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We Could All Learn Something From Sloths

Good morning and welcome to the weekend edition of the Morning Chalk Up. This is Jessica Danger, your Managing Editor, to bring you a quick wrap-up of the major news items throughout the week.

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“Being wrong isn’t a comment on your competence, it’s just information.” — Jacob Tyspkin

Maybe the Sloth is Onto Something

My youngest son is ten-years-old and has recently become obsessed with sloths. He has befriended a tiny stuffed sloth, a gift from my mother, that he takes everywhere with him, including the dinner table. He has his own little placemat and we make him his own tiny sloth plate. My son feeds him tiny morsels of food. It’s adorable.

What is not adorable is my son’s new habit of moving like a sloth. At all times. Crawling, on the ground, like a sloth. Doesn’t matter if we are in a rush to get out the front door on time or if he is just playing with his legos on the floor. Sloth like speed.

“Mom, why do sloths move so slowly?”

I did like every other mother does when asked questions about dinosaurs or space or human organs or time warps or pop culture that I don’t understand. I googled it. 

From Wikipedia: “The sloth is so named because of its very low metabolism and deliberate movements, sloth being related to the word slow.”

Slow and deliberate movements. The sloth moves the way it does on purpose and with deliberate intention.

What if we were more like sloths in the gym?

Yesterday, a girlfriend texted me how frustrated she was after her WOD becuase it was “just” weighted pull-ups. And I replied that I would scream. “Pull-ups! My nemesis. Give me a heavy barbell and let me rip through that over weighted pull-ups any day,” I wrote back. 

Do you know what was on Wodify for me today? Pull-ups, specifically 10 rounds of Cindy after 35 calories on the rower and 30 power snatches. Pull-ups and push-ups dang it.

And then I considered the sloth, and my son, moving with deliberate intention. And so I channeled my inner sloth, and my time this morning showed that, but I walked away super proud of those dang pull-ups and push-ups and I entered my score with intentional and deliberate pride. And, with a cool story to tell my kid after school. 

To the sloth,

Jessica Danger
Managing Editor 

Weight Watchers App Focuses on Food Restrictions for Kids as Young as Eight
Jessica Danger

Last month, Weight Watchers, now called WW, doubled down on their campaign to promote weight loss in teenagers, announcing a new dietary tracking app for children ages 8 – 17 years old. The launch of Kurbo is reigniting a firestorm of criticism.

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Male Rookie of the 2019 CrossFit Games
Britney Kleyn

Australia’s Matt McLeod had been on the cusp of qualifying out of the Pacfic Regionals in 2016, 2017 and 2018, but it wasn’t until he finally punched a ticket to the Games this yea that gave him a rookie’s dream debut. We’d tipped Matt as a ‘one to watch this season’ and clearly his attempts to “go there and try make a name for myself” were far from an empty threat.

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Introducing the Drop-In Doc, a Full-Service Medical Clinic Located Inside an Affiliate
Jessica Danger

Dr. Adam Schulte, a Family and Sports Medicine physician in Orange County is opening a direct primary care medical clinic inside Resolution CrossFit in Yorba Linda, CA. The Drop-In Doc will open in October with a cap of 800 patients. 

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Leblanc-Bazinet Likely Not Competing Next Season
Justin LoFranco

On the French Canadian podcast RDS En Form, Camille Leblanc-Bazinet told host Greg Lanctot that she doesn’t plan to compete in the upcoming 2019-2020 CrossFit Games season. “For now, I don’t have the intention to compete next year, but we will see,” Leblanc-Bazinet said. 

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Why the Fittest on Earth Will Start Their Season at a Non-Sanctioned Event
Brittney Kleyn

Rich Froning, Tia-Clair Toomey, Chyna Cho and Tasia Percevecz: four names that claimed a big percentage of the 2019 podiums, will also compete November 8-10 at one of the first events of the 2020 season, even before the end of the Open; The Torian Pro in Brisbane, Australia.

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As you wrap up your week and enjoy your weekend, here are seven things we want to make sure you know.

1. Weightlifting legend Glenn Pendlay passed away on Thursday.

2. Bodybuilder Franco Columbu also passed away earlier this week.

3. Katrin Davidsdottir was in ESPN’s The Body Issue.  

4. It’s the final week of the Wodapalooza and International Online Qualifiers. Registered athletes have until Monday at 5:00 PM PT to submit their scores. 

5. Tommy Marquez is PRing life with his recent engagement to Tiffany Meeks.

6. Games athlete Helen Harding has started a new Instagram page for Masters athletes called the Masters Movement. 

7. And here is a great one pan recipe, ground beef zucchini sweet potato skillet, to make as you prepare for the coming week. And, you can use some of your free ground beef from ButcherBox.

Oh and let’s not forget…

Is Advice From the Heart Foundation Trustworthy? (Maryanne Demasi, Ph.D./CrossFit) 

CrossFitter Katrin Davidsdottir Embodies the Legendary Icelandic Warrior (Wright Thompson/ESPN)

You Snooze, You Win: How a Lack of Sleep Can Hold Back Your Weight Loss (Stephanie Lee/LifeHacker)

Nine Weeks of Cutting Weight with the RP Diet App (Jessica Danger/Morning Chalk Up)

Do We Really Need Energy Drinks? (Men’s Health)

Do you get tired of checking your e-mail constantly? (Todd Nief/Todd Nief Blog)

Constituent and Emergent Adaptations (Jacob Tsypkin/Anarchos Training Methods)

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