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TYR Wodapalooza and PFAA Make Partnership Official

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In today’s edition:

  • Learn more about the TYR Wodapalooza x PFAA partnership
  • A closer look at how much coaches make
  • And, get to know the Van Zyls as we look ahead to the Down Under Championship

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  TYR Wodapalooza Forms Official Partnership With PFAA for 2024  

TYR Wodapalooza Forms Official Partnership With PFAA for 2024

Several weeks ago, it was announced that a formal partnership had been formed between TYR Wodapalooza and the Professional Fitness Athletes’ Association (PFAA).

This has been in the works for several years, as the PFAA and Loud and Live (the organization behind TYR Wodapalooza) have had ongoing conversations and a close relationship.

During the 2023 CrossFit Games, TYR Wodapalooza VP of Sport Dylan Malitsky, who was interviewed on the Talking Elite Fitness podcast recently, shared that he reached out to PFAA president Brent Fikowski to begin the process of forming an official partnership.

After a series of negotiations, an agreement was made and an official document was inked that outlines TYR Wodapalooza’s “Competition Commitments to the PFAA.”

  • “We really wanted to take an intentional step to showing the PFAA and the greater group of athletes in the community that we’re athletes first, community first, and we want to do whatever it takes to further their initiatives,” Malitsky said.

Some background: Formed in 2020 in the midst of uncertainty surrounding the sport, the fallout from COVID and CrossFit’s first ownership change, the PFAA is a non-profit that’s headed up by a worldwide athlete board, organized to serve the needs of the competitive fitness athlete community.

  • They represent athletes and partner with brands to “safeguard athletes’ health and safety,” “provide guidelines for fair and equitable competitions,” “optimize athlete earnings” and “grow awareness of the functional fitness community,” as stated on their website.

Over the past several years, the PFAA has put together resources for athletes and competition organizers outlining best practices for scoring tables, requirements for attire, data on the height of rings and pull-up bars in regard to athletes’ safety and equitable standards and the use of personal equipment. Articles and documents have been written by members of the athlete board, preparing and educating fellow athletes on topics like drug testing protocols, training insights and online competitions.

Immediately following Semifinals in 2023, the PFAA conducted a survey to find out the pressing issues that the athletes faced as they headed into that year’s CrossFit Games.

  • “That feedback led to the creation of specific requirements and conditions to support the overall athlete experience and evolve the sport,” according to the PFAA website.

While not all of the PFAA’s requests and needs were met for the Games, many were.

The agreement: Included in the agreement between TYR Wodapalooza and the PFAA are stipulations, such as the following points among many others:

  • There will be transparency regarding the number of workouts, the number of times athletes are expected to take the floor, scoring details and swim requirements.
  • Clear movement standards will be communicated to all athletes prior to competition.
  • Payout will happen within 90 days and will not exceed that time period.
  • There will be a PFAA athlete liaison on-site.
  • There will be virtual and on-site training for judges, and there will be performance reviews.
  • Athletes may appeal another athlete’s score.
  • There will be a clear plan in place before the start of competition in case of extreme weather.
  • Minimum work requirements will be clearly stated and communicated to all athletes prior to competition.
  • There will be equipment equity, heat equity and consistent lanes for all athletes in each division.
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FitFest Workout Descriptions: Well, sort of. The organizers of FitFest have provided some descriptions of the workout blocks scheduled for their upcoming Pro Athlete Showcase happening December 9-10 in Birmingham, UK. The team format will include multiple configurations of pairs and teams throughout the weekend.

💪🔥 FitFest 2023 VIP Events: The Birmingham, UK event featuring a Pro CrossFit Athlete showcase with some amazingly stacked teams announced a series of VIP events including workshops, Q&As with athletes, and a special elite workout on Friday, December 8. Learn more and get your tickets now.

Dubai Fitness Challenge: The DFC continues to drop workout descriptions, and the most recent is Event 1 “Altitude and Attitude Test,” which includes 10 rounds of legless rope climbs, thrusters, and heavy double unders.

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  Coach Pay: Where Does Your Business Stack up?  


Coach Pay: Where Does Your Business Stack up?

Twenty-seven dollars and 36 cents.

That was the average coach pay to run a group class at a CrossFit facility in 2023, according to the annual State of the Industry report put out by Two-Brain Business.

This number–$27.36—at CrossFit facilities is up considerably from $21 in 2022 and is higher than the average group class coach pay of $26.46 across all types of gyms.

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  Down Under Championship Athlete Profile: The Van Zyls  

Down Under Championship Athlete Profile: The Van Zyls

When it comes to superfit families, it’s hard to look past the Van Zyls.

Katelin and Johann Van Zyl are Australian CrossFit Games veterans, and both have competed at CrossFit’s highest level: Katelin competed as an individual at the Games in 2019, and both Katelin and Johann competed at the Games for Urban Energy in 2021 and 2022 in the team division.

The Van Zyls are natural athletes. Johann has excelled in many sports from water polo to rugby union, and Katelin played for the Australian field hockey team (the Hockeyroos). In Katelin’s spare time, she’s Raven on Australia’s reboot of the popular ‘90s series, Gladiators.

For the first time, Katelin and Johann have both qualified to compete as individuals in the elite division at the Down Under Championship in Wollongong, Australia, which will be held from December 1-3.

(Editor’s note: This interview was conducted before Katelin Van Zyl announced that she had to withdraw from the Down Under Championship due to injury. We decided to still run the piece to celebrate the hard work Katelin put into her preparation.)

The Morning Chalk Up was lucky enough to have a fun email Q and A session with Katelin Van Zyl in the lead-up to the Down Under Championship.

In our interview, she shared insight into their lives as elite CrossFit athletes, affiliate owners of two CrossFit boxes and how they juggle being parents to their two sons.

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