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Good morning and welcome to the Morning Chalk Up.

In today’s edition:

  • CrossFit issues a late penalty and rescinds Emma Tall’s Games qualification.
  • The West Coast Classic is more than a year and a half in the making. The field is stacked and the action is set to go, see our preview below.
  • The CrossFit Asia Invitational and the Atlas Games are the final two online Semifinals. The rosters are competitive and the weekend promises dramatic finishes.
  • Tola Morakinyo made the switch to individual and moved to Las Vegas with the Underdog Athletics team. He’s ready to compete for a Games ticket and defend “home turf.”
  • Last Chance: The Morning Chalk Up has a $1000 Rogue Home Gym to give away. Enter now for your chance to win, before it’s too late.

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  CrossFit Issues Late Penalty, Rescinds Emma Tall’s Games Qualification After Official Announcement 

CrossFit Issues Late Penalty, Rescinds Emma Tall’s Games Qualification After Official Announcement

On Monday night, when the leaderboard closed and results from the weekend’s Semifinals were made official, Emma Tall celebrated qualifying to the CrossFit Games after placing fifth at the German Throwdown.

  • The 29 year-old Swede had every reason to think she was headed to Madison, WI this summer. She had received an email from CrossFit LLC telling her the scores she submitted had been accepted. CrossFit announced on their own social media congratulating the qualifying athletes. “I was tagged,” Tall said, when referring to the post.

But on Wednesday morning, she woke up and looked at the leaderboard and discovered 20 seconds had been added to her time on Workout 6 — 2:50 to 3:10 — knocking her into 19th on that event, and eighth overall. As a result, Tall was suddenly out of the CrossFit Games and Samantha Briggs, originally in sixth, was in.

The details: Shortly after she looked at the leaderboard, Tall realized CrossFit had tried reaching her via email on Tuesday at 5 PM PT explaining why she had been issued a penalty on Workout 6; however, the email had gone to her spam folder.

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Something Big is Coming Tomorrow

Something Big is Coming Tomorrow

FITAID won’t let us reveal what the big secret is yet (sorry) but if you’re a fan of sweet, refreshing, natural, performance-enhancing beverages, you’re not going to want to miss this.

Check back tomorrow and follow them on Instagram to make sure you’re the first to hear about the new…you nearly had us.

Summer is about to get a whole lot sweeter.


  • Morning Chalk Up announces a new partnership with WIT. Rx and Rx+ members now receive a 15% discount on purchases with the leading retailer as well as the chance to be treated like WIT-sponsored athletes and receive new gear drops every eight weeks for an entire year. [Become an Rx member today for $1] to access the draw, the discount, and all premium Morning Chalk Up content.
  • Reebok released a new colorway for both the Nano X1 and Floatride Energy 3 called “Alive with Color.”
  • Sara Sigmundsdottir signed an extension of her contract as a Global Ambassador for Volkswagen R.
  • O2 x Project Onyx: O2 will donate all proceeds from the day’s sales on Juneteeth (June 19) to EZ Muhammad and Pat Ford’s Project Onyx.
  • Chyna Cho, Games veteran and former CrossFit Mayhem team-member, is officially moving to Hawaii.
  Wild, Wild West Coast Classic Preview 

Wild, Wild West Coast Classic Preview

The final week of Semifinals features the last of five live competitions and it’s one most of us have been waiting for, for over a year.

Remind me: The 2020 West Coast Classic was set to take place in late March of 2020. The roster of athletes in all the elite divisions were stacked, the workouts were all throwbacks to old Regional or Games tests, and anticipation was high. Then the world shut down and we were unsure if we’d ever see it come to life. Well, fast forward fourteen months and the stage is set for just about everything we wanted.

The Competition: Due to the extreme nature of shutdowns and restrictions in California, event directors made the decision early on to relocate with the priority being the ability to host a live competition with spectators. After shopping for several venues they settled on the Orleans Center in Las Vegas and it appears all systems are go for what should be an epic event.

Staying true to their intention from last season, all the events for both teams and individuals will be replicas or variations of past Games events. Highlighting the list are two past Regional final events (from 2015 and 2017), the Ruck Run from the 2019 Games, and a revamped version of Push Pull, whose original version featured one of the most memorable final heats in Games history.

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  Atlas Games Preview: A Virtual Reality 

Atlas Games Preview: A Virtual Reality

On March 12, 2020 athletes, coaches, media team members, and event organizers gathered for an emergency briefing on the floor of what was supposed to be the first sanctioned iteration of the Atlas Games.

Hours earlier athlete check-in was underway, vendors were setting up booths, and the Morning Chalk Up team was preparing for the first of three straight Sanctional weekends on the road – with the West Coast Classic and German Throwdown to come in the following weeks.

The briefing confirmed everyone’s worst fears, the Atlas Games were postponed indefinitely, and following the news of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s wife Sophie testing positive earlier that day, it appeared the entire world was headed for a lockdown. The next day the United States declared a state of emergency, and the world hasn’t been the same since.


The Atlas Games had the unfortunate honor of being the 2020 Sanctional event that was left at the altar by the pandemic, which no doubt left future iterations of the event in question. A year later, they’ll be pressing forward despite the still present restrictions of the same pandemic, but with a virtual format that has served as a saving grace for the season.

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  2021 NOBULL CrossFit Games Invitations On the Line At The Asia Invitational 

2021 NOBULL CrossFit Games Invitations On the Line At The Asia Invitational

Six automatic 2021 NOBULL CrossFit Games invitations are on the line this weekend for the athletes competing at the CrossFit Asia Invitational on June 18-20. The online Semifinal will send the top two individual men, women and teams to Madison, WI to represent the continent.

What’s on the line: Along with a Games invite, the top-two finishers in each division will take home prize money from a total prize purse of $45,000 USD. Individual athletes who finish 3-5 earn a spot to the Last Chance Qualifier that will be held online June 28-July 4.

  • First – $5,000
  • Second – $4,000
  • Third – $3,000
  • Fourth – $2,000
  • Fifth – $1,000
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  Tola Morakinyo is Healthy and Ready to Put On a Show During West Coast Classic 

Tola Morakinyo is Healthy and Ready to Put On a Show During West Coast Classic

This week, some of CrossFit’s biggest names will descend upon Las Vegas to compete in the West Coast Classic. Their goal will be to finish the weekend in the top five and book a trip to the 2021 NOBULL CrossFit Games. Underdogs Athletics’ athlete Tola Morakinyo will take part in the competition while trying to reach Madison for the first time as an individual, and he will defend Las Vegas in the process.

Remind me: Morakinyo is a three-time CrossFit Games veteran as a team athlete. He competed with Reebok CrossFit Back Bay in 2017, CrossFit Invictus Back Bay in 2018, and Invictus Boston in 2019. The team’s career-best finish at the Games was ninth in 2018.

Shifting gears: Following his time in team competition, Morakinyo packed his bags and headed west. He joined coach Justin Cotler in Las Vegas. Morakinyo then kicked off the 2021 season by placing 230th in the Open (North America) and 37th in the Quarterfinals. He also turned in a performance that includes the fastest time in Event five, a blistering 1:48.

  • “I’ve been working just with Justin for almost two years now,” Morakinyo said. “And hadn’t really gotten a chance to work with him in person. But I’ve known him for maybe five, six years at this point. So we’ve got a lot of trust going on there.”
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The Iron Cowboy's 100th Triathlon in 100 Days

Yes, James Lawrence (AKA The Iron Cowboy) just finished 100 full-length triathlons in 100 days. The Buttery Bros were there to document (and take part in) the last stage in this incredible feat of endurance.




The Different Effects of CBD and THC

Both come from similar sources, are often confused for each other, but have totally different effects on the body. Discover how your body absorbs them, uses them, and how decades of research have uncovered the benefits of one of them (Spoiler: it's CBD).



Kipping Fundamentals

It's swinging from a bar? How hard can it be? If you can't figure out how everyone else makes the kip swing look so easy, check out this comprehensive guide on kipping, complete with drills and progressions to help you master pull-ups, toes to bars, and muscle-ups



The Wall Ball

Throw a ball against a wall? How hard can that be? We think as 20 pounds of leather smashes us in the face again. Check out the new course from Brent Fikowski and the Train Your Weakness team to learn proper positioning, build your stamina, and protect that face of yours.



Sweet Chilli Chicken and Vegetables

Quick, packed with flavor, and healthy. This sheet pan chicken and vegetable recipe is perfect for when you don’t have time to watch a pot.

Coated in a sweet chili, garlic, and soy sauce, cook and put straight into your meal-prep containers to enjoy it all week long.


Chalk Up Highlights is our section dedicated to celebrating our community’s wins in the gym. Follow @ChalkUpHighlights and submit your highlight to [email protected] to be featured.

9/29 - 10/25: Fittest of the Coast Coastal Qualifier powered by Victory Grips (Charleston, SC)
9/30 - 10/1: Iron Anchor Throwdown (Batavia, OH)
9/30 - 10/2: October Challenge (Fiuggi, Italy)
10/1 - 10/2: Fittest in the Fall (Indianapolis, IN)
10/1: Guava Games (Tampa, FL)
10/1: Masters Mayhem (Kilgore, TX)
10/1: WODtoberfest 2022 (Saint Clairsville, OH)
10/1: Battle of the Vikings (Frederick, MD)
10/1: North Dallas Rumble (Dallas, TX)
10/1: Warrior Games 2022 (Suffield, CT)
10/1 - 10/2: Southie Showdown (Boston, MA)
10/1: West Town Throwdown (Chicago, IL)
10/1: Legends of the Falls 2022 (Gadsden, AL)
10/1: Lansing’s Strongest 2022 (Lansing, MI)
10/2 - 10/16: CHLKDUP Box League – Chattanooga (Chattanooga, TN)
10/2: The IronWorkz Gauntlet (Medina, OH)
10/2: IronWorkz Gauntlet (Medina, OH)
10/2: Battle in the Berg (Newberg, OR)
10/7 - 10/8: Koda Iron Games (Lafayette, CO)
10/8: The X Games (Brooklawn, NJ)
10/8: Nightmare On Wod Street (Spring Lake, MI)
10/8: Rua Rumble II (Frankfort, IL)
10/8 - 10/9: MACC FEST (West Friendship, MD)
10/8: Fall Brawl at CrossFit Lehigh Valley (Allentown, PA)
10/8 - 10/9: Mid-Atlantic CrossFit Challenge Festival (MACC FEST) (West Friendship, MD)
10/8: Mayhem & Massacre @ Infinite Fitness & Health (Wharton, NJ)
10/14 - 10/16: 3F Throwdown (Poreč, Croatia)
10/15: Girls Gone Rx Belleville (Belleville, Canada)
10/15: Diamond K Classic (Birmingham, AL)
10/15: Girls Gone Rx Dallas (Dallas, Texas)
10/15: Girls Gone Rx Omaha (Gretna, NE)
10/15: 7th Annual Kilo Crushfest (Hampton, VA)
10/15: Ragin Games (Lafayette, LA)
10/15: PAINKLLR Nashville (Nashville, TN)
10/15: Wodtoberfest (Owosso, MI)
10/15: Ragin Games 2022 (Lafayette, LA)
10/15: Girls Gone Rx San Diego (Alpine, CA)
10/15: Girls Gone Rx Iowa (Des Miones, IA)
10/15: Girls Gone Rx Southern Illinois (Highland Robinson, IL)
10/15: Girls Gone Rx DC (Alexandria, VA)
10/15: Girls Gone Rx Charlotte (Charlotte, NC)
10/15: Girls Gone Rx Newport News (Newport News, VA)
10/15: Mid Atlantic Masters Classic (Abingdon, MD)
10/15: Bridgetown Throwdown (City of Industry, CA)
10/15: Girls Gone Rx Richmond (Richmond, Canada)
10/21 - 10/23: Battledrome Championship (Milan, Italy)
10/22: 8th Annual Crossfit Pittsfield Fall Brawl (Pittsfield, MA)
10/22: Doomsday 2022 (Palm Springs, CA)
10/22: The Humble Games Fall Throwdown (Hanover, MD)
10/22: Goblin Gauntlet – CrossFit Sandy (Sandy, UT)
10/22: 8th annual fall brawl (Pittsfield, MA)
10/22: Festivals Games – CrossFit 906 Ishpeming, MI (Ishpeming, MI)
10/22 - 10/23: Rep It Out (Sheffield, England)
10/22: Clash at the Creek 2022 (Knoxville, TN)
10/22: Festivus Games – Teams @ Crossfit Clan (Parsippany, NJ)
10/22: Ironclad (League City, TX)
10/22: Festivus Games (Waukesha, WI)
10/22: Scream and Clean 2 (Danbury, CT)
10/22: SE TEX Masters Fall Classic 2022 (Cypress, TX)
10/22: Festivus Games Pairs – Same-Sex or Mixed-Sex (Savannah, GA)
10/22: Black and Brewed (Huntsville, AL)
10/22: Festivus Games – Pairs (Savannah, GA)
10/22: Dreamland Games 3 (same sex pairs) (Portsmouth, OH)
10/22: 2022 Arsenal Throwdown (Pittsburgh, PA)
10/29 - 10/30: Chi-Town Throwdown (Elmhurst, IL)
10/29 - 10/30: The Vanguard (Lakeland, FL)
10/29: Heartland Games (Kearney, NE)
10/29 - 10/30: Mayhem & Massacre @ CrossFit Black Hive West (Jacksonville, FL)
10/30 - 11/20: CHLKDUP Box League – Nashville (Nashville, TN)
11/1 - 11/21: MFLH X FFTF Partner Series Online Qualifier (New York, NY)
11/5 - 11/6: Reignited Games (Wilmington, NC)
11/5: Fall’s Fittest Partner Throwdown (Amherst, OH)
11/5: Best of the Wurst (New Braunfels, TX)
11/12: Girls Gone Rx Salt Lake City (West Salt Lake, UT)
11/12: Girls Gone Rx Mesa (Mesa, AZ)
11/12: CrossFit Exodus Throwdown (Bridgeport, TX)
11/19: Babes & Beasts TURF Games 2022 (Port Saint Lucie, FL)
11/19: Cactus Classic 2022 (Phoenix, AZ)

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