Happy Monday and welcome to the Morning Chalk Up. Last week, Patrick Clark analyzed how the top five men and women have performed in odd object events and aerobic capacity tests. Today he digs deep into trends and past performances when the barbells roll out. And, be sure to tune into the third annual WIT Summit which will stream live this Thursday and feature Games athletes and more.
Amazon Prime Day is tomorrow, and we’ve got a list of all the best deals for CrossFitters, including shoes, apparel, gear, kitchen and meal prep supplies, and fitness tech.
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CrossFit Games Event Analysis: Bring Out the Big Barbells
We continue our analysis of the ten athletes moving on to the Ranch on Oct. 19-25 for the live stage of the 2020 CrossFit Games in Aromas, CA. After analyzing the remaining athletes in “Odd Object” and aerobic capacity workouts, we turn our attention to
events that feature heavy barbells. These workouts are either one-rep max attempts, a ladder that features heavy bar work or workouts that include a heavy barbell mixed with other movements.
The big picture: Since 2016 the Games has averaged two heavy barbell workouts as Dave Castro has included these tests of strengths to determine the “Fittest on Earth”.
Heavy barbell workouts: Since the 2016 Games, there have been eight workouts that test the component of strength through the use of a heavy barbell. Last year featured just one heavy barbell workout, the epic “Clean” workout that nearly blew the roof off the Coliseum in Madison, WI.
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Third Annual WIT Summit to Feature CrossFit Games Podium Athletes and More
Streaming live this Thursday, October 15, the Third Annual WIT Summit will feature an all-star line-up of some of the biggest names in the sport of fitness, plus the unveiling of the limited edition WIT x Reebok Nano X collaboration.
One big thing: The 90-minute summit will give fans the opportunity to hear from several Games veterans on their experiences this season and their training plans for 2021.
The summit will stream live on WIT’s website and is free to attend, but fans must book a spot in advance. British comedian Joel Dommet and Virgin Radio’s Sam Pinkham will host the event.
Here’s the schedule and topics for each guest:
12:00 PM PST — Patrick Vellner – 2020 CrossFit Games and his prediction for 2021.
12:20 PM PST — Brent Fikowski – Difference in the details with WIT & Reebok.
12:30 PM PST — Unveiling the WIT x Reebok Nano X.
12:45 PM PST — Special Guest – To be announced.
1:00 PM PST — Haley Adams – Navigating the online format and predictions for Aromas.
1:10 PM PST — Jamie and Elliot Simmonds – Training for an uncertain season finale.
The bottom line: Athlete summits like this one do not come around often. This is a do-not-miss event, so be sure to book your free spot soon.
The Best Deals for CrossFitters on Amazon Prime Day
Amazon Prime Day, an annual Black Friday-like sale across Amazon’s expansive marketplace, is just around the corner. From Tuesday, October 13 to Wednesday, October 14, Prime members can score exclusive deals on anything from vacuums to flat screen TVs.
We’ve got our eyes on the best deals for CrossFitters.
Why Matt O’Keefe is Optimistic about the Future of the Sport of CrossFit
On this episode of the Chalking Fitness podcast, president of Loud and Live Sports, Matt O’Keefe talks about the evolution of his career and Mat Fraser and Tia-Clair Toomey’s performances in stage one of the Games. Then, the conversation turns to the future of the sport and O’Keefe expresses optimism about the new leadership at CrossFit HQ and the importance of continued financial investment in events and sponsorships.
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This Ten-Minute Rowing Workout for When You’re Short on Time
Some days your schedule just doesn’t have much room left in it for a workout, but that doesn’t mean your fitness has to suffer. Give this time-crunched ten-minute workout from Dark Horse Rowing a try, it includes a warm-up, workout, and cool down.
Struggling to get your first bar muscle up? Give Brent Fikowski’s 6-week bar muscle up program a try. The program only takes 30 minutes a day 3 days a week so you can easily add it into your normal programming and by the end, you will be up over the bar.
“Gluteal amnesia” is a condition in which your glutes literally forget how to fire and it can come from too much sitting. Consider taking breaks every hour to move your body, even if it’s only 10 bodyweight squats. Learn more about gluteal amnesia and more serious conditions that stem from prolonged inactivity in this T-Nation article.
Congratulations to Ben T., who was the first to correctly answer how many non-stationary cycling Games Events have there been. The correct answer was three events (CFG12 – Pendleton 1, CFG17 – Cyclocross, CFG18 – Crit).
Today’s question: Which Games had the most days of individual competition?
Here’s a quick round-up of a few events and competitions we have our eyes on right now:
Muscles and Masks: On October 24, CrossFit NCS in North Colorado Springs, CO will host a “Muscles and Masks” competition with proceeds benefiting Mission 22, a veteran suicide prevention organization. The event is free to the community
and there will be a blind partner draw on the morning of the competition. Learn more and register now.
Dolores Bears CrossFit:Dolores High School in Dolores, CO and coach John McHenry received an $8,000 grant from CrossFit LLC to create a new high school/middle school CrossFit program. They used the funding to purchase equipment, as well as receiving donated equipment from Mountain Range Fitness, and even created their own in-school affiliate, Dolores Bears CrossFit. There are currently 50 students taking part in the classes.
PG CrossFit First Anniversary:PG CrossFit in Beltsville, MD will celebrate it’s first anniversary on October 16-17 with a live “battle of the fittest” competition that will be streamed on Facebook and Instagram and a free community workout (online and limited in-person). Learn more and get registered.