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Why Italian Showdown Nixed the Qualifier

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Italian Showdown is First Sanctional to Forgo Qualifier


The 2020 Sanctionals season will showcase 28 different events on six continents, and all but one are using an online qualification process in order to determine who will take to the competition floor. But for the CrossFit Italian Showdown, now in its 4th year, the entry process will look a bit different from the other events.  

An open registration process: When registration opens for the CFIS on November 13th, 1500 spots across six divisions will be available on a first-come, first-served basis to anyone who wants to register. All 1500 athletes will take to the competition floor for day 1 of the event, held in Riccone, Italy April 24-26, 2020, but only the top-ranking athletes will move on to the second and third days of competition.

Here’s how the competition structure breaks down:

  • Divisions include Elite 18-34, Master 35, Master 40, Master 45, Master 50+ and Teams of 4 (MM/FF). At the end of the three days of competition, the top elite male and female athletes will advance to the CrossFit Games, along with the winning team of 4.
  • All 1500 athletes will compete on day 1 in a series of 3 consecutive max-effort workouts, with a 1 minute break in between. The events are performed by all the athletes in a continuous flow throughout the entire first competition day. Once the day wraps, the athletes with the lowest scores will be eliminated from the competition.
  • Athletes have the option to register as an individual as well as in the team division. The 3 elimination workouts are the same for individuals and teams, and scores are tabulated by each team member performing the events individually. The total score for the team will be the sum of the scores earned by each single team member.

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CrossFit Open 20.2 Livestream Numbers


The final tally for week 2’s live Open announcement numbers has mostly settled for the two events in Canada and Australia. Both of these events were streamed on CrossFit Games’ YouTube channel.

  1. Australian CrossFit Championship – 153,076
  2. CrossFit Atlas Games – 103,868
  3. TOTAL: 256,944 Views

Week 1 garnered a total of 649,000 views across four streams as of 10/16.

We will continue tracking livestream numbers through the Open.

WheelWOD Makes Their Own Adaptive Open


Every CrossFit Open, WheelWOD hosts it’s own version of the Open for Adaptive CrossFit Athletes.

At the end of the five weeks, the top of that leaderboard will qualifier to the WheelWOD Games, the Adaptive Athletes version of the CrossFit Games.

How it works.

Every Thursday, once the Open workout is released, WheelWOD gets to work. Together, they adapt the prescribed Open workout for all of WheelWOD’s divisions: Upper and Short Stature Impairment division, Lower Impairment division, Neurological Impairment division, Sensory division, Seated 1 division, and Seated 2 division.

The Adapted versions of the workout are released on Friday, just 24 hours after the CrossFit Open announcement, and then athletes complete the workout and submit their scores to Competition Corner. The standards are the same as the Open; athletes must show that they can meet the standards, provide video proof requests, and have judges sign-off their score.

The wheelWOD Open started to take shape in 2013, when adaptive athlete Chris “Stouty” Stoutenburg decided he would do the Open on his own terms.  He “did the open adapted each week for myself with my coach at that time Scott Thornton. We would look at the stimulus of the workout and try to match it with exercises that gave me the same kind of workout,” Stoutenburg told the Morning Chalk Up. They shared each WOD on YouTube for any other athletes searching for adaptations.

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Things To…


WATCH: Julie Foucher Interview Kevin Ogar 
Julie Foucher, Games athlete and host of the Pursuing Health podcast, sat down with adaptive athlete and Coach Kevin Ogar to discuss breaking barriers and his dedication to helping others use CrossFit for fitness and recovery.


NEED: A Specialist
SteadyMD is an online primary care, but they know they will never fully replace all in person visits. So what if you need a specialist? They will literally do all the work for you, from doctor research to scheduling the appointment, all you have to do is show up to the appointment.


TRY: All the NOCCO Flavors
NOCCO’s sugar-free, low-calorie recovery drinks are now shipping throughout the U.S. through Amazon so you can toast to finishing 20.4 and 20.5 with some BCAA’s + vitamins, a little caffeine and free Prime shipping.


EAT: Balsamic Chicken and Rice 
Making a quick sauce in the skillet after browning meat is one of the easiest ways to make a really spectacular meal, especially when it’s a mixture of balsamic vinegar, garlic, thyme, soy sauce, brown sugar and butter all over some chicken thighs and mushrooms.


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Chalk Up Community

  • CROSSFIT ETHOS RELIEF — CrossFit Ethos in Sydney, Australia was recently damaged in a fire. Members of the gym and the CrossFit community at large are donating to a gofundme campaign to help rebuild. 
  • TEAM BATTLE SERIES — Everyday Warrior has announced details about the 2019 Battle Series and this year it’s for teams of two. The annual series runs for three weeks, with one workout released each week to raise funds to support CrossFitters with cancer. 
  • A FRESH CUP OF FITNESS — Morning Chalk Up’s Managing Editor Jessica Danger and CrossFit Level two coach Brittany Marsh just launched A Fresh Cup of Fitness, a podcast to bring you all the information on mindset, nutrition, health and fitness for people in the CrossFit community.

CHALK UP IN 2 MINUTES (a highlight reel around social media of CrossFit pros and average joes)

Congratulations to Pat Vellner on his engagementEmmily Butz gets a 44 inch box jump • Daniel Kunitz hang snatches 209 poundsRyan Fischer does a 400 pound back rack lunge • Happy birthday Joann Leigh • Mia Hesketh snatches 209 pounds from the blocks.

…and leave it to Sam Briggs to call “cluster jerks” fun. 

OFFICIAL: Winners of 20.2 — Kristin Holte and Fredrik Aegidius are the official winners of CrossFit Open 20.2. Each will take home $2,020.

Rogue Invitational Confirmed — Kris Clever has accepted a Legends invite to the Rogue Invitational.

Joey Tortora Retires — Two-time Team Games athlete Joey Tortora announced yesterday that he is retiring. 

— “I still love doing Crossfit, but as priorities shift, it has become a mental struggle for me. For the past couple months, even before the Games, showing up to train every day, to time meals correctly, and to place my fitness first was becoming harder and harder to do. Telling myself ‘Just get through today, you’re just in a funk’ was not working. I felt like I was letting people down by mentally half-assing training. I was moody, not fun to be around, and felt like I was almost functionally depressed.

— “My goal was to get through the Open and compete at a Sanctional, then reassess. As this Open progressed, it was becoming more and more obvious where I was mentally. Yesterday I was redoing 20.3 and halfway through it I could feel the lack of desire and drive. I finished a set of HSPU and called it there. I told my judge, “I’m done” and they asked “With the workout?” and I said “With competing.” As soon as I said that out loud a weight was lifted off my shoulders. Deep down I knew this was what I wanted to do but couldn’t bring myself to admit it.”

FITAID’s Playing Ball — Golden State Warriors player Kevon Looney has joined the FITAID family.

— Enter to win: To celebrate, FITAID and Looney are holding a giveaway. 


“Down but Not Out, James Newbury Recovering from Accident,” by Tommy Marquez, Morning Chalk Up 

Fans of James Newbury held their collective breaths this weekend as the 5th fittest man from 2019 made a frightening revelation on his Instagram yesterday. The lengthy post – which included a photo of Newbury in the hospital and comes just days after he performed 20.3 during the live announcement – revealed that he spent his 29th birthday laid up in the hospital following a mountain bike accident.

What happened: While coming around a corner on his mountain bike, Newbury’s front tire slid out on some loose rocks, causing him to fly over his handlebars as he locked out his brakes. Newbury’s head hit the base of a tree and the middle of his back hitting a protruding branch.

The bad news: Newbury’s Open is over as he’ll be spending the next couple months resting and recovering from the list of injuries sustained during the accident.

Fractured processes, boney pieces protruding from the vertebra, in his 2nd and 3rd thoracic vertebrae. Recovery is typically 4-6 weeks with a gradual return to activity over a few week period.
Fractures in his 7th and 8th rib, recovery is typically 6 weeks.
A gash in his left lung, that caused a leak in the lung. Recovery usually takes 6-8 weeks depending on severity.
The good news: He was wearing a helmet and will make a full recovery, which is most important. HIs recovery timeline also means that his 2020 Games season isn’t over yet.


11/2: Best of the Wurst (New Braunfels, TX)
11/2: Gangs of the Midatlantic Team Competition (Williamsburg , VA)
11/2: Second Annual 12-Hour WODathon (Houston, TX)
11/2: Coed Clash Competition (Oneonta, AL)
11/2 – 11/3: USAW Level 1 Training (Kansas City, MO)
11/8: Veterans Day Bash 2019 (Lubbock, TX)
11/8 – 11/9: WOD for Warriors (Waite Park, MN)
11/8 – 11/10: The Kalis Games (Manila, Phillipines)
11/9: Patriot Challenge 3.0 (Longview, TX)
11/9: The Garage Games Masters Tour (Rochelle Park, NJ)
11/9: The Battle at Branded One (Las Vegas, NV)
11/9: Battle on the Airfield at Skyraider CrossFit (Riverside, CA)
11/9: The Goat Gauntlet (Hartford, CT)
11/9: The Bay Games (Huskisson, NSW AUS)
11/9: Third Annual Battle on the Airfield (Riverside, CA)
11/9: Sweat For Sweeney (Keene, NH) 
11/9 – 11/10: Fallout 2 Presented by Battleground Events (Long Beach, CA)
11/9: Emerald Coast Honor Games (Destin, FL)
11/16: Warrior Affiliate League Delta Force (City of Industry, CA)
11/16: O-Town Throwdown 2019 (Oconomowoc, WI)
11/16: The Garage Games Masters Tour (Blue Springs, MO)
11/16: The Garage Games Masters Tour (Clemmons, NC)
11/16: The Garage Games Masters Tour (Plainville, CT)
11/16: The Pain Cave SD (San Diego, CA)
11/16: 2019 Graveyard Games (Kenosha, WI)
11/16: Mid-Atlantic Masters Classic (Abingdon, MD)
11/16: 3rd Annual Bombs & Barbells (Pooler, GA)
11/16: Mama Said Knock You Out (Canton, CT)
11/16: Olson WOD (Hanford, CA)
11/16: CFP’s 6th annual Fall Brawl (Pittsfield, MA)
11/16: 4th Annual Battle of the Badges (St. Louis, MO)
11/16 – 11/17: 24 Hours of Heroes (London, ON)
11/17: Annual Ghetto Games (Plainville, MA)
11/17: Crews For Brews (Windsor, Ontario)
11/22: Sixth Annual Gobbler Gauntlet (Scottsdale, AZ)
11/23: Kettlebells for Balls (Newburyport, MA)
11/23: Keep Austin (Austin, TX)
11/23: CrossFit XLTs 6th Annual Turkey Bash (Chatham, IL)
11/23: Fitness for Ellie Fundraiser (Amherst, OH)
11/23: Rise of the South (Statesboro, GA)
11/23 – 11/24: South Loop Games (Chicago, IL)

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