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Happy Monday and welcome to the Morning Chalk Up. It’s Thanksgiving week and that not only means good food and family, but the kick-off of the holiday shopping season. We’ve complied a list of all the best Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals for CrossFitters below.

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  The 2020 CrossFit Black Friday/Cyber Monday Buyer's Guide  

The 2020 CrossFit Black Friday/Cyber Monday Buyer's Guide

The holiday shopping season is officially upon and today we drop our official “2020 CrossFit Black Friday/Cyber Monday Buyer’s Guide.” Take care of all the fitness fanatics on your list and get some great deals.

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Bring Balance To The Season

The holiday season can be a time of excess. We’re eating more, drinking more, and might be skipping a few WODs here and there. So how do you bring balance to the equation without missing out on the ritual of a holiday cocktail?

Mix up your favorite holiday cocktails with Ritual Spirit Alternatives. You get all the flavor of an Egg Nog, Old Fashioned or Hot Toddy — but without the alcohol or added calories of liquor. So you can enjoy the season without the baggage.

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  Three Key Takeaways From Our Coffee Break Conversation With CrossFit San Jose’s Owner, Lance Miller  


Three Key Takeaways From Our Coffee Break Conversation With CrossFit San Jose’s Owner, Lance Miller

Earlier this year, CrossFit San Jose became the first gym to move their classes exclusively online for all their members. Since then, they’ve kept about two-thirds of their membership. Here are 5 key takeaways from our conversation with owner, Lance Miller.

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  PushPress Goes Above and Beyond for Gym Owners During COVID  

PushPress Goes Above and Beyond for Gym Owners During COVID

The moment COVID-19 hit, PushPress, the popular gym management software company, quickly pivoted their entire team to focus on helping gyms survive the pandemic. Their efforts haven’t gone unnoticed by gym owners who use their software.

  • “PushPress reached out to me personally after seeing my Facebook post about being shut down a second time and waived my software fee for 2020,” said Dr. Alli Cain, the owner of ANCHOR Health and Fitness Centre.
  • “They helped get the cash flow running again (after another company froze his payments) and that has saved my gym from an even more difficult time,” said Morten Lambek, the owner of SPS Gym in Oakland, CA.
  • PushPress has been “a godsend,” said Reynaldo Rodriguez, the owner of Dominion MMA in San Antonio, TX, who received a $500 grant from PushPress. “The grant came in at the right time. We used it to help families that needed help during COVID,” he added.
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  Games Athlete Jamie Hagiya Loses and Finds her Fitness during Pandemic  

Games Athlete Jamie Hagiya Loses and Finds her Fitness during Pandemic

After being a competitive athlete since she was a young child, 2016 CrossFit Games athlete and former Division I basketball player Jamie Hagiya retired from competition in 2019. “After my last year competing at the Games with a team, I was just kind of lost. And I realized I had never really taken a break from training,” said Hagiya, the owner of Torrance Training Lab in California. So she decided to ease off her training and loosen the reins on her diet.

  • Before she knew it, she was eating out four nights a week, and eating late at night and fried foods and heavy foods, like noodles. You know, all kinds of delicious things,” she said laughing.
  • Then COVID-19 hit, her gym closed, and Hagiya found herself stuck at home, isolated, coaching Zoom classes and eating too much. Her training was reduced even further. “I would do little 15 minute workouts here and there, but that was about it,” she said.
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  Games Athlete Jamie Hagiya Loses and Finds her Fitness during Pandemic  

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How Reverse Dieting Works

Reverse dieting is training your body to eat more while maintaining your weight and it can be a useful tool for someone who has hit a plateau on low calories or has reached a body composition goal. In this episode of the Working Against Gravity podcast, Michael and Adee Cazayoux address who should consider reverse dieting and why it works.




Look Good. Smell Clean. Feel Even Better.

Whether you're post-WOD or mid-afternoon AMRAP of Zooms, Huron has the full lineup of products to keep you looking (and smelling) your best. And since shopping season is officially upon us, save $21 (plus Free Shipping) on our limited-edition 'Fab Five' holiday bundle. Our best-selling personal care and grooming essentials are made in the USA and without harmful chemicals. Classic win-win.

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The New Arnold Press

The Arnold Press is a classic exercise used to build shoulder boulders by loading the delts through a wide range of motion while maintaining good joint alignment. Could it be modified and be even more effective? You bet! Try the "Constant Tension Arnold Press" to amp up the time under tension and hypertrophy.



The Ultimate Steak Sampler From ButcherBox

Through November 30, new ButcherBox subscription members will receive six grass-fed, grass-finished steaks (two New York strips + four top sirloins) for free in their first box.



The Best Simple Stuffing this Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving may look and feel a bit different this year, but that doesn't mean it has to be any less tasty. Give this super simple stuffing recipe a try. Because it's baked outside the bird, the bread on top gets crispy while the inside is custardy and soggy. And here's a tip: don't cut the bread into chunks, rip it -- the edges give the crispy bits more textures.


There were no correct responses to Friday’s trivia question — which “Most Improved” CrossFit Games Award winners have been on the Games Podium in their careers. The correct answer was Lukas Högberg and Kari Pearce. Lukas at the 2018 Games (both) and Kari won the award at the 2016 Games and made the podium in 2020.

  • Today’s question: Which two athletes have competed in the most CrossFit Games Affiliate/Team competitions?

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Community Round-Up

Our first community round-up this week highlights two competitions doing good work and an annual Thanksgiving race:

  • Outwork Addiction Competition: On Saturday, Hype Delray in Delray Beach, FL held a competition called “Outwork Addiction,” which was especially meaningful to several of the coaches there, who have battled substance use disorder. The proceeds of the competition benefited Temperance Training, a program that offers free CrossFit classes to people who have 24-hours of sobriety or more.
  • CrossFit Fort Vancouver Championship: On January 8-15, 2021 the CrossFit Fort Vancouver Championship will go down in Fort Vancouver, WA. It’s a partner competition with Rx, scaled, and masters division and registration goes live on December 1. The competition also serves as a fundraiser for the Northwest Youth Fitness Foundation, whose mission it is to improve the health and fitness of local youth. Register now.
  • Turkey Trot 5K Challenge: CrossFit Stomp in Lima, OH is sponsoring the Fourth Annual Turkey Trot 5K Challenge on November 26 at 10 AM. Get signed up and enjoy a nice run before the big meal.
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5/20 - 5/21: Tough As Nails (Lubbock, TX)
5/21: Luminate The Day (Grand Rapids, MI)
5/21: Hollister Showdown (Hollister, CA)
5/21: Barbells & Beers (Berkeley Heights, NJ)
5/21 - 5/22: The Halo Games (Seattle, WA)
5/21: North East Hungergames (East Windsor, CT)
5/21: Mayhem in the Mountains (Colorado Springs, CO)
5/21: SlaughterFest 2022 (Salem, OR)
5/21: Masters Of The Midway: Individual (Cary, IL)
5/21: Girls Gone Rx Delaware (Middletown, Delaware)
5/21: Code 3 Clash (Eagle, ID)
5/21: Spring Splash 2022 (Fuquay Varina, NC)
5/21: Luminate the Day (Grand Rapids, MI)
5/21: Big Impact Games – CrossFit Fox Valley – Regional Qualifier (Kaukauna, WI)
5/21: Girls Gone Rx South Dakota (Rapid City, SD)
5/21: Girls Gone Rx Arkansas (Little Rock, AR)
5/21: Girls Gone Rx Eau Claire (Eau Clare, WI)
5/21: Girls Gone Rx SoCal (Van Nuys, CA)
5/21: Girls Gone Rx Louisiana (West Elmwood, LA)
5/21: Girls Gone Rx Atlanta (Roswell, GA)
5/21: PAINKLLR Venice Beach (Venice Beach, CA)
5/21: Reload Athletics Spring Throwdown (Watertown, CT)
5/26 - 5/27: Gold Star Murph 2022 (Southern Pines, NC)
6/3 - 6/5: Northern California Classic (Sacramento, CA)
6/3 - 6/5: Atlantic Coast Classic (Daytona Beach, FL)
6/4 - 6/5: Whiplash: The Welsh Open 2022 (Same Sex Pairs) (Merthyr Tydfil, United Kingdom)
6/4: Love’Em or Leave’Em 10 (Saugus, MA)
6/4 - 6/5: Tandemonium (Palmer, AK)
6/4: Goose Games (Chicago, IL)
6/4: Average Joe’s Competition (Sheridan, WY)
6/11: Costa Rica Riptide Rowathon (Mokena, IL)
6/11: Hi Temp Games (Albany, GA)
6/11: Kanna Fest (Ambler, PA)
6/11: Battle on Bridge Street III (Phoenixville, PA)
6/11: Mind Games (Okemos, MI)
6/18: Back Lot Bout – RX, Intermediate, Scaled (Saint Charles, MI)
6/18: Oz Fest 2022 (Junction City, KS)
6/18: Beat The Heat 2022 (Hays, KS)
6/18: Atlanta Masters Classic (Snellville, GA)
6/18: Wodmania (Urbana, OH)
6/18 - 6/19: Best of the West (Rock Springs, WY)
6/18: Girls Gone Rx Maryland (Dunkirk, MD)
6/18: Girls Gone Rx NorCal (Petaluma, CA)
6/18: Girls Gone Rx Kentucky (Winchester, KY)
6/18: The Heat 5.0- Co-ed Partner Competition (Marysville, OH)
6/18 - 6/19: The Garrison City Gauntlet (Dover, NH)
6/18: Girls Gone Rx West Fargo (West Fargo, ND)
6/18 - 6/19: The CS&F Summer Classic (Cumming, GA)
6/18: Girls Gone Rx Maryland (Dunkirk, MD)
6/18: Girls Gone Rx NorCal (Petaluma, NC)
6/18: Girls Gone Rx Kentucky (Winchester, KY)
6/18: Girls Gone Rx Tennessee (Mc Minnville, TN)
6/18 - 6/19: Emerald Coast Throwdown (Pensacola, FL)
6/18: Girls Gone Rx West Fargo (West Fargo, ND)
6/24 - 6/27: I Got Your Six (Charleston, SC)
6/25 - 6/26: BILT Summer Classic (Welland, CA)
6/25: Independence Games VIII at The Pit Fitness Ranch (Three Rivers, MI)
6/25: Northwest Arkansas Basement Brawl (Fayetteville, AR)
6/25: Summer Bash 2022 (Zanesville, OH)
6/25: Ocean State Summer Threesome (Smithfield, RI)
6/25: Mayhem & Massacre @ CrossFit Muster Station (Sanford, FL)
7/9: Rex Rumble at CrossFit zoo (Ocala, FL)
7/9 - 7/10: Rex Rumble 11 Double Down (Ocala, FL)
7/16: Girls Gone Rx Fayetteville (Spring Lake, NC)
7/16: Girls Gone Rx San Antonio (San Antonio, TX)
7/16: Girls Gone Rx West Texas (Snyder, YX)
7/16: Girls Gone Rx South Sound (Puyallup, WA)
7/16: Girls Gone Rx Wilmington (Wilmington, NC)
7/17: Warrior Affiliate League Summer Classic (Whittier, CA)

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