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Good morning and welcome to the Morning Chalk Up.

In today’s edition:

  • Four Games athletes sign exclusive deals with cbdMD.
  • We’ve got details on the Dubai CrossFit Championship.
  • CrossFit reduces affiliate fees in three countries.
  • Sara Sigmundsdottir wants girls to know she eats 3,000 calories a day.
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  CrossFit Reduces Affiliate Fees in Brazil, Mexico and Thailand 

CrossFit Reduces Affiliate Fees in Brazil, Mexico and Thailand

A little over a year ago during CrossFit’s first Town Hall in August 2020, Thalita Santos, the owner of CrossFit Resende in Brazil asked CrossFit CEO Eric Roza whether they would consider adjusting affiliation fees based on a country’s economy. Without hesitation, Roza replied, “Yes.”

  • “Not only are we considering it, we are going to adjust affiliate fees based on the country’s economy,” he said, and then committed to reveal more details about exactly how this will be rolled out by the second Town Hall.

One year later: While CrossFit LLC declined to provide exact details about the changes that have been made so far, a CrossFit spokesperson told the Morning Chalk Up that, “Not only are those plans in motion, they are already implemented in a few markets.”

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Featured in the October 2021 issue of Women’s Health Australia are Kara Saunders, Tia-Clair Toomey and Ellie Turner on a two=page spreading highlighting the “Fittest Woman on Earth.”

  • “These incredible Australians showed the world just what they’re made of. Here, they share how to train like a girl.”
  • Kara Saunders: “It might seem overwhelming…but the reality is that [CrossFit] is designed to be scalable for anyone from age three to 93…Ignore any outside influences, find a gym that has the right vibe – and start turning up!”
  • Read.

Arielle Loewen, the 14th fittest woman, just signed a sponsorship deal with Fleo.

Alyssa Ritchey officially retires from Olympic Weightlifting. The four-time CrossFit regional athlete less CrossFit several years ago to pursue a career in weightlifting where she went on to set several national and international records, take gold in the Pan American Championships, National Championships, and become the seventh woman in U.S. history to ever clean and jerk double bodyweight.

  • Ritchey: “For me, it was always about my training, I love the grind, and the hard work it took to make it to the top. I loved every damn minute of it. This journey taught me that greatness is not seen at the top level, standing on the Olympic stage, but it is found in every second of the process through hardships, training, mindset and so much more.”

Guilherme Malheiros, is confirmed for the Mayhem Desert Heat competition. Here’s who else is competing so far.

Heads up: Sara Sigmundsdottir revealed to Insider that she eats 3,000 calories a day, a fact she feels is important in transforming the conversation around body aesthetics versus performance:

  • “I want girls to look up to me and think, ‘Sara did not starve herself, feel bad, and try to go on as little fuel as possible. She was happy, she had fun, and she looked good. My main goal is to find that balance.”
  • “Over the last few years, all of a sudden, my eyes opened up and I realized, ‘Wow, I’m unique. Why do I hate how I look when my body can do all of these things?”
  DETAILS: 2021 Dubai CrossFit Championship is a Go, Inviting 20 Athletes This Week 

DETAILS: 2021 Dubai CrossFit Championship is a Go, Inviting 20 Athletes This Week

The Dubai CrossFit Championships have always been unique, challenging, and in many ways at the forefront of change in the competitive landscape for CrossFit. After skipping 2020 due to COVID-19, the event is scheduled for December 16-18, 2021 in Dubai, UAE.

One big thing: For the 2021 event, Dubai is making three big changes to the format: a reduction from four competition days to three, limiting the field to 20 male and 20 female athletes, and athletes will qualify for the event via invite only. There will no longer be an online qualifier.

  • Event directors believe that by reducing the size of the field and increasing the quality of each athlete in the field, the consumption of the events, and competition as a whole, should be more enjoyable for fans on site and tuning in around the world.
  • There will not be any cuts to the field.

Athlete invites will be going out shortly. An initial wave of 20 men and 20 women will have a limited amount of time to commit. Following their responses, a second wave, as needed, will be sent out to fill out each pool.

The Prize Pool: Dubai has always been known for their prize purse and for taking care of athletes. All athletes will receive at least some money, similar to Rogue Invitational. The top three in each event will receive $3000, $2000 and $1000, respectively.

  • First place overall: $50,000
  • Second place overall: $30,000
  • Third place overall: $20,000

The Big Picture: We know have a fairly complete picture of the off-season schedule with the big three — Dubai, Rogue, and Wodapalooza — all revealed. The question the best athletes will have to answer is how many of those three events does it make sense for them to compete in. With Rogue’s roster all but set, Wodaplaooza’s Online Qualifier coming up, and invites for Dubai getting sent out soon, athletes will be weighing the significant financial opportunity these events offer with the stress on the body and interruption of their training cycles which are the costs of participating in major events like these. At this point there are enough high-level athletes to fill out each of these rosters even with very little overlap, however, don’t be surprised if you see at least a few athletes who choose to double up and participate in at least two of these three competitions this off-season.



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The First-Ever Zelos Games

This October, compete with the top athletes in our sport across three online workouts for a chance to win over $70,000 in cash prizes in the first-ever Zelos Games. Take a sneak peek at the first workout (programmed by Mayhem Athlete) and sign up today to secure your spot.



Your First Bar Muscle Up

Is there a better sight in CrossFit than seeing an athlete effortlessly swinging below and soaring above the bar? Well, every great set of muscle-ups starts with getting your first one. Get your first Bar Muscle Up in six simple (but not easy) steps.



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Which Shoes You Should Be Squatting In

Lifters... Nanos... Chuck Taylors... Everyone seems to have a different idea of what you should be wearing for squats. Get advice from a lifting expert on the importance (or unimportance) of your footwear choice.


Celebrating a PR, hosting a fundraiser, this, that, or otherwise. Send us a tip.

  • Happy Birthday Alec Smith. 
  • John Haack back squats 771 pounds/350kg for a PR.
  • Jordan Noe from CrossFit Mesa in Mesa, AZ hits seven touch and go push presses at 151 pounds/68kg.
  • 💪💪💪 Alexandra LaChance split jerks 303 pounds/137kg, which is kind of freaking awesome.
  • 15-year-old Ella Nicholson hits two competition PRs with a 200 pound/91kg clean and jerk and 160 pound/73kg snatch.
  • Congratulations Domonique Jason on From Cape Town, South Africa on getting your first bar muscle-up.
  • 🤯 Wyatt Quinn does a 315 pound/143kg single leg deadlift standing on a boss ball.
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