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November 15   |   POWERED BY


Good morning and welcome to the Morning Chalk Up.

In today’s edition:

  • Annie Thorisdottir says that Tia-Clair Toomey is “beatable.”
  • RPM Training officially starts taking orders of their all-in-one at-home training solution.
  • Matt Salis unofficially (awaiting verification) broke the world record for most burpees in 12-hours.
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“People do not decide their futures, they decide their habits and their habits decide their futures.” - Frederick M. Alexander

  Tia-Clair Toomey is “Beatable,” says Annie Thorisdottir, but a “Team Effort” is Required  


Tia-Clair Toomey is “Beatable,” says Annie Thorisdottir, but a “Team Effort” is Required

After winning five CrossFit Games titles in a row—and dominating the last three Games by 256, 360 and 195 points respectively—it’s not at all out of line to call Tia-Clair Toomey unbeatable.

But after coming close to dethroning Toomey at last months’ Rogue Invitational in Austin, TX, six-time podium finisher and two-time Games champion Annie Thorisdottir said that, as untouchable as Toomey has been in recent years, “Tia is beatable.”

She added: “Tia is phenomenal. She is the strongest in the field and sets herself apart on the long endurance events, as well, making her almost impossible to beat, but Tia is beatable.”

It Almost Happened at Rogue

Toomey and Thorisdottir battled back-and-forth all weekend in Austin, taking turns leading the competition, right until the seventh and final event, where Toomey led Thorisdottir by just five points. At that point, Thorisdottir had beaten Toomey on three events, while Toomey had taken Iceland’s queen on the other three.

Ultimately, a costly and uncharacteristic mistake for Thorisdottir on the final, bracket-style sprint event, allowed Toomey to finish off the competition with yet another event win.

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Mat Fraser's Five Top Tips For Improvement Season

Mat Fraser's Five Top Tips For Improvement Season

If you want to maximize your performance in CrossFit, there are only two seasons.

  • Competition season.
  • Improvement season.

And if there’s a man who knows a thing or two about both, it’s five-time CrossFit Games champion, Mat Fraser.

In this guide Mat breaks down how to:

  • Maintain your engine during the “off season”.
  • Build your base strength back up.
  • Identify your weaknesses and work on them.

⁠⁠Discover Mat’s five essential tips for making game-changing improvements to your performance ahead of the 2022 season.


Matt Salis, a UK coach, unofficially beat the Guinness World Record for most burpees in 12 hours, finishing with 6013, smashing the previous record of 5669.

Hang out with Emma Carey, the high school CrossFit Games phenom who is graduating early and going all in on competitive CrossFit.

The 2018 CrossFit Games documentary is officially available for pre-order on iTunes with an expected release date of December 7.

MUST WATCH: “My name is Seth Stovall. I live in my van and I moved to Cookeville, TN to train full time in CrossFit…”

🤠 In case you missed it…The CrossFit Cowboy officially retired from the CrossFit Games last week.

Mark your calendars…CrossFit Health is hosting a live Q&A on the topic of healthy aging on Wednesday, November 17 at 5:00 PM PT.

2021 WheelWOD Games Results: Dozens of athletes from 25 different countries across ten different divisions descended on Raleigh, NC to compete in the annual WheelWOD Games.

  • Casey Acree (Upper 1 Point Men)
  • Genny Tidwell (Upper 1 Point Women)
  • Dmytro Novhorodskyi (Lower Impairment 1 Point of Contact Men)
  • John Jarrett (Lower Impairment 2 Point of Contact Men)
  • Amy Bream (Lower Impairment 1 Point of Contact Women)
  • Sarah Rudder (Lower Impairment 2 Point of Contact Men)
  • See full results.
  RPM Training Co. Is Now Taking Orders for the At-Home ATOM Training System  

RPM Training Co. Is Now Taking Orders for the At-Home ATOM Training System

RPM Training Co. expanded in a major way in late July with the official reveal of Atom, an at-home training system designed for functional fitness enthusiasts. Now the time has come for these enthusiasts to get their first look. Atom and its equipment kits are now available.

Remind me: There are three equipment kits, starting with Axis at $995. This kit includes dumbbells, a kettlebell, sandbag, jump rope, plyo box, and some smaller accessories.

  • The tiers continue with the Fly kit ($1,395), adding a pull-up bar and gymnastic rings to the existing Axis kit.
  • The third and final tier is the Power kit ($1,995). This package includes Axis and Fly but also adds a barbell and bumper plates. The purchase of any kit includes two free months of the subscription.
  • Atom will also feature a fourth tier that helps people constantly on the go. This side program will be dumbbells and jump rope only, which will benefit users on the go and in hotels.

Early adopters can secure some significant discounts for both the equipment packages and the app subscription. Early adopters can secure limited-time founder pricing (25% savings) as low as $63/mo for 12 months at 0% APR.

  • Under this founder pricing structure, the Axis Kit is $749, the Fly Kit is $995, and the Power Kit is $1499.
  • There is also a $29/mo all-access, no-commitment Atom membership that includes the Atomic daily training program, digital classes, and global leaderboard.

New users could have questions about which kit to purchase. RPM Training Co. has a solution. The Atom app has a series of questions that work as an onboarding process. They start simple by focusing on workout experience before adding in questions about olympic lifts.

  • The onboarding process also features a simple capacity test. Users do one minute of push-ups and one minute of squats with one minute of rest.
  • The opening questionnaire will not go fully in-depth if the answers don’t lead in that direction. If the user has less knowledge of strength training, there won’t be a question about a max bench press.

Once the questionnaire is complete, the Atom app will recommend one of the three kits. The equipment is only currently available in package form instead of individually, but RPM guarantees that the pricing will turn some heads.

Josh Rogers, RPM co-founder: “I think that what’s gonna surprise a lot of the people that are really sort of endemic and entrenched in the space is they’re used to seeing pricing based on poundage. That’s really, when you think about it, that’s a manufacturing driven phenomenon, right? It just costs more to manufacture the heavier pieces.”

  • “For us, one of our main goals of Atom is to take the complexity out of functional training and strength conditioning in general. The pricing is going to be disruptive in a way that everyone is going to be getting a fair price and a really good deal. But what we’re not going to do is like penalize the stronger person for the heavier weights. We’re going to level it out.”

New Atom members that purchase a kit or sign up for the programming will gain immediate access to the full Daily Training (DT) library. New workouts will be posted each weekday inside the Atom platform. These scalable workouts will automatically adjust for the  athlete’s kit and current fitness or skill level.

A work in progress: RPM unveiled Atom in July but did not make it available to the public until November. The company spent these months running a beta test and giving a select few access to the app and Pat Barber’s programming. RPM also held a special week of workouts at the 2021 NOBULL CrossFit Games, providing people with a multitude of opportunities to see Atom in action at the campground.

  • “I think my biggest takeaway was how quickly people adapted to the Virtual Training model. We actually had Pat Barber, who’s our head coach, there on site,” Josh said. “So it’s kind of one of those weird things like, ‘Hey, I could coach you right now. But we’re gonna let virtual Pat coach you and we’ll see how it goes.’”
  • “I cannot believe it. People also started to use it as their daily training,” Shane Rogers added. “We didn’t quite anticipate that either. So then we had to put in some rules to allow some new folks to go through. I think overall, we were really pleased with how many people showed up.”

Simple and easy: RPM’s developers took information from the test sessions at the CrossFit Games and focused on getting the app ready for November 15. Their efforts led to a streamlined experience that features instructional videos from Barber and guest athletes, and the ability to click between daily workouts at the click of a button.

Bottom line: There are a multitude of at-home training options available for fitness enthusiasts. Tempo, Peloton, Street Parking, Mayhem Athlete, and several other options. However, RPM Training Co. is taking out the guesswork with Atom and providing customers with three simple options based on their experience level and available space.



The Stripper Squat

The stripper squat, or good morning fault, is a common problem for many lifters. Check out this simple cue you can use to coach your athletes, or yourself, to fix this instantly.




Someone Extraordinary at Your Gym

Yerbae is rewarding athletes who do extraordinary things inside and outside the gym. Join the Be Anything Extraordinary Project for a chance to win tickets to Wodapalooza.



A Buttery Trip To Texas

Join the Buttery Bros behind the scenes at the Rogue Invitational as they watch Justin Medeiros and Tia-Clair Toomey cement their place as the top CrossFitters around. Bonus: Learn where you can find all your favorite CrossFit athletes before a big competition.



A Free Thanksgiving Turkey

Get a humanely raised, free-range, 10-14 pound turkey free when you sign up to ButcherBox today. You have to find the sweet potato pie somewhere else though.



Is Social Media Increasing Dangerous Supplement Usage?

Does Instagram make you less happy with your body and more likely to experiment with supplements drugs to improve your looks? This research looked to see a correlation between social media and drug use in young males.


Celebrating a PR, hosting a fundraiser, this, that, or otherwise. Send us a tip.

  • 🎂 Happy birthday Alexis Johnson (Friday).
  • 🎂 Happy birthday Alison Scudds (Friday).
  • 🎂 Happy birthday Betsy Vanderburgh (Saturday).
  • 🎂 Happy birthday Aly McWherter (Sunday).
  • Congratulations to Dex and Marilyn Hopkins on the birth of their baby girl.
  • Danielle Brandon hits a 185 pound/84kg snatch.
  • Congratulations Daniel Cortez from Jute CrossFit in Benicia, CA on the 406 pound/184kg back squat PR
  • Congratulations Jordan Noe from CrossFit Mesa in Mesa, AZ on a 335 pound/152kg back squat PR
  • Augustin Richelme, 31st at the 2021 CrossFit Games and Argentinian National Champion, hits a 330 pound/150kg push jerk + two split jerk complex.

12 Labours CrossFit partners with Special Olympics Maryland to provide 12 weeks of CrossFit training during the upcoming Winter season. The program will provide CrossFit training to 15 athletes at each gym location during the months of January February and March. All Special Olympics programs are offered at no cost to the athletes.

3/1 - 3/31: Sit Ups For Pups (Everywhere, Anywhere Online)
3/2: The LKW Games (Lake Waccamaw, North Carolina)
3/9: The Valkyrie Fitness Competition (Tampa, FL)
3/16: Upper Hunter Strongest Novice (Muswellbrook, Australia)
3/16: Oceanside CrossFit 1st Annual Shamwod & Shenanigains (Oceanside, Ca)
3/16: Shamwod & Shenanigains (Oceanside, Ca)
3/16: Shamwod & Shenanigains (oceanside, ca)
3/23 - 3/24: Beach Brawl (Spring) (Pensacola Beach, FL)
3/23: Masters Distinguished Games (Fort Wright, KY)
3/23: CFL Teen Take Over (Lorton, VA)
4/6: Girls Gone Rx Kentucky (Richmond, Kentucky)
4/6 - 4/7: SeaDog Summer Showdown (Jupiter, Florida)
4/6: Girls Gone Rx Minnesota (Austin, Minnesota)
4/6: Girls Gone Rx Ohio (Lancaster, Ohio)
4/6: Best Babes Decatur (Decatur, Alabama)
4/6: Best Babes 608 (Janesville, Wisconsin)
4/6: Best Babes South Carolina (Beufort, South Carolina)
4/6: Best Babes Houston (Houston, Texas)
4/6: Best Babes Wyoming (Cheyene, Wyoming)
4/6: War Off I-4 (Deland, FL)
4/6 - 4/7: No Pain No Game (Legnano, Italy)
4/6 - 4/7: Shack Team Edition (Rome, Italy)
4/6: Best Babes South Carolina (Beaufort, SC)
4/6: Best Babes Decatur (Decatur, AL)
4/6 - 4/7: Landifornian Battle (Seignosse, France)
4/6: Two Peas in a Pod: Mixed Gender Partner Comp (Burlington, MA)
4/6: Best Babes Tampa (Tampa, Florida)
4/13: Queens of Oly Rockledge (Rockledge, FL)
4/13: Queens of Oly East Tennessee (Bulls Gap, TN)
4/13: Fittest on Main (Boaz, AL)
4/19 - 4/21: Crash Crescendo (Spartanburg, SC)
4/20: Festivus Games (WAUKESHA, WI)
4/20: Barbells For Bullies: Community Workout Savannah (Savnnah, Georgia, US)
4/20: Festivus Games @ CrossFit Plattsburgh (Plattsburgh, NY)
4/20: Festivus Games @ CrossFit Masiphumelele (Kommetjie, Cape Town, South Africa)
4/20: Festivus Games (Goderich, Canada)
4/20: Festivus Games (Clermont, FL)
4/20: Festivus Games @ The Gym – CrossFit Kilo (Cedar Falls, IA)
4/20: Festivus Games @ CBM Sirens (Caledonia, MS)
4/20: Festivus Games @ Coyote Valley (San Jose, CA)
4/20 - 4/21: Okanagan Valley Throwdown (Penticton, British Columbia)
4/20: The Fittest 4 (Sunshine Coast, Australia)
4/20: Embrace the Challenge (Mentor, Ohio)
4/20: Festivus Games @ CrossFit Pagosa (Pagosa Springs, CO)
4/20: First EVER Adaptive Festivus Games Competition (Waterford, United States)
4/20 - 4/21: BGR Contest Spring Edition (Bergerac, France)
4/20 - 4/21: Okanagan Valley Throwdown (Penticton, British Columbia, Canada)
4/26 - 4/28: Crash Crescendo (Spartanburg, SC)

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