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Morning Chalk Up

August 28   |   POWERED BY


Good morning and welcome to the Morning Chalk Up.

In today’s edition:

  • A return to mask mandates frustrates gym owners.
  • What did Sam Briggs eat during the CrossFit Games?
  • Dave Castro says goodbyes to Open announcements.
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  The Return Of Mask Mandates Frustrates Gym Owners  

The Return Of Mask Mandates Frustrates Gym Owners

While many states and cities lifted mask mandates for the fully vaccinated over the summer (much to the relief of gym-goers across the country) due to vaccine rollouts and dropping COVID rates, new spikes in COVID are causing several cities and states to return to indoor mask mandates.

One big thing: Currently, Washington DC, Boston, Nevada, New Mexico, and Oregon have enacted mask mandates regardless of vaccination status, though Nevada is easing those requirements.

  • For many gym owners, this is a step backwards after an already difficult year battling Covid-19 mandates.
  • “We’re 100% on board with keeping people as safe as possible. Especially kids who can’t yet be vaccinated,” said Rocket Community Fitness of Seattle in an Instagram post last weekend.
  • “So we’ll be putting our masks on and doing our part to stop the spread of the Delta variant, which is so much more dangerous than previous variants. BUT we’re pissed because this was all preventable,” they continued.
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🍿🍿🍿 SNEAK PEAK the upcoming documentary on the 2018 CrossFit Games.

Butcher’s Classic Day 1: Same sex pairs kicked off the first major off-season competition yesterday in Denmark. Here are the standings after four events on day 1:

  1. Kristof Horvath + Andrea Ferrero (192) | Martine Solheim + Ingrid Hodnemyr (216)
  2. Roman Khrennikov + Ilan Aleksandr (191) | Erica Ekelund + Ella Wunger (215)
  3. James Newbury + Khan Porter (188) | Sabrina Raahauge + Frederikke Mollerup (199)
  4. Kasper Myrup + Adnan Murguz (168) | Julie Hougard + Solveig Sigurdardottir (198)
  5. Phil Hesketh + Alexander Elebro (166) | Astrid Tind + Mia Furu (195)

Watch day 2 live.

Day 2 schedule. 


Paralympian athletes will now receive the same prize pay as Olympians, receiving $37,500 for each gold medal earned at the Paralympics. Previously, Paralympic athletes received $7500 for every gold medal.

Stephanie Chung officially joins the Ice Age Meals team: “The team is fantastic and I even got to participate in chopping, packing, and boxing up orders! I’m so grateful to have healthy, mindfully prepared, macro-friendly Ice Age Meals in my freezer as I tackle an unforgiving PA school schedule.”

Retired Navy SEAL and author, Jocko Willink, will be doing the CHAD1000x this Veterans Day, to fundraise in support of veterans’ mental health initiatives. More about the story behind the Hero WOD Chad.

GirlsGoneWOD Podcast is back after a little hiatus, Joy and Claire have returned to discuss health, wellness, fitness and all of life’s little intricacies in between. Tune in.

  Eating at the CrossFit Games: How Sam Briggs Stays Fueled Through 15 Events  

Eating at the CrossFit Games: How Sam Briggs Stays Fueled Through 15 Events

After 12 years of competing in the sport, and nine individual CrossFit Games appearances, Sam Briggs has learned the number one key to fueling herself during competition is normalcy— following the same nutrition she has “tried and tested” all year at home, she explained.

At the Games this year, this meant Briggs’ partner Nicole Holcomb made a trip to Whole Foods to stock up on the regular foods Briggs normally eats, as well as a fridge full of meals from Trifecta Nutrition: Organic Meal Delivery, who delivered prepared foods to her hotel on Tuesday in Madison, WI.

Though Briggs’ intention is to stick to her normal routine, it’s often thrown off due to a full day of events at the Games, so ultimately it becomes a delicate balancing act between keeping a normal routine and getting enough calories, all the while avoiding eating too much close to tackling the next event. At the very least, though, she tries to start the day out like she does every day at home, she explained.

“Even if it means getting up a little bit earlier, (I try) to have breakfast the same,” she said.

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  Dave Castro Done with Open Announcements  

Dave Castro Done with Open Announcements

The CrossFit Games revealed that General Manager of Sport, Dave Castro, will no longer be hosting the live Open announcements. It’s unclear who will replace Castro for the 2022 season and beyond.

One big thing: “I was kind of forced out of doing announcements,” Castro said in reference to no longer hosting the live Open announcements in 2019 and 2020, a position he held since the first-ever live Open announcement of 13.1.

  • Castro returned to helm the live roll outs for the 2021 Open, preferring to exit on his own terms: “The truth is I was ready to be done then. I was ready to stop doing  announcements, but I didn’t get to go out on my own terms.”
  • During the 2019 and 2020 seasons, the announcements were expanded globally and ran by affiliates and Sanctional events, broadcasting in multiple languages.

Save the date: The 2022 CrossFit Open kicks off Thursday, February 24, 2022.


RX Stories You Can Read for Just $1

Every week, our team of journalists publishes exclusive stories available only to RX members, covering topics from professional coaching, the latest affiliate trends, feature stories on CrossFit Games athletes, and more. Here are a few RX stories we published this week. Start reading for just $1.

  1. Solving the Mayhem Equation: How Do You Beat an Unbeatable Team (CrossFit Games)
  2. How Much Does Bodyweight Impact Sports Performance? (Nutrition)
  3. The Science of Success – What Makes CrossFit Work (Community)
  4. Why Brooke Wells’ Injury Doesn’t Mean She’s Done Vying for a Top Spot (CrossFit Games)
  5. The Day Mat Fraser Went to a Competition in a Prison (Athlete Feature)
  6. Are You Paying Too Much Rent for Long-Term Success? (Business)
  7. Inside the Underdogs Athletics Training Camp with Coach Justin Cotler (Feature)
  8. Preparing Her Athletes for the CrossFit Games with Michele Letendre (Feature)


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How To Take Care of Your Gut Health

CrossFitters may be pretty healthy overall, but we're at a higher risk of microbiome problems due to the intense nature of training and increased protein intake. Learn why you should be paying attention to your gut health and the steps you can take to protect yours.



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  •  This is your casual reminder that you’re “never too good for a PVC pipe” says Samantha Briggs. “In this off-season I’m trying to clean up a few movement patterns so spending a lot of time in uncomfortable positions hopefully making them more comfortable…Wall squats drills are hard enough anyway without the addition of a PVC overhead.”
  • 🎂🎂🎂 Congratulations to England-based CrossFit Southern Legion on your 1-year anniversary and CrossFit Slough on your 6-year anniversary.
  • Congratulations Stacie Tovar on the new baby announcement.
  • Congratulations to Travis Williams from CrossFit at Monroe Hill in Monroe, GA on his first bar muscle-up.
  • 🎂🎂🎂 Happy birthdays to Dave Estrada (yesterday), head coach of CrossFit Providence, and Tanner Baldauf (Sunday), owner of CrossFit Providence.
  • Congratulations to Stephanie Landi from NCFIT on getting her first strict ring muscle-up.
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