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The Most Read CrossFit Stories of 2021

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December 30   |   POWERED BY


Good morning and welcome to the Morning Chalk Up. Just one more newsletter edition before we ring in 2022. 🎉

In today’s edition:

  • The most read stories of 2021.
  • What Dubai and the 2021 season forecast for Wodapalooza and the 2022 CrossFit Games.
  • CrossFit empowers women to defeat eating disorders.
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“You can waste your lives drawing lines. Or you can live your life crossing them.” - Shonda Rhimes

  What Were the Most Read Stories of 2021  

What Were the Most Read Stories of 2021

To a certain extent, the lines are blurred between where 2020 ended and 2021 began, partially because the 2020 CrossFit Games finished in October last year then it was only a quick break before the 2021 season began. More likely, however, because the global pandemic continued to affect various parts of our lives from travel, to work, relationships, consumer goods, gym access, and basically everything else.

Over the last twelve months, the staff wrote nearly 1,000 stories focused exclusively on the sport and community of CrossFit, its trends, developments, retirements, victories, and some unfortunate tragedies.

It’s clear looking back, that this global community is both growing and thriving. The multi-billion-dollar CrossFit ecosystem continues to attract attention across the globe, thankfully for more positive reasons than in years past, but it’s also maturing a little. CrossFit training is, after all, entering its 22nd year, young by comparison to many other industries, but beginning to build on firmer foundations I look forward to writing about.

For now, here are our top 10 most viewed stories and 10 stories (not on the previous list) that were impactful for the community at large.

The Most Page Views

Ten articles ranked in order by most page views. 

  1. “Why I’m Retiring” by Mathew Fraser
  2. Police Ban Cedric Lapointe From Training in Gym on Grounds that CrossFit Isn’t a Registered Sport by Emily Beers
  3. Female CrossFit Athletes Expose the Dark Underbelly of Instagram: “It’s Just What You Have to Deal With Now” by Tess Garcia
  4. Lori Brozovich Finds Bigger Purpose to Lose Weight than “Getting Skinny,” Sheds 100 Pounds by Emily Beers
  5. CrossFit Introduces Seven New “Girl” Workouts by Patrick Clark
  6. 14 Women Making Waves in CrossFit by Morning Chalk Up Staff
  7. Four Takeaways From Mathew Fraser’s Interview on the Joe Rogan Experience Podcast by Patrick Clark
  8. “An Uncomfortable Conversation” by Khan Porter
  9. “My Postpartum Fall: Speaking Up” by Annie Thorisdottir
  10. Live Like Laura: CrossFit Community Mourns the Loss of Laura Schwartzenberger by Maggie Weaver

Stories with Impact

Ten articles, in no particular order, that didn’t make the above list for most page views, but represent important and significant moments over the last twelve months. 

  1. Larissa Cunha Calls on CrossFit to Revisit Drug Sanction Decision by Lauren Kalil
  2. How CrossFit Changed Our Relationship with Food: Five Women Tell their Stories by Emily Beers
  3. The Affiliate Playbook Is Here, Major Takeaways From The Global Launch Of CrossFit’s New Tool by Tommy Marquez
  4. The Rise of the New Athletepreneur: How Athletes are Building Portfolios to Plan for the Future by John Newby
  5. One Year Later: Eric Roza as CrossFit CEO by Lauren Kalil
  6. Making the Case for Björgvin Karl Guðmundsson as the ‘Fittest European Man of All-Time’ by Patrick Clark
  7. Send More European Women To The CrossFit Games…They’ve Earned It by Brian Friend
  8. 200+ Around Globe Found CrossFit on YouTube During Pandemic Thanks to L3 Coach Chris Stephen by Emily Beers
  9. The Day Mat Fraser Went to a Competition in a Prison by Maggie Weaver
  10. Banned Substances: How Ostarine is Creeping into the Supply Chain by Lauren Kalil
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The 2022 CrossFit Games rulebook has arrived. Here’s what you need to know.

Update on Cassandra Moorad (via Andrea Elrod): “Cassandra just completed chemotherapy #5…Which means she only has one more chemo infusion left prior to surgery…Right now the plan is surgery the first week of March.”

CrossFit’s Affiliate Programming service will move from free to paid starting in January. The cost is $125 per month.

Kara Saunders developed an 8-week guided entry level program through Ultrahuman,

Margaux Alvarez, 7x CrossFit Games athlete and a recent competitor on NBC’s Titan Games, has launched a new fitness app.

  What Does the 2021 Season Forecast for the 2022 CrossFit Games? Dubai Provides the Hints as Wodapalooza Sets the Stage  


What Does the 2021 Season Forecast for the 2022 CrossFit Games? Dubai Provides the Hints as Wodapalooza Sets the Stage

And just like that the 2021 CrossFit season came to a close last week with the Dubai CrossFit Championship. So what did we learn from the competition that we need to keep an eye out as we head into the 2022 NOBULL CrossFit Games season? Here are four storylines to keep an eye out on as we say goodbye to 2021, and hello to 2022.

The evolution of Laura Horvath

To say Horvath doesn’t get enough credit for her CrossFit career is an understatement. Her two runner up finishes alone should put her in rare company, joining Tia-Clair Toomey and Annie Thorisdottir as the only women to accomplish that feat. It appears most people choose to remember her for her shortcomings rather than her accomplishments.

On the competition floor in Dubai she answered some of those questions. In her last two trips to the in 2018 and 2019 she failed to finish. This time around she used the competition to close out a successful season that saw her place second at the Games, win the European Quarterfinals, placed second at the Lowlands Throwdown, fourth at the Rogue Invitational and with the victory at Dubai secured her second career CrossFit-sanctioned competition win.

What made the victory in Dubai impressive was the field she faced. Kristin Holte, Samantha Briggs and Sara Sigmundsdottir were among the athletes she defeated in her 33 point victory. She was consistent throughout the competition, having just one finish outside the top five. She finished with six top three finishes including an event win as she showed that her switch to Krypton Athletics under the watchful eye of Ben Smith this year has her trending in the right direction. The scary thing is she’s still just 24 years old.

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  Empowered Rx: Combining Fitness and Mental Coaching for Eating Disorder, Trauma Survivors  


Empowered Rx: Combining Fitness and Mental Coaching for Eating Disorder, Trauma Survivors

After being molested as a 5-year old and sexually asaulted in high school, Leah Hantman went down a dark path that eventually led her to develop an eating disorder.

“I couldn’t workout. I had nightmares every night. I couldn’t eat. My nervous system was a mess,” Hantman remembered.

Eventually, Hantman started running and found CrossFit, and the combination of the two “saved my life,” she explained. “Weightlifting was so grounding for the nervous and it (helped me) achieve strength that translates to other areas of life,” she added.

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  • 🎂 Happy birthday Eric Le
  • Sean Sweeney put up a lifetime PR with a 255 pound/116kg power snatch.
  • Ross Barr of Phoenix, AZ put 385 pounds/175kg overhead for a split jerk PR.
  • Kaylyn Grose from Georgia’s Chaos Fitness reached her 2021 goal with a 300 pound/136kg back squat PR.
  • Connor Sloboda posted a new overhead squat PR of 315 pounds/143kg.
  • 😳 16-year-old teen athlete Sophie Shaft hit a snatch PR of 200 pounds/91kg.
  • Alex Rahal and Lewis Knight from England completed a ski-bike-row marathon (42,195m on each machine) in 11 hours and 22 minutes to help raise awareness for men’s mental health.
  • 🎉 Masters athlete Tom Fameree logged four new PRs in the same week he celebrated his 60th birthday: 175 pound/79kg snatch, 327 pound/148kg back squat, 185 pound/84kg strict press, and 250 pound/113kg clean & jerk.

This January, FosterFit is hosting a 30,000 Pounds CrossFit Total (30k#CFT) Challenge to fundraise CrossFit gym scholarships for youth in foster care. This Challenge will combine individual CrossFit Total scores into a team/gym score, with a goal of reaching 30,000 collective pounds (13,608kg) representing the average number of foster kids that age out of the system each year.

  • The challenge will take place January 24-31, 2022. Registration is open from now until the competition closes on January 31st. $50 per individual; $0 for participating gyms to compile a team of individuals.
  • Want to help fund gym scholarships without doing the Total? Donations are also accepted at the FosterFit GoFundMe page.
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6/17: 23′ North County Throwdown (Carlsbad, CA)
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6/17: Mayhem In Montana 2023 (Kalispell, MT)
6/17: Brooklyn Fit Fest 2023 (Brooklyn, NY)
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6/24: The Phoenix Classic (Asbury Park, NJ)
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6/25: Solent Series Masters Pairs (Southampton, United Kingdom)
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