone and feel strong,” she said.

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Asia CrossFit Championship Announces 2020 Cancelation, Tally Reaches Seven

 Asia CrossFit Championship Announces 2020 Cancelation, Tally Reaches Seven 

The Asia CrossFit Championship sent an email to registered athletes on Monday, officially canceling its Sanctioned event for the 2019-2020 season. It was originally scheduled to take place in Shanghai, China, May 8-10, but had already been postponed until July 3-5. Seven Sanctionals have now been canceled due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

One big thing: As with earlier cancelations, this puts the Asia CrossFit Championship in a less than ideal financial position. The second-year Sanctional will, however, issue full refunds to all registered competitors in May.

From the email: “With the current unprecedented global situation, Asia CrossFit Championships has decided to postpone the Main Event without a future date at this time.”

  • “This decision is made with our utmost consideration of the safety of our Athletes, Staff and Spectators.”
  • “Registered competitor’s final competition fees will be fully refunded. The refund will be processed on May 1st, you can expect to receive the refund in a week.”

The bottom line: The Asia CrossFit Championship was the first Sanctional to announce a postponement on March 3. While it seems that many events are holding off announcing an official cancelation, it is likely we will see many more in the days and weeks to come.


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Support Your Favorite Restaurant with the Burpee Hour and Takeout

 Support Your Favorite Restaurant with the Burpee Hour and Takeout 

What started out as a simple, yet grueling workout held to support a local restaurant in need during the COVID-19 pandemic is now being shared as a worldwide movement initiative. 12 Labours CrossFit has created a free workout that anyone can participate in called “The Burpee Hour” that will take place on Saturday, May 2.

The bottom line: 12 Labours CrossFit, the organizers of the Mid-Atlantic CrossFit Challenge, are asking athletes to do as many burpees as possible in one hour.

  • Athletes are asked to register for free online on Competition Corner and can start their workout at any time on May 2 but must submit their score no later than 8:00 pm EST to have their score reflect on the worldwide leaderboard.
  • Afterward, the organizers encourage all participants to support their local restaurants by ordering takeout from within their respective communities.
  • More information is available on the official Instagram page @theburpeehour and the organizers ask that all athletes use the hashtags #theburpeehour and #burpeesfortakeout to get reposted and to raise social awareness of the event.
  • Athletes who participate will have their name displayed on a community leaderboard and have the ability to filter by gender, CrossFit affiliate, age, state, and country.  



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Community Fundraiser Roundup

We’ve been overwhelmed with tips and emails about fundraisers and grant opportunities around the CrossFit community. Today we are to highlight some of them:

  • Okaloosa Quarantine Games: Challiss Cappel, Sabrina Reyes, Cameron Linares, and Jeff Mata are organizing a seven-day online competition in Okaloosa, FL to benefit local businesses and Pryor Middle School. During the competition, each member of the four-person teams will complete a marathon (26.2 miles) broken up however they would like between running, biking, and rowing. Learn more and donate
  • Renaissance Periodization Team Lori Fundraiser: Lori Shaw, the author of the RP’s cookbooks and host of RP’s YouTube cooking show was diagnosed with breast cancer in January. She is doing well following surgery and into chemo but wants to use this as an opportunity to do good. As such, RP is offering “Team Lori” t-shirt for sale and all of the proceeds will be split between the CDP COVID-19 Response Fund and the Breast Cancer Research Foundation
  • Ten Thousand: The New York activewear label will be donating 10% of its net profits to independently owned fitness facilities around the country for 30 days starting on April 22. Ten Thousand is also paying gyms commissions on referred sales and using its website and social media to drive new member sign-ups and encourage direct donations. And, they have partnered with other companies like Beam, Athletic Greens, Strong Coffee Company, Hyperice and Huron to provide even more exclusive discounts and commissions on referred sales.
  • Barbells for Boobs Essential Resources: Although not a fundraiser in the traditional sense, Barbells for Boobs has put together three opportunities for affiliate owners to join forces with some of their trusted partners, including custom t-shirt platform, Stable, the nutrition program, Healthy Steps Nutrition, and Incite Tax and Accounting
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