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Sam Briggs: Age is Just a Number

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Good morning and welcome to the Morning Chalk Up. In today’s edition:

  • Saxon Panchik ran the Ranch Trail Loop twice on the 2020 Demo Team, what did he learn?
  • 14-Year-Old Oscar Straker Became a CrossFit Adaptive Athlete in 2020 and now he’s taking on the Open.
  • Samantha Briggs’ performance in 21.4 illustrates how strong the 2013 Fittest Woman has become at age 39.
  • O2 to celebrate first National Recovery Day as Open ends.
  • Hot off the press! Commemorate the 2020 CrossFit Games season with a Morning Chalk Up limited edition print newspaper. On sale now.

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“It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe.” - Muhammad Ali


  • Here’s what the 21.3 leaderboard looks like as of 5 PM PT on March 29 (all scores unofficial):
    1. Fabian Beneito (7:37) | Tia-Clair Toomey-Orr (7:37)
    2. Agustin Richelme (7:40) | Mallory O’Brien (7:38)
    3. Noah Ohlsen (7:44) | Bethany Shadburne (7:40)
    4. Giorgos Karavis (7:45) | Kristi Eramo-O’Connell (7:47)
    5. Patrick Vellner (7:46) | Haley Adams (7:52)
    6. Will Carter (7:48) | Kari Pearce (7:56)
    7. Scott Panchik (7:48) | Alizee Andreani (7:59)
    8. Lukas Grouleff (7:50) | Oihana Moya (8:05)
    9. Maximiliano Arigossi (7:52) | Melina Rodriguez (8:07)
    10. Jake Berman (7:54) | Kristin Holte (8:10)
  • Here’s what the 21.4 leaderboard looks like as of 5 PM PT on March 29 (all scores unofficial):
    1. Graciano Rubio (365 pounds) | Christine Middleton (242 pounds)
    2. Oscar Gillstrom (353 pounds) | Ana Caldas (237 pounds)
    3. Matt Rattay (352 pounds) | Dani Speegle (236 pounds)
    4. Stephen Wallace (346 pounds) | Kara Saunders (232 pounds)
    5. Travis Mead (345 pounds) | Paulina Haro (232 pounds)
    6. Guilherme Malheiros (343 pounds) | Randel Leahy (232 pounds)
    7. Ioannis Papadopoulos (342 pounds) | Tia-Clair Toomey-Orr (230 pounds)
    8. Jordan Berroteran (337 pounds) | Kyra Milligan (230 pounds)
    9. Taylor Bradbury (337 pounds) | Kloie Wilson (228 pounds)
    10. Justin Reidelbach (335 pounds) | Whitney Gelin (227 pounds)
  • Games athletes have been posting videos of their 21.3/21.4 attempts throughout the weekend. Here are a few we’ve seen:
  • Here are a couple more Speed Reads:
    • The CrossFit Scholarship Program held a Level One Certification course in Philadelphia over the weekend. Overall 10 athletes from four local Steve’s Clubs and five athletes from the Green Beret Project in Delaware all took part.
    • Born Primitive’s Spring Collection launches on April 12. If you sign up for VIP access you can shop the collection 48+ hours early.
    • 1040 Challenge: Complete 10 burpees and 40 air squats as fast as you can for a chance to win a $1,040 Rogue gift card from 1040.comlearn more and sign up.
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  Ranch Trail Loop Prepares Saxon Panchik for the  


Ranch Trail Loop Prepares Saxon Panchik for the "Unknown and Unknowable," and 2021 Season

Before Stage Two of the 2020 CrossFit Games, Saxon Panchik and the Demo Team tested out the grueling Trail Loop designed by Dave Castro.

Panchik took on the three-mile run with Castro’s cruel twist (requiring athletes to immediately run the course in reverse) multiple times, and he took away an important lesson in mental fortitude.

Remind me: Panchik, Chandler Smith, and Danielle Brandon were testing out the trail run in Aromas before Stage 2 of the 2020 CrossFit Games. Panchik had already learned about Castro’s “secret” during a previous trip with three other demo team members. However, he didn’t share this information with Smith or Brandon. He let them discover that the three-mile run was actually twice as long on their own.

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  14-Year-Old Oscar Straker Found Community  in CrossFit, Took On the Adaptive Open Nine Months Later  

14-Year-Old Oscar Straker Found Community in CrossFit, Took On the Adaptive Open Nine Months Later

At 9-months-old, it was apparent that Oscar Straker had cerebral palsy, a disorder that affects a person’s ability to move and maintain balance and posture.

The details: Until the age of five, Oscar had to wear special boots to assist him in walking and attended three to four hours of intensive therapy every day.

  • Similar to CrossFit, this functional-type therapy helped him become more mobile as he grew. But Oscar could never participate in team sports because of his lack of coordination.
  • “Kids were really kind and let him on the team, but he couldn’t contribute as much,” said Oscar’s dad, Grant Straker.

One big thing: Oscar’s family wanted him to be involved in a sport that was functional and cardio-based while providing the same social aspect he would get in a team sport. CrossFit checked all of the boxes.

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  Age is Just a Number: Sam Briggs Matches Her 15.1 Clean and Jerk in the 21.4 Complex  

Age is Just a Number: Sam Briggs Matches Her 15.1 Clean and Jerk in the 21.4 Complex

The 2013 female CrossFit Games Champion has long been a staple in the CrossFit Games community. Not only has Samantha Briggs spent the last 9 years impressing the common man with her unbelievable feats of fitness, it seems that she only gets fitter with age.

One big thing: At a point in a professional athlete’s career when one would expect her performance to begin fading, Briggs is heading in the opposite direction and last week, during the CrossFit Open 21.4 announcement, she put up the same weight she did for the clean and jerk in 15.1a in 2015 in a far more difficult complex that added a deadlift and a hang clean to the movement.

  • Despite being six years older and eight years out from her title of fittest on earth, Briggs continues to get bigger, faster, and stronger, keeping up year after year with an ever-advancing field of elite athletes.

Her performance in the 21.3 and 21.4 announcements is made only more impressive by the workout she performed the day before the announcement, involving 85 back squats.

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  O2 Celebrates National Fitness Recovery Day After the Open  

O2 Celebrates National Fitness Recovery Day After the Open

With the 2021 Open now in our rearview, O2 — the oxygenated sports hydration drink company — is launching National Fitness Recovery Day, in partnership with Kelly Starrett’s The Ready State, to shine a light on the importance of healthy hydration, mobility, and recovery; a day for CrossFitters, Open participants, and anyone who puts their minds, bodies, and spirits to the test to spend the day actively recovering.

The Nitty Gritty: March 30, 2021, the first day after the official close of 2021 CrossFit Open, will mark the first National Fitness Recovery Day. “Exercise gets all the press, but smart recovery is just as important,” said Dave Colina, founder and CEO of O2.

The pillars of this new initiative revolve around: 

  • Celebrating the critical components of safe, regular exercise. 
  • Proper recovery — achieved through hydration, electrolyte replacement, and stretching — being as important as exercise itself.
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  O2 Celebrates National Fitness Recovery Day After the Open  

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How Small Changes Led to Big Results for the UK's Fittest Man

Zack George finished the 2020 Open as the Fittest Man in the UK and 26th worldwide, but hearing this accomplishment, you would never guess how far he’s come. Zack spoke with Dr. Julie Foucher about his journey from being a child living on a steady diet of sweets and fast food, to one of the fittest men on Earth.




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