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The CrossFit Open Starts Today: What You Need To Know?

Morning Chalk Up

March 11   |   POWERED BY


Good morning and welcome to the Morning Chalk Up.

In today’s edition:

  • The 2021 CrossFit Open starts today; we have a look at where registration stands right now.
  • Mayhem Missions partners with Rescue: Freedom; will host Mayhem for Freedom competition on April 17.
  • Marathoner Karly Wilson credits CrossFit with keeping her injury-free.
  • Do you know someone who has done an exceptional job embodying and capturing the essence of the CrossFit community? Find out how you can nominate them for a Morning Chalk Up Community Choice Award.

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  Open Registration Continues To Grow, Needs Big Boost To Surpass 2020 


Open Registration Continues To Grow, Needs Big Boost To Surpass 2020

The 2021 CrossFit Games season is finally here!

The collective CrossFit community is just hours away from the announcement of Open workout 21.1 where Kari Pearce and Kristi Eramo-O’Connell will go head-to-head in the official kickoff to the season.

The Open is hailed as the inclusive community event where everyone can be an athlete, which puts an emphasis on the total number of registered athletes as a benchmark for the community’s interest and support of the sport.

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  • We are only hours away from the live Open announcement for 21.1. Kari Pearce will take on Kristi Eramo-O’Connell at 5 PM PT/8 PM ET on the CrossFit Games YouTube channel and Facebook.
  • Curious about what might show up tonight in 21.1? Check out our Movement Tracker that charts every movement programmed in the Open since 2011.
  • Games veteran Brent Fikowski has signed on as the first sponsored athlete of Torque Fitness.
  • Games veteran Lauren Fisher plans to compete as an individual this year, while Meredith Root, another Games veteran and Morning Chalk Up contributor plans to take on the equipment-free Open.
  • MUST WATCH: Watch brand G-SHOCK is presenting a five-part docu-series focusing on the UK’s Fittest Man, Zack George. The series will follow George through the Open and beyond as he works to earn a spot in the Games. The first episode drops today.
  Mayhem Missions Fights Human Trafficking, April Fundraiser Competition Now Live 

Mayhem Missions Fights Human Trafficking, April Fundraiser Competition Now Live

Mayhem Mission, the charitable arm of CrossFit Mayhem, is hosting an online fitness competition called “Mayhem for Freedom” on April 17 to combat human trafficking. Registration for the competition is currently open on

The details: Mayhem Mission is partnering with Rescue:Freedom to bring awareness and to combat human trafficking around the world, currently there are over 40 million people enslaved and/or victims of trafficking.

  • Part of the partnership is the online competition, with the net proceeds benefiting the fight against human trafficking.
  • The organizations have also partnered up with Elevation Church, who has committed to match up to $100,000 of funds raised.
  • The competition is made for all fitness skill levels and will be designed to be done either at your local gym or at home.
  • The event will include both a bodyweight workout which requires no equipment, as well as a higher-level option with equipment.
  • All registrants will receive a “Mayhem for Freedom” t-shirt from Reebok.
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  Running With Muscle: Marathoner Karly Wilson Credits CrossFit for Keeping her Injury-Free 

Running With Muscle: Marathoner Karly Wilson Credits CrossFit for Keeping her Injury-Free

Karly Wilson started running in high school as a way to deal with stress. “I had a lot of addicts in my family and running became my coping mechanism, my therapy, “ said Wilson, now 32, who completed her 101st marathon in February.

  • By 2010, Wilson was running 60 training miles a week and competing in marathons. Although good for her mental health, she found herself constantly injured. “I was hurt all the time. My achilles or my hip flexors. Every single time I would run I’d be out for eight days,” said Wilson, who, at 5-foot-2 weighed just 90 pounds.

Everything changed in 2013: Wilson met her now husband — Zachary Wilson — who owned CrossFit Undeniable in Westminster, CO. He thought she was logging too many miles each week, convinced her to cut them down and to add CrossFit into her training.

  • “I was skeptical, but he told me to trust the process,” she said. “I trusted him and after three months I had one of my best marathon times after cutting my (running) mileage down to 20 miles a week,” said Wilson, who also started learning from coaches like Brian MacKenzie and Chris Hinshaw.
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Bulletproof Shoulders

This exercise is a hybrid between a Y-Raise and a face pull. And while it's a little technical, it can help you make your shoulders bulletproof.




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Throwing it back with this 2-in-1 layered look, the Stockton Short from Vuori offers lightweight, four-way stretch with a slightly longer built-in compression liner for comfort and support. Moisture-wicking, supportive and stylish, these shorts will be your best training partner ever.



Are Nutrition Challenges Dead? And, What Has Replaced Them?

In this episode of the Two Brain Podcast, Mike Warkington discusses the role that nutrition challenges have played in gym marketing and what has replaced them.



Learn To Handstand Walk

Do you want to learn how to walk on your hands? Then you need to try this super simple program from Brent Fikowski and the team at Train Your Weakness. The program is built to be added into your normal programming and will teach you how to walk on your hands in just six weeks.



Sweet and Spicy Hot Chili Chicken Noodles

Check out this delicious hot chili chicken noodle recipe; it's tossed in an easy, flavorful meat sauce. These sweet and spicy chicken noodles are packed with protein and seriously better than takeout! Top your bowl with fresh basil, roasted nuts and red pepper flakes for an extra kick.


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] to be featured.

10/7 - 10/8: Koda Iron Games (Lafayette, CO)
10/8: Mayhem & Massacre @ Infinite Fitness & Health (Wharton, NJ)
10/8 - 10/9: Mid-Atlantic CrossFit Challenge Festival (MACC FEST) (West Friendship, MD)
10/8: Fall Brawl at CrossFit Lehigh Valley (Allentown, PA)
10/8 - 10/9: MACC FEST (West Friendship, MD)
10/8: Rua Rumble II (Frankfort, IL)
10/8: Nightmare On Wod Street (Spring Lake, MI)
10/8: The X Games (Brooklawn, NJ)
10/14 - 10/16: 3F Throwdown (Poreč, Croatia)
10/15: Girls Gone Rx Belleville (Belleville, Canada)
10/15: Ragin Games 2022 (Lafayette, LA)
10/15: Wodtoberfest (Owosso, MI)
10/15: PAINKLLR Nashville (Nashville, TN)
10/15: Ragin Games (Lafayette, LA)
10/15: 7th Annual Kilo Crushfest (Hampton, VA)
10/15: Girls Gone Rx Omaha (Gretna, NE)
10/15: Girls Gone Rx Dallas (Dallas, Texas)
10/15: Diamond K Classic (Birmingham, AL)
10/15: Girls Gone Rx Richmond (Richmond, Canada)
10/15: Girls Gone Rx San Diego (Alpine, CA)
10/15: Girls Gone Rx Iowa (Des Miones, IA)
10/15: Girls Gone Rx Southern Illinois (Highland Robinson, IL)
10/15: Girls Gone Rx DC (Alexandria, VA)
10/15: Girls Gone Rx Charlotte (Charlotte, NC)
10/15: Girls Gone Rx Newport News (Newport News, VA)
10/15: Mid Atlantic Masters Classic (Abingdon, MD)
10/15: Bridgetown Throwdown (City of Industry, CA)
10/21 - 10/23: Battledrome Championship (Milan, Italy)
10/22: 8th Annual Crossfit Pittsfield Fall Brawl (Pittsfield, MA)
10/22: Doomsday 2022 (Palm Springs, CA)
10/22: The Humble Games Fall Throwdown (Hanover, MD)
10/22: Festivus Games Pairs – Same-Sex or Mixed-Sex (Savannah, GA)
10/22: Goblin Gauntlet – CrossFit Sandy (Sandy, UT)
10/22: 8th annual fall brawl (Pittsfield, MA)
10/22: Festivals Games – CrossFit 906 Ishpeming, MI (Ishpeming, MI)
10/22 - 10/23: Rep It Out (Sheffield, England)
10/22: Clash at the Creek 2022 (Knoxville, TN)
10/22: 2022 Arsenal Throwdown (Pittsburgh, PA)
10/22: Ironclad (League City, TX)
10/22: Festivus Games (Waukesha, WI)
10/22: Scream and Clean 2 (Danbury, CT)
10/22: SE TEX Masters Fall Classic 2022 (Cypress, TX)
10/22: Black and Brewed (Huntsville, AL)
10/22: Festivus Games – Pairs (Savannah, GA)
10/22: Dreamland Games 3 (same sex pairs) (Portsmouth, OH)
10/22: Festivus Games – Teams @ Crossfit Clan (Parsippany, NJ)
10/29 - 10/30: Mayhem & Massacre @ CrossFit Black Hive West (Jacksonville, FL)
10/29: Heartland Games (Kearney, NE)
10/29 - 10/30: Chi-Town Throwdown (Elmhurst, IL)
10/29 - 10/30: The Vanguard (Lakeland, FL)
10/30 - 11/20: CHLKDUP Box League – Nashville (Nashville, TN)
11/1 - 11/21: MFLH X FFTF Partner Series Online Qualifier (New York, NY)
11/5 - 11/6: Reignited Games (Wilmington, NC)
11/5: Fall’s Fittest Partner Throwdown (Amherst, OH)
11/5: Best of the Wurst (New Braunfels, TX)
11/12: Girls Gone Rx Salt Lake City (West Salt Lake, UT)
11/12: Girls Gone Rx Mesa (Mesa, AZ)
11/12: CrossFit Exodus Throwdown (Bridgeport, TX)
11/19: Babes & Beasts TURF Games 2022 (Port Saint Lucie, FL)
11/19: Cactus Classic 2022 (Phoenix, AZ)
12/2 - 12/4: WheelWod Games (Raleigh, NC)
12/3 - 12/4: Torino Challenge (Moncalieri (TO), Italy)
12/3: Reindeer Rumble (Ocala, FL)

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