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The Story Down in Mexico

Morning Chalk Up

December 30

Morning Chalk Up

Good morning and welcome to the Morning Chalk Up. This is Joe Genetin-Pilawa, your new Senior Managing Editor, welcoming you back after our short holiday break. We hope you’ve enjoyed some rest and holiday cheer, but if you’re ready to get back into the gym, CrossFit Games athlete and “CrossFit Cowboy”, Sean Sweeney wants to help. Today:

  • The “Cowboy Way” is an online training program for athletes of all levels, with a twist.
  • Mora and Gallegos tied up in Mexico’s national champion race.
  • New affiliates and new spaces as CrossFit gyms expand across the globe.
  • Year-end deals on gear and grub.

And, as we rush headfirst into 2020, check out our new format and layout below. As always, if you have a story idea, a big lift, an event, or anything else you think we might want to cover, hit us up at [email protected].



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“Let everything happen to you: Beauty and Terror. Just keep going. No feeling is final.”

— Rainer Maria Rilke, “Go to the Limits of Your Longing”


Mora and Gallegos Locked in Head-to-Head Race for Mexico’s National Champion


Two names sit on top of Mexico’s National Champion CrossFit Open Leaderboard after the late video review from HQ. With 21 points each, Luis Oscar Mora and Manuel Gallegos find themselves in a battle for a ticket to Madison.

This change was made after Alan García, who led for the entire Open, received a penalty on 20.4, dropping him down to 11th place and out of any chance of qualifying. The Morning Chalk Up reached out to him and learned that he is appealing the penalty with CrossFit HQ and will be looking to punch a ticket to the Games in a Sanctional as well.

  • A Path Forward: The CrossFit Rulebook states that in the case of an overall tie on the national champion leaderboard will be broken by awarding the best position to the athlete with the highest rank result in any workout.
  • Both Gallegos and Mora have a 1st place in 20.1 and 20.3 respectively, but Mora placed 2nd in 20.2 and 20.5, making him the tie-break winner.

Sean Sweeney Wants to Train You the “Cowboy Way”


When Sean Sweeney started competing as a CrossFit athlete eight years ago, he knew it wouldn’t be the easiest way to make a living, but it was the thing he loved most. Training to perform on the biggest stages makes being a professional CrossFit athlete incredibly difficult, finding the finances and sponsors to pay for travel, hotels, registration, equipment, and food makes it nearly impossible. 

Training with a Twist: Starting on January 6, 2020, the man known affectionately as the “CrossFit Cowboy” will introduce his CrossFit training program, the “Cowboy Way.” 

  • His programming is unique in that it also doubles as a sponsor for the athletes that sign-up. 
  • The program sets aside 20% of the total income for members to use to pay for travel expenses to competitions, training equipment, educational courses and seminars, or anything that improves them as an athlete and their fitness endeavors.

“As an elite level CrossFit athlete for many years, I know how insanely hard it is to get sponsorship support and how expensive chasing this dream can be,” said Sweeney. “I wanted to create something new that would help support many more people, regardless of how many social media followers they have or how many competitions they won. I just want to give back to the community that has given so much to me.”


8 Weeks to Nutrition Confidence!

Are you over it yet? Keto, Macros, Plant-Based, Fasting… All you want to know is what nutrition is right for YOU without trying every fad or gimmick that comes along.

Join the Nutrition Essentials Masterclass to learn the physiological and psychological concepts to get you the health and performance goals you want – without all the hype. Live group coaching with EC starts on Jan 5. Price increases Jan 2; jump on the lowest price while you can.




Beauty in Strength

Beauty can be defined in so many different ways but what is common to CrossFit athletes alike is they look beyond beautiful aesthetics to what their bodies can now accomplish. Heading into the season of New Year goals, here’s an important reminder from some of the biggest names in CrossFit about your body.

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Your 2020 Goals

Hit a training plateau in 2019? The team at Invictus wants to help you bust out of your rut and hit new training heights in 2020. Try Invictus programming from the legendary CrossFit coach C.J. Martin and the team at Invictus and make 2020 your year.

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10 Years of Battling Breast Cancer

Barbells for Boobs founder Zionna Hanson joins the Pursuing Health podcast with Dr. Julie Foucher and shares what the 10-year-old nonprofit is doing on the front lines to support the CrossFit community’s battle with breast cancer. They also share their own personal stories of how breast cancer has impacted loved ones.

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Dial in Your New Year’s Nutrition with RP

The roaring 2020s are right around the corner and there’s no better time to get focused on your nutrition than right now. Let the RP Diet App help you lose fat, gain muscle and improve your performance in the new year. Get your first six months for only $9.99/month using code “CHALKUP”.

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Paleo Cranberry Orange Bread

This incredible paleo cranberry orange bread pairs coconut, almond flour and honey for a naturally sweetened snack.





Gym Updates from Singapore to Cincinnat

The global CrossFit community continues to grow and expand in markets large and small. Here is a quick roundup of some gym developments over the past few weeks:

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Year-End Deals to Close Out your Holiday Season

Ignore that holiday hangover and take advantage of these deals before it’s too late:

  • Get 20% off all drinks, 30% off apparel and gear from Kill Cliff.
  • Get an extra 50% off all sale items at Reebok until December 31, 2019.
  • Use code “GOBIG” and get 20% off Nike gear, including the Metcon 5.
  • New ButcherBox subscribers get two pounds of wild-caught Alaskan Sockeye Salmon in their first box and free shipping.
  • And don’t forget this Reebok giveaway: win a free trip to the Mayhem CrossFit Classic.


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1/10 – 1/12: CrossFit Mayhem Classic (Cookeville, TN)
1/11: Unbroken Ocala (Ocala, FL)
1/11 – 12: Strongfit Fundamentals Course (San Diego, CA)
1/17: A Grand Day at Frantic (Cannington, Australia)
1/18: The Force Wars 2020 (Pembroke Pines, FL)
1/18: A Game of Totals (Beaufort, SC)
1/18: Row For Reveille (Poulsbo, WA)
1/18: NCK Throwdown 2020 (Concordia, KS)
1/18: 3rd annual Battle For The Axe (Baxter, MN)
1/18: Lone Star Shootout (Dallas TX)
1/18 – 1/19: CrossFit Krypton V.2 (Chesapeake, VA)
1/24 – 1/26: CrossFit Strength in Depth (London, UK)
1/25: Lost River Rumble II (Bowling Green, KY)
1/25: 2020 Winter Swolestice (Fayetteville, AR)
1/25: The Steeltown Throwdown (Sterling, IL)
1/25: Reindeer Gainz III (Donna, TX)
1/25: Cerberus Powerlifting (Blue Springs, MO)
1/25: The Blizzard Brawl (Waite Park, MN)
2/1: Warrior Affiliate League Fantastic 4 (Chino Hills, CA)
2/1: Krypton’s Compete for a Cure (Chesapeake, VA) 

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