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Good morning and welcome to the Morning Chalk Up. We are in the season of giving and two of our stories focus on non-profit organizations that are doing great work in the fitness community and beyond. And, the original “CrossFit Kid,” Connor Martin wrote a book, learn more below.

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“The world breaks everyone, and afterward, many are strong at the broken places.” - Ernest Hemingway

  Mayhem Mission Uses Faith and Fitness to Impact the World 

Mayhem Mission Uses Faith and Fitness to Impact the World

With Thanksgiving and the holiday season upon us, it is the time of year where we honor our loved ones and give thanks for our blessings. For the four-time Fittest Man on Earth, Rich Froning, the season is also about giving back to the community, something that he has learned from his family and his faith. From the start, giving back has been one of the cornerstones of CrossFit Mayhem and now that cornerstone has become an organization — Mayhem Mission — the charitable arm of his business.

One big thing: Mayhem Mission made its debut a month ago but has been a part of Froning’s long term plan for years. This year he found more time to devote to the area of service with Mayhem’s platform and has planned many events for the 2021 calendar year.

  • “We were able to bring in my good friend Brian Nelson, as Mayhem’s Chief Financial Officer a couple of months ago,” said Froning. “He’s had a heart for overseas missions, so we decided to start Mayhem Mission to impact the world both locally and internationally.”
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  CFNE Closes for Two Days After Coach Tori Dyson Tests COVID Positive 

CFNE Closes for Two Days After Coach Tori Dyson Tests COVID Positive

As cases continue to surge across the United States and gyms are forced to shut down under state and local mandates, well-known Boston metro based CrossFit New England closed in-person classes for two days when coach Tori Dyson tested positive for COVID-19.

  • Out of an abundance of caution, owner Ben Bergeron moved all classes back online and ordered a thorough “professional cleaning” to sanitize the entire gym.

The details: Two weekends ago, CrossFit New England Coach, Tori Dyson, traveled to Nashville to visit Brooke Wells, Jessica Griffith, and Amanda Barnhart.

  • When she got back, she underwent the required Massachusetts screening process when returning from a high-risk state and took a COVID test.
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  Original CrossFit Kid Writes Book to Inspire Lifestyle Change 

Original CrossFit Kid Writes Book to Inspire Lifestyle Change

Connor Martin, the son of CrossFit Kids Founders Jeff and Mikki Martin has written a book — Eat. Sleep. Move. Breathe: The Beginner’s Guide to Living a Healthy Lifestyle — that lays out the basics of living a healthy lifestyle in a digestible, easy-to-follow way, Martin explained. The goal is to provide “quick implementable knowledge that will profoundly impact lives and health,” he said.

More about Martin: Martin competed at the first CrossFIt Games in 2007 at the age of 15, and became the youngest CrossFit Seminar Trainer and went on to coach at 150 Level 1 Seminars. Today, he coaches at P3 CrossFit in Houston, TX, works with the Brand X Method—a company that focuses on youth athletic development—and also runs his own remote programming company Compete Elite.

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  • The book focuses on four pillars of health: eating cleaner, sleeping better, moving more and calming your mind.
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  The Give Program Launches New Fundraiser, Continues Providing Financial Relief To Gyms In Need 

The Give Program Launches New Fundraiser, Continues Providing Financial Relief To Gyms In Need

Last week, The Give Program, a nonprofit food delivery service created to aid those in the fitness industry who are struggling financially due to the COVID-19 pandemic, launched a new initiative, GIVE Plenty in 2020: NY Fitness Relief Fund. By the end of the year, the organization is looking to raise $75,000 to continue their work supporting New York City and Long Island trainers and gyms.

The details: The Give Program was created by two New York City-based gyms, CrossFit Queens and FlexFiit NYC. Closed due to the city’s stay-at-home order in March, coaches at both facilities wanted to find a way to continue supporting their community.

  • The program, modeled similarly to the popular food subscription service ButcherBox, donates 100% of its proceeds back into the fitness industry.
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  The Give Program Launches New Fundraiser, Continues Providing Financial Relief To Gyms In Need 

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How Online Nutrition Coaching Helps Clients and Businesses

With the uncertain landscape of the gym and fitness ecosystem right now, owners and coaches are looking for ways to diversify their offerings and help their athletes maintain or increase their fitness despite inconsistent conditions. On this episode of the Two Brain Radio podcast, get some insight into online nutrition coaching and start determining if it's a path for you.


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.


The "Save Connor" Workout and Fundraiser

The parents of Connor Dobbyn, Marisa DiChiacchio and Mike Dobbyn, are using a viral video called “Save Connor” to fundraise $3 million for a clinical trial for Sanfilippo Syndrome Type C that could save their son’s life, but lacks funding. The syndrome is a recessive disorder that is basically like Alzheimer’s but in children and as the disease progresses, the child slowly loses the ability to speak, walk, eat, and eventually passes away.

There is a widespread effort to help raise money to get the trial funded and give Connor a chance. Frequency Fitness in Charleston, SC has partnered with other area gyms to host an event on December 12 at 9 AM. The event will include a Hero WOD and raffles, and all the proceeds will go to benefit Connor’s cause. Learn more about the event at Frequency Fitness and learn more about Connor and donate.

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