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Suffering with Friends and Street Parking

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When you’ve got something to prove, there’s nothing greater than a challenge.” — Terry Bradshaw

How a Creepy Basement, Street Parking, and Suffering with Friends Became a Thing


When CrossFit Aspire closed in October 2018, member Jessica Shulz knew she would need something to help hold her accountable to still working out. Instead of joining a different CrossFit gym, Shulz opted for following Street Parking programming at home. So she reached out to friends, invited them all to workout with her, and started an Instagram account, Suffer With Friends.

“I thought it’d be a way to keep myself accountable while doing Street Parking at home. I figured if I recorded myself, I’d be less likely to stop in the middle of the workout and walk to my phone to turn off the camera. I also thought it’d be a nice way of tracking my new journey with new programming and wanted to really see if I could continue to work out but by myself,” Shulz told the Morning Chalk Up.

Street Parking programs WODs that you can do anywhere, as long as there are dumbbells. Sometimes Shulz works out alone at home, sometimes she gets together for WODs in the park with friends, or on Tuesday nights, dubbed the “get together” nights, old members of CrossFit Aspire come together to workout. Often times, she works out in her best friend’s basement, “which we’ve dubbed the ‘Creepy Basement.’ There are some videos that show that it can be a little creepy. We’ve even done a Fight Club parody down there,” she said. Shulz then shares these videos on the Suffer with Friends account.

But it wasn’t just the Street Parking WODs that Shulz was sharing. She was also sharing her mental health and weight loss journey and she found that people were responding to it. In June, Shulz went through a particularly tough time. Depressed and experiencing passive suicidal idealization, she was open about her experience on the Suffer With Friends account. 

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WATCH: Armen Hammer 2019 CrossFit Games Review
Armen Hammer sits down to summarize the 2019 CrossFit Games from the perspective of athletes, vendors and spectators. He also previews some changes he thinks would make sense going into the next season, which is right around the corner. And, he makes an announcement!


HEAR: Mishka Murad, Pakistan National Champion
John Wooley, host of Make Pods Great Again, welcomes guest Mishka Murad, the national champion of Pakistan, to share how she found CrossFit in Mexico to make friends and learn the language, what it’s like studying for her PhD. and how she felt representing Pakistan at the CrossFit Games. 


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Today’s edition of the Morning Chalk Up is fueled by

Chalk Up Community

  • CLOSING THEIR DOORS — CrossFit Mt. Juliet in Mt. Juliet, TN are closing their doors after six years as an affiliate. Their last day will be August 30. 
  • WOD FOR WARRIORS — WOD For Warriors is Team RWB’s annual WOD held on and around Veterans Day in boxes all across America. This event is an opportunity to support Veterans through functional fitness, compete for prizes, and raise funds for America’s Veterans.
  • INVICTUS GYMNASTICS — CrossFit PTV in Redmond, WA is hosting Travis Ewart’s Invictus Gymnastics Seminar on Saturday, Sept 21. If you’re not near WA, check out CrossFit Invictus Gymnastics Program. 
  • DIANE DESHIELDS MEMORIAL PARTNER WOD — Push511 CrossFit in Baltimore, MD is holding a partner WOD on September 2 in memory of Diane Deshields, who was hit by a vehicle while riding in a charity bike tour for the local fire department. All funds raised will help cover the expenses the family has incurred.

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

Pumpkin Pie Perfect Bars are available August 22 • Maddy Myers back squats 310 poundsNathan Loe power cleans 315 pounds • Congratulations to Sarah Heppner on getting engaged • Enter to win a signed Games jersey from Lauren Fisher Happy birthday Courtney Donmoyer Happy birthday Elliot SimmondsKara Saunders will run the Ultimate Hawaiian Trail Run Craig Richey cleans 330 pounds.

…and Kenzie Riley really gets those back to school feels. 

International Online Qualifier Kicks Off — The International Online Qualifier kicks off today with WOD 1. Registered athletes have until August 26 to submit their score

— Four in One: The International Online Qualifier is a single qualifier for four Sanctionals: The CrossFit Filthy 150, Wodapalooza, SouthFit, and the CrossFit Atlas Games.

Valérie Boileau on Wearing the Red Shirt — Valérie Boileau just officially took part in her first CrossFit Level 1 seminar as a member of CrossFit seminar staff.

— “This red shirt means more to me than you could ever imagine. This position was my dream. I have been dedicating myself to this goal for a long time now, devoted myself to the process, overcame fears, persevered through struggles, pushed myself out of the comfort zones, and made it happen. This weekend, I was officially taking part in my first CrossFit Level 1 as a Seminar Staff.

— “Words can’t describe how proud, grateful and honoured I feel to be part of the CrossFit HQ family. I am thrilled to enter this new journey as a Seminar Staff, blessed with this incredible opportunity to express my passion for health and fitness by helping people become better humans.”


“Sprints Cutting to the Core of CrossFit,” by Brittney Kleyn, Morning Chalk Up

“Sprint event was exciting.
Field went from 20 to 10.
I was happy with how this played out.
Many were not.”

If you follow @thedavecastro on Instagram, you’ve been entertained by his recap of each event of the 2019 Crossfit Games. 

Like the cuts – his posts are direct and brutal – also hitting back at critics in pointing out how the results in early events, mirrored the final standings.

Cutting the field to ten after Saturday’s sprint was arguably the talking point of the Games, and the conversation continues.

“Be better. Be better,” Castro said mercilessly at the final press conference. “Come back more prepared next year to excel at anything that’s thrown at you. All these guys did that, they all excelled at what was thrown at them when it was thrown at them.”

Clearly, sprinting is a sore point.   

Games veteran Julie Foucher told the Morning Chalk Up: “Dave is really good at sizing up the community and knowing where we’re lacking and where we need to be pushed.”

Now a big player in the CrossFit Health space, Julie believes the timing of the cut post sprint was very thought out and “decisions like that will move our sport forward.”

“I know that all of those athletes who got cut because of that event are going to be better at sprinting next year and I know that our whole community is going to put more emphasis on sprinting,” she added.


8/21: Wodapalooza Individual Qualifier (Online)
8/23 – 8/24: Third Annual 24 in 24 (Cumming, GA)
8/24: Battle For the Badge (Vestal, NY)
8/24: OUTWOD Miami at Move.Lift.Live (Miami, FL)
8/24: OUTWOD Las Vegas at CrossFit Social City (Las Vegas, NV)
8/24: Deadlifts for Kids (Lilburn, GA)
8/24: The Southern Games 2019 (Louisville, KY)
8/24: 2019 Koda First Timer’s Open (Oklahoma City, OK)
8/24: Rumble on the Bay (Green Bay, WI)
8/24: Ragin’ Games (Lafayette, LA)
8/24: The 10th Annual Iron Belle (Austin, TX)
8/24: Battle of the Boxes (Plymouth, MI)
8/24 – 8/25: Oregon CrossFit’s Best of the West Summer Event 2019 (Bend, OR)
8/24: Third Annual Hotshots 19 Memorial WOD (Woodstock, GA)
8/24 – 8/25: Railyard Riot (Lincoln, NE)
8/30 – 8/31: The Southwest Championships (Orem, UT)
8/30 – 8/31: The 3rd Annual Tampa Bay Games (Tampa, FL)
8/31: The Big WODowski Partner Competition (Delafield, WI)
8/31: Girls Gone RX (Charlevoix, MI)
8/31: Roots Ruck Around the Clock (Poulsbo, WA)
8/31: Saved By the Barbell (Waite Park, MN)
8/31: T-Town Throwdown Partner Comp (Tyler, TX)
8/31: Battle of the Beasts (Quebec, Canada)
8/31: Summer Showdown 2019 (Owosso, MI)
9/5 – 9/7: The Iron Games (Cedar City, UT)
9/7: Power Output Challenge 8 (San Antonio, TX)
9/7: Family Fitness Faith Festival (College Station, TX)
9/7: Sirens of September (Smithfield, RI)
9/7: Garden State Open (Berkeley Heights, NJ)
9/7: Hill City Throwdown (Lynchburg VA)
9/7: Midwest Fall Classic (Tulsa, OK)
9/7: OUTWOD Asheville at CrossFit Pisgah (Asheville, NC)
9/7: OUTWOD Brooklyn at Park Slope CrossFit (Brooklyn, NY)
9/7: Double Trouble at Crossfit Unwavering (El Mirage, AZ)
9/7: Girls Gone RX (Virginia Beach, VA)
9/7: WODderfest (Beaufort, SC)
9/7: Primal Parkinson’s Ride (Tampa, FL)
9/7: SE TEX Masters Fall Classic (Cypress, TX)
9/7: The Sugar Skull Showdown (Agawam, MA)
9/7: Power Output Challenge (San Antonio, TX) 
9/7: 5th Annual Iron Maidens Raw Open (Brooklyn, NY)
9/7: Barbells for Boobs 5K and Family Fun Run (Cornelius, NC)
9/7: Rows for Crows (Westborough, MA)
9/8: Wingman (Lincoln, United Kingdom)
9/14: Charm City Throwdown (Sparks, MD)
9/14: Stateline Throwdown (McHenry, IL)
9/14: Stealth Fitness Combine (New Brunswick, NJ)
9/14: Coffland Hero Challenge WOD (Vestal, NY)
9/14: OUTWOD Grand Rapids (Grand Rapids, MI)
9/14: 6th Annual Cancer Smash (St. Augustine, FL)
9/14: Project: Uplift 5.0 (Fort Collins CO)
9/14: Warrior Affiliate League Three Amigos (Rancho Cucamonga, CA)
​9/14: Mucc Town Throwdown (Winnemucca, NV)
9/14: Reps and Rescues Rumble (Olathe, KS)
9/14: Festivus Games at CrossFit Indestri (Collingwood, ON)
9/14: Granite Games at CrossFit Gallant (Bedford, TX)
9/14: The Dane Games (Mine Hill, NJ)
9/14: Granite games at CrossFit Nola 504 (New Orleans, LA)
9/14: Garage Games Master’s Tour 2019 (Chicago, IL)
9/14: WODktoberfest 2019 (Ottawa, ON)
9/14: Granite Games Throwdown Skyline CrossFit (Houston, TX)
9/14: Festivus Games at Crossfit Mountain Movers (Pikeville, KY)
9/14: Festivus Games at CrossFit Connection (Ontario, CAN)
9/14 – 9/15: Gymnastics Seminar with Simon Nieland (Ocala, FL)
9/15: Patriot Throwdown 9/11 Memorial WOD (Simsbury,CT)
9/20 -9/22: Pensacola Beach Brawl (Pensacola Beach, FL)
9/21: Cry Me a River 2019 (Online)
9/21: Killswitch Competition (Hutto,TX)
9/21: 4th Annual Battle on the Border (New York, NY)
9/21: Under Armour Turf Games City Series (Los Angeles, CA)
9/21: Fall Jam 2019 (Columbus, OH)
9/21 – 9/22: The Central Regional (Bettendorf, IA)
9/21 – 9/22: Southie Showdown (Boston, MA)

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