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Why Don’t Teens Get Payouts at the CrossFit Games?

Morning Chalk Up

September 23   |   POWERED BY


Good morning and welcome to the Morning Chalk Up.

In today’s edition:

  • Is CrossFit actually dangerous?
  • Why don’t the teen divisions get payouts at the CrossFit Games?
  • Rogue without Tia-Clair Toomey: better or worse?
  • Coffee Break Conversation with 02 founder Dave Colina (free for Rx subscribers)
  • Jamie Hagiya’s Workout of the Week
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“With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.” - Eleanor Roosevelt

  OPINION: Is CrossFit Dangerous? The Endless Debate Rages On 

OPINION: Is CrossFit Dangerous? The Endless Debate Rages On

If you Google the word “CrossFit” along with “dangerous” you get a smattering of articles from a variety of publications. Everyone from iconic television show ‘60 Minutes’ and The New York Times to Forbes and even CrossFit themselves posting a video defense with statistical backing by a doctor.

The underlying, foundational fallacy of this argument is pretty simple: what is CrossFit dangerous compared to? If we’re talking about injury rates in sports in general, there is no consensus because we are looking at a literal sea of statistics from a variety of sources with an endless amount of parameters: injury rates, severity of injury, rates of death, rates of injury per hour practicing or competing.

It just goes on and on and one. We also have to break this argument down into a number of subcategories, starting with the most obvious: team sports and individual sports.

While a 2009 report found the highest prevalence for injuries occured in basketball, there’s another study – published in a medical journal – that found football had the highest rate of injury, however this was looking at college athletes and the first study was focusing on children and teenagers.

Numerous studies have found that kids can be more accident prone and susceptible to injury, whereas as adults age, they become more cautious in life. But then again, what kid wants to be raised in a bubble, and isn’t this part of being a kid, getting out into the world and getting hurt so you can pick yourself back up again?

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Would You Trust a Shoe Designed and Worn by Scott Panchik? // Last Chance!

Would You Trust a Shoe Designed and Worn by Scott Panchik? // Last Chance!

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In case you missed it: Lauren Kalil, the host of The Bottom Line, spoke to analysts Brian Friend and Chase Ingraham about whether or not they think off-season competitions need more balanced testing.

Joining forces: Recovery app app pliability, who recently rebranded from ROMWOD, announce they are integrating with WHOOP, the human performance company.

Leaderboard update: Week two of the TYR Wodapalooza online qualifier is in the books and here are your top five so far:

  1. Adam Dycus | Keesha Pine
  2. Ryan Gackle | Sydney Wells
  3. Fabian Beneito Selles | Katelin Van Zyl
  4. Damian Martinez Satorres | Olivia Sulek
  5. Travon Benton | Mary Helen Saunders

In case you didn’t know already: Peleton has a rower now and it features Form Assist, which offers real-time correction as you row. Verdict? 🤔 🚣🏻‍♀️

  Teen Division Continues to Compete With No Reward at the Games 


Teen Division Continues to Compete With No Reward at the Games

The 2022 season brought some changes to the teen division; the expansion of the qualifying stages, the cut from 20 Games participants to ten and teens being allowed to choose only one division to compete in, from the Quarterfinals on. But one thing that did not change was that the teen division continued to be the only division that did not receive a payout from CrossFit at the Games.

Remind me: This topic isn’t new.

In the past, the main reasoning for not paying teenagers was due to them losing amatuer status and losing the ability to compete collegiately if they chose to do so. With the landmark ruling against the NCAA in June of 2021 allowing teenagers to earn money from their “Name, Image, Likeness”, the NIL, that reasoning to not pay teen athletes for their performances at the Games has become moot.

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  Teen Division Continues to Compete With No Reward at the Games 

Is Rogue More Exciting Without Toomey and Top Contenders?

Now that the field is set for the Rogue Invitational with a roster of 20 men and 20 women, it’s apparent that some notable names are missing. Those names include Tia-Clair Toomey, Mal O’Brien, Brooke Wells and Haley Adams. Morning Chalk Up’s Lauren Kalil sits down with Brian Friend and Chase Ingraham to discuss whether the competition becomes more or less exciting without these top contenders in the mix.

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  Coffee Break Conversation with Dave Colina 


Coffee Break Conversation with Dave Colina

Grab your favorite brew and join us and guest, Dave Colina, in half an hour for an exclusive Coffee Break Conversation. As the founder of O2, he’ll be talking through how to make your first million in retail.

Coffee Break Conversations are a weekly ~30-minute chat with someone in the industry, hosted by Preslie Hirsch, where we’ll dive into a particular topic that you can use in your training and/or business. These interviews are exclusive to RX members only and take place every Friday live on YouTube, with the replay available afterward.

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  Jamie Hagiya’s Workout of the Week 

Jamie Hagiya’s Workout of the Week

Today’s workout is programmed by two-time Games athlete Jamie Hagiya. After just missing a Games invite in 2013 and 2014 she qualified for the 2016 Games after placing fifth at the 2016 California Regional. She would finish 18th at that year’s Games and would return to the Games in 2018 as a member of her affiliate, Torrance CrossFit, placing 11th. The former USC and professional basketball player can now be seen providing analysis and conducting interviews on many CrossFit event broadcasts.

  • Jamie Hagiya
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    10 Rounds
    100 meter run
    15 Hang Power Snatch (75/55 LBs – 34/25 KGs)
    20 Air Squats
    Time Cap: None

Scaling Options:

  • For intermediate, scale hang power snatch repetitions to 12 and air squats to 16.
  • For beginners, scale rounds to 8, hang power snatch reps to 10, weight to 45/35 LBs – 20/16 KGs and air squat reps to 12.

Some advice from Jamie: “This workout is designed to be aerobic and light weight to keep you moving. Try to keep the Snatches unbroken, or 2-3 sets when the fatigue sets in. But try to hang on, push past your limits, and don’t forget to enjoy the process!”
To inquire about submitting an upcoming workout of the week, shoot us a note.

  Born Primitive Take Things Outside the Box with New Outdoor Collection 

Born Primitive Take Things Outside the Box with New Outdoor Collection

CrossFitters have a lot of things in common: rough hands, sore muscles, lingo that’s foreign to other sports, and an odd appreciation for pain, just to name a few. Another commonality amongst this community?

A love for living an overarching healthy, active lifestyle — often accompanied by mother nature herself.

Born Primitive, a veteran owned apparel company out of Virginia Beach, has been outfitting functional fitness go-getters since 2014. For the last two years or so, they’ve been working specifically on expanding their offerings to be more all-encompassing for our active population of athletes — wherever their adventures may take them.

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Four Exercises to Fix Your Neck Pain

Neck pain is a common problem, especially because we all spend a lot of time staring at a screen. To help relieve your pain, you will also need to strengthen your neck. Use these exercises to help relieve your pain.




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IT Band Rehab

Your IT Band runs down the side of your leg, but can cause pain that manifests on the outside of your knee. And by focusing some rehab on your IT bands can actually help you squat and move without pain.



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What Supplements Actually Work

Talking to people in your box, you'll hear a lot about new supplements you should be taking. But which ones should you actually be thinking about? And which ones are a waste of your money?

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  • 🎂 Happy birthday, Khan Porter.
  • 🔥 ICYMI: Brooke Wells picks up and puts down 400 pounds/181kg five times.
  • Here’s a peek inside a day of training for the 4th Fittest Woman on Earth, Danielle Brandon, at Brute Strength in Naples, FL.
  • Congratulations to 15-year-old Dom Biggs from CrossFit Esplanade in Seaford, Australia on a big 187 pound/85kg clean PR.
  • Morning Chalk Up’s own Ava Kitzi got a back squat PR of 210 pounds/95kg at the University of Missouri in Columbia, MO.
  • Games athlete Alex Gazan of Underdogs Athletics in Las Vegas, NV put up 8 reps of a 275 pound/125kg back squat in this AMRAP.
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