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Teen Takeover Continues

Morning Chalk Up

April 13   |   POWERED BY


Good morning and welcome to the Morning Chalk Up.

In today’s edition:

  • CrossFit teen girls continue their assault on the leaderboard.
  • Members at EHP CrossFit can use health spending accounts for membership dues.
  • CrossFit Games Director of Competition Adrian Bozman and Director of Timing and Scoring Dave Eubanks provided some insights on judging online and at the CrossFit Games.
  • WILD.AI helps female athletes train with their menstrual cycles.
  • Hot off the press! Commemorate the 2020 CrossFit Games season with a Morning Chalk Up limited edition print newspaper. On sale now.

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  • The Individual Quarterfinals’ leaderboard is still shaking out as team declarations and final confirmations are a few days away. Stay up to date
  • Throughout the weekend, elite athletes as well as the CrossFit Games have been posting videos of Quarterfinal tests, here are a few more we’ve seen:
  • Fun Fact: If Rich Froning had competed officially in the Quarterfinals, he would’ve been near the very top of the leaderboard or perhaps even won overall. Here are the scores we know from his tests:
    • Test 1: 6:43 (7th in North America)
    • Test 2: 15:21 (12th in North America)
    • Test 3: 8:28 (38th in North America)
    • Test 5: 2:17 (20th in North America)
    • Through those 4 tests, Froning amassed 77 points, Travis Mayer is in first place on the Quarterfinals leaderboard with 158 points.
  • Yesterday we noted that the Panchik and Smith siblings qualified for the Semifinals, but so too did the Wells twins, Brooke and Sydney.
  • Team Quarterfinal invitations have been sent, registration is due Friday, April 23, which is also the deadline for the first score submission. The roster must be finalized on that day as well, the two men and two women who complete the first test must be the same team members for the remainder of the competition.
  • Official Invitations to the 2021 Age Group Qualifiers will be sent on Monday, April 26.

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  Teen Beat: Teen Girls Success Carries Over Into Quarterfinals  

Teen Beat: Teen Girls Success Carries Over Into Quarterfinals

Not to beat a dead horse here but if you are still amongst that small group of individuals that were waiting for the performances of the teens to fall off in the Quarterfinals of the 2021 NOBULL CrossFit Games you are probably disappointed right now. They are here to stay and they won’t be satisfied with a participation medal, they are here to compete for podiums and titles. Here’s the latest breakdown on how the teen division athletes and alums did during the Quarterfinal stage.

As of our publication deadline, the results of the Quarterfinals leaderboard are unofficial.

Girls 16-17 Division: The women’s North American Quarterfinals leaderboard is the one that has been taken over by the teen division. Four teen athletes who competed at the Games are in the top 30 including two in the top 5.

  • Mallory O’Brien: O’Brien finished third, just three points behind Amanda Barnhart for the North American Quarterfinals title. She joined Bethany Shadburne (11th in North America) as the only two athletes on the continent to record four top-20 finishes across the five tests. Her time of 14:49 in Test 2 was the third-fastest worldwide behind Tia-Clair Toomey-Orr and Feeroozeh Saghafi. Her worst finish was in Test 3 finishing 57th but rebounded with a 20th and 17th in Test 4 and 5 respectively.
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  Health Spending Accounts Help EHP CrossFit Clients Cover their Membership Dues  


Health Spending Accounts Help EHP CrossFit Clients Cover their Membership Dues

When Karla Wolford became a doctor of Chiropractic Medicine in 2009, she had a vision to open a facility that offered fitness, nutrition and chiropractic services all in one place, a place where clients could use their health spending accounts (HSA) or flexible spending accounts (FSA) to cover their membership fees.

  • This was actually my original business plan from graduate school, but I was scared to do it,” said Wolford, now 37.

Making it happen: As of December 2020, Wolford’s clients at EHP CrossFit in Moorhead, MN — a facility that legally operates as a medical clinic — have the ability to use either their FSA or HSA to cover their entire $230 monthly membership fee at the gym.

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  Adrian Bozman and Dave Eubanks on Judging Online and at the CrossFit Games  

Adrian Bozman and Dave Eubanks on Judging Online and at the CrossFit Games

As we move through the 2021 NOBULL CrossFit Games season this weekend, over 25,000 athletes (not including the many more thousands competing in the team Affiliate Cup division next weekend) competed and filmed themselves performing the five Quarterfinal tests.

With that process there comes a margin of error, something that CrossFit Games Director of Competition Adrian Bozman and Director of Timing and Scoring Dave Eubanks discussed on the latest episode of Fitness With Friends on the Talking Elite Fitness Podcast.

During the podcast, hosts Tommy Marquez and Sean Woodland hit on a number of topics ranging from how the judging and scoring process works throughout the new season to standards on performing movements. It was during that conversation on movement standards that the points that Bozman and Eubanks were making started to sound familiar. It then occurred to me why it sounded familiar, these were the comments and responses that they gave during the athlete briefings at the Games and when there were Regionals.

One big thing: When Regionals went away after the 2018 season with it went the exposure to the community outside of those who competed at the Games to two of the most knowledgeable minds in the CrossFit space.

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  WILD.AI Gives Women a Way to Train With Their Menstrual Cycle  

WILD.AI Gives Women a Way to Train With Their Menstrual Cycle

Signing up for WILD.AI starts the same as any other fitness app: you make an account, add your email, then input age and weight. But instead of the presumed follow-up tackling weight or fitness goals, the app’s next question asks about life stage. Are you menopausal? Pregnant? Prone to irregular cycles?

The big picture: WILD.AI applies the science of female physiology to athletes. It’s designed to help women train, recover, and eat based on their menstrual cycle.

How it works: Following the initial “life stage” question, preliminary inquiries from WILD.AI include the last day of your most recent period, the average time between cycles, and an estimation of emotional state in the days leading up to the first day of menstruation.

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