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Morning Chalk Up

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Good morning and welcome to the Morning Chalk Up. We are focusing on the affiliate community today and want to highlight the factors that keep coaches connected to their gyms. And, learn more about working with adaptive athletes.

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  Coaches Perspective:  


Coaches Perspective: "What keeps us around"

Last week, we reported on the topic of coach retention. Successful gym owners offered best practices around the undeniable challenge of developing and retaining coaches. 

Remind me: Their consensus was simple: Money talks. And to a lesser degree, so does mentorship, investing in coaches education, putting them in the right roles, and providing coaches with sustainable schedules.

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  Adaptive Athlete Resources for Coaches Still a “Big Missing Gap”  

Adaptive Athlete Resources for Coaches Still a “Big Missing Gap”

When an adaptive athlete in a wheelchair showed up at his box recently, Daniel Brandfast, the owner of CrossFit BNA in Juliet, TN, admitted it was “very intimidating.” 

  • “It made me realize that I was deficient in (this) area. My gym should be open to all body types, genders, abilities, disabilities, everything. I (needed) to expand my resources of knowledge,” added Brandfast, who reached out to affiliate owners for recommendations and insights into where he could find resources for training adaptive athletes. 
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  Preparing for the COVID Winter: How Gyms Are Keeping Classes Fresh  

Preparing for the COVID Winter: How Gyms Are Keeping Classes Fresh

As COVID regulations continue and the US enters its 8th month of restrictions, gyms are having to become more and more creative with how they keep members engaged and progressing towards their fitness goals.

One big thing: Despite the limitations that gyms face, many have stepped up and found creative solutions to keep their members excited and engaged in their fitness journey.

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  Preparing for the COVID Winter: How Gyms Are Keeping Classes Fresh  

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  Temperance Training Aims to Raise $35,000 for Recovering Addicts  

Temperance Training Aims to Raise $35,000 for Recovering Addicts

In 2017, Anthony Fazio, a former alcohol and drug addict now nine years sober, approached the owner of CrossFit Hype in Delray, FL with an idea: He wanted to offer CrossFit classes to anyone with 24 hours of sobriety. 

  • “Without batting an eyelash, Rob said, ‘Yeah, whatever we can do to help,’” said Fazio of how receptive owner Rob Thomas was to his idea of starting a free program for those recovering from substance abuse.
  • “CrossFit was a huge part of my sobriety journey, not just to fix the health elements I damaged from being an alcoholic and drug addict, but also in finding a community and a group of people looking to better their lives,” explained Fazio, now nine years sober and the manager at CrossFit Hype.
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How to Recover Properly from the Split Jerk

After all the explosive power that it takes to clean and jerk a heavy bar overhead, it's a shame to fail the lift because you recover poorly and dump it forward. In this Catalyst Athletics video, learn how to recover in a way that helps you wedge yourself back under the bar from the split.




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A Thank-You Message from CrossFit CEO Eric Roza

If you missed it over the weekend, take three minutes and watch Eric Roza's message on this year's CrossFit Games. The new CEO offers his thanks to everyone who played a role in making the Games happen.



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Green Chile Chicken Pozole

This green chile chicken pozole is made with hominy, veggies and wonderful herbs and spices, and it is the perfect thing for dinner on a chilly fall evening. This delicious take on traditional chicken pozole is packed with protein and you can add your favorite toppings like shredded cabbage, Greek yogurt and creamy avocado!


Community Round-Up

Here are a few of the programs and events going on around the CrossFit community that we have our eyes on right now:

  • Weekly Sober Exercise Groups in Chicago: The Phoenix sober living community is hosting a running and walking group on Fridays and a hiking group on Saturdays and the only prerequisite is 48 of continuous sobriety beforehand. Due to the pandemic, , the exercise groups are limited to 15 people and require pre-registration. The running and walking group begins at 6:30 p.m. Fridays at 57th Street and Stony Island Avenue, and they will continue year-round, barring blizzards or storms. The hiking group goes through Eggers Grove and meets at the Eggers Grove comfort station, 11251 S. Avenue B in Hegewisch. Hikes begin 2 p.m. Sundays and will end when snow and ice make the trails impassable.
  • “Welcoming Week” at Hannibal CrossFit: The Hannibal YMCA in Hannibal, MO is hosting a “Welcome Week” through November 4 and Hannibal CrossFit is housed within the “Y.” For the welcome week, visitors get the chance to discover the Y’s core values and activities like wellness and sports programs.
  • #NoQuitNovember: Just a quick reminder: keep your membership active in November and get a combined $200 gift voucher from participating brands in the community coalition. Learn more here.
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