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Matt McLeod: 2019 Games Male Rookie

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The man at the top of the mountain didn’t get there by falling from the sky, he got there through a long hard climb.” — Vince Lombardi

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.

We don’t mean to gloat, but we’d tipped Matt as a ‘one to watch this season’ and clearly his attempts to “go there and try make a name for myself” were far from an empty threat.

“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)

Happy eighth anniversary to Deka CrossFit • Here is a flashback to Guilherme Malheiros on his first day of CrossFit • James Townsend cleans 419 pounds • Congratulations to Kirsten Pedri on the birth of her daughterSienna AnnetteMaddy Forberg deadlifts 341 pounds • Six-year-old Prisais Townsend snatches 35 poundsPat Barber and his wife Tamaryn bought a farm • Congratulations to Conor Murphy on the birth of his daughter, Ty Ivy.

…and here’s a lesson from Jacob Heppner to stick to your planned rep scheme.

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.”


“Introducing the Drop-In Doc, the First Full-Service Medical Clinic Located Inside a Box,” by Jessica Danger, Morning Chalk Up 

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.


9/5 – 9/7: The Iron Games (Cedar City, UT)
9/7: Power Output Challenge 8 (San Antonio, TX)
9/7: Family Fitness Faith Festival (College Station, TX)
9/7: Sirens of September (Smithfield, RI)
9/7: Garden State Open (Berkeley Heights, NJ)
9/7: Hill City Throwdown (Lynchburg VA)
9/7: D.C. Throwdown (Washington, D.C.)
9/7: Midwest Fall Classic (Tulsa, OK)
9/7: OUTWOD Asheville at CrossFit Pisgah (Asheville, NC)
9/7: OUTWOD Brooklyn at Park Slope CrossFit (Brooklyn, NY)
9/7: Double Trouble at Crossfit Unwavering (El Mirage, AZ)
9/7: Girls Gone RX (Virginia Beach, VA)
9/7: WODderfest (Beaufort, SC)
9/7: Primal Parkinson’s Ride (Tampa, FL)
9/7: SE TEX Masters Fall Classic (Cypress, TX)
9/7: The Sugar Skull Showdown (Agawam, MA)
9/7: Power Output Challenge (San Antonio, TX) 
9/7: 5th Annual Iron Maidens Raw Open (Brooklyn, NY)
9/7: Barbells for Boobs 5K and Family Fun Run (Cornelius, NC)
9/7: Rows for Crows (Westborough, MA)
9/8: Wingman (Lincoln, United Kingdom)
9/11: Coffland Hero WOD Challenge at CrossFit Alpha Dog (Lombard, IL)
9/14: Charm City Throwdown (Sparks, MD)
9/14: Stateline Throwdown (McHenry, IL)
9/14: Stealth Fitness Combine (New Brunswick, NJ)
9/14: Coffland Hero Challenge WOD (Vestal, NY)
9/14: OUTWOD Grand Rapids (Grand Rapids, MI)
9/14: 6th Annual Cancer Smash (St. Augustine, FL)
9/14: Project: Uplift 5.0 (Fort Collins CO)
9/14: Warrior Affiliate League Three Amigos (Rancho Cucamonga, CA)
​9/14: Mucc Town Throwdown (Winnemucca, NV)
9/14: Reps and Rescues Rumble (Olathe, KS)
9/14: Festivus Games at CrossFit Indestri (Collingwood, ON)
9/14: Granite Games at CrossFit Gallant (Bedford, TX)
9/14: The Dane Games (Mine Hill, NJ)
9/14: Granite games at CrossFit Nola 504 (New Orleans, LA)
9/14: Festivus Games at Gymology Fitness (Tulsa, OK)
9/14: Garage Games Master’s Tour 2019 (Chicago, IL)
9/14: WODktoberfest 2019 (Ottawa, ON)
9/14: Granite Games Throwdown Skyline CrossFit (Houston, TX)
9/14: Festivus Games at J5 CrossFit (Collinsville, IL)
9/14: Festivus Games at Crossfit Mountain Movers (Pikeville, KY)
9/14: Festivus Games at CrossFit Connection (Ontario, CAN)
9/14: Prime Partner Classic (Utica, NY)
9/14: Barbell Brawl V (Kennett Square, PA)
9/14: Festivus games at CrossFit Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, PA)
9/14 – 9/15: Gymnastics Seminar with Simon Nieland (Ocala, FL)
9/15: Patriot Throwdown 9/11 Memorial WOD (Simsbury, CT)
9/15: Coffland Hero WOD Challenge at Blue Crab CrossFit (Hanover, MD)
9/20 -9/22: Pensacola Beach Brawl (Pensacola Beach, FL)
9/20 – 9/22: The Dakota Games (Fargo, ND)
9/21: Cry Me a River 2019 (Online)
9/21: 4th Annual CrossFit Co-Ed Classic Competition (East Brunswick, NJ)
9/21: 7th Annual CFuNKY Throwdown Competition (Florence, KY)
9/21: 4th Annual Battle on the Border (New York, NY)
9/21: Under Armour Turf Games City Series (Los Angeles, CA)
9/21: Fall Jam 2019 (Columbus, OH)
9/21: 2019 GR Games (Grand Rapids, MI)
9/21: Girls Gone RX (Denver, CO)
9/21: The Partner Throwdown (Philadelphia, PA)
9/21: 2019 Arsenal Throwdown (Pittsburgh, PA)
9/21: Barbells for Bullies (Portland, OR)
9/21: Barbells for Bullies (Clearwater, FL)
9/21: Throwdown in the Triangle (Raleigh, NC)
9/21: Rookie Rumble at CrossFit 643 (Washington Township, NJ)
9/21 – 9/22: The Central Regional (Bettendorf, IA)
9/21 – 9/22: Southie Showdown (Boston, MA)
9/21 – 9/22: CrossFit Cascade Classic (Seattle, WA)
9/22: Caffeine & Kilos Invitational (Sacramento, CA)
9/26 – 9/28: Heart of America (Springfield, MO)
9/27 – 9/28: Autumn Games 4 (Albuquerque, NM) 
9/27 – 9/28: Battle at the Banks (Cincinnati, OH)
9/27 – 9/28: The Greenville Games (Greenville, SC)
9/28: 2019 Pound-4-Pound Competition (Denver, CO)
9/28: Masters of the Midway: Individual (Lake in the Hills, IL)
9/28: The Shipwreck 4 at Harbor Park CrossFit (Racine, WI)
9/28: Firewall Frenzy 2019 Partner Comp (Holliston, MA)
9/28: No Mans Land 5 (Painesville, OH)
9/28: Country Tuff Competition (Richfield, UT)
9/28: Can You Dig It Delaware (Delaware, OH)
9/28: Bloodline Barbell Brawl (Lehigh Acres, FL)
9/28: Bring The Heat X (Katy, TX)
9/28: Rookie Rollout 4 (San Diego, CA)
9/28: The Fat Man Little Boy Showdown (Oak Ridge, TN)
9/28: Battle Cancer Competition (Madrid, Spain)
9/28: Fight of the Elements (Gland, Switzerland)
9/28: 4th Annual Kilo CrushFest (Hampton, VA)
9/28 -9/29: Beer City Beatdown (Asheville, NC)
9/28: Masters of the DMV3 (Alexandria, VA)
9/28 – 9/29: CrossFit Krypton Training Camp (Chesapeake, VA)
9/29: Labor Of Love (Newington, CT)

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