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2022 Games Season: What You Need to Know

Morning Chalk Up

December 29   |   POWERED BY


Good morning and welcome to the Morning Chalk Up.

In today’s edition:

  • The old CrossFit HQ is up for rent.
  • Tommy Marquez breaks down the rulebook and what you need to know for the 2022 Games season.
  • How Underdogs Athletics is quietly building the next big training camp in Las Vegas.
  • Ricky Garard speaks after Dubai.
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  The 2022 CrossFit Games Rulebook Has Arrived, Here’s What Is New And Noteworthy  

The 2022 CrossFit Games Rulebook Has Arrived, Here’s What Is New And Noteworthy

Last week while many were making final preparations for the holiday weekend, the CrossFit Games released the rulebook and drug testing program for the 2022 season. The announcement included most of the important dates and details, but also omitted a few key pieces of information that are still to be determined.

Worth noting: The timing of the rulebook release sets a new precedent by publishing the necessary season information more than two weeks earlier than the previous year. The 2021 rulebook arrived on January 7, 2021, and the added benefit of not overhauling the season structure again means that athletes and fans will have the season mapped out before ringing in the new calendar year.

  • Prize purse and Semifinal event details weren’t included in the initial announcement or rulebook release. In 2021 the Semifinal events were announced in February, while the prize purse details were made public in June.
  • The adaptive athlete policy was also absent, but the announcement stated it would be published soon following the previously announced adjustments to the language and competitive flow of the season for the adaptive divisions.
  • The importance of Semifinal selection and the contract terms – specifically length – cannot be overstated, as it can shift the balance of influence within the community for organizers that get the stamp of approval by running marquis qualifying events for the CrossFit Games.
  • With ongoing pandemic-related issues surrounding live events in different countries, the timeline for Semifinal announcements could follow a similar path as 2021 to allow for regulations to become clearer given CrossFit’s goals of holding in-person events.

As with any year of competition, we highly encourage everyone – athletes and fans alike – to read the rulebook and drug testing policy in their entirety to educate themselves on the procedures that govern our sport. Below we’ve compiled the notable additions and changes to the season based on the competition stage.

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Sydney Wells joined the Paleo Power Meals team.

Virtual Tour: CrossFit’s Scott’s Valley, CA home office, which has been leased for the last decade are officially up for lease.

  • Back in November of 2020, CrossFit officially moved their offices to Boulder, CO but not all employees relocated.

Discussion Point: What’s the role of media in the promotion of the sport of CrossFit? Morning Chalk Up’s CEO Justin LoFranco joins the Chalking Fitness Podcast to discuss.

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  Underdogs Athletics Making Moves to Become the Premier Competitor Program in CrossFit  


Underdogs Athletics Making Moves to Become the Premier Competitor Program in CrossFit

In the mid and late 1940s, developers flocked to a small town located in the middle of the Mojave Desert in Nevada to create what we know today as “The Entertainment Capital of the World”: Las Vegas. In the summer of 2020, renowned CrossFit coach Justin Cotler did the same but with the goal of building and developing “The CrossFit Athlete Training Capital of the World”. Recent moves by Cotler over the last three months indicate that those goals are getting closer to fruition.

Born out of Sisterhood

Cotler’s fitness resume includes stints as a coach during the now-defunct National Pro Grid League. It was during this and his time coaching on the United State’s International Functional Fitness Federation (iF3) team that he met some of the top CrossFit athletes in the world. One of those athletes included Kari Pearce, whom he would coach for the last three years of her competitive CrossFit career, including a podium finish at the 2020 CrossFit Games.

It was during the online stage of the 2020 Games that saw the groundworks of Cotler’s training camp. Thanks to sharing the same agent in Cooper Marsh, Pearce joined Bethany Shadburne at the home gym of Danielle Brandon in Dixon, California where they competed against and alongside each other. Both Shadburne and Brandon would play an integral role in helping Pearce to a top-5 finish and an invite to the Ranch for the final stage of the Games. It was that teamwork between the three world-class athletes that convinced Cotler that running a training camp filled by elite athletes could be beneficial.

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  Underdogs Athletics Making Moves to Become the Premier Competitor Program in CrossFit  

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Your Rotator Cuff

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  • Congratulations to 16-year-old Andre Petcu on hitting a heavy front squat double at 309 pounds/140kg.
  • Maddie Sturt pulled a 407 pound/185kg deadlift PR.
  • Saxon Panchik made this jerk complex at 340 pounds/154kg look easy.
  • Olivia Kerstetter front squats 270 pounds/123kg for a new PR.
  • 41-year-old Aron Parker PR’d his hang squat clean at 245 pounds/111kg.
  • 🔥 After 6 months of focus with Polsky’s Strength & Conditioning, Bronwyn Stevens got her first muscle-up. She went on to complete five full BMU’s in a competition only three days later.

Anthony Moore of Columbus, Geogia tragically passed away in a Christmas Eve crash. Moore was a basketball player for Columbus State University, and father to his young son Jayce.

  • CrossFit Sacrifice, where friends of Moore are members, dedicated a workout to his memory.
  • GoFundMe has been created to help with funeral expenses.
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