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Good morning and welcome to the Morning Chalk Up. U.S. CrossFit affiliates received $47 million from the federal government during the first phase of COVID relief, dig into the details below. And, a German pharmacy released a touching commercial that has gone viral; Justin LoFranco offers his take.

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Product News

  • RPM Training’s 10K Challenge is going on now. Learn more in this conversation between Justin LoFranco and Leora Harfi, the co-founder of RPM, then get registered.
  • 2POOD has released the second version of the Winston the Corgi custom weightlifting belt, designed by Nick Haun and worn by Jacob Heppner.
  • PAINKLLR x U.S. Air Force Special Warfare Mission Kits, designed for the second phase of the “Are You Made of More” Missions are available for pre-order now.

Athlete News

  • Tia-Clair Toomey announced that she would try out for the Australian bobsled team, to compete in the 2022 Winter Olympics.
  • Paul Tremblay was named the first-ever official CrossFit Country Manager for Canada.
  • Haley Adams and Justin Madieros, the youngest male and female competitors in the 2020 CrossFit Games appeared together on the Froning and Friends podcast to discuss the unexpectedness of the season and their recent Mayhem training camp.
  • Tia-Clair Toomey and Shane Orr announced plans to move, but where to?

Everything Else

  • The CrossFit Level One course is now available worldwide online for first-time participants.
  • Scores for workouts 3 and 4 in the Warrior Fitness Team qualifier are due on December 15.
  • The second episode of the Spartan Games dropped this week.
  • The Community Gyms Coalition submitted a statement for the record to the Senate Small Business Committee’s Hearing, Small Business in Crisis: The 2020 Paycheck Protection Program and its Future.
  • LIFEAID Beverage Company is hiring for multiple positions.
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  U.S. Affiliates Received $47 Million in Federal Relief Loans  

U.S. Affiliates Received $47 Million in Federal Relief Loans

At least 3,900 CrossFit affiliates in the U.S. have received assistance from either the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) or the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program, according to Covid Bailout Tracker, a project operated by the nonpartisan watchdog group CrossFit HQ also received $3.18 million back in April under previous owner Greg Glassman, but the money has since been paid back in full according to a spokesperson for CrossFit.

The numbers: At least 58% (3,900) of all U.S.-based affiliates received some form of direct economic assistance during the spring.

  • Approximately $47 million was given out.
  • Loans range from $283,127, which went to Solace, to $504, for Dibe CrossFit in Michigan.
  • The average amount to gyms was $12,724.
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  The Commercial CrossFit Should Have Made  

The Commercial CrossFit Should Have Made

Let me start by saying this is 100% my opinion. This is not a news story.

And I’m also not here to browbeat CrossFit corporate either.

That being said, let’s begin.

“Take Care of Yourself” is a new holiday advertisement from Doc Morris, one of Germany’s biggest online pharmaceutical services, similar to services offered in the United States by CVS, Walgreens and Rite Aid.

The viral video features an elderly man seemingly disappointed with life as he reflects back on all the things he used to be able to do.

With a fresh breath of motivation, he heads down to the shed and drags out a rusty old kettlebell. He tries moving it off the ground but barely gets above his knees.

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  Samantha Briggs Makes Her Move, Sets World Record in Episode 2 of the Spartan Games  

Samantha Briggs Makes Her Move, Sets World Record in Episode 2 of the Spartan Games


Episode two of the “Spartan Games: Battle of the Fittest, presented by Harley-Davidson” featured two grueling events. The 24 athletes were put through a functional fitness workout and then took on a mountain bike event.

But before the athletes started the day, a change in the overall leaderboard occurred as both Hunter McIntyre and Aaron Newell were assessed penalties for their actions against each other in the opening event of the competition. The penalties dropped McIntyre from the overall lead to second behind reigning two-time Spartan Ultra World Champion Ryan Atkins. Newell received a harsher penalty than McIntrye and saw his placing drop from sixth to eighth.

Event 4, DEKA Strong: Featured ten functional fitness workouts or “zones” that are part of the Spartan decathlon training series. Each athlete had to complete each “zone,” for total time they included were:

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  CrossFitters Head to Germany for HYROX World Championships  

CrossFitters Head to Germany for HYROX World Championships

Today a handful of CrossFit athletes are taking part in a competition. But it isn’t a CrossFit branded competition. Instead 2013 “Fittest Woman on Earth” Samantha Briggs will join crossfitters Adam Klink, Lauren Weeks and Hunter McIntyre in competing in the 2020 HYROX World Championships Elite 12 in Hamburg, Germany to find the “World Champion of Fitness”.

One big thing: The four athletes will compete in one of the few live, international competitions currently allowed during the global COVID-19 pandemic. After originally cancelling the event in November, the HYROX organizers worked with German health officials to come up with a competition that they could pull off safely. The result is that four CrossFit athletes traveled to Germany to compete against eight of the top HYROX athletes in the world.

The details: HYROX is a relatively new fitness organization, making its debut in 2017 where it quickly gained popularity in Europe for its combination of Spartan Race and functional fitness.

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  CrossFitters Head to Germany for HYROX World Championships  

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Tommy Marquez and Sean Woodland On Why Jillian Michaels is So Off Base

The hosts of Talking Elite Fitness have been involved in CrossFit at the highest levels for years and this week, in the aftermath of Jillian Michaels' comments attacking the fitness methodology, Marquez and Woodland responded. One key takeaway: the overwhelming evidence shows that CrossFit helps people get healthy.




How To to Run a Meaningful (and Profitable) Nutrition Challenge

With the holidays soon approaching, now is the perfect time to run a nutrition challenge for your gym. This guide from Affiliate Supplements shows you how to maximize the results of your challenge, regardless of what kind of nutrition program you offer.



Blueberry Oatmeal Bake

Here's a great breakfast idea from PaleOMG that combines the superfood antioxidents in blueberries with the heart-healthy fiber we could all use more of in the oats. And, sweetened up with a little maple syrup, it almost feels like you're eating a comforting blueberry cobbler.



Train Your Weakness With Brent Fikowski

Are you ready for the 2021 CrossFit Open, or do you have weaknesses like double unders, snatches, handstand pushups, bar muscle-ups and ring muscle-ups? If so, start chipping away at your weaknesses with Brent Fikowski and his Train Your Weakness programs. All programs are built to be added to your current training and only take a few minutes each week.



A Superior Posterior with this One Banded Exercise

With gym closures and restrictions ramping up again, it's time to get creative at home. The banded pull-through is a great substitute for kettlebell swings and hip thrusts when you don't have the equipment, all you need is a rubber exercise band and a place to anchor it.


Chalk Up Highlights is our section dedicated to celebrating our community’s wins in the gym. Follow @ChalkUpHighlights and submit your highlight to [email protected]om to be featured.


Our final community round-up of the week includes two fundraiser events and a holiday competition for adaptive athletes:

  • Jennifer Morris Burpee Challenge: In Goderich, Ontario, Canada on December 19, Jennifer Morris will take on a 1000 burpee challenge to raise $1000 for the St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank. For every dollar donated to the fundraiser, Morris will do 1 burpee at The Ridge CrossFit GoderichLearn more and donate now. 
  • Foster the Love Pajama Drive: CrossFit Acadiana in Scott, Louisiana is participating in the Foster the Love Pajama Drive for children entering foster care. New pajamas can be dropped off at the gym all month. Last year Foster the Love collected 1300 pairs and this year the goal is 2500. Donate now.
  • I Am Adaptive Holiday Challenge: The first annual I Am Adaptive Holiday Challenge will take place at FLL CrossFit in Fort Lauderdale, FL on December 27 and registration is open until December 18. Adaptive athletes of all abilities are welcome to join and participate. Registration is limited though, due to COVID restrictions and social distancing requirements so sign up now.
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