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Rogue Invitational Workouts First Look

Morning Chalk Up

October 24   |   POWERED BY


Good morning and welcome to the Morning Chalk Up.

In today’s edition:

  • The Rogue Invitational workouts went live yesterday; Check out the interesting movements we are excited about
  • Our favorite moments from Rogue Invitationals past
  • The Weekly Buzz is coming in hot with sports and affiliate news and updates
  • 23 Questions with 2023 CrossFit Games Rookie of the Year, Olivia Kerstetter
  • Where to grab a drink during the Rogue Invitational

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  Seven Interesting Movements to be Tested at the 2023 Rogue Invitational  

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.

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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  


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.

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  Our Favorite Moments from the Rogue Invitational’s Recent Past  

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  23 Questions with Olivia Kerstetter, 2023 CrossFit Games Rookie of the Year  

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.

In the spirit of the Vogue 73 question interview made popular by journalist Joe Sabia, we asked her 23 questions to close out the 2023 season.

1.What’s one thing people don’t know about you?

Olivia Kerstetter: People might not know that I go to school in person full time, unlike most teenage CrossFit athletes.

2.AMRAP or For Time? 

OK: Depends on my mood hahaha…but most of the time for time.

3.What’s one gym accessory everyone should own? 

OK: A barbell, duh 💁🏼‍♀️.

4.What’s one non-gym accessory everyone should own? 

OK: An air fryer!!!

5.Bike, row, ski, or run? 


6.Run outdoors or on the Assault Runner? 

OK: Outdoors always!

7.What do you usually eat for lunch? 

OK: Rice, chicken, ground turkey, broccoli, sweet potatoes, brussel sprouts, and Chick-Fil-A sauce every day 🙌🏼.

8.Favorite place to be? 

OK: Either at the lake or on vacation.

9.Least favorite place to be? 

OK: School or anywhere early in the morning 🙃.

10.What is one thing on your bucket list? 

OK: To go skydiving!

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  Best Spots for a Drink in Austin During the 2023 Rogue Invitational  

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.

1.Urban Rooftop

411 W. Main St., Round Rock, TX 78664

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.

Make sure to make a reservation online!

2.Hopsquad Brewing Co. 

2307 Kramer Lane, Austin, TX 78758

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.

3.Austin Beerworks

3009 Industrial Terrace, Austin, TX 78758

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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