Good morning and welcome to the Morning Chalk Up. Hurricane Laura caused significant damage to 171 CrossFit in Lake Charles, LA, and several gyms have banded together to help them recover, Emily Beers has more. And, yesterday, Tommy Marquez profiled the equipment list for stage one of the CrossFit Games, today he looks at what was omitted.
Also, Tommy Marquez outlines which athletes benefit from the online format.
Sara Sigmundsdottir and Björgvin K. Guðmundsson are completing their final Games training prep together, just as they did in 2015. For what it’s worth, Sigmundsdottir placed third at the Games that year.
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CrossFit 171 Devastated by Hurricane Laura, Fellow Affiliate Owners Offer Help
On August 27, Hurricane Laura punished the Louisiana coastline, devastating homes and businesses along the way, including CrossFit 171 in Lake Charles.
“I have three bay doors and it blew them all in. The insulation from the roof fell down, the brick fell off the front (of the building), and the ceiling is falling down. A lot of water got in, too,” said CrossFit 171 owner Angela Morris, adding that various equipment was also damaged.
Needless to say, her gym is currently closed.
One big thing: Morris is focusing on the community and how to help her members before worrying about the gym.
“I’m not working on fixing the gym yet. I need to take care of my members first,” said Morris when we asked her about her plan to get her business up and running again.
“There are so many people around us — some of my members and their family members — who lost their homes. There are trees laying all over the place. Like massive trees. Trees where it takes three people holding hands to get their arms around them,” she said.
“And nobody has any power right now. They say it could be another four weeks without power. All you hear around here are the sounds of chainsaws and generators,” she continued. “And unless you’re an AT&T customer, your phone isn’t working. There’s no service. I have been lending out my phone to everyone.
As a result of losing their homes or businesses, many of her members are already canceling their memberships.
Yesterday we analyzed some interesting inclusions on the official equipment list for the online portion of the CrossFit Games coming up in just under two weeks, however the list itself only tells part of the story.
More than meets the eye: There’s always information to be gleaned from the cutting room floor, and programming for the CrossFit Games is no different. We’ve seen things that don’t make the cut for a given stage, or year, show up much later down the road, but they also give insight into Dave Castro’s creative process.
Play “Guessing Games”: Pick the Top 5 at the CrossFit Games and Win
The 2020 CrossFit Games is just around the corner and this year the format is a little bit different. Sixty athletes across twelve countries will be competing in an online competition from their home gyms starting on Friday, September 18. After the dust settled, the top 5 men and women will move on to an in-person competition in Aromas, CA from October 18-25.
Here’s your chance to get in on the action: Pick who you think the top 5 men and women will be in the correct order and win thousands of dollars in prizes from Reebok, JUNK, O2, Puori, Assault Fitness, and Macrostax.
The Collaboration Between AfroBrutality and NYPD CrossFit
In a recent episode, Armen Hammer talked with Syn Martinez, founder of AfroBrutality, and Ron Perez, spokesperson for NYPD CrossFit. Together they address all the cool programs they have been developing in an effort to bring the youth of NYC and the police together in positive ways.
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