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Your Guide to CrossFit Games Coverage

Morning Chalk Up

September 3


Good morning and welcome to the Morning Chalk Up. The first stage of the CrossFit Games are a little over two weeks away and we are ramping up coverage. And, the Elite Teen Throw Down at the Pit Fitness Ranch kicks off today and Patrick Clark has a preview. 

  • Also, don’t miss Tommy Marquez’s third dark horse pick. Plus, SugarWOD has been growing by leaps and bounds, and just added consumer products for their clients, the first partner is O2 Recovery. Emily Beers has more.

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2020 CrossFit Games Stage 1 Primer — Your Guide to Coverage

  2020 CrossFit Games Stage 1 Primer -- Your Guide to Coverage  

Stage One of the 2020 CrossFit Games starts in less than three weeks as 30 male and 30 female athletes prepare to square off in the first-ever remote Games competition. On Friday, September 18, athletes from twelve separate countries will vie for one of five spots to the in-person competition at the CrossFit Ranch on October 19-25.

There are still a number of unanswered questions pertaining to scoring, format, and number of workouts, but here’s what you need to know to stay in the know:

  • CrossFit Games News Portal: The team will be updating this page on a daily basis with any new information we get. Bookmark this page.
  • The roster: The 2020 CrossFit Roster consists of 30 men and 30 women, which is made up of the top 20 from the Open and 10 Sanctional invitees. As far as we know, this is the most up to date roster.
  • Video analysis: Subscribe on YouTube or follow us on Instagram for our daily drop of analysis heading into stage one. Tommy Marquez will be breaking down his dark horse picks for the top 5, winners and losers, and his favorites to take those top spots. We’ll be dropping one video a day in the lead-up.
  • Judging: Each athlete is assigned an in-person judge who will be responsible for judging the athlete, verifying reps, evaluating and inspecting equipment, and verifying distances. Athletes were asked on a call if they had access to a 400-meter track and athletes were advised to have distance rollers on hand.
  • Event Release Times: Athletes have been advised that workout details will be shared 48-hours in advance. It’s still unclear whether that means all workouts at once, each day, or and event-by-event release.
  • Leaderboard: As soon as scores are official and in, they will be updated on our global leaderboard. Do yourself a favor and bookmark that page.

There are a lot of moving parts as the competition details are still coming together. For this and more, head to


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The Teens’ Turn: The Pit Elite Teen Throwdown Offers Conclusion

  The Teens’ Turn: The Pit Elite Teen Throwdown Offers Conclusion  

Another live, in-person competition is on tap for teen athletes who saw their 2020 CrossFit Games season come to an end due to the COVID-19 pandemic. An officially licensed CrossFit event, The Elite Teen Throwdown is being held in Three Rivers, MI at the Pit Fitness Ranch for athletes in the teen divisions Sept. 4-6.

How to watch: The competition will not have a livestream but will offer some coverage via their Instagram Live. John Wooley from Make Pods Great Again will be providing recaps at the conclusion of each day.

  • Throwdowns will be providing live leaderboards.

The divisions: Forty six athletes spread throughout four divisions will converge on the sprawling outdoor complex of the Pit Fitness Ranch where the future of the sport will be on display as they tackle 11 events over the course of three days of competition programmed by Grit Performance.

14-15 division

  • Boys: Seven boys make up the field with 15-year old Dillon Cannon the favorite on paper. Cannon just missed out on receiving his first Games invitation, finishing 11th in the Age Group Online Qualifier. In the Worldwide Open, Cannon was sixth in his age group division and third in the United States. Landen Ryan placed 19th in the AGOQ and 16th in the Open. Qadry Williams has competed in two Opens finishing 10th in the division in 2020 and followed that with a 25th place in the AGOQ. Andrew Martin has traveled to Michigan from Canada and is one of four competitors in the field traveling from outside the United States.

2020 CrossFit Games Preview: Men’s Dark Horse — Samuel Kwant

  2020 CrossFit Games Preview: Men's Dark Horse -- Samuel Kwant  


SugarWOD Sees Spike in Users, Releases Product Sales Program for Gyms

  SugarWOD Sees Spike in Users, Releases Product Sales Program for Gyms  

COVID-19 has been good for the popular workout software SugarWOD.

  • “We have doubled our new user registrations since COVID — we’re adding 7,000 to 10,000 (new users) per week — and our marketplace subscription sales have tripled — from 10,000 to 30,000 subscribers,” said the Head of Product at SugarWOD, Andy Bourke, adding that SugarWOD now has one million people using their app to track their workouts.

One big thing: On Tuesday, SugarWOD released a product sales program for gyms through their marketplace. Their first partnership is with the recovery drink company O2.




A Stong, Athletic Core

If you want to be fast, strong and powerful, then serious core training needs to be a staple of your programming. The ability to brace your core will lead to bigger lifts and make you less prone to injury. This article on T-Nation outlines some great core strengthening exercises to add to your workouts.

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Dan Bailey Discuss His Training in 2020 and His Plans for the Future

There were a few guest appearances at the Masters Fitness Collective last week, including CrossFit Games veteran Dan Bailey. Tommy Marquez got a chance to catch up with him and talk about his plans heading into 2021.

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Community Round-Up

Here are a few updates on fundraisers and events we’re watching:

  • Ultimate Hawaiian Trail Run Goes Virtual: The 2020 iteration of the Ultimate Hawaiian Trail Run will be online. Register and join in on September 26 from your own community. The Ultimate Hawaiian Trail Run supports the Keala Foundation, an organization devoted to helping the youth of Hawaii through fitness. 
  • Why Suffer Alone? 2020 Challenge Update: We’ve written about the Why Suffer Alone? Challenge, organized by sufferwithfriends. Together and with your support they were able to raise $11,210 for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
  • Margaux Alvarez’s Wine Spectator Video: Check out this inspirational video that Margaux Alvarez created for the Wine Spectator 2020 challenge. And check out her wine.
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9/11: A Climb to Remember, 9/11 Memorial Workout & Run (Southern Pines, NC)
9/12: Goat House Classic (Overland Park, KS)
9/12: Metcon Rush (Hagerstown, MD)
9/18 – 9/20: The Central Regional (Bettendorf, IA)
9/19: Country Tuff Competition (Richfield, UT)
9/26 – 9/27: Pensacola Beach Brawl (Pensacola, FL)
9/26: Big Impact Games (Kimberly, WI)
9/26: Warrior Affiliate League Three Amigos (Chino, CA)
10/3: RedZone Summer Classic (Newtown, CT)
10/6 – 10/11: Virtual Shoofly Lift Off (Fuquay-Varina, NC)
10/9 – 10/10: Crash Crucible (Spartanburg, SC)
11/7 – 11/8: The Bay Games [Unstoppable (online) Edition] (Jervis Bay, Australia)

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