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Top Five Things to Do in Miami During TYR Wodapalooza
Your ultimate guide to Miami continues with installment number two. Last week, we dropped the complete guide on where to workout while at TYR Wodapalooza, and the series continues with five things to do for fun outside of the competition. To get the most bang for your buck out of your trip to Florida, we encourage you to go exploring and indulge in the activities the vibrant city has to offer before or after the event itself.
1. Go for a hike
While the ‘Magic City’ offers no shortage of city-life and serves as an industrial oasis, you can still get a taste of nature without going too far. Matheson Hammock Park (9610 Old Cutler Road Miami, FL) is one of the closest to the venue, about a 30-minute drive, and houses a man-made pool and marina, conveniently located near restaurants and several trails. Fittingly for the name, the tropical hammock offers a beautiful view through trees and terrain on the ancient walkway. Perfect for kite-boarding, a scenic walk and picnics, it’s a great spot to get away from the hustle and bustle.
Similarly, other nearby areas offer great disc golf options — like Virginia Key Beach Park or Amelia Earhart Park.
2. Explore Wynwood
Wynwood, a neighborhood art district in Miami located just a few miles from Bayfront Park, is well known for outdoor murals, art installations and an entertaining, creative vibe. Previously a manufacturing district, it’s transformed over the last decade or so into a delightful place to walk around and indulge in street art. Accompanied by plenty of outdoor spaces to hangout and grab a bite, it’s a must visit!
3. Get a sky-high view of Miami
Have you really seen Miami until you’ve taken it in from 200-feet above the bay? Across 42 enclosed, air conditioned gondolas, the ferris wheel located in Bayside Marketplace takes you on a 15-minute ride with views second-to-none. You can buy tickets on site or ahead of time here, and the attraction runs Monday through Thursday 2:00-10:00 PM and Friday through Sunday 1:00-10:30 PM.
4. Soak in the sun on the beach
With beautiful blue water, an abundance of ocean activity options and soft warm sand—no wonder Miami beaches are iconic. With expected temperatures in the mid-70’s (fahrenheit) during the weekend, it’s the ideal place to slap on some sunscreen and take a dip. One of the closest beaches to the TYR Wodapalooza action is South Pointe Beach, and Morning Side Park is about a 20-minute drive with ocean-front tennis courts and kayak/paddleboard rentals as well.
For the dog moms, dads and pup-lovers alike, most beaches are pet-friendly as long as the furry friend is kept on a leash. Most notably, Hobie Island Beach Park (about 5 miles from the venue), is locally known for being an incredible dog-friendly spot to catch some sun rays Additionally, TimeOut has ranked and summarized the best beaches in Miami, and you can read about all 17 on the list here.
5. Catch a Miami Heat game
The sports fandom doesn’t have to stop at CrossFit—lean into the local basketball scene and snag seats at a Miami Heat game. The three-time NBA championship team plays out of FTX Arena, just a 10-minute walk from TYR Wodapalooza. If you’re coming in early, catch them take on the Oklahoma City Thunder January 10th, or the Bucks on Thursday, January 12th or Saturday, January 14th.
There’s also plenty of coffee shops, restaurants and bars in the area to try, and we’ll be dropping those recommendations in the days to come. Stay tuned, and check back often to our 2023 TYR Wodapalooza event hub for additional guides and updates.
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“Working With Larger Bodies” Coaching Course Looks to Go International
Athena Perez saw a coaching shortcoming in the CrossFit community: Many CrossFit coaches lack the education, tools and confidence to work with larger-bodied athletes.
This led Perez to launch her own coaching course last year—”Working With Larger Bodies.”
In recent months, she and her team of CrossFit Level 1, 2 and 3 coaches have hosted their seminars for dozens of CrossFit coaches in various cities in the United States and are now a CrossFit preferred provider, meaning coaches who take the course can earn CEUs.
Now that we’ve had a few weeks to digest what the season structure will look like, sports analyst Mike Halpin has laid out some key examples of how the new “strength of field” rule could impact spots at each semifinal.
Morning Chalk Up’s Lauren Kalil sits down with Halpin and Games athlete Brent Fikowski to discuss some of the different scenarios that are raising questions, specifically, how important the Open could be with this new rule in place.
2023 TYR Wodapalooza Women's Podium Picks: Individuals and Teams
The women’s field at the 2023 TYR Wodapalooza has all of the pieces for a dramatic and entertaining weekend of fitness. On the individual side, the stage is set for comeback stories and breakout performances. On the team side, the roster is filled with big names and monster match ups that will leave us all on the edge of our seats as we head into the 2023 CrossFit Games season. Today we’re giving you our women’s podium picks for the individuals and teams, along with others who have a strong chance of fighting for the top spot.
Individual: Several stories are waiting to be written as we approach the kickoff of the women’s individual competition.The hope to see the once dominant Sara Sigmundsdottir return to the floor in full form. The potential of the highly talented young phenoms, Emma Cary and Paige Powers. These questions will soon be answered, but based on what we currently know, we filtered down our top nine female athletes to predict this year’s podium.
Andrea Nisler: Nisler has won back-to-back CrossFit Games championships in the team division with CrossFit Mayhem and recently took first at the Zelos Games. She brings a skillset that lines up nicely for the programming released up to this point and has all of the physical tools and competitive fire needed to win WZA.
Dani Speegle: Speegle put on a clinic at the CrossFit Games and Rogue Invitational strength events. Her incredible power and strength look effortless next to her peers, but often draws attention away from the other skills she has as an athlete. With a one-rep-max clean and jerk, freestanding handstand hold and heavy couplet of squatting and ring muscle ups on the docket, things are lining up well for Speegle’s strengths.
Emily Rolfe: Rolfe had an impressive first showing at the 2022 Dubai Fitness Championship, finishing in third place just four months after having emergency surgery for a blood clot at the 2022 CrossFit Games in August. Rolfe’s incredible consistency has always helped her stay competitive albeit some deficiencies in raw strength/power. With the heavy events already announced, we’re confident that Rolfe will make up enough points in the longer, classic CrossFit events to rise to the podium.
Other individuals to lookout for:
Team: Wodapalooza will be the first chance we have to see Mallory O’Brien and Laura Horvath face off on the same competition floor since the 2022 CrossFit Games. Although they’ll be competing on teams, it will be a fun preview seeing them perform the same workouts following the announcement of Tia Toomey sitting out the 2023 season.
The Dottirs ft. MOB (Katrin Davidsdottir, Annie Thorisdottir, Mallory O’Brien): The combination of chemistry and talent on this teammake them our favorite to take home the gold at WZA. Davidsdottir and O’Brien recently became teammates at HWPO this offseason and Thorisdottir has the experience competing at the Games on a team.
Team BPN (Laura Horvath, Jamie Simmonds, Gabriela Migala): Horvath is returning to the competition floor for the first time since dominating the 2022 Rogue Invitational. She is joined by Jamie Simmonds, who recently finished fourth at the Dubai Fitness Championship, along with the young phenom, Gabriela Migala. This team has the talent to win, but the lack of team experience or time spent training together gives The Dottirs ft. MOB the advantage over Team BPN.
All American Girls (Brooke Wells, Amanda Barnhart, Kristi Eramo O’Connell): Finishing off our podium for the teams is the star-studded All American Girls, who have an equally good chance of winning WZA if the events line up well for them. Wells, Barnhart and O’Connell are all seasoned CrossFit Games athletes that bring a balance of strength, skill and endurance that will give the rest of the women’s teams a run for their money.
Other teams to lookout for:
P10 Performance (Taylor Williamson, Andrea Nisler, Sydney Michalyshen)
A.K.A. Humble Killers (Alex Gazan, Kari Pearce, Arielle Loewen)
GOWOD Girls (Jacqueline Dahlstrom, Sola Sigurdardottir, Emma Mcquaid)
The Girls (Alexis Raptis, Feeroozeh Saghafi, Christine Kolenbrander)
Spacers Angels (Sara Sigmundsdottir, Emily Rolfe, Katelin Van Zyl)
The bottom line: As we gear up for this year’s final major competition before the season begins and look towards the Open in February, this is the last chance to see big name athletes compete before shifting focus into the various qualification stages for the CrossFit Games. With a handful of events still unreleased at this time, these are our picks based on the current information available heading into Miami this week.
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