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Staging a Sell Out

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“Live in the present tense, facing the duty at hand without regret for the past or worry over the future.” — William De Witt Hyde

Staging a Sell-Out: CrossFit Events Gaining Support from Government and Tourism Bodies


It doesn’t suffice anymore to run a licensed or sanctioned event and rely solely on diehard CrossFitters to fill the stands.  

Australia’s Torian Pro has just rubber-stamped a partnership with the State Government through Tourism and Events Queensland to help sell-out the November event and in turn, encourage fans to spend up big while they’re in town. 

The State’s Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones said: “We know that CrossFit fanatics will travel from around the world to watch their heroes in action which is exactly why the Queensland Government supports events. They attract visitors, which creates local tourism jobs.”

CrossFit Torian’s Johno Snape said: “This year the event has blown up massively and we’ve wanted to partner with some great people and great organizations who can help us along that journey and realize the dream of making this event as big as it can be.”

The lucrative partnership comes off the back of the Torian Pro selling out its original 4,000 seat venue and upgrading to the Queensland Tennis Centre. The capacity is 5,000 fans – over three days – it’s no wonder tourism bosses and local business are paying attention. 

WATCH: The Morning Chalk Up went along to the press conference this week where athletes Kara Saunders, Royce Dunne and Brandon Swan checked out new arena. 

Looking at the livestream. 

It’s not just ticket sales that’ll possibly convert into tourism dollars at the Torian Pro – hundreds of thousands of viewers are likely to tune in worldwide to watch the livestream. 

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CrossFit During Chemo: Why We All Need To Be #Stronglikelisa


Ask any CrossFitter, suffering is part and parcel with the Sport of Fitness. 

But there are very few who will experience pain like Lisa Fosnough, who’s powering through workouts whilst undergoing chemotherapy. 

“I can still do pull-ups, just not as many. I can still clean and snatch, just not as heavy. I can still row, just not as fast,” Lisa said. 

“My doctors have already told me that they have never seen anyone in such good condition given the high doses of chemo they are giving me, I think this is because of my attitude and my want (or need!) to continue working out,” she added. 

Lisa has always been a fighter. The mother of three found CrossFit in 2013, whilst training for her sixth marathon. The 43 year old from Parkville, Missouri joined her local affiliate and was immediately hooked: “It was hard for me to “ease” into it because it felt like the type of workouts I had been looking for all my life,” she told the Morning Chalk Up.

Lisa described how the community at KCI CrossFit in Kansas City immediately became like family. They also provided her a refugee and “safe place” when she was diagnosed with a rare form of osteosarcoma – a type of bone cancer – in her right thigh earlier this year.

“I love when I walk into KCI, I don’t have to worry about people giving me the ‘Aww, are you ok? … All the members just treat me like me,” Lisa said.

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WATCH: Reykjavik CrossFit Championship Episode 1
The world of CrossFit gathered in Iceland as Reykjavik hosted their first Sanctional. A small but mighty nation that has been dominating the sport of fitness since Annie Thorisdottir stepped on the scene in 2009. In episode one, watch as top CrossFitters take on Iceland’s infamous mountain.


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Chalk Up Community

  • FUNDRAISER FOR NASHOBA — CrossFit Kenosha in Kenosha, WI raised $10,500 for Nashoba Learning Group, a center that provides help for those with autism, as well as hope for their families, at their fundraiser on October 5. 
  • BATTLE FOR THE BADGES — UnChartered CrossFit in St. Charles, MO is hosting the 4th Annual Battle for the Badges charity competition on Saturday, November 16. All proceeds raised will go to Backstoppers, an organization that supports the families left behind when a first responder is killed in the line of duty.

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

Congratulations to Aaryn Gouger for getting his first ring muscle-up Happy birthday Keith Mathews Happy birthday Nick ShawIvan Skoro snatches 300 pounds • Megan Mondelli back squats 305 pounds • Cody Anderson clean and jerks 305 pounds for three • Sean Sweeney puked after 20.1. 

…and get you a partner that can carry your 80 pound dog. 

Get Your Open Scores In — Scores for CrossFit Open 20.1 are due today by 5:00 PM PT. 

— Watch the Buttery Bros go head-to-head in 20.1.

— Annie Thorisdottir and Sara Sigmundsdottir did 20.1 together, too. 

— These 13 Sanctionals are using the Open to qualify and many of them require registration by tonight. 

— And if you’re still on the fence about doing the Open, take a lesson from Molly at CrossFit Tilt in Waltham, MA and just do it already

Unofficial 20.1 Top 10, as of 8:00 PM PT last night:

1. Danial Kamali (8:12) | Alanna Fisk (9:02)
2. Dillon Cravens (8:53) | Tammy Wildgoose (9:14)
3. Sean Sweeney (9:07) | Hannah Hardy (9:31)
4. Kosta Ilic (9:11) | Anastasiya Marino (9:33)
5. Matthew Watson (9:13) | Addison Desrosiers (9:42)
6. Nicholas Urankar (9:25) | Bailey Meraviglia (9:46)
7. Tim Mustion (9:26) | Keiki Tanaka (9:53)
8. Adam Klink (9:27) | Robin McCord (9:57)
9. Luke McMahon (9:28) | Alaina Savage (10:02)
10. Marcus Stanley (9:32) | Laura Flazer (10:05)

Carleen Mathews Shares her Struggle with Infertility — Games athlete Carleen Mathews reposted an inspirational illustration and message on the struggle that some elite female athletes experience after competing for year; infertility.

— “At first I felt like ‘why me and not everyone else? Why can’t I exercise and eat to achieve my goals? Why am I ‘punished’ for being focused and driven when that’s what society is always telling me is the right thing to do?!’ How fucking confusing. But here’s what I learned later, the more I dove in.

— “Today I am inspired by Carleen Mathews, who told me – and is sharing with the world – about what she’s going through herself. She’s super strong and amazing in the gym, but she is working harder every day to heal in other areas. So don’t talk to the strong, fit women like they wouldn’t understand, because they understand more than you know.


“Deep Inside the Laboratory Testing CrossFit Games’ Athletes for PEDs,” by Justin LoFranco, Morning Chalk Up 

Chad Schroeder contributed to this story.

It’s 9:54 AM on Thursday, September 5. I pull up to the UCLA Olympic Analytical Laboratory in West Los Angeles.

This is home to the largest sports drug testing facility in the United States, responsible for handling and testing innumerous samples from WADA and Drug Free Sport.

I park and enter this nondescript building across a tightly-packed side street around the corner from a Trader Joe’s. I hand over my driver’s license, sign in, and don a white lab coat. I cannot take any photos or recordings of any kind; just notes on pen and paper and I’m to be escorted at all times.

At 10:00 AM, I’m lead into the laboratory behind a sealed door accessed only by keycard. Flanked on both sides by staff. We retrieve Anna Fragkou’s B urine sample from a storage refrigerator where it’s kept at around -20 celsius.

I put on a pair of gloves and inspect the sample for any evidence of tampering. I find none and sign my name to affirm its integrity. Now the testing process begins.

At this point, it’s important to note how we got here.

On August 22, Anna Fragkou, the 9th fittest woman on earth received an email notification that she failed a drug test, testing positive for Oral Turinabol, an anabolic-androgenic steroid known to promote muscular endurance and rate of recovery.

Fragkou, who was also Greece’s national champion, says she never knowingly took the substance: “I had never even heard of this substance before. I have never taken any such substances and I have always tried to be very conscious about what I eat and consume.”

CrossFit’s first known case involving Oral Turinabol came in July 2018 involving Nuha Almarri who tested positive for the banned substance after placing 34th at the Meridian Regional. Then last season, Chantelle Loehner tested positive for the same substance. Both athletes denied ever taking the steroid.

Oral Turinabol is far from a new steroid, however. Originally developed in East Germany in 1962 by Jenapharm, the substance was used to propel “East-German Olympic athletes to gold medal in the 70’s and 80’s” according to a 2016 Scientific American article analyzing cheating in the Olympics.

According to that same article, “Oral Turinabol was only detectable within five to seven days after ingestion” a decade ago. It was Dr. Grigory Rodchenkov, the Director of the Moscow and Sochi 2014 anti-doping laboratories, who discovered a new method for detecting the substance up to six months after it was taken. This new test was instrumental in helping the International Olympic Committee (IOC) re-test samples from the 2008 and 2012 Olympics.


10/16: 2019 Graveyard Games (Kenosha, WI)
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)
11/17: Annual Ghetto Games (Plainville, MA)

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