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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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  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.



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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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CrossFit Dartmouth | CrossFit Coach - 668a State Road, Dartmouth, MA

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OP CrossFit | CrossFit Coach and Personal Trainer - 1035 Austin Highway, San Antonio, TX

CrossFit Arioch | CrossFit Coach (Dual Language / Spanish Speaker) - Elgin, IL

Power Plant CrossFit | Group Fitness Coach - Power Plant Fitness - Home of Power Plant CrossFit, Energy Parkway, Baltimore, MD

All Fit Orlando | Group Fitness Coach/Personal Trainer - 1902 Alden Road, Orlando, FL

Black Wolf CrossFit | CrossFit Coach at Black Wolf CrossFit - 508 West Crosstimbers Street, Houston, TX

The SHOP - Fitness + Performance | Full-Time Functional Training Coach - 244 Northwest 2nd Street, Corvallis, OR

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

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

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

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

OpenBox Athletics | CrossFit Coach - Philadelphia, PA

Arrival Fitness | General Manager - Newark, NJ

Arrival Fitness | CrossFit Coach - Newark, NJ

Bear Mountain Strength and Fitness | CrossFit Coach - 2050 E Main St, Cortlandt, Cortlandt Manor, NY

CrossFit Maximus | CrossFit Trainer - Lexington, KY

Fox River Strength and Conditioning | Group Class Trainer - 11 John St, North Aurora, IL

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