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Scott Panchik Signs With inov-8

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Scott Panchik Signs With inov-8


It’s been a busy few weeks for Scott Panchik. 

Less than a week ago, Panchik took on Rich Froning head-to-head in the Rogue 20.1 announcement where he confirmed rumors that he’ll be joining the CrossFit Mayhem team for the 2020 Games season. Now Panchik is making moves on the sponsorship front, as inov-8 formally announced via press release this morning that Panchik is the newest athlete to join their team. 

Panchik technically made the announcement earlier this month through an Instagram post as well, but the formal announcement today seals the deal, as inov-8 signs one of the most accomplished individual athletes in the sport. 

Why it matters: Anytime a top-tier athlete in the sport makes changes with regards to sponsorship, the effects are three-fold – for the brand specifically, the athlete, and the broader ecosystem of athletes. 

  • This is the 3rd major athlete to leave Reebok since June, following the departures of both Tia-Clair Toomey, and Katrin Davidsdottir.
  • Inov-8 expands their athlete stable, and basically guarantees that they’ll have an athlete on the CrossFit Games podium next year – most likely on top of the podium as well – which is great optics-wise.
  • Panchik becomes a lead athlete of a brand that suddenly has a larger foothold in the space – with footwear restrictions at the Games now gone and the title sponsorship of the Games leaving next season. 
  • Diversity equals opportunity for athletes as more brands like inov-8, NOBULL, and Born Primitive start gaining success and looking to sponsor more athletes. 

Panchik on the move: “Inov-8 was my first pair of CrossFit shoes when I started years ago. I am excited to work with them on new ideas, and to represent them on the competition floor. I love the versatility of the F Lite 260s. I can wear them running, lifting, and in metcons.”

The reigning 4th fittest man on the planet joins Dani Speegle and Jared Enderton as inov-8 athletes in the CrossFit space along with a handful of athletes in the running and obstacle course racing world. 

“Sport as a tool for social change”; How CrossFit and ULIFTU is Serving the Greater Philadelphia Area


Wylie Belasik has owned Subversus Fitness for three years now. One of the first things he did as a brand new affiliate owner, along with co-founder Tim Heckman, was institute ULIFTU, a nonprofit branch that works with citizens re-entering the community after incarceration, empowering them to become strong leaders in their own lives and communities. 

Before Belasik came into the CrossFit world, he worked as the Vice President of Programming for Back on My Feet, then the Director of Programs and Events for The Phoenix

“I worked using sport as a tool for social change and tools for social justice. One of the things that was really frustrating for me, particularly before owning a gym, was for individuals who have a forensic history, they’ve got a felony on their record, they’ve spent some time in prison, their opportunities to move their life forward upon release are very limited due to their record,” Belasik told the Morning Chalk Up.

“The cruel irony of it is that a lot of these individuals are extremely entrepreneurial, it just happens that the commodity that they used was not legal, but they are very driven, very motivated,” he noted.

With organizations like Barbells for Boobs serving cancer survivors and The Reveille Project serving veterans, Belasik had an idea. 

“I couldn’t find a good way to mobilize that entrepreneurial skillset upon release, once I got into the space of CrossFit and coaching and this world, I realized this was really great opportunity to not only provide a job training tool to provide folks coming home from prison, but then at the same time we can then empower those graduates to bring fitness to underserved parts of Philadelphia” Belasik said. 

How it works

ULIFTU began in 2017 with one program; onramp former inmates and get them started in CrossFit. 

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Chalk Up Community

  • IF3 IN AUSTRALIA — The inaugural International Functional Fitness Federation IF3 Masters World Championships is next weekend in Brisbane, Australia, October 25 – 27.
  • CROSSFIT MOVES TO THE MALL — River Raisin CrossFit in Monroe, MI is moving into the Mall of Monroe.
  • KARA SAUNDERS ATP HEALTH SUMMIT — Kara Saunders will be presenting at the ATP Science Health Summit this November 2 and 3 in Broadbeach, QLD. The summit will cover topics such as mastering your gut health, combatting anxiety, mental resilience, tackling your hormones, and health and motherhood.

CHALK UP IN 2 MINUTES (a highlight reel around social media of CrossFit pros and average joes)

Happy tenth anniversary to CrossFit Bloomfield • Happy second anniversary to CrossFit Azimuth • Happy eighth anniversary CrossFit FlorianNina Ladvenicova power cleans 183 poundsBen Smith cleans 330 pounds for three • Julie Hougård Nielsen does 2 behind the neck split jerks + one overhead squat at 220 pounds • Royce Dunne builds to a 275 pound snatch.

…and Tonic CrossFit in Quebec pretty much wins for best themed Open event. 

Open 20.1 Scoring Validation — Affiliate validation for CrossFit Open 20.1 scores are due today by 5:00 PM PT. 

— Watch Lefteris Theofanidis Do 20.1 in 8:05.

SteadyMD Adds Another Doctor — SteadyMD, the company that more than 20 Games athletes use for their primary care, just added another doctor to their team: Dr. Jennifer Walker.

— “Dr. Jennifer Walker, M.D. is an internal medicine physician. She is a strong believer that educating her patients about nutrition, stress reduction, sleep habits, and exercise is better than doling out pills. In the event that education is not enough, she uses the best evidence-based medical practices to help her patients get healthy.”

Margaux Alvarez Shares Her Scar From the Games — Margaux Alvarez opens up about the scar that the Go Ruck event at the 2019 CrossFit Games gave her and how she feels about it now. 

— “Since then, I was hesitant to wear a bathing suit, crop top or open back shirt to show my back. In the beginning, I wanted to make sure it was healing and not to damage it further, but as more time went on I thought to myself, it’s not the same nice skin from before, it’s scary looking, it’s ugly, people will stare more, etc. I realized I was less confident about myself, my body, over a scar.

— “I believe we go through transformations and changes through our life, some are physical, mental, emotional, or a combination of them. The changes shape who we are and we evolve over time.

— “I remind myself that I am still the confident person from before and to embrace the scars. Change is guaranteed in life, it’s how we handle it going forward.”


“How to Watch 20.2 + Expert Predictions,” by Tommy Marquez, Morning Chalk Up

If 20.1 is any indication of the remaining four weeks, well then we’re in for a doozy this year in the Open. A simple couplet of ground-to-overhead and bar-facing burpees left the CrossFit masses in a crumpled heap after week 1. The sting we’re used to feeling in week 5 of the Open, showed up right away, and now all eyes turn to 20.2.

This week we’ve got a pair of announcements and matchups on opposite sides of the globe, with two Sanctionals playing host to announcements in the great white north of Canada, and the sunny shores of Australia. In week 1, our match-up predictions didn’t fare so well, as the burpee-heavy workout set the stage for some upsets, as well a golden sombrero for editor-in-chief Justin LoFranco. Below is how to watch as well as our expert picks, and results from week 1.

Matt Mcleod vs. Khan Porter Presented by the Australian CrossFit Championship

Justin LoFranco: Matt McLeod

With a 7th place finish in his rookie appearance at the CrossFit Games, Matt McLeod is coming off a solid first-year performance. Looking at last year’s Open, McLeod lost to Khan Porter in two of five workouts, one of which was separated by only three seconds. I think Porter’s year off from individual competition gives McLeod an additional edge. My one caveat is that in Open workouts without a barbell Porter fares extremely well against McLeod and could be the deciding factor.


10/16: 2019 Graveyard Games (Kenosha, WI)
10/18 – 10/20: The Cyprus Throwdown (Island of Cyprus)
10/19: Battle for the Bell VIII: End Bell (Southbury, CT)
10/19: HYROX Miami (Miami, FL)
10/19: Operation Enduring Warrior (Avondale, AZ)
10/26: CrossFit Turbine’s 2019 Strongman Classic (Carol Stream, IL)
10/26: Duo Costume-Palooza 2019 (Denver, CO)
10/26: CrossFit Roots Anniversary Party (Boulder, CO)
10/26: Share the Pain (Nashville, TN)
11/2: Best of the Wurst (New Braunfels, TX)
11/2: Gangs of the Midatlantic Team Competition (Williamsburg , VA)
11/2: Second Annual 12-Hour WODathon (Houston, TX)
11/2: Coed Clash Competition (Oneonta, AL)
11/2 – 11/3: USAW Level 1 Training (Kansas City, MO)
11/8: Veterans Day Bash 2019 (Lubbock, TX)
11/9: Patriot Challenge 3.0 (Longview, TX)
11/9: The Battle at Branded One (Las Vegas, NV)
11/9: Battle on the Airfield at Skyraider CrossFit (Riverside, CA)
11/9: The Goat Gauntlet (Hartford, CT)
11/9: The Bay Games (Huskisson, NSW AUS)
11/9: Third Annual Battle on the Airfield (Riverside, CA)
11/9: Sweat For Sweeney (Keene, NH) 
11/9 – 11/10: Fallout 2 Presented by Battleground Events (Long Beach, CA)
11/9: Emerald Coast Honor Games (Destin, FL)
11/16: Warrior Affiliate League Delta Force (City of Industry, CA)
11/16: 2019 Graveyard Games (Kenosha, WI)
11/16: Mid-Atlantic Masters Classic (Abingdon, MD)
11/16: 3rd Annual Bombs & Barbells (Pooler, GA)
11/17: Annual Ghetto Games (Plainville, MA)
11/17: Crews For Brews (Windsor, Ontario)

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