The long-expected announcement that Tia-Clair Toomey has joined NOBULL came earlier this morning on Instagram. She joins Katrin Davidsdottir, who left Reebok in early June.
Toomey: “It’s important to me that I surround myself with good people; supportive and uplifting, who share the same values of hard work and dedication. That’s what you get with NOBULL. I’m honored and excited to work alongside incredible athletes that have been with the brand for many years and to also be a part of the brand for many years to come.”
Implications: Reebok’s stranglehold on the top athletes in CrossFit has essentially evaporated.
As we previously reported, Reebok’s podium potential has taken a serious hit. NOBULL on the other hand significantly increased theirs. Their best shot was with Kristi Eramo who’s had solid finishes (9th, 13th and 8th) but still a fair distance away from the podium.
Men: 1). Mathew Fraser (Nike), 2). Patrick Vellner (Reebok), and 3). Lukas Hogberg (Nike).
Women: 1). Tia-Clair Toomey (NOBULL), 2). Laura Horvath (Nike), and 3). Katrin Davidsdottir (NOBULL).
Flashback to 2014:
Men: 1). Rich Froning (Reebok), 2). Mathew Fraser (Nike), and 3). Jason Khalipa (Reebok).
Get this:Ninety-three athletes were sent NOBULL shoes for the CrossFit Games according to a report by The Barbell Spin.
Meet the Next Generation of CrossFit Athletes: Kelsey Schulte
Schulte, who was competing on an RX team in the Sacramento licensed event, quickly made friends with Emmily Butz, longtime girlfriend of Sean Sweeney and also winner of the individual female RX division. It was then that she got invited to come train with Sweeney, Butz and two dozen other athletes at a training camp.
A week later she made the five hour drive east to Fallon, NV.
Schulte stands a paltry five foot, two inches and she can’t weigh more than 125 pounds, but the 16-year-old athlete boasts a 195 pound clean. She can also stand toe-to-toe with veteran athletes in high skill, high strength workouts, hammering out large sets of strict deficit handstand push-ups and handstand walks.
Schulte, who missed qualifying from the Games’ 16-17 division by 15 spots, represents the next generation of CrossFit athletes who’ve transitioned from traditional sports to full-time competitive CrossFit.
Morning Chalk Up’s editor-in-chief sat down at CrossFit Powerstroke for an interview to discuss competitive CrossFit as a teenager, body image and confidence as a strong teenage female and training with a CrossFit Games athlete.
“Once I got into Freshman and Sophomore year I’ve really developed my arms, my legs. When I’m walking through classes people notice. It’s different to see, especially to see girls with muscles…I’ve had a bunch of people say ‘you look like a man’, ‘why are you doing this?’ ‘You don’t look like a female anymore.’ I don’t look at that to be discouraging. I find that to be motivation to me. This is a compliment to me…I’m sorry if that’s not the look you want, but this is my passion.”
WATCH: McKenzie Flinchum Games Training Vlog Episode 1
McKenzie Flinchum qualified for the 2019 CrossFit Games via the Open, even winning 19.5 worldwide. In episode one of her training vlog, follow along as she prepares for the Games with yoke carries, gymnastics, strength training, and lots of for time WODs. It’S HOT IN FLORIDA.
HEAR: Annie Sakamoto on Her History with CrossFit
Annie Sakamoto was recently on the Ready State podcast with hosts Julie and Kelly Starrett. Annie shares her first experience with CrossFit, how and why she went on to become a coach, affiliate owner and competitor, and how her training has changed as she’s gotten older. A NASTY GIRL.
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PRO-TIP: ROWING FOR CALORIES — Shane Farmer of Dark Horse Rowing dispels some of the myths behind rowing for calories and how to row for calories versus meters.
DEADLIFT FOR KIDS — CrossFit Lilburn 678 in Lilburn, GA is holding Deadlift for Kids on August 24. All proceeds will be donated to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.
OUTWOD FUNDRAISER — Silver Wolf CrossFit and CrossFit Eternal in Charlotte, NC are co-hosting an OUTWODfundraiser on Friday, August 16.
WAR HORSE GAMES — The 2019 Warhorse Games will take place in Kansas City, KS on August 17. All of the proceeds go to Warhorse for Veterans, an organization that supports veterans and their families.
WOD FOR WARRIORS — Registration is now open for WOD For Warriors, an annual WOD held on and around Veterans Day at boxes all across the country. All proceeds go to support Team RWB’s mission to enrich the lives of America’s veterans by connecting them to their communities through physical and social activity.
CHALK UP IN 2 MINUTES(a highlight reel around social media of CrossFit pros and average joes)
“Why I started the Morning Chalk Up” —Morning Chalk Up Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Justin LoFranco, sat down at his home office the other night and made a quick video sharing how he got the idea to start Morning Chalk Up and why we do what we do.
— And you can help us continue to do what we do, while looking great too.
— Fourteen-year-old Dudinha Souza from Brazil is also unable to get a visa to compete at the CrossFit Games.
How to Drink Socially and Stay on Track with Your Nutrition–Fuel Your Fitness shares tips on how to enjoy nights out with a drink or two and still stay on track with your goals.
Social Media Must Knows — Markus Gerszi, the head gym growth specialist at Gymwright, gives three tips on brand building and lead generation for affiliates to keep in mind when it comes to social media.
— “An ad campaign is not a silver bullet, as Gerszi pointed out. If added to a business that’s shaky at its core, you’re just adding rocket fuel and amplifying the problem. Get your business right, take care of your people, and then work on the ad campaign.
— “If you’re struggling in your business, the ad campaign is not the problem; or the lack of an ad campaign is not the problem. The problem is you; fix the fundamentals of your business first.”
“I definitely was ready to take a little break anyway and now I get to sit and see how this all goes,” Kara Saunders said.
The seven times Games athlete is referring to the myriad of changes to the CrossFit Games this season – everything from qualifying to what’s in store for athletes in Madison next month.
That says a lot coming from a woman who’s competed at the Games every year since 2012. As a spectator this time around, Kara’s come to terms with the fact that when she returns, competing in CrossFit “looks different now.”
“I think a lot of people are going to have to make a choice whether they want to do this or they don’t want to do … they might have to travel more or whatever it may be,” she said.
Saunders is not deterred one bit. In fact, she’s already planning her return.
The Games of yesteryear have boasted comeback-queens post-pregnancy – the likes of Valerie Voboril (3rd in 2013), Charity Vale and Carey Kepler (2nd and 3rd in 2009) – but Kara would be the first mother on the podium in more than half a decade, if she qualifies in 2020.
“I would like to compete for a couple more years and then potentially after that, have a second one and then maybe stop or change my role a little bit in the sport,” she said.