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February 25   |   POWERED BY


Good morning and welcome to the Morning Chalk Up.

In today’s edition:

  • How to be a good judge during the Open.
  • Which athletes in the men’s and women’s divisions are poised for a top-five finish in the Open?
  • Ben Cuentas suffered devastating injuries in a car accident, when physical therapy failed, he turned to CrossFit.
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  How To Be a Good Open Judge: Don’t Coach, Uphold the Standards 


How To Be a Good Open Judge: Don’t Coach, Uphold the Standards

We covered “How to be a Good Open Citizen” a few weeks ago, now we are going to give some advice on how to excel in one of the most crucial and underrated roles in the CrossFit season, specifically the Open, being a judge.

One big thing: By volunteering as an Open judge you are signing up to be a gatekeeper of the CrossFit Games, your decision-making and interpretation of the rulebook and movement standards are critical. The Open judge decides who will ultimately get the chance to move on to the next stages of competition with the hopes of earning a spot at the Games.

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  • The CrossFit Lowlands Throwdown, one of two European semifinals in 2021, announced that Nolan Mooney would be the Competition Director for the event.
  • Tasia Percevecz has been named the Director of Operations for Mayhem Mission, CrossFit Mayhem’s nonprofit, charitable organization.
  • Khan Porter has partnered with Pirate Life Brewing on their #PLSendMeSours campaign.
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  • The Adaptive Training Academy launched a new YouTube series yesterday called “Train with Me.” In each episode, host Logan Aldridge will try out a new training system or program and new episodes will be released twice a month.
  Poised for an Open Payday? 

Poised for an Open Payday?

With the Open nearly here, there is one new feature of this year’s rulebook that has received minimal attention; section 1.39 lays out the “Open Cash Prizes for 2021:”

“In addition to weekly winners, at the conclusion of the Open, cash prizes will be awarded to the top individual men and individual women performers overall on the worldwide leaderboard.”

More specifically, the top 5 finishers worldwide will earn at least $5,000.

  • First Place: $15,000
  • Second Place: $10,000
  • Third Place: $7,500
  • Fourth Place: $6,000
  • Fifth Place: $5,000

Which five men and five women are most likely to cash in at the 2021 Open.?

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  Ben Cuentas: A Revolving Door of Physical Therapists Fails, CrossFit Coach Succeeds 

Ben Cuentas: A Revolving Door of Physical Therapists Fails, CrossFit Coach Succeeds

In March 2018, Ben Cuentas went for a drive in a mountainous area in Fort Huachuca, AZ to hide things for a surprise St Patrick’s Day picnic he had planned for his wife and daughter. The next thing he remembers is waking up in the hospital with his wife holding his hand.

  • “I don’t know what happened, but I somehow drove off a cliff, flipped my truck a few times and (flew) through the passenger side window,” said Cuentas, now 37. “I was bleeding out from my leg. If it weren’t for a border patrol agent who happened to be riding his bike and saw me, I would have died. I was in a very inauspicious place.”

The details: Cuentas, who started CrossFit in 2008, was airlifted to Tucson and spent the next five days in the hospital. His injuries included a broken tibia, a lacerated liver and kidney, various torn ligaments in his knees, some broken ribs, a punctured left lung, and lacerations to the face.

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  Ben Cuentas: A Revolving Door of Physical Therapists Fails, CrossFit Coach Succeeds 

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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)
9/30 - 10/2: October Challenge (Fiuggi, Italy)
10/1 - 10/2: Fittest in the Fall (Indianapolis, IN)
10/1: Guava Games (Tampa, FL)
10/1: Masters Mayhem (Kilgore, TX)
10/1: WODtoberfest 2022 (Saint Clairsville, OH)
10/1: Battle of the Vikings (Frederick, MD)
10/1: North Dallas Rumble (Dallas, TX)
10/1: Warrior Games 2022 (Suffield, CT)
10/1 - 10/2: Southie Showdown (Boston, MA)
10/1: West Town Throwdown (Chicago, IL)
10/1: Legends of the Falls 2022 (Gadsden, AL)
10/1: Lansing’s Strongest 2022 (Lansing, MI)
10/2 - 10/16: CHLKDUP Box League – Chattanooga (Chattanooga, TN)
10/2: The IronWorkz Gauntlet (Medina, OH)
10/2: IronWorkz Gauntlet (Medina, OH)
10/2: Battle in the Berg (Newberg, OR)
10/7 - 10/8: Koda Iron Games (Lafayette, CO)
10/8: The X Games (Brooklawn, NJ)
10/8: Nightmare On Wod Street (Spring Lake, MI)
10/8: Rua Rumble II (Frankfort, IL)
10/8 - 10/9: MACC FEST (West Friendship, MD)
10/8: Fall Brawl at CrossFit Lehigh Valley (Allentown, PA)
10/8 - 10/9: Mid-Atlantic CrossFit Challenge Festival (MACC FEST) (West Friendship, MD)
10/8: Mayhem & Massacre @ Infinite Fitness & Health (Wharton, NJ)
10/14 - 10/16: 3F Throwdown (Poreč, Croatia)
10/15: Girls Gone Rx Belleville (Belleville, Canada)
10/15: Diamond K Classic (Birmingham, AL)
10/15: Girls Gone Rx Dallas (Dallas, Texas)
10/15: Girls Gone Rx Omaha (Gretna, NE)
10/15: 7th Annual Kilo Crushfest (Hampton, VA)
10/15: Ragin Games (Lafayette, LA)
10/15: PAINKLLR Nashville (Nashville, TN)
10/15: Wodtoberfest (Owosso, MI)
10/15: Ragin Games 2022 (Lafayette, LA)
10/15: Girls Gone Rx San Diego (Alpine, CA)
10/15: Girls Gone Rx Iowa (Des Miones, IA)
10/15: Girls Gone Rx Southern Illinois (Highland Robinson, IL)
10/15: Girls Gone Rx DC (Alexandria, VA)
10/15: Girls Gone Rx Charlotte (Charlotte, NC)
10/15: Girls Gone Rx Newport News (Newport News, VA)
10/15: Mid Atlantic Masters Classic (Abingdon, MD)
10/15: Bridgetown Throwdown (City of Industry, CA)
10/15: Girls Gone Rx Richmond (Richmond, Canada)
10/21 - 10/23: Battledrome Championship (Milan, Italy)
10/22: 8th Annual Crossfit Pittsfield Fall Brawl (Pittsfield, MA)
10/22: Doomsday 2022 (Palm Springs, CA)
10/22: The Humble Games Fall Throwdown (Hanover, MD)
10/22: Goblin Gauntlet – CrossFit Sandy (Sandy, UT)
10/22: 8th annual fall brawl (Pittsfield, MA)
10/22: Festivals Games – CrossFit 906 Ishpeming, MI (Ishpeming, MI)
10/22 - 10/23: Rep It Out (Sheffield, England)
10/22: Clash at the Creek 2022 (Knoxville, TN)
10/22: Festivus Games – Teams @ Crossfit Clan (Parsippany, NJ)
10/22: Ironclad (League City, TX)
10/22: Festivus Games (Waukesha, WI)
10/22: Scream and Clean 2 (Danbury, CT)
10/22: SE TEX Masters Fall Classic 2022 (Cypress, TX)
10/22: Festivus Games Pairs – Same-Sex or Mixed-Sex (Savannah, GA)
10/22: Black and Brewed (Huntsville, AL)
10/22: Festivus Games – Pairs (Savannah, GA)
10/22: Dreamland Games 3 (same sex pairs) (Portsmouth, OH)
10/22: 2022 Arsenal Throwdown (Pittsburgh, PA)
10/29 - 10/30: Chi-Town Throwdown (Elmhurst, IL)
10/29 - 10/30: The Vanguard (Lakeland, FL)
10/29: Heartland Games (Kearney, NE)
10/29 - 10/30: Mayhem & Massacre @ CrossFit Black Hive West (Jacksonville, FL)
10/30 - 11/20: CHLKDUP Box League – Nashville (Nashville, TN)
11/1 - 11/21: MFLH X FFTF Partner Series Online Qualifier (New York, NY)
11/5 - 11/6: Reignited Games (Wilmington, NC)
11/5: Fall’s Fittest Partner Throwdown (Amherst, OH)
11/5: Best of the Wurst (New Braunfels, TX)
11/12: Girls Gone Rx Salt Lake City (West Salt Lake, UT)
11/12: Girls Gone Rx Mesa (Mesa, AZ)
11/12: CrossFit Exodus Throwdown (Bridgeport, TX)
11/19: Babes & Beasts TURF Games 2022 (Port Saint Lucie, FL)
11/19: Cactus Classic 2022 (Phoenix, AZ)

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