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Day One of the 2023 NOBULL CrossFit Games is Here

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Good morning and welcome to the Morning Chalk Up. The 2023 NOBULL CrossFit Games are here, and we will have you covered for everything and anything you need to know.

In today’s edition:

  • Get up-to-date on what’s happening in Madison today
  • Athletes to watch during the Olympic Lifting Total
  • How to stay connected through Games week
  • What’s in 2022 Games Rookie of the Year Nick Mathew’s gym bag?

The countdown is over: The 2023 CrossFit Games begin TODAY!


Day 1 Lay of the Land

In just a few short hours, age group and adaptive athletes kick off the 17th annual NOBULL CrossFit Games in Madison, WI. Over the next six days, there will be (at least) 12 individual events, 10 team events, and eight age group and adaptive events to crown the fittest athletes on earth.

Today, the age group and adaptive athletes will tackle three events and there are 300 points up for grabs. More on that in a minute. All known event details and a detailed schedule are below.

One big number: 441 – The total number of athletes traveling to Madison to compete in the last Games to be held in the Wisconsin state capital.

For the statisticians: 

How to stay in the know: 

Today’s top stories: A few stories to help kick off the games.

  • How to watch the Games throughout the entire week.
  • This is the final year the Games will be hosted in Madison. The premier event’s new home is still in question.
  • Check out our definitive Spectator’s Guide for everything happening on the ground in Madison this week.
  • There are a few names missing from the Games roster this year. Check out the full list.
  • While some athletes have tested positive for PEDs, overall positive drug tests are on a decline this year.

One last thing: There have been cuts at the CrossFit Games in eleven of the 17 Games (including this year) or 68.75% of the time. Here’s a breakdown by year.

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  Why One of These Three Men and Women Could Win the Olympic Lifting Total at the CrossFit Games  


Why One of These Three Men and Women Could Win the Olympic Lifting Total at the CrossFit Games

Ever since the Oly Total event was announced for the Games there was immediate speculation about which athletes will win, along with some controversy due to cuts.

It seems that everyone has similar guesses about the potential winners, but there’s not a whole lot of data to back up their claims.

In this post we will be looking at the results from 5 recent strength events in order to more accurately predict the event’s potential winners. These events are:

  • 2023 Semifinals 1RM Snatch
  • 2023 Open 1RM Thruster
  • 2022 Semifinals Clean Complex
  • 2022 Quarterfinals The “Other” Total –  Clean/Bench Press/Overhead Squat
  • 2021 Quarterfinals 4RM Front Squat

Let’s dive in.

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  Get Connected: Follow the 2023 CrossFit Games Athletes on Instagram  

Get Connected: Follow the 2023 CrossFit Games Athletes on Instagram

The 2023 NOBULL CrossFit Games are coming in hot and anticipation is starting to peak for athletes and fans alike. Whether you’ll be on the ground watching the action in-person in Madison or playing livestream analyst, here are some ways to stay up-to-date on all the action to come out of the Games.

  1. Subscribe to our daily newsletter

Get the biggest news and latest headlines delivered directly to your email inbox every morning! Besides the “gamers” of every event to keep you informed on all the happenings of the day, each free edition of the newsletter includes community highlights, “speed reads” with updates and stories you may have missed, and more.

PS – subscribe for $1 to become an Rx member and gain access to all of our premium content!

  1. Follow our social media accounts for fast updates, athlete highlights, and behind-the-scenes action.
  1.  Win free prizes from the Morning Chalk Up’s brand partners!

Every day of the CrossFit Games, the Morning Chalk Up is giving away major prizes from brand partners. The best part? Enter once and you’ll be in the running to win ALL of the prizes. Each day a new prize will be announced, and a new winner. Keep your eyes on the newsletter for entry details coming soon!

  1. Find out the places to be and the best things to do on the ground in Madison, Wisconsin with our 2023 Spectator Guides.
  1. Support your favorite Games athletes as they travel around the world to compete in Madison

Getting to the CrossFit Games is expensive, especially for athletes outside of the Individual divisions and outside of the United States. You can donate to any of the listed athletes across every division here.

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  What’s in Nick Mathew’s Gym Bag?  

What’s in Nick Mathew’s Gym Bag?

As Nick Mathew heads into his second year at the NOBULL CrossFit Games, one thing is certain: his gym bag will be stocked with everything he needs – from shoes and snacks to smelling salts.

What’s Mathew’s gym bag recipe for success? We talked with the 2022 Rookie of the Year to find out.

What is in your gym bag when you are competing at the Games?

At the Games you need to be prepared for any workout they can throw at you. The main things I always have on me are my Wod-N-Done Hand Protection and Thumb Tape, 2 Pood Belt, and knee sleeves. I also have my Toe Spacers, Victory Grips, TYR runners, lifters, and trainers, and my ESC Sounds headphones.

What attracted you to the Build for Athletes bag you use?

I love a gym bag with a lot of pockets so I can stay organized and tidy! There is plenty of room to not only hold all my gym equipment but my work items like my laptop, note pads, chargers, etc… and all the snacks!

I love that the Built for Athletes bags are made from a very durable material so it’s not going to wear and tear easily, and I know I won’t have issues with zippers breaking. This also makes them super comfortable which is important – I don’t want something that digs into my traps or puts unnecessary strain on my back when competing.

Are you changing anything up or adding anything from last year to this year that you carry in your gym bag? 

This year, ESC Sounds headphones are definitely a great addition to my gym bag. They’re a great product, especially when I am communicating with my coach. It’s really convenient to have the volume buttons on them so I don’t have to find my phone to turn them down when we are game planning and moving through warmups.

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By the Numbers

Here are some key numbers heading into the first day of the 2023 NOBULL CrossFit Games:

2 – Only 2 men in the 65+ age division competed at the Games in 2022.

3 – Only 3 women in the 65+ age division competed at the Games in 2022.

4 – Only 4 out of the 10 men in the 35-39 age division are from the United States.

30 – The total number of adaptive athletes competing at the 2023 Games (including all divisions, men and women).

180 – The total number of age group athletes competing at the 2023 Games (including all divisions, men and women).

441 – Number of athletes descending in Madison to compete in the 2023 CrossFit Games.

Too many to count – The hours of sleep logged by athletes in Madison.

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Workouts, Schedule and How to Watch

Tuesday’s schedule of events: Below is the schedule for the 2023 NOBULL CrossFit Games, Day 1. The events will be livestreamed at the CrossFit Games site and on YouTube and stay up-to-date on and the Morning Chalk Up’s Instagram.

  • Age Group/Adaptive Test 1: Olympic Weightifting Total — 7:00 AM PT | 9:00 AM CT | 3:00 PM GMT+1
  • Age Group/Adaptive Test 2: Farmer’s Field — 7:00 AM PT | 9:00 AM CT | 3:00 PM GMT+1 (Immediately following Test 1)
  • Age Group/Adaptive Test 3: Helen — 1:15 PM PT | 3:15 PM CT | 9:15 PM GMT+1

Want to see the schedule in your local time zone? Our schedule will automatically update to where you are on

Tuesday’s Workouts: Workout descriptions for Age Groups and Adaptive only.

Age Group and Adaptive Test 1 – Olympic Weightifting Total:

  • For load:
    1-rep-max snatch
    1-rep-max clean and jerkTime cap: 3 minutes per lift1-Minute rest, then complete Test 2

Age Group and Adaptive Test 2 – Farmer’s Field

  • For time:
    84-foot farmers carry to Pigs
    21 burpee Pig jump-overs
    Farmers carry, around 3 dummies
    50 wall-ball shots
    50-calorie row
    50 wall-ball shots
    Farmers carry around 3 dummies
    21 burpee pig jump-overs
    84-foot farmers carryTime cap: 18 minutesAthletes will complete Test 1 (Olympic Weightlifting Total), rest 1 minute, then immediately complete Test 2 (Farmer’s Field.)

Age Group and Adaptive Test 3 – Helen

  • 3 rounds for time
    400-meter run
    21 kettlebell swings
    12 pull-upsTime cap: 14-49 = 10 minutes
    50+ = 13 minutes

What to Do Around Madison

Hanging out in Madison for the CrossFit Games? Here are Morning Chalk Up’s guides to getting the most out of your week.


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