Matt McLeod: Male Rookie of the 2019 CrossFit Games
Call him the quiet achiever, Australia’s Matt McLeod – the new kid on the block – left standing with the final 10 men in Madison.
The 26-year-old had been on the cusp of qualifying out of the Pacfic Regionals in 2016, 2017 and 2018, but it wasn’t until he finally punched a ticket to the Games this year – a 7th place finish and two event wins – that’s got to be up there with a rookie’s dream debut.
“Probably more surprised than scared people I think,” he laughed.
Upon returning home, he’s straight back into training for 2020 and we caught up with the star rookie in his hometown of Brisbane, Australia.
His event wins.
Event 4 – Sprint Couplet: “I didn’t think I would win that one. I knew I could just sprint with the sled and do my bar muscle ups unbroken and get back as quickly as I could, but I didn’t think I’d go anywhere near as well as I did,” he said.
Event 9 – Swim Paddle: After an impressive performance in a similar event at the Dubai CrossFit Championships in 2018, “I was pretty confident I could win that one quite, not easily, but I knew if I just swam, I could get ahead of everyone,” McLeod said.
That photo finish with Tia-Clair Toomey was one for the highlight reel. McLeod claims the pair discussed tactics on the paddle back, but the sprint wasn’t planned: “I said to her, can we just jog to the line?” he laughed.
The top ten.
Quiet. Chilled. That’s how Matt McLeod described the ‘vibe’ in the warm up area as the men’s competition quickly dwindled by Saturday.
“I think the cuts were cool, keeps you on your toes a little bit, especially when you are on the edge of each cut,” he said.
“The way it ended up, the two fittest people on earth still won, so it must have been the right type of programming.”
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BATTLE CANCER MADRID — Battle Cancer, a nonprofit fitness competition that raises money for cancer charities across the world, is holding an event in Spain on September 28 at CrossFit Via, in Madrid.
FIRST RP SUMMIT — The first-ever RP Summit is coming to Philadelphia, PA November 9. This full-day seminar will include five presenters covering all sorts of topics ranging from training, nutrition, recovery, psychology, gut health, and meal prep.
CONJUGATE TACTICAL COURSE — Westside Barbell’s inaugural Conjugate Tactical Instructors Course will take place Sept 7 – 8 at Applied Strength & Conditioning in Chesterton, IN. The class is capped at 30 students, covers Con-Tact concepts, and concludes with a test. Successful students will leave with their certificates to present and display in their home gym.
CHALK UP IN 2 MINUTES(a highlight reel around social media of CrossFit pros and average joes)
Wes Kitts Has Surgery on Wrist Weeks Before Worlds — Wes Kitts, who is scheduled to compete at the International Weightlifting Federation’s World Championship in just under six weeks, had surgery on his wrist to remove a cyst.
— “Hoping to get out of this cast tomorow and get back to work.”
Drill Weekends at the Box — Blacksite CrossFit in Metairie, LA has started a program called Drill Weekends. Once a month, every month, members from the gym and surrounding affiliates get together and complete hero WODs to raise funds as a group.
— “Half the money will always go to The Reveille Project, the other half will go to a charity connected to the hero that we are honoring that month.”
Dr. Adam Schulte, a Family and Sports Medicine physician in Orange County is opening the first direct primary care medical clinic inside Resolution CrossFit in Yorba Linda, CA.
It all started in Columbus, OH when his coach at Friendship CrossFit shared the story of a recent trip to his doctor, who rolled his eyes and told him that CrossFit would ruin his joints. Schulte, who was in residency training then, asked his coach, “So, you’d rather have a doctor who wasn’t just familiar with CrossFit, but was an affiliate member who worked out side-by-side with you, that you could speak to in a common tongue?”
This time, it was the coach that rolled his eyes, “Yeah, but where are you going to find that?” he asked Schulte.
You’ll find that at the Drop-In Doc, a full-service medical clinic located inside of Resolution CrossFit in Yorba Linda. You can head to the box for a WOD then stay for your kid’s sports physical or your check up on that nagging knee pain.
“To clarify, this isn’t a physical therapy, chiropractic, or other subspeciality clinic,” Schulte told the Morning Chalk Up. “Can you still get medication for hypertension, hypothyroidism, UTI’s, etc? Absolutely, we’re still going to manage your health issues, but the big emphasis is this is the doctor’s office you come to when you’re healthy, not just when you’re sick.”
Schulte realized years ago that the profession he was studying to enter didn’t seem to have it right.
“Doctors don’t practice healthcare. They practice sickness care. At best, they accomplish a stall, a slowing of deterioration. That is a bastardized version of what healthcare is perceived to be,” he said on a call.