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The Most Startling Facts From Stage One

Morning Chalk Up

September 25

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Happy Friday and welcome to the Morning Chalk Up. Today, Justin LoFranco breaks down the ten most startling facts from stage one of the 2020 CrossFit Games. Patrick Clark profiles Brooke Wells’ move to Nashville and the impact it had on her training leading into the first Games weekend. And, Emily Beers finds out how COVID regulations have made gyms better.

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The Ten Most Startling Facts from the 2020 CrossFit Games Stage One

 The Ten Most Startling Facts from the 2020 CrossFit Games Stage One 

Even though the 2020 CrossFit Games is separated into two parts this year, there’s no shortage of new records set and unbelievable stats. Because the competition is in two-parts, Tia-Clair Toomey and Mathew Fraser haven’t won the CrossFit Games yet, but the points will reset before stage two so we’re counting this as another official CrossFit competition win under their belts.

  1. Mathew Fraser is now the winningest male or female individual CrossFit athlete of all time. With last weekend’s win, that brings his total to 17 official CrossFit competition wins. If you don’t include the CrossFit Open, he’s won 10 straight events. The last time he lost an in-person competition was the 2015 CrossFit Games.
  2. Both Tia-Clair Toomey and Mathew Fraser set new records for most CrossFit Games event wins: Toomey surpassed Annie Thorisdottir with 15 career event wins and Fraser passed Rich Froning with 19. Fraser has the most career event wins of any athlete in history, male or female.

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CrossFit Trivium Welcomes Brooke Wells, Games, Into Its Community

 CrossFit Trivium Welcomes Brooke Wells, Games, Into Its Community 

Professional athletes by nature are creatures of habit. They very rarely make changes when they have found success in their particular sport. However, for athletes who want to transcend their sport and to be considered the greatest, they must adapt, make changes. Only weeks prior to the CrossFit Games, Brooke Wells did exactly that.

Music City move: Six weeks ago Wells made the move from Tulsa, OK to Nashville, TN. As if moving wasn’t stressful enough, she made the move right in the middle of her 2020 CrossFit training despite many unknowns regarding the Games at the time.

Finding a gym to continue her training became a priority once she decided to make the move. Enter CrossFit Trivium in Brentwood, TN, the home gym of Will Moorad, a two-time Games veteran who finished tenth at the 2019 Games.



How COVID Regulations Have Made Gyms Better

 How COVID Regulations Have Made Gyms Better 

“Starting tomorrow, all members are required to download an app to register for classes in advance. Classes will now be capped at just eight athletes, all of whom must remain in a designated workout area on the floor, clearly marked with tape. Oh, and if you don’t show up, there’s a $20 no show fee.”

Had an affiliate owner made that announcement to his athletes back in March, a community revolt may have ensued.

Then COVID-19 happened.

Surprise: Three months into the new order and pandemic-related changes forced upon us have had surprisingly positive outcomes, both for the clients and the business, say affiliate owners — even the designated workout boxes.


Mathew Fraser Friendly Fran World Record, 3:08

 Mathew Fraser Friendly Fran World Record, 3:08 



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This brief video is brimming over with tips to help you improve your squat and give you some relative target percentages to achieve (for example, how much more you should aim to back squat than clean and jerk). Utilizing these three tips will help you become a more effective squatter, and stay tuned until the end for additional accessory work to build stronger legs.

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Dave Castro’s Biggest Surprises from Stage One of the CrossFit Games

Director of Sport Dave Castro sat down with Tommy Marquez and Sean Woodland to discuss his key takeaways, biggest surprises and programming insights from stage one of the CrossFit Games. Castro also drops some hints about the finals next month and gives an update on the structure of the 2021 season.

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We are only a few days into fall and we can’t get enough fall flavors. As we move into soup season, you have to give this butternut squash green chile chicken soup a try. It’s flavorful, comforting, protein-packed and comes together in just one pot so the clean-up is easy.



Congratulations to Sergio H., who was the first to correctly answer how many 21-year-old men have made a Games Individual Top 5. The correct answer was two (Ben Smith – CFG11, 3rd Place and Justin Medeiros – CFG20, Top 5).

  • Today’s question: Which 2020 CrossFit Games Stage Two athletes have competed at the Ranch?

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Community Round-Up

Here’s a quick round-up of several things that we have our eyes on right now:

  • Relentless Fitness Podcast: Fitness enthusiasts Will Henderson and Nick Gillen, have created a new podcast called Relentless Fitness aimed at helping regular folks understand the complex world of fitness. Each week they take on a new topic ranging from CrossFit and other training modalities to nutrition and supplements. Their goal is to go beyond the magazine covers and Instagram influencers to provide information that can help you improve your life.
  • 27 Hours of CrossFit for Cameron: In 2018, John ‘Scotty’ Mace a former member of the Royal Australian Air Force, started a 24-Hour CrossFit Challenge in honor of son Cameron, who has Angelman syndrome. In the past two years, John and his gym XS CrossFit in Parker, CO have raised $13,000 for the Angelman Syndrome Foundation. This year there are two ways to participate in the challenge: teams will participate in-person from 5 PM on October 2 until 8 PM on October 3, or individuals around the world can do a 27-minute WOD in honor of Cameron and all individuals with Angelman syndrome. Learn more about the foundation and the challenge and donate!
  • “Lifting During COVID-19” Survey Results: In May, we shared a survey link for a study being conducted by social scientists from the City University of New York and the University of Notre Dame on the ways that COVID-19 affected fitness and exercise regimens. Researchers Katie Hejtmanek and Cara Ocobock have completed their study and have released the results and data analysis. More than 500 athletes responded and their answers indicate that getting your fitness outside the gym is extremely important. See the report and learn more.
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