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Good morning and welcome to the Morning Chalk Up.

In today’s edition:

  • Our guide to top places to eat during the Rogue Invitational
  • Surprising keys to living longer
  • Occupational Therapist, Chesney Walker uses CrossFit to help patients with intellectual and physical disabilities

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“Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson

  Best Places to Grab a Bite in Austin During the 2023 Rogue Invitational  

Best Places to Grab a Bite in Austin During the 2023 Rogue Invitational

It seems like we were just enjoying cheese curds in Madison, but it is already time for the CrossFit competition season to get going again.

Not competing? No worries.

Spectating is also a full-time sport; if you are in Austin for the 2023 Rogue Invitational, you’ll need sustenance. Check out some of the best places to eat in Austin while you cheer on your favorite athletes.

1.Salty Sow

1917 Manor Rd., Austin, TX 78722

Who doesn’t love a good gastropub in the heart of Texas? The Salty Sow puts a spin on the traditional gastropub with more farmhouse fare that includes hand-crafted meats sourced from local purveyors. Come check out the farm-to-table menu with a great happy hour at this neighborhood gem just east of the University of Texas.

2.Jack Allen’s Kitchen

2500 Hoppe Trail, Round Rock, TX 78681

In 2009, Jack Allen’s Kitchen was opened, boasting a Lone Star state of mind and serving southern comfort food with a Texas twist. Specials change daily, and there are multiple locations around the Austin Area, only a stone’s throw from the Rogue Invitational at Dell Diamond.

They work with local farmers, ranchers, and brewers and pride themselves on highlighting the artisans of Texas whenever they can, honoring the area’s many cultures. They also have a killer happy hour, with half-off all starters and $1 off all drinks from 3  to 6:30 PM every weekday. Brunch is big on the weekends, too!

3.Ramen Tatsu-Ya

1234 S. Lamar Blvd., Austin, TX 78704Craving something other than BBQ? There are plenty of options. Local chefs and DJs Tatsu Aikawa and Takuya Matsumoto came together to create a place to educate people on what Ramen truly is. After some time in Los Angeles and Japan, Aikawa was craving good Ramen back in Austin and wanted to provide that same quality and authenticity in Texas that existed back in Japan.

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Level Up Your Gym: Unfiltered Insights for Gym Owners

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 🎙️ 🎙️ The Weekly Buzz: Check out the new collab between the Morning Chalk Up and Kettlebells and Cocktails and get caught up on some of the top community, affiliate, and sport stories of the week.

  • On today’s episode: The Rogue Invitational starts this week, we’re talking podium picks and dark horses, another new documentary dropped, this one focusing on the Pit Teen Throwdown, the new home of the Teen Divisions end-of-season competition, Nike enters the fitness equipment market with barbells, plates and more, and what do you do if your gym gets priced out of its lease?

The Rogue Invitational announced last week that Shelby Neal, who placed 19th at the 2023 CrossFit Games, will compete this week. The event comes to Dell Diamond in Round Rock, TX on October 27-29, 2023.

🔥 🔥 The TYR Wodapalooza Team Online Challenge and Qualifier ends today. Registration closes and scores are due at 8 PM ET and video submissions are due on October 26. Learn more now and get registered!

Fittest Woman on Earth, Laura Horvath started a new YouTube channel. Check it out now.

ICYMI: New study suggests that fit people are pretty lazy outside the gym.

  Beyond Diet: The Surprising Keys to Living Longer and Happier  


Beyond Diet: The Surprising Keys to Living Longer and Happier

For a recent episode of the Consistency Project podcast, I collected my thoughts on the popular Netflix series Live to 100: Secrets of the Blue Zones.

I wanted to talk through the Power Nine Principles from the docuseries and the work of Dan Buettner. These are nine common traits across the geographical areas of the world where residents live longer and healthier lives than most.

Those principles are:

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  Paving the Way: Occupational Therapist Chesney Walker Prioritizes CrossFit for those with Intellectual and Physical Disabilities  

Paving the Way: Occupational Therapist Chesney Walker Prioritizes CrossFit for those with Intellectual and Physical Disabilities

As Chesney Walker was going through her occupational therapy education, she noticed something was lacking in most people’s therapy plans: CrossFit.

Traditionally, occupational therapists take a client-centered, often holistic approach that focuses on removing barriers that affect a person’s emotional, social and physical ability to perform their daily activities, the ultimate goal being to help them get through life more independently.

In many cases, the profession is largely about helping people rehabilitate injuries so they can get back to work, and in other cases it involves working with people with permanent intellectual or physical disabilities.

  • “Occupational therapists’ goals focus on increasing an individual’s overall level of independence and satisfaction with engagement in their daily occupations. These are anything that takes up time during your day, from getting out of bed to playing with grandkids to walking your dog,” Walker said.

How they get there is largely up to the occupational therapist and the client. Sometimes the plan involves fitness, and other times not, explained Walker, who just graduated from Rocky Mountain College in Billings, MN.

As a long-time CrossFit athlete at CrossFit Billings, though, Walker was convinced that incorporating a CrossFit program into her approach with her clients would be the best way to help achieve the ultimate goal of becoming more functional in life.

  • “A lot of the things we do in CrossFit transfer over to our daily routines, so I want to teach people about CrossFit and how it relates to things we do everyday,” said the 25-year-old Walker.

With this in mind, she launched her final occupational therapy school project: A seven-week CrossFit program for those with intellectual or physical disabilities.

Why this demographic? Though occupational therapists work with all kinds of clients, Walker specifically wanted to work with those with intellectual and physical disabilities, she explained, as they’re at an increased risk both of being less physically active and of developing chronic diseases than the general population.

  • “They’re a population who struggles to meet the physical activity standards for Americans. There are statistics that show that 91 percent of them don’t meet the exercise requirements, and I know how important exercise is, how it benefits overall health and well-being and longevity,” Walker said.
  • “So the overall goal of the project was to develop a program that was more inclusive for those with intellectual and physical disabilities, and to educate them about the importance of exercise to our lives and occupations….I wanted to see what the impact of CrossFit was on individuals with intellectual and physical disabilities and their overall engagement in their daily occupations.”
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