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Re-Opening on Short Notice

Morning Chalk Up

June 4

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Good morning and welcome the Morning Chalk Up. We receive such amazing stories from the CrossFit community and today, Emily Beers shares an example of how two gym owners in Colorado have gone out of their way to help one athlete. Today:

  • A gym in Colorado has organized a full marathon for one athlete.
  • Affiliates in Australia and the Pacific are starting to open this week, learn more below.

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Colorado Gym Owners Go the Extra 26.2 Miles Amidst a Global Pandemic

 Colorado Gym Owners Go the Extra 26.2 Miles Amidst a Global Pandemic 

When Erica Erickson walked through the doors of Widespread CrossFit in Broomfield, CO two years ago, she was out of shape, suffering from poor sleep, and her stress level was “out of control,” she said.

Understandable, considering the now 43-year-old had been raising two sets of twins and working a full-time job.

Though apprehensive about starting CrossFit, something about the way gym owner Matt Kirkendall spoke to her on her first day made her feel comfortable.

  • “Right away, I was like, ‘Let’s do this,” Erickson said.

She knew that Matt and his wife Kari Kirkendall were the ticket to changing her life, she added.

Two years later, this has proven true: Through their guidance, Erickson has regained her health and happiness and has discovered a newfound confidence in herself, which led her to believe she could run a marathon, something that had been on her bucket list for 10 years.

  • “They helped me find myself again,” she said.

At the end of last year, Erickson sat down with Matt to put together a training plan to prepare her to run her first marathon. She selected a local marathon that was set to run on Sunday, June 7.

No surprise, like most other public events these days, her marathon was eventually canceled because of COVID-19.

  • “When I found out it was canceled, I posted something on social media about how sad I was,” Erickson said.

Two hours later, Kari sent her a message.

  • “I have an idea. I want to put on this race for you. You have been training so hard and we don’t want to see all the hard work you have put in go by the wayside,” Erickson said of what Kari told her.

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Australian Affiliates Begin Re-Opening on Short Notice

 Australian Affiliates Begin Re-Opening on Short Notice 

In the same fashion gyms in the Australian state of Queensland were given just 24 hours notice to close 10 weeks ago, they were given the green light by Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk on Sunday that they could reopen by midday Monday (AEST)

Talk about a logistical nightmare: Stage Two of easing restrictions was scheduled to begin on June 12, but the Queensland Deputy Premier Steven Miles said it had been bumped up.

Gyms were able to re-open starting Monday at midday with a maximum of 20 people in each section, which is subject to increase if affiliates submit a “COVID-safe” plan.

  • CrossFit Neuro’s Jo Johnson wrote to her members: “We are super excited to announce that from this Tuesday… in 2 sleeps time…. we will be running our classes inside again!”
  • CrossFit Dux’s Gregg Wilson also shared the excitement: “Stage 2 has been moved forward by 2 weeks… We are PUMPED!”

On such short notice: Affiliate owners thought they had another two weeks up their sleeves, and we’re hearing a lot of Queensland gyms choosing to delay reopening by half a day, to ensure their facilities are ready for the first class on Tuesday morning.  

Elsewhere around Australia and New Zealand:

  • In New South Wales, gyms will reopen on June 13, along with yoga studios and indoor pools. Classes will be capped at 10 people, with a maximum of 100 people per venue.
  • Gyms have already been allowed to reopen in the Northern Territory, Australian Capital Territory and Western Australia.
  • It’s also the situation in New Zealand with gyms now reopened.
  • In South Australia gyms can open on June 8 with a maximum of 20 people, likewise in the state of Victoria where boxes can come back on June 22.
  • Tasmanian affiliates are also planning to reopen on June 15.



How to Get those Small Muscles Firing

Tia-Clair Toomey’s go-to warm-up routine for snatch workouts has served her well through training for the Olympics, Commonwealth Games, and the CrossFit Games. In this video, she runs through that warm-up and explains how it prepares your body for weightlifting.

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Build A Nutrition Program For Your Community

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Armen Hammer Break Down The CrossFit Games Permit Application

On this podcast, Armen Hammer dives deep into the CrossFit Games permit application for the 2020 CrossFit Games at the Ranch in Aromas, CA. So, what does a three-day CrossFit Games competition look like in the “modern” era?

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Easy-to-Make Protein Berry Bowls

Looking for a quick protein bowl recipe? Try this easy protein berry bowl recipe that Margaux Alvarez adapted from 1st Phorm. It’s starts off with a basic protein smoothie, but get topped off with coconut flakes and berries.





Community Roundup

Here are a few items from across the CrossFit Community that we have our eyes on today:

  • Murph for 30 Days: Em Day-Gooch, an athlete from CrossFit Great Yarmouth in Great Yarmouth, UK is in the process of during the hero workout Murph every day for 30 days. She has undertaken this feat to help raise awareness for mental health. 
  • Study — Emotional Effects of COVID-19 on Athletes: Emma Baumert, a CrossFitter and graduate student in exercise physiology at Northern Illinois University, is completing her Master’s thesis on the emotional effects of COVID-19 on athletes. She is seeking a large data set to analyze and you can help by filling out her University-validated questionnaire. Learn more.
  • Hotshots 19 Memorial WOD and Fundraiser: On August 22, CrossFit Garage in Woodstock, GA will host the Fourth Annual Hotshots 19 Memorial WOD and Fundraiser to benefit the Georgia Public Safety Memorial Fund for Firefighters. This WOD is in memory of Arizona’s 19 Granite Mountain HotShots who lost their lives on June 30, 2013 battling one of the deadliest US wildfires. Organizers are still looking for additional sponsors, if you are interested, please connect with them directly.
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