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Three More Sanctionals Tap the Open as Their Qualifier

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“You are going to fail, and failing, for me, is as joyful as succeeding. Failing means that there is something to learn, and we can improve and do it better next time.” — Sebastian Thrun

How We’re Covering the CrossFit Games


The Morning Chalk Up Show is coming to the 2019 Reebok CrossFit Games live from inside the Beer Garden. Hosted by Tommy Marquez, the three-times daily show kicks off Wednesday morning, bringing you behind the scenes in Madison, WI with athlete interviews, expert analysts, inside story coverage, stats and analysis from the best in the business.

Morning Chalk Up’s complete coverage experience will also include live color commentary and play-by-play hosted by Rob Orlando and Jeff Brightwell. 

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Power Rankings and Live Leaderboard Stats

Late last night, we launched our official CrossFit Games power rankings of every athlete taking the field in Madison so you know who to keep your eyes on.

We have also built a live updated leaderboard which auto-calculates key efficiency stats like an athlete’s average placement, average points per event, and points from a podium spot.

End to End Coverage

The MCU crew is heading to Madison in full force to bring you non-stop coverage of the CrossFit Games. That means more stories, more interviews, stats and content coming soon on a new

We’ll also be delivering the Morning Chalk Up to your inbox throughout the weekend, so you’ll have everything you need to stay up to date.

Three More Sanctionals Tap the Open as Their Qualifier


In an announcement posted to Instagram early this morning, three more European Sanctionals have decided to use the 2019-2020 CrossFit Open as their qualifier, bringing the total to six Sanctionals.

  • Newly added: Reykjavik CrossFit Championship, CrossFit Strength in Depth, and CrossFit French Throwdown.
  • The other three: Norwegian CrossFit Championship, Down Under CrossFit Championship, and Brazil CrossFit Championship.
  • Here’s the full 2019-2020 Sanctionals season calendar.

The backdrop: The decision whether to join the International Online Qualifier or some other means was discussed at a Sanctionals-confab during the French Throwdown last month, where nearly all European Sanctionals organizers attended.

  • Filthy150 in Dublin is using the International Online Qualifier.
  • Madrid CrossFit Championship is expected to join that coalition.
  • CrossFit Italian Showdown has their own unique, 1500 athlete in-person qualification system.
  • CrossFit German Throwdown is still TBD.

The big picture: This season, the Down Under CrossFit Championship was the only event out of fifteen to us the Open as a qualifier. With two weeks left until the Games, we now have six of the 28 — more than 20% — confirmed events for the 2020 Games season using the worldwide open. The announcement also came with all four events included together, which is another move towards a more unified front from Sanctionals working together to iron out best practices amongst themselves.


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WATCH: Games Prep with the CrossFit Cowboy Sean Sweeney
Justin LoFranco, Morning Chalk Up Editor-in-Chief sat down with Sean Sweeney at this ranch in Fallon, NV on the last day of his 2019 CrossFit Games training camp. Sweeney shares how he’s been training and eating, how he feels going into the last two weeks before the Games, and how he’s streamlined his life recently.


HEAR: Pat Vellner on Fitness with Friends 
Sean Woodland and Tommy Marquez welcomed Pat Vellner as he gets ready to head to the 2019 Reebok CrossFit Games. Vellner talks about what he’s doing in his training, what changes he would like to see made to the CrossFit Games season and what he thinks about the recent failed drug tests. 


BUY: Margaux Alvarez’s the GOAT at the Games
Margaux Alvarez’s the Vine Yard is celebrating the CrossFit Games with a limited three pack sale of the GOAT. Also, she’s bringing 20 cases of the GOAT with her to Madison to deliver to customers that have ordered, until it’s gone. Use code “MCU” to get 20% off your purchase.


KNOW: 5 CBD Oil Products Fitness Trainers Swear By
With CBD popping up in sports and fitness products everywhere, it can be tough to know which to try. Here are five CBD oil products that have passed the test of fitness trainers.


EAT: Spicy Coconut Grilled Chicken
This recipe is sure to be your newest go-to summer marinade, featuring some spicy sambal, brown sugar and coconut milk to balance out the heat, and lots of fresh ginger and lime juice. This one’s just as awesome with shrimp or flank or skirt steak as it is with chicken thighs.


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  • TRAIL RUNS WITH A TWIST — Kitsap CrossFit in Poulsbo, WA is teaming up with Poulsbo Running for Roots Rock Around the Clock, a 5K trail run every hour on the hour until only one person remains standing. There will be prizes for those that last eight hours and commemorative belt buckles for those that last 24 hours, as well as cash prizes for the longest-lasting male and female runners. The race starts at 10:00 AM on Aug 31 and lasts as long as it lasts.
  • FIREFIGHTER FUNDRAISER — CrossFit HVL in Hendersonville, NC is hosting the Poore Beer and WOD Fundraising Event to benefit firefighter Captain Josh Poore, who suffered a spinal injury in a mountain bike accident earlier this month.
  • FREE CROSSFIT KIDS — Fat Bottom CrossFit in Pickering, Ontario is offering free CrossFit Kids classes. 
  • NEW LOCATION — BeastMode CrossFit in Friendswood, TX has moved
  • SPECIAL OLYMPICS FUNDRAISER — Steph Hammerman of Hammer Driven Fitness in Knightdale, NC is holding a fundraiser WOD for Special Olympics on Saturday, July 20. 

CHALK UP IN 2 MINUTES (a highlight reel around social media of CrossFit pros and average joes)

Chris Baxter, Aaron Shapiro and Shane Cornish used their fitness to summit Mt. Baker • Happy tenth anniversary to Capstone CrossFit • Happy tenth wedding anniversary to Jason and Ashley Khalipa • You can win a tie dye shirt signed by team Invictus BostonAdrian Conway split jerks 325 pounds for a double • Kate Nye jerks 319 pounds for a PR.

…and remember, failure is always an opportunity to rethink your plan.

Keeping Keto at Summer BBQs — Working Against Gravity released tips on how to navigate your way through a BBQ while on the keto diet.

Another Visa Denied — Alexander Anasagasti Roman, the male national champ from Spain, announced he has not received his visa for the 2019 CrossFit Games.

Support Talking Elite Fitness — Talking Elite Fitness podcast still needs your help. For just $6 a month you can become a patron of the show, show direct support of the podcast, help them expand into videos, live streams, and build more episodes. Plus, patrons will get exclusive content and future merch in the future.

Last Day to Get a Morning Chalk Shirt — Today is the last day to get yourself a limited edition Morning Chalk Up shirt or muscle tank. We only sell shirts a few times a year, and when they’re gone, they’re gone. Show your support for the newsletter, look great, and make all your friends just a little bit jealous.

Jason Khalipa’s Top Ten Tips for New Gym Owners — Jason Khalipa recently shared his top ten tips for new gym owners on the Wodify blog. 

— “Create and implement an employee feedback, performance, and development review process. Have clear job descriptions for every hire, even if you have a small staff. You’ll be able to figure out what works well and what doesn’t, so you’re ready to scale.”

— “Get in the habit of creating and refining processes for every function of your business. From how to communicate with leads, to how to clean the floors. Then, document those processes to maintain consistency among your staff.”

Alyssa Ritchey on Changes in a Body — Yesterday, Alyssa Ritchey posted a message about body positivity on her Instagram.

— “Every little part of me is perfect, perfectly flawed or perfectly beautiful to those who look and judge. But to me I am perfect… Purely, beautifully, I will be a woman of character first, my body will come and go with the different phases in my life. Right now I am a muscular woman with thick legs, a poppin booty, veins that look like the upside down world, a ripped back, and biceps that can be seen from miles.

— “I am a different type of body, one that you might not like but I don’t care. I don’t do it to impress or for you to obsess over. But I do it for me and my sport. I do it because I love how strong I feel. I’ll take the stares and I’ll take the comments because this little 4 foot 11 inch body was built on pure grit and the desire to make a dream come true.

— “Remember your body can do more than just look pretty. It can be a mom, a dad, an athlete, an Olympian, a role model, a sister or brother, a volunteer, a mentor, a hand to help someone up when they have fallen, a voice to be heard, and so much more. Be more.” 


“RxMindset Copies Third Barbell Physio Program,” by Justin LoFranco, Morning Chalk Up 

Over the weekend, RxMindset posted another The Barbell Physio program — Strict Muscle-Up Program — reselling it without permission. Morning Chalk Up also confirmed that Catalyst Athletics programs and photographers’ images have also been used without permission.

Despite the investigation that brought this story to light, it appears RxMindset has not been deterred.

Though the program was removed Monday after Morning Chalk Up contacted Mr. Hernandez again about the program, we reviewed and confirmed that RxMindset’s Strict Muscle-Up Program matches The Barbell Physio’s. The $20 downloadable PDF also links directly to co-creator’s Dr. Zach Long and Pamela Gagnon’s YouTube video instructions.

“How he can own a CrossFit Affiliate and steal from his own community is just disgusting and outrageous,” said Pamela Gagnon, co-creator of The Barbell Physio’s training programs.

Mr. Hernandez, who also coaches at Pacifico CrossFit, said he was unaware the programs belonged to another company.

“I purchased the programs from a 3rd party for resale recently. Had no idea they were someone else’s,” Mr. Hernandez said in an email. “I have and had no intention on stealing.”

The third party Mr. Hernandez referenced is called The_wod_rxd.

“They seem to have disappeared from social media,” Mr. Hernandez told us.

An Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Google search could find no results or indication this page or company ever existed. This story was postponed more than two days to give Mr. Hernandez an opportunity to produce corroborating receipts which he said he was unable to do or provide any kind of email confirmation.

This also doesn’t explain why The Barbell Physio and Catalyst Athletics were blocked by RxMindset’s Instagram if the programs were purchased from a third party source.


7/19: OUTWOD Las Vegas CrossFit Social City (Las Vegas, NV)
7/19 – 7/20: The 2nd Annual 24 Hour Kettlebell Challenge (Chino, CA)
7/20: OUTWOD Twin Falls The Pack CrossFit (Twin Falls, ID)
7/20: OUTWOD Chicago PXM CrossFit (Chicago, IL)
7/20: The CFB Gymkhana (Burlington, VT)
7/20: Masters Mayhem (Kilgore, TX)
7/20: Belmar Beatdown (Belmar, NJ)
7/20: Battle at the Falls (Granite Falls, NC)
7/20: Old Timers Classic (Williamsburg, VA)
7/20: Hero Games 2019 (Bedford, VA)
7/20: 2019 McCall Throwdown (McCall, ID)
7/20: RX’Mas in July 2019 (Urbana, OH)
7/20: Sacred Pine Invitational (Ladson, SC)
7/20: Barbells for Bullies Denver (Denver, CO)
7/20: Shoofly Lift Off (Fuquay Varina, NC)
7/20: Coffland Hero Challenge at CrossFit Mt. Hood (Gresham, OR)
7/20 Rookie Rumble at CrossFit SOAR (Hawthorne, NJ)
7/20 – 7/21: Battle of the Barbells (Nashville, TN)
7/21: The Buckeye Games (Medina, OH)
7/21: Coffland Hero Challenge at Rough House CrossFit (Bridgeport, CT)
7/26 – 7/28: CanWest Games (Coquitlam, BC)
7/27: The Mountain Meltdown (Arapahoe Basin, CO)
7/27: 7th annual Dog Days of Summer Competition (Roswell, GA)
7/27: The CF Summer Circus (Des Moines, IA)
7/27: 2019 Summer Meltdown (Birmingham, AL)
7/27: Masters Tour (Travelers Rest, SC)
7/27: The WoDer Games (Ontario, Canada)
7/27: Girls Gone RX Waco (Waco, TX)
7/27: Rock the Ages at CrossFit Templum (Carrollton, TX)
7/27: The Meshugge Melee (Overland Park, KS)
7/27: All Gave Some, Some Gave All (Whitesboro, NY)
7/27: EVF “Stronger Together” Challenge (New York, NY)
7/27: X’s and Y’s (Lilburn, GA)
8/2: Pirate Supporters Friday Night Light Kick Off (Lefors, TX)
8/3: OUTWOD Kansas City at CrossFit FIF (Kansas City, MO)
8/3: War of the WODs Summer Series (Greensboro, NC)
8/3: Riverport Rumble (Louisville, KY)
8/3: 31 Heroes (Norfolk,VA)
8/3: G’Town Throwdown – Chapter 3 (Georgetown, MA)
8/3: Brawl in the Burbs (Bridgeport, PA)
8/10: CFE’s Sugar & Spice Co-Ed Partner Competition (Burlington, MA)
8/10: Best of the Midwest Team Series at CrossFit 9 Degrees (Brownsburg, IN)
8/10: OUTWOD Charlotte at Silver Wolf CrossFit (Charlotte, NC) 
8/10: OUTWOD Phoenixville at CrossFit Lock 60 (Phoenixville, PA)
8/10: Sparrow Classic 2 Scaled Partner Competition (Pearland, TX)
8/10: Summer Battleground 2019 (Farmingdale, NY)
8/10: Goddess Games (Charlotte, NC)
8/10 – 8/11: No Surrender Survival Games (Wooster, OH)
8/11: The Rise of The Resilient (Hopkinton, MA)
8/16: OUTWOD Charlotte (Charlotte, NC)
8/16 – 8/17: WodFest 2019 (Joplin, MO)
8/17: Fittest in the Fork (Ft. Sill, OK)
8/17: Barbells For Bullies at CrossFit QDA (Buffalo, NY)
8/17: CrossFit Sua Sponte’s Summer Slam (Raleigh, NC)
8/17: The Fossil Games (Denver, CO)
8/17: Warhorse Games KC (Kansas City, KS)
8/17: CrossFit Shatter Summer Slam (Albany, NY)
8/17: The Syndicate Series Presents The Battlegrounds (Columbia, MD)
8/17: Poore Beer and CrossFit Benefit (Hendersonville, NC)
8/17: Unbroken Series Adaptive Games (Marion, NC)
8/18: Red Raider Backyard Brawl III (Coatesville, PA)

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