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Our Most Memorable Moments of 2020

Morning Chalk Up

January 1   |   POWERED BY


Happy New Year and welcome to the Morning Chalk Up.

In today’s edition:

  • 2020 Memorable Moments.
  • What Happens When We Overeat on the Holidays.
  • Canadian Doc Wants Gyms Open.

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  • Want to go to Togo?: Mayhem Mission is leading a medical mission trip to an orphanage they support in Togo, in West Africa. The tentative dates are March 25-April 3. They are looking for medical personnel of all types.
  • Irony in 2020 defined: In an effort to help Hermosa Beach, CA businesses survive during the pandemic, the city allowed businesses like CrossFit South Bay to utilize their outside space.
    • Flashback to 2019: CrossFit Horsepower was deemed a public nuisance and had 90 days to meet a list of requirements which included ceasing all outdoor running. The gym closed down.
  • Seek Pain…That’s the theme of year one for the GORUCK Tribe. It officially kicks off in January 2021. Subscribe and each month you receive a new patch. In exchange, you must do the workout, do the mileage, and read the book.
  • Stength, Valor, Grit: SVG Athletics disaffiliated from CrossFit in June and recently donated its affiliate fee plus more ($4,000 total) to he Martin Luther King Jr. Family Services organization, a non-profit organization dedicated to being “Keepers of the Dream.” They nurture and empower the aspirations of individuals, families and youth to achieve new realities of peace, social and economic justice, self-determination, self-actualization and self-sufficiency.
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  2020 Memorable Moments from the Morning Chalk Up 

2020 Memorable Moments from the Morning Chalk Up

Most years we would offer up a list of our ten most impactful stories over the past 365 days, but 2020 just hit us all a bit different. So, instead, I asked our writers to tell me about the most memorable story they wrote this year. Several of them are related to the tumultuousness of the pandemic and the upheaval at CrossFit HQ, but not all, and as we take a collective sigh of relief and usher in 2021, I hope you appreciate this look back.

Joe Genetin-Pilawa, Senior Managing Editor: Glassman to Nine-Year Affiliate Owner “You are Delusional.”

  • “Oof. I joined the Morning Chalk Up at the beginning of 2020 and this story represents a moment when I was coming into my own. I knew that it would be read by a lot of people and that the story itself was going to have an impact. When I was hired, I assumed I’d get to write about people doing fast exercise, this moment drove home the idea that, while we do write about that, what we are doing matters a whole lot more.”

Tommy Marquez, Staff Writer: Nicole Carroll Resigns

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  What Happens When We Overeat During the Holidays? 


What Happens When We Overeat During the Holidays?

‘Tis the season for a lot of things! Time away from work, quality time with family, outdoor activities, and probably, most notably for many people, a little more food than we might normally consume. One of the things that makes the holiday season so panic-inducing is the lack of control we often feel over our food options and our tendency to get our hands stuck in the cookie jar. Or perhaps we go full blackout and wake up after a two-hour-long food coma in our uncle Harold’s Lay-Z-Boy.

Conventional nutrition wisdom tells us that when we eat more than we burn, we gain fat. And this is true, but how much damage can actually be done in one day?

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  Canadian Doctor Asks Pandemic Policymakers to Stop Seeing Fitness as “Recreational” 

Canadian Doctor Asks Pandemic Policymakers to Stop Seeing Fitness as “Recreational”

On December 26, Ontario was launched into a 28-day lockdown — meaning all “non-essential” businesses, including fitness facilities throughout the entire province, have been forced to close — a measure Dr. Amer Johri, a cardiologist in Kingston, Ontario said is too extreme.

Johri, a member of Queen Street Fitness in Kingston, said he wishes policymakers would have at least tried to come up with a plan to keep fitness facilities open safely, instead of instituting “blanket closures” across the province, even in cities that haven’t been as hard hit.

  • “In Kingston, we were in the yellow zone and our numbers had improved. Our gym was only allowing 10 people at a time and were going above and beyond in case we went into the orange zone. But then (the province) just leap frogged orange and red and went straight to a lockdown,” he explained.
  • Johri added: “What we needed to do was come up with a model for a gym to be deemed safe, kind of like all the protocols they put in place in a hospital. They have screening processes, and social distancing and sanitation. They should have explored a gym model that works, but they didn’t.”

Why gyms must stay open: Johri is adamant that fitness facilities and fitness coaches have a huge role play in keeping people healthy now and into the future. They play an integral role for long-term, medium-term and even short-term health.

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Death by Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

One more decadent treat for the new year, these gorgeous chocolate peppermint cookies are dipped in dark chocolate, sprinkled with crushed peppermint candies, and drizzled with white chocolate. A perfect way to end the holiday binge.



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Eight Unconventional Core Exercises

Are you tired of V-Ups and Ab Mat Sit-Ups? We are. Here are eight unconventional core exercises that you can use to vary your routine and blast your abs.


Chalk Up Highlights is our section dedicated to celebrating our community’s wins in the gym. Follow @ChalkUpHighlights and submit your highlight to [email protected] to be featured.

  • Destiny Cook back squats 310 pounds for a PR.
  • Matt Kelly power snatches 200 pounds for a PR.
  • Sandra Jensen snatches 158 pounds for a 3RM PR.
  • Michael McGahan squat cleans 300 pounds for a PR.
  • Alex Gazan bench presses 240 pounds for a PR.
  • Shane Hunt deadlifts 635 pounds for 6 for a PR.
  • Colleen Fotsch jerks 280 pounds for a PR. (highlights link coming)
  • Katherine Nye back squats 330 pounds for 10.
  • CrossFit Mentality Staff Save Joe Grerich’s Life: In Mentor, OH, Joe Gerich went into cardiac arrest at his gym, CrossFit Mentality. The 48-year-old collapsed and became unresponsive after a rowing interval earlier this month. An off-duty Willoughby firefighter who is also a gym member began chest compressions and then administered the gym’s AED, saving Gerich’s life.
  • CrossFit Kid Aeryn-Ejjina Atkinson Hopes To Open Her Own Gym: The precocious 10-year-old from Telford, UK, Aeryn-Ejjina Atkinson, has plans to open her own gym and to make the Olympics. Learn more about her story.
  • Countdown to None 5k: In Vienna, VA, the Countdown to None 5k has gone virtual in its fifth year. The race benefits JDRF, an organization that combats type-1 diabetes. Register now and do it virtually. Although the race didn’t take sponsors this year, CrossFit Mill Street has been a sponsor for years.
12/9 - 12/11: Fall Series Throwdown (Desio, Italy)
12/17: The Midwest Championship (Warrensburg, MO)
1/15 - 1/31: Athens Throwdown Qualifiers (Athens, Greece)
1/21 - 1/22: Modena Challenge: Beginner and Master (Modena, Italy)

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