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When Everything is a PR

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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“A champion is defined not by their wins but by how they can recover when they fall.” — Serena Williams

Remember When You First Started?

After years of hearing my brother and I geek out on it, and let’s be honest wearing her down, my sister-in-law tried CrossFit for the first time three weeks ago. While my brother, who CrossFits regularly, was away for military training she walked into Petroglyph CrossFit in Albuquerque, NM and said she’d like to try CrossFit please.

She loves it.

She’s gone almost every day of the week since then, even braving Sunday open gym with my nieces. Every day she’s been texting me updates on how awesome each workout has been, how sore she is, and asking me questions about CrossFit terms, points of performance and, the ever famous “will it get easier?”

She sends me text messages about her lifts and upping her weight, and compliments on her form from her coach. And you guys. She is so dang strong.

It’s been so long since I started CrossFit that I’ve forgotten how exciting it was to start CrossFit! Literally every single day is a new baseline. And every lift, movement, and time after that is a PR.

Her birthday is the third, and I’m in the air as I write this, on my way to spend it with her and my nieces. In my bag, I have a gift for her. And it’s a CrossFit accessory.

But the biggest gift is the gift she gave herself, the gift of fitness.

To remembering what it was like to start,

Jessica Danger
Managing Editor

The 2020 Rulebook and Drug Test Policy is Here
Tommy Marquez

Morning Chalk Up pored through an advanced copy of the 2020 CrossFit Games Rulebook and Drug Testing Policy to break down what you need to know regarding changes, the general flow, and logistics for the 2019-2020 Games season.

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Thinking Outside the Box: Business a “No Brainer” for Games Athletes
Brittney Kleyn

Kara Saunders is heading into retail and adding another notch to her business belt. Enter Kara’s new performance eyewear label, ACTIV, “fuss free eyewear” that is sure to be a staple for the active lifestyle. Saunders joins an impressive roster of Games athletes with business pursuits.

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WODProof Partnership Signals Change for Online Qualifiers
Tommy Marquez

The video submission process for the Sanctional’s qualifiers just got a significant bump in legitimacy, as 11 sanctioned events announced a partnership with WODProof to use their WODProof Go timestamped fair competition timer. This shift marks the first major improvement on the user side of the video submission process, hoping to curb cheating and score manipulation.

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Katrin Davidsdottir to be Featured in ESPN’s “The Body Issue”
Tommy Marquez

ESPN’s The Magazine announced the roster of athletes that will be included in it’s annual “The Body Issue,” and for the first time ever a CrossFit specific athlete will grace its pages. Two-time CrossFit Games champion Katrin Davidsdottir appear in what will be The Magazine’s final print edition, to be released September 4.

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CrossFit Games Racks Up 11.6M Views on YouTube, Facebook
Justin LoFranco

For the first time in the CrossFit Games’ history, viewers could tune in to streams produced by outside media partners and in another language. Altogether, 23 different media platforms offered live streams of the CrossFit Games in 11 different languages on both Facebook and YouTube channels. Here are some of the number Morning Chalk Up ran.

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For some of you this is a long weekend. Stretch that weekend out with these eight things from the week. 

1. You can bid on Jacob Heppner’s autographed 2Pood Winston the Corgi weight belt from the 2019 CrossFit Games.

2. Registration for the 2020 CrossFit Open, which begins on October 10, is now live. 

3. If you’re hoping to be in peak shape by October 10, have a listen to Working Against Gravity’s podcast on what it takes to get lean.

4. And if you’re doing the Open while away at college, here is a helpful guide from Fuel Your Fitness on how to eat healthy on campus. 

5. You guys gobbled up the recipe for these no-bake chocolate chip protein balls. 

6. RPM Fitness released a new rope: The Session 4.0.

7. Renaissance Periodization is hosting their first annual RP Summit in November. 

8. Week two of the International Online Qualifer is underway. Registered athletes have until Monday, September 2 at 5:00 PM PT to submit their scores. 

Oh and let’s not forget…

Sorry Cardio Queens, Science Says Anaerobic Exercises Are Way More Efficient (Ashley Mateo/Women’s Health)

Finding Balance in Life Is Easier Than You Think (Brad Stulberg/Outside Online)

Human Power Output and CrossFit Metcon Workouts (Tony Leyland/CrossFit Journal)

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

The Girls. Where are They Now? (Brittney Kleyn/Morning Chalk Up)

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