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Good morning and welcome to the Morning Chalk Up. Justin Medeiros made a splash this year as a 21-year-old rookie at the Games. Today, Patrick Clark assesses the teen boys’ division with an eye toward the future. And, robust assessment sets clients and your business up for success.

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  • Scott Brits, founder of Battle Cancer was named one of Men’s Health UK’s Best Coaches in 2020.
  • Read about Ari Hurst‘s fitness and health journey with Type-1 Diabetes on the Reebok Blog.
  • LTC Tony Kurz placed first in the International Functional Fitness Competition online.
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  Boys to Men: Boys Teen Division Still Battling for Legitimacy  

Boys to Men: Boys Teen Division Still Battling for Legitimacy

Two weeks ago we analyzed the impact that 19-year old Haley Adams had on the girl’s teen division. How her success the last two years after aging-out of the division has given a host of young up and coming teenage girls a blueprint for success sooner rather than later. Conversely the boys teen division has not kept up with their female counterparts in terms of impact to the sport.

One big thing: Since the introduction of the teen division at the 2015 CrossFit Games, it was intended to give fans of the sport a sneak peek into the future stars. It was supposed to act as the farm system for teenage athletes as they developed while also serving as a platform to introduce a younger generation to the sport of fitness.

  • After six years and five Games showcasing the future of the sport, the boys division has yet to produce the next star for the men’s division.

The details: To date only a few of the boys that have competed at the Games in the teen division have moved unto the big stage to compete with their older counterparts.

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  Boys to Men: Boys Teen Division Still Battling for Legitimacy  

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To spice up your holiday season, Fitness Santa is bringing you 12 days of Crossmas, that’s 12 straight days of fun fitness giveaways from some of your favorite brands absolutely free.

From December 1 – 12, we’ll be doing Instagram live giveaways each day at 5:00 PM PT, totaling 78 prizes from:

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  Without a Robust Client Assessment, You’re Missing the Mark, Expert Coaches Say  


Without a Robust Client Assessment, You’re Missing the Mark, Expert Coaches Say

If you’re not assessing clients individually before throwing them into group classes, you’re doing them a disservice, say three highly-respected companies — Active Life Rx, Level Method and OPEX Fitness — all of whom work with coaches and affiliate owners to help their clients move better and deliver more effective training programs.

What they’re saying: A thoughtful initial assessment is necessary to expose a client’s capacity, as well as to determine appropriate movement selection for that individual, both of which are required to lay out an effective long term fitness plan, explained Sean Pastuch, the Founder of the Active Life Rx, Georgia Smith, Coaching Education Advisor at OPEX, and Nathan Holiday, the CEO of Level Method.

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  Garett Hood: Flat Lines Five Times, Credits CrossFit With Bringing Him Back  

Garett Hood: Flat Lines Five Times, Credits CrossFit With Bringing Him Back

On September 23, Garett Hood woke up at 6 AM like normal to feed his Border Collie and Rottweiler. The next thing he knew, he woke up on the floor. Assuming he had just passed out, he started getting ready for work, but as he was outside about to leave, it happened again. “So I went and told my girlfriend, and she was like, ‘You have to go to the hospital,’” said the 40-year-old Hood, a member of CrossFit North Cloud in Concordia, KS for the last four-and-a-half years.

What happened next: Doctors diagnosed Hood with Sick Sinus Syndrome, a condition that interrupts the heart’s natural pacemaker from creating a heart rate appropriate for the body’s needs. In Hood’s case, his pacemaker stopped working entirely so his heart stopped beating.

  • “So basically I hadn’t passed out. I flatlined and actually died…One time, I was dead for 30 seconds,” Hood said. While there are various causes of Sick Sinus Syndrome, because Hood is fit and healthy without underlying issues, doctors believe his case is genetic.
  • While in the hospital, Hood had two more flat lining episodes. “After one of them, I woke up and was pretty disoriented and my nurse was trying to cut off my Kill Cliff shirt. I was like, ‘What are you doing?’ It’s one of my favorite shirts. So I took it off myself,” he said, laughing.
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  Garett Hood: Flat Lines Five Times, Credits CrossFit With Bringing Him Back  

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The holiday season is here, and while our gatherings might be smaller and more intimate this year, that doesn't mean we can't have delicious bacon-focused appetizers. Check out these sweet and savory bacon-wrapped dark chocolate & goat cheese stuffed dates. It sounds like a difficult recipe, but it's not and they make a fun, delicious appetizer to serve a crowd.


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The Gift of Fitness

The Gift of Fitness UK is a group of CrossFitters who came together to help provide meals and gifts for children in need. As this is their inaugural year, they are asking the CrossFit community to join them in their first, virtual event over the weekend of November 28-29.

  • The details: All you have to do is accumulate an hour of movement, it’s that simple! You can do it any way you want, broken up into sessions or all at once. And make sure to follow and tag Gift of Fitness on social media.
  • Then, donate to the Secret Santa charity of your choice. Even if you can’t donate, you can join in the virtual workout organized by Halo Fitness Europe and they will donate £1 for every participant.
  • The event is supported by Hexxee, Halo, Amwrap, Adapt Tape, Pride Fitness, BeDefiant, Patchy Patchy, Blueprint Training & LUSH Cosmetics.

Learn more about the event and get involved.

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5/26 - 5/27: Gold Star Murph 2022 (Southern Pines, NC)
6/3 - 6/5: Northern California Classic (Sacramento, CA)
6/3 - 6/5: Atlantic Coast Classic (Daytona Beach, FL)
6/4 - 6/5: Whiplash: The Welsh Open 2022 (Same Sex Pairs) (Merthyr Tydfil, United Kingdom)
6/4: Love’Em or Leave’Em 10 (Saugus, MA)
6/4 - 6/5: Tandemonium (Palmer, AK)
6/4: Goose Games (Chicago, IL)
6/4: Average Joe’s Competition (Sheridan, WY)
6/11: Costa Rica Riptide Rowathon (Mokena, IL)
6/11: Hi Temp Games (Albany, GA)
6/11: Mind Games (Okemos, MI)
6/11: Kanna Fest (Ambler, PA)
6/11: Battle on Bridge Street III (Phoenixville, PA)
6/18: Oz Fest 2022 (Junction City, KS)
6/18: Beat The Heat 2022 (Hays, KS)
6/18: Atlanta Masters Classic (Snellville, GA)
6/18: Back Lot Bout – RX, Intermediate, Scaled (Saint Charles, MI)
6/18: Wodmania (Urbana, OH)
6/18 - 6/19: Best of the West (Rock Springs, WY)
6/18: Girls Gone Rx Maryland (Dunkirk, MD)
6/18: Girls Gone Rx NorCal (Petaluma, CA)
6/18: Girls Gone Rx Kentucky (Winchester, KY)
6/18: The Heat 5.0- Co-ed Partner Competition (Marysville, OH)
6/18 - 6/19: The Garrison City Gauntlet (Dover, NH)
6/18: Girls Gone Rx West Fargo (West Fargo, ND)
6/18 - 6/19: The CS&F Summer Classic (Cumming, GA)
6/18: Girls Gone Rx Maryland (Dunkirk, MD)
6/18: Girls Gone Rx NorCal (Petaluma, NC)
6/18: Girls Gone Rx Kentucky (Winchester, KY)
6/18: Girls Gone Rx Tennessee (Mc Minnville, TN)
6/18 - 6/19: Emerald Coast Throwdown (Pensacola, FL)
6/18: Girls Gone Rx West Fargo (West Fargo, ND)
6/24 - 6/27: I Got Your Six (Charleston, SC)
6/25 - 6/26: BILT Summer Classic (Welland, CA)
6/25: Independence Games VIII at The Pit Fitness Ranch (Three Rivers, MI)
6/25: Northwest Arkansas Basement Brawl (Fayetteville, AR)
6/25: Summer Bash 2022 (Zanesville, OH)
6/25: Ocean State Summer Threesome (Smithfield, RI)
6/25: Mayhem & Massacre @ CrossFit Muster Station (Sanford, FL)
7/9: Rex Rumble at CrossFit zoo (Ocala, FL)
7/9 - 7/10: Rex Rumble 11 Double Down (Ocala, FL)
7/16: Girls Gone Rx Fayetteville (Spring Lake, NC)
7/16: Girls Gone Rx San Antonio (San Antonio, TX)
7/16: Girls Gone Rx West Texas (Snyder, YX)
7/16: Girls Gone Rx South Sound (Puyallup, WA)
7/16: Girls Gone Rx Wilmington (Wilmington, NC)
7/17: Warrior Affiliate League Summer Classic (Whittier, CA)

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