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Seven Interesting Movements to be Tested at the 2023 Rogue Invitational
Every year the Rogue Invitational introduces some new implements and movements that are not only new to the athletes competing, but also to the entire CrossFit world as a whole, and this year is no different.
By taking a quick look at this year’s recently published test schedule we can already see a few interesting things that are about to take place.
Here’s what stood out to us:
Killer Cage. We don’t yet know exactly what this is, but if it’s the “Killer Kage” from the 2011 CrossFit Games, it’s a monkey bar traverse, down and back. It’s worth noting that Josh Bridges, one of the programmers for the Rogue Invitational won his heat in the Killer Kage event that year, beating Rich Froning, Jason Khalipa, Matt Chan, and others.
Log Muscle Up. The log muscle up made its debut at Rogue last year and it looks like it is here to stay. For the athletes at this level high rep muscle ups are not a challenge at all, but doing them on a log, while your grip is also blowing up is a completely different story.
Single Arm Strongman DB Shoulder to Overhead. Rogue is known for their love of all things Strongman and this is yet another test that shows it. Since the Strongman dumbbell is a lot larger than a typical Rogue rubber dumbbell, with a thicker grip, the width can definitely throw off the rhythm of the athletes.
Double Fatbell Ground-to-Overhead. If you have no idea what a Fatbell is, we highly suggest looking it up. Thanks to the hole in the base of the kettlebell, athletes will potentially be able to go from ground to overhead much easier, faster, and with less strain on their wrists.
Hill Sled Push. Pushing a sled is grueling already and pushing it up a hill has got to be at least a hundred times worse. We don’t know the weight the athletes will be pushing, but it does not sound fun for them. It will however be awesome for us to watch.
Hill Run. This hill run is likely going to include a weight vest of some sort and coming down off the hill the athletes have to go immediately into box jumps once their legs are blown up. Amazing programming, but gnarly quad pumps.
1RM Deadlift. Will we see Patrick Vellner pull another 600lb / 272kg deadlift?
We are still waiting for some tests and details to be announced, but from what we can see already, there’s a lot to look forward to.
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Rogue Iron Game Premium: The Rogue Invitational is coming this week and along with the regular live stream, Rogue Fitness is offering a premium option that includes the ability to toggle between cameras, a featured athlete cam, live chats and Q&A, multiview, and more.
TYR Sport Store Opening: The title sponsor of TYR Wodapalooza and long-time staple brand in Olympic swimming, TYR Sport, has opened its first brick-and-mortar location at the Roosevelt Field Mall in Garden City, NY.
Hyperice, the makers of recovery equipment like Hypervolt percussion massagers and Normatec leg sleeves, has partnered with Sika Health to allow consumers to purchase their products using Health Savings Account and Flex Spending Account funds. Learn how to use this program now.
Congratulations to Tyson Bagent on winning his first NFL start as a Chicago Bear. The son of an affiliate owner, Bagent made news in the CrossFit world last week when he noted that if he was not playing in the NFL, he would be “CrossFitting [his] life away” and teaching at his local high school.
Bagent played a solid first full game against the Las Vegas Raiders, throwing for 162 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions.
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Our Favorite Moments from the Rogue Invitational’s Recent Past
With the 5th annual 2023 Rogue Invitational about to kick off, we are anxiously awaiting the moment when all 40 athletes take the field. In past years, we’ve witnessed countless tests of strength and speed, fights for first place finishes, surprising comebacks and newcomers climbing the leaderboard over the several days of competition.
The Rogue Invitational is an event we all look forward to each year, as an end to the post-CrossFit Games lull of the early off-season. We’ve all had a quiet September, and are ready for some action once again.
23 Questions with Olivia Kerstetter, 2023 CrossFit Games Rookie of the Year
As we head into the end of 2023, it’s a good time to reflect on the season behind us as well as look to what’s coming ahead. But amidst the heavy pondering that comes with the close of the year, it’s also time to approach some more light hearted subjects.
In 2022, Kerstetter took home first in the 16-17 age division. In 2023, Kerstetter would continue to make moves in the teen division, taking first in the Age Group Online Quarterfinals for her division. But Kerstetter also finished 7th at the North America West Semifinals, earning herself a spot at the 2023 CrossFit Games as an individual woman. In her rookie year as an individual, Kerstetter took 16th overall. This week, we sat down with Kerstetter to learn more about a day in the life of a 17-year old CrossFit superstar.
Best Spots for a Drink in Austin During the 2023 Rogue Invitational
Cheers to fitness and fitness spectating!
After a day of watching athletes move fast and lift heavy at the Rogue Invitational, you will be thirsty. There are tons of bars and breweries to relax at in the greater Austin area, so sit back, relax, and check out the best spots to have a drink in Austin.
Urban Rooftop is Round Rock’s best rooftop bar, offering craft cocktails, light food, and city views. The bar is speakeasy-inspired, offering light food pairings to complement the cocktails. The bar also boasts live entertainment on Saturdays.
Hopsquad is a go-to stop for MLS fans, located near Q2 Stadium. They offer a huge selection of cans to-go and often open early on Sundays. They also sell other drink options like margaritas and mules and offer a weekday happy hour from 3 PM to 6 PM. You can relax in both indoor and outdoor dining areas.
Austin Beerworks offers a multitude of beer types and has a food truck taking up residence just outside, serving nachos, tacos, and burgers. There is a big outdoor seating area to take advantage of good weather, and you can order takeout orders online here.
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