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Good morning and welcome to the Morning Chalk Up. The 2022 NOBULL CrossFit Games are now five days away, and we will have you covered for everything and anything you need to know.

In today’s edition:

  • Uk gym burns down as owner asks for CrossFit community’s help
  • NOBULL’s founders talk about how they started the company
  • Royce Dunne explains why he’s not on CrossFit Games demo team anymore
  • 2022 NOBULL CrossFit Games adaptive division preview
  • The Bottom Line talks masters athletes to watch in Madison
  • Workout of the Week from Lauren Fisher
  • Looking just beyond the podium for the women’s division

Note: The Morning Chalk Up will not be publishing the newsletter August 8-12, as we will be taking some much needed R&R, but we’ll be back in action the following week, so don’t go anywhere.

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“Freedom is never given; it is won.” - A. Philip Randolph

  UK CrossFit Box St Albans Burns Down, Owner Appeals for Support and New Home 

UK CrossFit Box St Albans Burns Down, Owner Appeals for Support and New Home

CrossFit St Albans, a box just north of London, has burned down and the owners are appealing for help.

CrossFit St Albans was caught in a raging fire on Monday. The gym is located on an industrial site. An investigation is ongoing to find the cause of the fire, but it appears as though it started two units along in a car garage. The fire then quickly spread and burned all day and night, into the next morning.

One big thing: The owner and manager are reaching out to anyone in the local area who can host them, either short term while they find a new location, or permanently. This could be farmers with sheds, landowners, landlords or anyone with space.

  • “But if we can’t find a venue, I’m really concerned we aren’t going to make it,” said Claudia Luscombe-Whyte gym manager.

They have raised GBP26,000 via a GoFundMe page already, while other local boxes are talking about holding fundraisers. Other businesses are helping in kind, such as a local print shop that has made trucker caps with CrossFit St Albans’ logo, to raise more money. Zach George, the UK’s Fittest Man 2020, is donating all profits from his brand new clothing collection with MP Activewear to CrossFit St Albans.

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In case you missed it: Lauren Kalil, the host of The Bottom Line, spoke to Patrick Clark and Ava Kitzi about who are the teens to watch at the 2022 NOBULL CrossFit Games.

Check it: CrossFit released the scoring tables for the 2022 NOBULL CrossFit Games.

Skate or die?: Kelsey Kiel is rocking Vans while doing CrossFit and we are definitely feeling this new look. 🔥

WZA update: Wodapalooza outlined qualification spots for masters divisions for the January 2023 competition in Miami, FL. 

Off to Ireland: Mat Fraser and the HWPO continue to ink new event appearances and the latest is the Filthy 150 in Ireland which will take place October 21-22.

Clothing update: NOBULL has released more athlete jerseys including Kara Saunders and Travis Mayer.

  Inside the Minds of NOBULL 


Inside the Minds of NOBULL

All great ideas start somewhere. For NOBULL, it was the 50’s Diner in Dedham, Massachusetts.

It was here Marcus Wilson and Michael Schaeffer started meeting once a month in 2010 for breakfast, a budding friendship born out of the workplace that has spilled over as the two bonded both ideologically and philosophically.

There is no denying the resumes of the duo: Wilson has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Cornell, an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management and spent time in Africa helping build a $145 million power plant project in Ghana. Schaeffer has a master’s in mechanical engineering from his home country of Austria and a master’s degree in industrial design from the Pratt Institute, while also working in Japan during the early stages of his career.

But how did these two go from the world of STEM to making sportswear shirts and shoes with a distinct design?

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  Inside the Minds of NOBULL 

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  2022 CrossFit Games Preview: Adaptive Divisions 

2022 CrossFit Games Preview: Adaptive Divisions

For the second year in the row the NOBULL CrossFit Games will host six divisions for adaptive athletes. A total of 30 athletes will compete across those divisions to be crowned the Fittest. Four of the six champions from the inaugural season return to defend their titles.

There will be three adaptive categories each with a men’s and women’s division with the top five athletes in the Semifinals of their respective divisions receiving a Games invitation to Madison, WI.

  • Upper Extremity Division
  • Lower Extremity Division
  • Neuromuscular Division

The first day of competition for the adaptive divisions will start on Thursday, August 4 and will end on Saturday, August 6.

The top-three finishers of each respective Semifinals are listed below.

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  2022 CrossFit Games Preview: Adaptive Divisions 

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  Lauren Fisher’s Workout of the Week 

Lauren Fisher’s Workout of the Week

Today’s workout is programmed by Lauren Fisher. One of the most popular and gifted athletes in the women’s division, next week she will make her seventh CrossFit Games appearance as she takes the floor with CrossFit Reykjavík in the team division. Her workout comes straight from her Grown Strong fitness programming where she has a free trial available.

  • Lauren Fisher
    12-Minute EMOM
    Station 1: Bike Erg
    Station 2: Bar Muscle-ups (unbroken set)Then
    12-Minute EMOM
    Station 1: Row
    Station 2: 3 X 25 foot Handstand WalkThen
    12-Minute EMOM
    Station 1: Run
    Station 2: 3 Rope ClimbsThen
    12-Minute EMOM
    Station 1: Echo Bike
    Station 2 : Strict Ring Dips (unbroken set)Total Time: 48 minutes

Scaling Options:

This is 48 minutes of continuous work, so no rest between each EMOM. You can perform on any machine if you don’t have access to all four. You can change the gymnastics movements depending on what you need to work on.

Some advice from Lauren: “Find a steady pace on the machines that you can consistently hold throughout 48 minutes. The focus here is on gymnastics skill under fatigue.”

To inquire about submitting an upcoming workout of the week, shoot us a note.

  Lauren Fisher’s Workout of the Week 

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Morning Chalk Up Guessing Games

Is Tia getting dethroned? Seen a rookie everyone’s missed? Discovered the algorithm to Moneyball this thing? It's time to prove it. Predict the top five male and female athletes in Madison this summer and you’ll be walking away with a mega prize pack from Reebok, YETI, and FITAID. Free to enter and open until August 2nd.




Book Your TYR House Workout

TYR is taking over CrossFit Connex August 1st - 7th with free drop-ins, seminars, complimentary food, and a live stream of the action in Madison. Don't miss your chance to get a sweat on with celebrity coaches from Deka Comp, Training Think Tank, Underdogs Athletics, Brute Strength, and more.



Where to Workout in Madison

Every summer, fitness brings us together to cheer on the fittest in the world. But while all the fitness around you can be inspirational, it can be easy to let your own program slip. Don't worry though, we’ve put together your definitive guide to working out at the Games.



A Free WHOOP Strap 4.0 and Extra Month's Membership

WHOOP measures your body's data over 100 times a second to provide personalized feedback on your recovery, strain, and sleep. Morning Chalk Up readers can get a free strap and an extra month's membership when you sign up at the link below.



Who To Look Out for in the Teen Division

Want to know who you need to put in your Guessing Games picks for next year? Lauren sat down with our own Patrick Clark and Ava Kitzi to get their takes on who you should be watching in the teen divisions.

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Southern Fitness and Martial Arts Centre | Fitness Centre Manager - 78 Meroo Street, Bomaderry NSW 2541, Australia

District Athletic Club | Front End Shift Supervisor & Subject Matter Expert - District Athletic Club, James Street, New Haven, CT

13 Stars Community Fitness | CrossFit Coach - 13 Stars Community Fitness, 173 Washington Street, Morristown, NJ

Crossfit Fondren | Head Coach/GM CrossFit Fondren Jackson MS - Jackson, MS

Urban Athletic Club | Head Coach | CrossFit / Functional Fitness - 804 N Street Northwest, Washington, DC

DC Fitness | Online Fitness Coach - Remote

Everlasting Fitness | Registered Dietitian - Everlasting Fitness, Governor Court, Abingdon, MD

FitTown Jupiter | Full-Time Coach - Jupiter, FL


CrossFit Leixlip | Fitness Coach (Part Time) - CrossFit Leixlip - CrossFit Leixlip, Mill Lane, St. Catherine's Park, Leixlip, County Kildare, Ireland

Hammer CrossFit | CrossFit Coach - Hammer CrossFit South, East Washington Street, Phoenix, AZ

Mach983 CrossFit | CrossFit Coach - 2246 Dayton Street, Aurora, CO

CrossFit Voyage | Full time CrossFit coach/personal trainer - 102 W State St, O'Fallon, IL

Ballston CrossFit | General Manager and CrossFit Coach Arlington VA - 1110 North Glebe Road, Arlington, VA

MROC Training | NEW POSITIONS available at Obstacle Course Gym - Oceanside, CA

Contender CrossFit Padre Island | CrossFit Coach (CFL2 Preferred) - Contender CrossFit Padre Island, South Padre Island Drive, Corpus Christi, TX

CrossFit Barbending | CrossFit Level 1 Trainer or Higher - 3 Joanna Court, East Brunswick, NJ

CrossFit Barbending | CrossFit Level 1 Trainer or Higher - 3 Joanna Court, East Brunswick, NJ

Rogue Fitness | HR Generalist - Columbus, OH

The V: Premier Group Fitness | CrossFit Trainer NEEDED!!! - Powder Springs, GA

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Celebrating a PR, hosting a fundraiser, this, that, or otherwise. Send us a highlight.

8/13: Fire Team 7 Challenge & Fundraiser (Wheaton, IL)
8/13: Thornton Throwdown (Thornton, CO)
8/13: The Mortal Games 2022 (Sunrise, FL)
8/20: Summer Smashdown (Tucson, AZ)
8/20: Brawl in the Burbs VII (Bridgeport, PA)
8/26 - 8/27: 6th Annual 24 in 24 to Benefit Rally Foundation (Cumming, GA)
8/27: Dawg Days of Summer (Portsmouth, OH)
8/27: Battle at the Base 7 (Oklahoma City, OK)
8/27 - 8/28: Tampa Bay Games (Tampa, FL)
8/27: The MFLH Fight For The Fittest 2022 (Ronkonhoma, NY)
8/27: Mayhem & Massacre @ CrossFit Sango (Clarksville, TN)
9/2 - 9/4: Wod War 4Mori (Alghero, Italy)
9/2 - 9/5: Elite Pit Teen Throwdown (Three Rivers, MI)
9/4: Girls Gone RX (Ocala, FL)
9/9 - 9/11: Fall Series Throwdown (Desio, Italy)
9/10: B3-Beauties, Beers, and Barbells @ Fortify Fitness Collective (Waunakee, WI)
9/10: Under the Oath Throwdown (Ooltewah, TN)
9/10: Turf Wars 2022 (Baltimore, MD)
9/10: Do More Charity Challenge @ CrossFit Loop (Castle Rock, CO)
9/16 - 9/18: WODAGOA Fitness Challenge (Genova, Italy)
9/17: River City Showdown (Decatur, AL)
9/17: Big Red Rumble 2022 (Holland, MI)
9/17: CrossFit Shorebreak Summer Showdown (Huntington Beach, CA)
9/17: Camel City Clash 2022 (Winston Salem, NC)
9/23 - 9/25: Beach Brawl (Pensacola, FL)
9/23 - 9/25: The Central Regional (Davenport, IA)
9/24: FALL JAM 2022 (Blacklick, OH)
9/24 - 9/25: CrossFit Tuscany Games (Bellaria di Pontedera (PI), Italy)
9/24: Mayhem & Massacre @ CrossFit Zoo (Ocala, FL)
9/29 - 10/25: Fittest of the Coast Coastal Qualifier powered by Victory Grips (Charleston, SC)
9/30 - 10/1: Iron Anchor Throwdown (Batavia, OH)
10/1 - 10/2: Fittest in the Fall (Indianapolis, IN)
10/1: West Town Throwdown (Chicago, IL)
10/1: Warrior Games 2022 (Suffield, CT)
10/2 - 10/16: CHLKDUP Box League – Chattanooga (Chattanooga, TN)
10/8: Mayhem & Massacre @ Infinite Fitness & Health (Wharton, NJ)
10/8: The X Games (Brooklawn, NJ)

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