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The 10 Biggest CrossFit Moments of 2023

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December 21   |   POWERED BY


Good morning and welcome to the Morning Chalk Up.

In today’s edition:

  • CrossFit releases Games ticket and pre-sale information
  • Ten of the biggest moments in CrossFit in 2023
  • Constantly Varied Gear unites women around the world
  • We analyze the recent dramatic rise in creatine gummy use

Looking for the perfect gift this holiday season? Check out our Holiday Gift Guide.

Note from the editor: We will be off next week for the holidays, but back in action on January 2 and ready to rock for the 2024 season!

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  2024 CrossFit Games Ticket Sale Details  

2024 CrossFit Games Ticket Sale Details

In an email announcement today, CrossFit revealed that tickets to the 2024 CrossFit Games in Fort Worth, TX (August 8-11, 2024) will go on sale to the general public on Monday, January 29, 2024.

There are two presale opportunities: 2023 Madison Club and 2024 Reliant Club members can buy tickets starting Tuesday, January 23, 2024, while CrossFit affiliates who had at least 12 members register for the 2023 Open can purchase tickets starting Thursday, January 25, 2024.

  • It’s worth noting that this is a change from previous seasons in that affiliate eligibility is determined by last year’s, not this year’s Open registration.

According to CrossFit’s press release: “New to the CrossFit Games in 2024 is the free and open-to-the-public CrossFit Experience that will take place outside of Dickies Arena each day of the competition. The festival will feature community workouts, shopping, sponsor activations, concessions, and appearances by legends of the sport.”

Important Dates: 

  • Tuesday, January 16, 2024: Reliant Club and RV Camping presale (reserved for 2023 Madison Club members and 2023 campers).
  • Thursday, January 18, 2024: Reliant Club and RV Camping tickets on sale to the general public.
  • Tuesday, January 23, 2024: Dickies Arena ticket presale (reserved for 2023 Madison Club members and 2024 Reliant Club members).
  • Thursday, January 25, 2024: Dickies Arena ticket presale for CrossFit affiliates.
  • Monday, January 29, 2024: Tickets on sale to the general public.

What they’re saying: 

  • “This is the earliest we’ve ever had tickets available for the CrossFit Games,” said Dave Castro, General Manager of Sport and Education at CrossFit. “We’re looking forward to welcoming the CrossFit community and the general public to enjoy the ticketed competition inside Dickies Arena and our free, daily CrossFit Experience outside of the arena.”

More information is available now at the CrossFit Games site.

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PRVN Fitness is Hiring: PRVN Fitness is Nashville’s newest affiliate, and it is looking for motivated and community-driven coaches. Learn more and apply now.

  • And, check out the new PRVN Fitness headquarters. Look for membership details and more on December 26.

TYR WZA Indy Event 3: “Double or Nothin'”: The 2024 TYR WZA Fitness Festival team has begun to release workouts for this year’s elite division in Miami, FL, on January 11-14. If you haven’t seen it yet, check out the third workout, ‘Double or Nothin.’ More to come! 🌴

🚨 New Book 🚨: Tia-Clair Toomey-Orr’s new book, The Heart is the Strongest Muscle, is available now for presale. Check it out now.

ICYMI: 50 stats to remember from the 2023 CrossFit Games season.

  Ten Biggest Moments in CrossFit in 2023  


Ten Biggest Moments in CrossFit in 2023

This year proved to be full of big changes, both professionally and personally for CrossFit’s elite athletes. We’re taking a look back at some of the biggest moments from this year as we close out 2023.

Remind me: The landscape at the start of the year was somewhat clear-cut. Tia-Clair Toomey-Orr was expecting a baby in the spring, meaning she’d be out for the Games season, leaving an open lane to the podium.

On the men’s side, it seemed most veteran athletes were ready to compete for the season, including Ricky Garard, who was just coming off the heels of a great comeback year after serving a four-year suspension. Separately, it seemed Roman Khrennikov was a force to be reckoned with after getting second place at the 2022 NOBULL CrossFit Games.

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  How Constantly Varied Gear United Over 80,000 Women Worldwide  

How Constantly Varied Gear United Over 80,000 Women Worldwide

Constantly Varied Gear, the brand known for its fun leggings and workout gear is worn by women throughout the country as they squat, run, row and sweat.

One thing, however, that completely sets them apart, and continues to distinguish them from their counterparts is their emphasis on connectivity, empowerment and transparency.

Over the last nine years, Constantly Varied Gear, through their Facebook group, their Thick Thighs Save Lives Podcast, online programming and free app, has formed a fitness community of over 80,000 women that have come together to train, support one another and grow.

How it began: Having already established a brand producing premium apparel for athletes and gym-goers, Constantly Varied Gear looked to expand its reach and give back through group fitness. Leading the way, sisters Rachael Arruda and Kelsea Hellyar started the group by giving away free leggings for participating in a workout released every week. They wanted to give their community the chance to win clothes, free workouts, and support each other.

  • “The goal was to just expose women to functional fitness movements if they didn’t have access to a gym or coaches for free.   What was missing for many women were three things:  feeling confident in their clothes, knowing what to do in the gym and support. What I wanted to do was fill these gaps for them” Hellyar explained.
  • “My sister and I gave free coaching to anyone doing the workouts and created an environment where women were cheering each other on every week for getting in some movement.  We introduced the idea that our bodies were worth so much more than what they looked like and we could be proud of what they could do,” Hellyar explained.

The idea caught fire, and went from five participants to over 80,000 women today. The workouts were all free, they ran nutrition challenges, provided free coaching and started a podcast to educate and talk about the issues women face in the fitness space, with their mental health and body issues.  They learned that there is so much misinformation coursing throughout the fitness and diet industry, setting women up for failure. Rachael and Kelsea wanted to educate fellow athletes and reach as many as they could. Through their podcast, they were able to spread their message farther.

Their first episode, “F*ck the scale” was released in 2018 and now has over 3.5 million downloads.

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  Analyzing the Meteoric Growth of Creatine Gummies  

Analyzing the Meteoric Growth of Creatine Gummies

Besides whey protein powder, creatine is the most popular, most researched, and most used fitness supplement on the planet, with approximately 50 million users globally.

Recently, creatine use has been growing at an extraordinary rate, and this meteoric rise doesn’t look like it will be slowing down anytime soon.

Creatine monohydrate powder remains the leader in the creatine market, thanks to its proven effectiveness and reasonable price. Still, other variations of creatine have shown to be the main drivers of the supplement’s growth over the past couple of years.

Creatine gummies are the most notable among these variations, and in the following article, we analyze its current spike in popularity online along with future growth expectations.

Increased Google Search Volume for Creatine Gummies

By looking at Google search volume for the term “creatine gummies,” we can see in the graph below that demand was pretty dormant until about 2022, when the product category really started to explode.

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  Analyzing the Meteoric Growth of Creatine Gummies  

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