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The final saga in CrossFit v. NSCA

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“The highest compliment you can pay me is that I work hard every day, that I never dog it.” — Wayne Gretzky

The Final Saga in CrossFit v. NSCA Legal Battle: “THE RACE IS OVER”


Well that’s the state of play according to CrossFit Inc. who’s logged yet another lawsuit against the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NCSA). 

This time around CrossFit is suing the NSCA to the tune of $3.4 million, accusing the not-for-profit of lying in federal court, concealing evidence and committing perjury in the ongoing legal saga.

In a nutshell, CrossFit lodged a 57-page document in a Californian court late last week (don’t worry, we’ve read it cover to cover so you don’t have to) claiming the case needs to be closed, once and for all.

“CrossFit is conditioned to keep fighting, but it is tired of running the NSCA’s deceitful marathon; the race is over. The NSCA must be held accountable, and the NSCA’s misconduct requires termination in CrossFit’s favor.”

Russ Greene, CrossFit’s Director of Government Relations and Research told the Morning Chalk Up, “The NSCA’s plan was to lie about CrossFit affiliates … The NSCA knew it could not justify the value of its certifications honestly, so it turned to lies, lobbying and legislation.”

This all sounds VERY familiar.

The two corporations have been at it for years over a false study published in 2013 claiming that CrossFit was dangerous.

In this latest lawsuit, CrossFit is seeking back the cash it spent “litigating the NSCA’s lies” over the years, on the basis it uncovered “misconduct of unprecedented proportions.”

CrossFit’s Russ Greene said: “The NSCA’s credibility is dead, and its days as an institution are likely numbered.”

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WATCH: Behind the Scenes at an MDL1
Box Pro Magazine editor Heather Hartmann visited CrossFit HQ in March for the MDL1 and Derelict Doctors Club (DDC). Hartmann gives a video recap of her weekend there, including what the DDC is, what happens at an MDL1 and what the seminars look like.


HEAR: Surviving a Fire at CrossFit Arsenal
Last year, a telephone pole fell and set CrossFit Arsenal on fire. Owner Jason Gee shares the story of what happened, how they made a business function out of a back alley for months, the hardships that have been ever-present and the fantastic community behind it all.


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  • PRO-TIP: SQUAT STANCE — Next time you’re getting ready for a squat session, and to work on lower body flexibility at the same time, try warming up with a set of varied stance back squats.  
  • COACH IN AN ACCIDENT — Troy Lawson, a coach at Green Mountain CrossFit in central Vermont, was in a motorcycle accident while traveling out of state. His injuries are quite serious and members of both locations of Green Mountain CrossFit have started a GoFundMe to help with the rising costs. 

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

Pat Vellner graduated chiropractic school • Ben Barker snatches 225 pounds for two while his kids watch • Mattie Rogers and Sean McCormick got engaged over the weekend • Juliann Balley gets her first 20″ box jump • Paulo Victor Penitenti cleans 342 poundsBlair Chapman gets a 267 pound hang snatch + overhead squat PR • Matt Morton deadlifts 500 pounds for three • Left Coast Vibes Co. and Fran Denim have teamed up for a giveaway • Fifteen-year-old Morgan McCullough gets a 301 pound snatch • Happy 30th birthday Kristin PopeSam Dancer back squats 500 pounds for two after a 16 month hiatus • Caitlin Banwart clean and jerks 200 pounds.

…and this adorable athlete has the clean down but we really need to work on that hook grip!

Metcon 5 Sneak Peek — Nike Metcon Club posted a photo of the new Nike Metcon 5.

CrossFit French Throwdown Events Announced:

Event 3:
5 Rounds for time of:
10 Strict Pull-Ups
20 Double KB Thrusters (53/35 pounds)
20 Burpees Facing the KBs
Time cap: 20 min

Event 4:
​For time :
60 calories on the Bike erg
60 double KB swings (53/35 pounds)
Time ap: 6 min

Op-Ed Rebutting Critics of the Nike Plus Size Line — In a recent op-ed with the Time Colonist, Charla Huber makes the argument that anyone can be an athlete, regardless of their size, after a column written by Tanya Gold in the Telegraph, a British newspaper, criticized a plus-sized model showcased by Nike.

— “Critics came out in full force when Nike first launched the plus-size line. I posted a video of myself on Twitter completing a 300-pound deadlift for nine repetitions in my Nike tights. The post was a rebuttal of why Nike is making these clothes. Surprisingly, I found a lot of supporters and no Internet trolls with the post.

— “It’s pretty sad that people are questioning why Nike would even bother making plus-size gear. It’s sad that people are questioning the legitimacy of bigger women in sport. If anything, I think Nike should be applauded for filling a need that other retailers have neglected.”


“CrossFit Announces New Media Policy, World Feed Live Stream at the Games,” by Tommy Marquez, Morning Chalk Up

With the 2019 CrossFit Games are just over a month away, CrossFit Inc. announced that there will be a live stream of the Games in the form of a “World Feed,” along with a new media policy for fans, outside media, and anyone interested in covering the sport.

The Nitty Gritty: we’ve heard rumors of a potential live stream of the competition circulating in recent weeks, but this announcement confirms that fans in the very least will be able to watch the premiere test of fitness live.

The CrossFit Games team will provide what they’ve dubbed a “professional feed,” that will be open source, and available to anyone.
Broadcasters, media outlets, and literally anyone else can take the feed and provide their own elements, and commentary in whatever language or style they choose, on whatever platform they choose.
Anyone interested can email [email protected] for more info.
The announcement confirmed that the Games will officially start August 1st — which is a Thursday – leaving four days of competition to crown the fittest.

This also indicates that the feed provided by the Games will be absent of commentary and potentially most visual elements utilized for the live stream in the past if you plan on watching the feed provided by CrossFit.

Translation: fewer bells and whistles.

This is just a hunch, but given the nature of the changes this season and the announcement, it appears that the Age Groups will be left out of the live stream.

In addition to the World Feed, the announcement of a new media policy onsite signals a more lenient approach towards fans, and other outlets covering the event.


6/28: Boomtown Summer Throwdown (Burkburnett, TX)
6/28 – 6/29: The NorCal Classic (West Sacramento, CA)
6/28 – 6/30: CrossFit French Throwdown (Yvelines, France)
6/29: Master’s Of The Midway: Team Edition (Lake In the Hills, IL)
6/29: Girls Just Want to Have Fun (Raeford, NC)
6/29: 2019 Chattanooga Classic (Chattanooga, TN)
6/29: Partner Throwdown Part Deux (Apple Valley, MN)
6/29: Unicus Athletics Summer Slam 2019 (Denton, TX)
6/29: 2019 Soul Games (Miami, FL)
6/29: The Freedom Games (Greenwood, SC)
6/29: OUTWOD (Collingwood, ON)
6/29: The Mountain Meltdown Twin Cities (Afton Alps, MN)
7/5 – 7/6: The UG Games (Collingwood, ON)
7/6: The Guardian Games (Lebanon, OH)
7/6: 2019 Rex Rumble 8 (Ocala, FL)
7/13: Warrior Affiliate League Barbellas (Anaheim, CA)
7/13: Wods For A Cause Nova Scotia (Bedford, Nova Scotia)
7/13: The Mountain Meltdown Wilmot (Wilmot Mountain, WI)
7/13: Battle of the Beasts (Hudson, NY)
7/13: The Freedom Fitness Festival (Gainesville, FL)
7/13: River’s End Rampage 2019 (Sharpsburg, KY)
7/20: The CFB Gymkhana (Burlington, VT)
7/20: Masters Mayhem (Kilgore, TX)
7/20: Belmar Beatdown (Belmar, NJ)
7/20: Battle at the Falls (Granite Falls, NC)
7/20: Old Timers Classic (Williamsburg, VA)
7/20: Hero Games 2019 (Bedford, VA)
7/20: 2019 McCall Throwdown (McCall, ID)
7/20 – 7/21: Battle of the Barbells (Nashville,TN)
7/27: The Mountain Meltdown (Arapahoe Basin, CO)
7/27: 7th annual Dog Days of Summer Competition (Roswell, GA)
7/27: The CF Summer Circus (Des Moines, IA)
7/27: 2019 Summer Meltdown (Birmingham, AL)
7/27: Masters Tour (Travelers Rest, SC)

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