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Permit Gives Clues to Offsite Event in Madison at CrossFit Games

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In today’s edition:

  • Madison permit drops serious clues about offsite event at 2022 NOBULL CrossFit Games
  • A deep dive into aging and performance
  • French Throwdown to feature some marquee talent this weekend
  • Have we entered a new dynasty in the men’s division?
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  Permit Drops Serious Hint about Offsite Madison Event at 2022 NOBULL CrossFit Games  

Permit Drops Serious Hint about Offsite Madison Event at 2022 NOBULL CrossFit Games

CrossFit HQ has dropped a major piece of information about the 2022 NOBULL CrossFit Games, albeit in an unexpected way. A permit application has teased an off–site event with a route going through the city of Madison.

What we know: The permit application provided details about the time of the event, as well as the route that the athletes will take. The setup will take place on the evening of Thursday, August 4, and the event will be on Friday, August 5, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. local time.

  • The setup will require shutting down the 100 block of State Street, W Mifflin, and N Carroll to bring in workout equipment, barricades, portable restrooms, a TV truck, and tents. The workout equipment will be on N Carroll and on State Street.
  • The application there will be a competition zone WITH workout equipment.
  • The permit application also confirmed that there will be temporary halts in traffic flow during the August 5 event so that athletes can safely cross multiple intersections.

The route: According to the map on the permit application, the event will start roughly at the Alliant Energy Center, which is the home of the 2022 NOBULL CrossFit Games. The athletes will then make their way along John Nolen Drive on the Capital City Trail, which crosses over Monona Bay.

  • Once the athletes make their way into the city proper, they will head toward the Wisconsin State Capital on E Main St. The permit application shows a competition zone on the west side of the capital, which sits on N Carroll.
  • The permit application does not specifically mention how the athletes will make this journey. Past events in Madison have featured events with running and biking.

What’s missing: There is one key piece of information missing in this permit application. There is no mention of a beach in the area of the Alliant Energy Center. Past permit applications have clearly included Olbrich Park Beach and the Olin Park Boat Launch among other locations. This omission indicates that there will not be a swimming component for this off-site event.

Historical context: The CrossFit Games have regularly featured off-site events, especially during the trips to Madison in 2017-2019 and 2021. There was the Run Swim Run in 2017, Madison Triplus in 2018, Swim Paddle in 2019, and the swim/kayak event in 2021.

Why this matters: Off-site events test the athletes in different ways than those on the field or in the arena. Their coaches aren’t around; it’s just them testing themselves out in the elements while trying to avoid any mistakes. This proud tradition of off-site events will continue during the 2022 NOBULL CrossFit Games. There may just not be a water component involved on August 5 as the athletes take on an entirely new route.

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In case you missed it: Morning Chalk Up’s founder and CEO Justin LoFranco was on The Fitness Movement podcast talking about the trajectory of the company to where it is now.

Also, in case you missed it: Lauren Kalil, the host of The Bottom Line, spoke to Jacob Heppner and Adrian Conway about how deep and competitive the men’s division is looking heading into the 2022 NOBULL CrossFit Games.

Comp’ update: The USA Weightlifting Nike 2022 National Championships, using Rogue equipment, will have a new look and feel to it. 🏋🏻‍♂️

Watch it again, and again: Brazil’s Gui Malheiros has the Barbell Complex record, and it’s a thing of beauty.

Local love: Great piece on Brett Stanhope, who will be competing in the 35 to 39 age division, in a Sioux Falls outlet.

  How Bad Do You Want It? Aging and Performance  


How Bad Do You Want It? Aging and Performance

Matt Fitzgerald, author of How Bad Do You Want It and 80/20 Running has written extensively on the physical and mental components of training. In fact, if you have not read How Bad Do You Want It, you should do yourself a favor. In a recent article for Runner’s Tribe he speaks about the longevity of athletic excellence and performance in the aging endurance athlete.

While CrossFit is a little too young to have a large collection of lifelong competitors, I think the sport will get there. Of the few who have been around the longest, Samantha Briggs is one of the most remarkable. At the age of 40, she was only 10 points away from qualifying for the CrossFit Games out of the Strength in Depth Semifinal with a performance that included a 27th place, 143 pound barbell complex. Outside of that event, she did not finish outside of the top 10 for the entire weekend.

When you consider a performance like this in isolation, it is impressive. When you consider it across a number of years, it’s remarkable. And to be clear, Briggs is only one example and not the only one performing at an elite level as they age up. Becca Voigt also comes to mind.

A lot of times people will chalk up performances like hers to good genetics or some other factor. But as Fitzgerald points out in his piece, the difference maker is probably that Briggs or other aging athletes assume nothing about their ability to perform. Genetics aside, to perform at your best as you age requires that you don’t assume you will slow down or your training capacity will decrease as you get older. You just keep chugging along as though you’re immune to the laws of nature that affect other aging athletes. Do that and see what happens.

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  French Throwdown to Feature CrossFit Games and LCQ Athletes this Weekend  

French Throwdown to Feature CrossFit Games and LCQ Athletes this Weekend

Less than two weeks have passed since the final week of Semifinals concluded, and this weekend big names, including 2022 CrossFit Games athletes and Last Chance Qualifiers, are sprinkled across an impressive array of athletes who will be vying for a 12,000, 6,000 and 3,000 Euro podium payout.

Games Athletes in the Field:

The biggest draw in terms of Games athletes likely comes as no surprise. Frenchman, and Strength in depth winner, Willy Georges will line up for this one in his home country. The French Throwdown is amongst the most well-organized and well known competitions in the world; and most of the best french athletes will be there, so it’s no surprise for Georges to be as well.

He’ll be joined by his countryman and fellow Games qualifier out of Strength in Depth, Guillaume Briant. As well as a man Briant tied for points with in Semis, Giorgos Karavis. Notably these three athletes were three of the top four online qualifiers for this competition as well (Georges 1st, Briant 3rd, Karavis 4th).

The women have two Games qualifiers amongst them. One of them is Solveig Sigurdardottir, who like the men is coming off of a qualification at Strength in Depth. The other, Karin Freyova, qualified in week one by taking second at the Lowlands Throwdown.

It’s somewhat rare for athletes to participate in a high level competition like this between the Regional/Semifinal stage and the CrossFit Games, but perhaps even more surprising is the list of Last Chance Qualifier athletes who are choosing to do so.

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  French Throwdown to Feature CrossFit Games and LCQ Athletes this Weekend  

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  Lazar Dukic's Workout of the Week  

Lazar Dukic's Workout of the Week

Today’s workout is programmed by three-time Games qualifier Lazar Đukić. The 26-year old Serbian is coming off an impressive Semifinal appearance where he took first place at the CrossFit Lowlands Throwdown in a stacked men’s field filled with some of the top European athletes. As a Games rookie last year he surprised many by placing ninth and will return to Madison for the second-straight year looking to build on lessons learned and another year under his belt in hopes of contending for a podium spot.

  • Lazar Đukić
    3 Rounds for Time
    30 Calories on Rower
    10 Bar Muscle-ups
    Rest 3:00, then3 Rounds for Time
    30 Calories on Rower
    15 Strict Handstand Push-ups
    Rest 3:00, then3 Rounds for Time
    10 Bar Muscle-ups
    15 Strict Handstand Push-upsTime Cap: 99 Minutes

Scaling Options:

  • Bar Muscle-ups can be scaled to chest-to-bar pull-ups, or regular pull-ups as needed
  • Strict handstand push-ups can be scaled to push-ups

Some advice from Lazar: “Try to go at a moderate pace on the rower, so you can keep the gymnastics part unbroken. If it’s not possible to go unbroken, try going for two sets. In the last part try to keep one of the movements unbroken and break the other one as necessary. Enjoy 💪🏼.”

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