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More on the Progenex, CrossFit Split

Good morning and welcome to the Morning Chalk Up. Today’s edition was chalked up while drinking a glass of wine at noon #nojudging.


“If you think you are beaten, you are. If you think you dare not, you don’t. If you like to win, but you think you can’t it is almost certain you won’t. If you think you’ll lose, you’ve lost. For out of the world we find success begins with a fellows will. Life’s battles don’t always go to the stronger or faster man, but sooner or later the man who wins is the man who thinks he can!” — Colleen Fotsch



Progenex’s Marketing Director Paul Gomez, responding to parting ways with the CrossFit Games, told the Morning Chalk Up: “The CrossFit Games and Progenex are moving in different directions and our message is no longer aligned. We are committed to functional fitness and enhancing every day fitness enthusiasts and athletes. We look forward to putting our resources into coaches, affiliates and anyone that is trying to improve other’s lives through fitness.”


Stacie Tovar shares the five worst pieces of fitness advice she’s ever received. CrossFit HQ now officially has their own lobbyist to work with Congress on “oversight of conflict of interest rules and regulations related to academic research funded by government agencies.” Lucas Parker has HANDS DOWN the best Movember stache in the game, period. OJ Washington, thank you for your 8+ years of service in the Navy. Camille Leblac-Bazinet does 10 strict L-sit pull ups unbroken. Tia-Clair Toomey can J-U-M-P. Tascia Percevecz is walking around NYC visiting affiliates and taking over the Blonyx Instagram story feed along the way. Brent Fikowski reminds us not to forget our accessory work. Lauren Fisher and Rasmus Andersen spent some time baking pies over the holidays. JJ Watt donated $10,000 to that Woodland HS Football player in a coma we mentioned yesterday.Congratulations to our very own Jesse Krim who just got her first strict pull-up.


Kami from ABC Hopes (dis)ABILITIES doing barbell strict presses for the first time. Tia-Clair Toomey and Brooke Ence head-to-head doing For Time: 6-9-12-9-6 Front Squat, Burpee, Chest-to-Bar.


“Up and Cummings” by Athlete Daily

Weightlifter CJ Cummings has been poked and prodded, hooked up to electrodes and high speed cameras monitoring every kind of human performance indicator one can imagine. He’s been marveled in real-time and analyzed in slow motion. And everyone studying him has come back with the same answer: a shoulder shrug.

“They say, ‘The bottom line is we really can’t tell you why,’” Cummings’ coach Ray Jones said. “There’s no explanation for it. There’s no explanation for why CJ is doing what he’s doing.”

What Cummings is doing is hard to fathom. In June, he set three new youth world records and is the current American men’s record holder in the clean and jerk (182 kg) and total (317 kg) as a 69kg lifter.

“On Injuries, Recovery, and the Fight Ahead: CrossFit Games Hopeful Kristine Andali” by BarBend

One athlete who knows all about patience is Kristine Andali, a Canadian athlete who relocated to California in 2015. A longtime staple of Regionals competition up North, Andali has finished just outside Individual Games qualification more than once. In early 2015, an Achilles tear sidelined Andali as she prepared for Regionals competition. After a lengthy recovery period, Andali looked stronger than ever heading into the 2016 California Regionals.

Unfortuantely, two simultaneous shoulder injuries on the snatch ladder forced her to withdraw from that competition. Now, after reconstructive surgery on both shoulders, Andali is — slowly but surely — preparing for yet another comeback and fight to stand among the fittest women in the world.


 This is how CrossFit UnLaois’d is gearing up for getting their members involved in the 2017 CrossFit Open.

Buying one of these limited edition necklaces from Kettlebells4Kids sends 50% of the cost to homeless kids.

Greensboro, NC thieves targeted cars parked at CrossFit Greensboro and other area gyms to nab bags left inside.

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