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Good morning and welcome to the Morning Chalk Up.

In today’s edition:

  • TYR Wodapalooza announces payouts for 2023
  • 22 questions with Adrian Bozman
  • Leigh Coates talks leaving family in Hong Kong to make the 2022 NOBULL CrossFit Games
  • Rogue is going to have a new women’s champion this year
  • Sexual misconduct allegations rock Cape Town box
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  2023 TYR Wodapalooza Announces $500,000 Prize Purse  

2023 TYR Wodapalooza Announces $500,000 Prize Purse

TYR Wodapalooza has announced payouts for the 2023 competition for all divisions, including elites, teams, masters and adaptive. Wodapalooza takes place January 12-15, 2023 in Miami, FL.

The details: The following is the official payout schedule for each division.

  • Elite Individuals: 1st: $75,000, 2nd: $35,000, 3th: $25,000, 4th: $10,000, 5th: $8,000, 6th: $5,000, 7th: $4,000, 8th: $3,000, 9th: $2,000, and 10th: $1,000.
  • Elite Teams of 3: 1st: $30,000, 2nd: $15,000, 3rd: $10,000, 4th: $7,500, and 5th: $3,500
  • Masters Divisions: 1st: $2,000
  • Adaptive RX: 1st: $2,000

One big thing: Even though the elite individual winner was reduced from $100,000 to $75,000, nearly every other division received a substantial payout increase, in some cases doubling the 2022 payout.

  • Elite team payouts more than doubled across the board. Specifically, first place increased from $15,000 to $30,000.
  • Elite individual payouts increased by $1,000 for 6th – 9th place.
  • Masters divisions winners also doubled from $1,000 to $2,000.

The big picture: In addition to the increased payouts, Wodapalooza has introduced several changes to its format this season as well as their first-ever title sponsorship with TYR Sport.

  • The programming collective returns, a cross-coaching collaboration between the best programming minds in CrossFit to put together the events for the finals.
  • They changed the format to allow elites to compete as both individuals and teams. Individuals will compete on the first two days, followed by the teams on days 3 and 4.
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In case you missed it: On Friday’s Coffee Break Conversation, Preslie Hirsch interviewed Chris Hinshaw about how to improve your aerobic capacity training (and incorporate it into your affiliate). And, the one thing you should be doing now through December 1st might surprise you — tune in here!

Also, in case you missed it: Lauren Kalil, the host of The Bottom Line, spoke to the comeback kid, Ricky Garard, about where he goes from here after his performance at the 2022 NOBULL CrossFit Games.

Last spot: Looks like Ellie Turner has grabbed the last women’s slot for the 2022 Rogue Invitational. Check out our full breakdown by analyst Brian Friend on the roster.

Final look: The Madrid Championship is in the books and the HWPO team has a cool mini-photo essay about their time in the Spanish city.

You are what you eat: A new study has further given evidence to the theory that what food we eat can directly impact our mental health. 🍔

  22 Questions with Adrian Bozman: Whisky Cocktails, Harleys, Christian Bale and Stockholm  


22 Questions with Adrian Bozman: Whisky Cocktails, Harleys, Christian Bale and Stockholm

He is the new mastermind, the mad genius behind the workouts and we got our first taste of the Adrian Bozman era at the 2022 NOBULL CrossFit Games. For years Bozman served as a seminar staff member and the head judge at the Games, but with high level staff changes this year, moved into the spotlight as the lead programmer and Director of Competition.

His iteration of the Games reached back to some of the fundamentals laid out in early CrossFit Journal articles and played on his own history as a coach in the Bay area, while challenging athletes with new (read: old) movements that had not been seen in the Games before. And don’t forget the iconic programming that laid out The Capitol, an event that will go down in Games history.

But who is the man behind the mustache and the tattoos? Morning Chalk Up sat down with “Boz” to find out what makes him tick, who he is when he’s not programming, and what are some things people don’t know about the new man in charge.

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  Making the Most of Challenges and Opportunities: Leigh Coates and the 2022 CrossFit Games  

Making the Most of Challenges and Opportunities: Leigh Coates and the 2022 CrossFit Games

Every outcome is the result of the choices we make. British expat Leigh Coates and her family knew that she would need to leave her family in Hong Kong to achieve her goal of making it to the 2022 NOBULL CrossFit Games. This choice was not easy and came with a fair share of challenges, but the result was a Games season and experience far beyond what any of them could have predicted.

The first challenge was presented during the Open. Hong Kong, under Chinese sovereignty and Covid rules, did not have access to indoor fitness facilities. Thanks to the ingenuity of the Coastal team and CrossFit community, members and athletes completed the Open within the parameters of the law all outdoors. But Leigh and her coach/Games athlete Ant Haynes knew they needed to leave Hong Kong to complete the remaining Games season successfully.

“There were a lot of question marks over our season when we left Hong Kong,” Haynes explains.

Haynes is a coach at Coastal Fitness Hong Kong and programmer for The Process Programming who was also working with Leigh during the season and working towards qualifying for his second CrossFit Games.

”Everything regarding Hong Kong and leaving–if we would come back or not, where we would quarantine- if we’d even be able to get into the country… were all constantly changing and was a big source of stress,” Ant says.

The two decided to continue their season in Dubai and packed their bags for an undetermined amount of time with no return flights.

When Leigh left Hong Kong, she knew she’d potentially miss a handful of milestones with her family including her daughter’s graduation.

”I just wasn’t going to be there for a support system. So of course that was that was also playing on my mind… My husband was going to be there…I just felt really bad that I was going to miss out on all of those things.”

But she and her family decided that this would be the best chance for her to achieve her goal of making it to the CrossFit Games and were extremely supportive along the way. They planned at least until Semifinals, but best case scenario they may not be reunited until August during the CrossFit Games in Madison, Wisconsin. And after a first-place quarterfinals finish, and a sixth-place semifinals finish, that goal was achieved. Everything that happened after that nearly seemed like a bonus.

“It was a relief that it was all worthwhile,” Leigh said. “..that it panned out and it all it was all for the good…because I’d actually reached my goal.”

Her family surprised her the evening before the Games began, and during that teary and emotional gathering- Leigh recalled that it was the first time in nearly 18 months that their entire family was in the same place. This seemingly lit an even more determined fire for her going in to the competition.

“Of course, everybody wants to do well at the Games,” she said, “but for me, there was so much more behind that accomplishment.”

Leigh seized every moment during the competition, leading her to a second-place finish in her Games debut. As a former Dragon Boat racing competitor, Leigh is no stranger to the stress of live competition and used her previous athletic experience to her advantage, and even came away with an event win.

Both Leigh and Ant discuss the challenges and craziness of the 2022 season and come away with the same conclusion: it was worth it.

”I guess it’s the same way that you think of like big goals, right?” she laughs. “This was just kind of chopped up into small pieces and you’re like, ‘Well, I get to manage this part now and then, this part now, and here we are.’ And all of a sudden, you have a medal for it… and your family is there for you.”

  Making the Most of Challenges and Opportunities: Leigh Coates and the 2022 CrossFit Games  

New Woman Champion to be Crowned at Rogue Invitational

After Rogue published a finalized list of competitors on their website for the Invitational, there were some glaring holes in who wasn’t on the list in the women’s field. Morning Chalk Up’s Lauren Kalil sits down with Brian Friend to discuss the top athletes who won’t be there, what this means for the podium and how the competition between the men’s and women’s fields will be vastly different.

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  Cape Town Box Rocked By Sexual Misconduct Allegations  

Cape Town Box Rocked By Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Earlier this week a Cape Town newspaper reported that a gym owner in a prominent local gym has been accused of allegedly using a cellphone to film a female member in the gym’s showers.

The details: According to the article, the incident took place about three weeks ago when the member was leaving the shower and noticed a cell phone pointed toward her in the bathroom cubicle.

  • Initially, the member thought the phone had been left there by accident, but soon realized it had been recording her and who it belonged to.
  • A separate article, published on identified the gym as CrossFit District 6 and the co-owner against whom the allegations have been made as Lushwill Rossouw.

What they’re saying: According to the first article, several gym members expressed shock and disbelief.

  • “There’s so much respect for this man and everyone’s really shocked. This is devastating and I feel disgusted,” said one female member who did not want to be named.
  • The gym co-owner offered a public apology to members shortly after the allegations came to light. “I commit to seeking professional counsel to address the causes that may have given rise to my regrettable action. To instill a sense of comfort for you and set a path towards healing, forgiveness, and reconciliation, I am taking a leave of absence with immediate effect until further decisions and actions have been concluded.”


These Exercises for Tennis Elbow

While you might not have been a tennis player, you might still have some lovely tennis elbow. Pain in the elbows can make snatches, overhead work and all gymnastics movements very unenjoyable. Try these exercises to help relieve the tension in those bows.




A Full Day Of Training With Noah Ohlsen

Ready to train with the best? See what goes into a day of training with an elite athlete. Noah gives you an insiders look at a full day of training from his program HYBRID WOD.



Should You Be “Reverse Dieting”?

Reverse dieting has become a popular trend to gradually increase calories over time to avoid gaining weight back after a “cut” or weight loss effort. But does it really work? It has been tested, and the results are in.



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String Together T2B With These Drills

Are you getting tired of doing hanging knee raises and ready for the next level? Get ready to get your first toes to bar and start stringing them together with these drills.


Celebrating a PR, hosting a fundraiser, this, that, or otherwise. Send us a tip.

  • 🎂 Happy birthday to CrossFit’s European Regional Manager, Ollie Mansbridge.
  • Congratulations to 15-year-old Emma Doodson from CrossFit Iron Lion in Caloundra, Australia on her clean and jerk PR of 83 pounds/37.5kg.
  • Ari Slonim from CrossFit Result in New Rochelle, NY PR’d his “split snatch” at 115 pounds/52kg… please don’t try this at home.
  • Games athlete Travis Mayer added to his sleeve while in Madrid last week. #tattedcrossfitters
  • Congratulations to Morning Chalk Up’s own Ava Kitzi on her sports photography internship with University of Missouri Athletics.
  • Former Olympian Dmitry Klokov does 10 unbroken bar muscle-ups.
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