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Who is Throwing Down for the 22.2 Open Announcement?

Morning Chalk Up

February 28   |   POWERED BY


Good morning and welcome to the Morning Chalk Up.

In today’s edition:

  • Alexis Raptis is ready to crush the 2022 season
  • Can CrossFit help people who are overcoming addiction?
  • Who is going to throw down live for 22.2?
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“You either walk inside your story and own it, or you stand outside your story and hustle for your worthiness.” - Brené Brown

  Alexis Raptis Discusses How Last Season's “Failure” Sparked a Deeper Hunger 


Alexis Raptis Discusses How Last Season's “Failure” Sparked a Deeper Hunger

Alexis Raptis is no stranger to the competitive CrossFit floor. In 2015, she finished just outside the podium with a fourth place finish in the Girls 16-17 division and followed it up taking second the very next year. Getting back to the CrossFit Games is a feat Raptis has been on ever since standing on that podium back in 2016 – but this time – as an individual.

“Years ago if you would have asked me when I planned on qualifying [for individual] I would have been like, ‘Oh right after I get out of the teen division’…but it’s been five years of building and growing and learning.”

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2022 CrossFit Open

  • Reminder: Scores for 22.1 are due by 5pm PT today.
  • The 22.1 CrossFit Open Announcement livestream numbers looked strong. We compared them to last year.
  • Around the water cooler: The wall walk was programmed for the first time last year and many athletes didn’t really practice them too much since then. How did you do the movement the second time it’s been programmed in the Open? Let us know your thoughts.
  • Want some tips and tricks on 22.1 from none other than the legend himself, Rich Froning, well, look no further.

Here are a few more speed reads:

HSTL. Made has signed the 2017 “Fittest Man in Germany”, none other than Kevin Winkens, who also answers to “International Man of Memes”. 🇩🇪

New York City’s finest and bravest (NYPD and NYFD) went head to head for 22.1 and bragging rights. Check out some of the action here.

In case you missed it, Lauren Kalil and The Bottom Line were live yesterday prior to the Open announcement. If you missed all the fun and guests, don’t worry, we got you covered.

  Big Omaha Fitness Partners with Addiction Treatment Facility, Creates Unexpected Business Revenue 

Big Omaha Fitness Partners with Addiction Treatment Facility, Creates Unexpected Business Revenue

When Dr. Mark Jones of Northpoint Nebraska, an addiction treatment and rehabilitation center approached Big Omaha Fitness owner and seven-time CrossFit Games athlete Stacie Tovar about creating a partnership, she didn’t hesitate to say yes.

The result: For the last two months, those in the 30-day rehabilitation program at Northpoint Nebraska have been doing CrossFit at Big Omaha Fitness three days a week during the gym’s quiet time in the middle of the afternoon as part of their rehabilitation process.

  • The purpose of the partnership, Jones explained, was, not just to provide participants with the physical and emotional health benefits that go along with exercise, but also “to get them out there in the community…beyond the four walls of the hospital,” to make connections and feel the camaraderie you get in the CrossFit community.

One big thing: Though the goal of a program like this can never be about making money, the fact Northpoint Nebraska had funding in their budget to pay for a fitness program, has been a welcome bonus for Tovar, as it has allowed her to compensate her coaches for their time. And she believes there are lots of similar opportunities out there available for other affiliates willing to take action.

  • “Pick up the phone and call or send an email to organizations. It doesn’t hurt to ask,” Tovar said. “There are people out there who need your help, your professionalism and expertise as a CrossFit coach. We know how to change lives and make people better, and healthier and happier, people who don’t know how to do that on their own…The opportunities are out there. It’s about who you know and who you can connect with.”
  • Jones explained a CrossFit gym is the perfect kind of gym for a facility like his to partner with, as the people in his addiction recovery program need hands-on coaching. “Our philosophy was to form a partnership with a boutique gym that can help individuals get healthy,” he explained.
  • He added: “It’s an expense we’re willing to incur because we think it’s so important…And not only can (programs like this) bring in more members to the gym, but (coaches) can also have a health impact on them. It’s inspiring for the Tovars to have a social impact, too.”

The big picture: Business opportunities aside, Tovar said what she has witnessed in the last two months among those who have been attending her gym three days a week has been nothing short of inspiring.

  • “The mental health aspect has been incredible. They leave feeling so much better than when they walked in…I have noticed a huge difference in their attitudes and their smiles,” Tovar said. “They genuinely want to be here. It’s their happy place, for sure.”
  CrossFit Open Announcement 22.2 Match-Ups Feature Young Guns and the Future of the Sport 

CrossFit Open Announcement 22.2 Match-Ups Feature Young Guns and the Future of the Sport

The 2022 NOBULL CrossFit Games are in full swing and this week the 22.2 live announcement will feature some of the sport’s most exciting young athletes, including two multiple-podium finishers.

Who are we talking about?: The 2021 Fittest Man on Earth, Justin Medeiros will take on Saxon Panchik, who recently finished eighth at Wodapalooza, one spot behind his brother Spencer, and one spot ahead of his brother Scott. On the women’s side, two-time Second Fittest Woman on earth will take on Emma Lawson, the 17-year-old Canadian phenom and 2021 Fittest Teen.

One big thing: The average age of these four athletes is 22. Panchik and Horvath are the elders at 25 and 24, while Medieros won his first Games last year at 22 years old and Lawson at 17. While there are already four podium finishes between Horvath and Medieros, these athletes are a glimpse into the future of elite CrossFit, both in terms of their own personal achievements and the routes they’ve taken to earn them.

What they’re saying: As soon as CrossFit announced the line-up, the athletes took to Instagram with their thoughts:

  • Emma Lawson – “Well this is pretty cool! So excited to be a part of 22.2🤩”
  • Saxon Panchik – “Excited to be taking on my 9th @crossfitgames season and the opportunity to be one of the first to do 22.2! It should be fun……. and maybe heavy 🤷🏻‍♂️.”

Worth noting: Medeiros turns 23 years old on March 3, so the 22.2 announcement will be a birthday celebration for him.

How to watch: Tune in to the CrossFit Games website for the live 22.2 announcement on Thursday, March 3 at 12 PM PT.

  • And as always, the Morning Chalk Up will provide workout strategy guides and full leaderboard coverage and analysis.


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  • 🎂 Happy belated birthday, Kyra Milligan (Thursday).
  • Congratulations Ryan Grimsland from Lewisville, NC on the 352 pound/160kg power clean and jerk PR.
  • Matilde Garnes from CrossFit Oslo in Norway set a lifetime back squat PR.
  • Lukas Grouleff from Denmark hit a 2 rep clean PR of 308.5 pounds/140kg.
  • British weightlifter and national champion, Chris Murray, pulled a 322 pound/146kg snatch off the blocks for a new PR.
  • Fifteen women at Ocean State CrossFit in Cranston, RI have a recorded clean and jerk over 200 pounds/90.5kg. Congratulations to four of those women featured on the OSC Instagram page:
    • Moorea Spoljaric
    • Jennifer Jasper
    • Hadley Santos
    • Andrea Migliori
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