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Where to Get the Best Beer in Austin During Rogue 

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Good morning and welcome to the Morning Chalk Up.

In today’s edition:

  • Who has the best beer and cocktails in Austin?
  • Rogue Invitational: Women’s division predictions
  • Josh Bridges and Chris Spealler talk programming Rogue
  • Zelos Games is approaching and here’s how to register
  • Samsung joins forces with TYR Wodapalooza
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  Cheers To The Five Best Spots for Drinks in Austin During the 2022 Rogue Invitational  

Cheers To The Five Best Spots for Drinks in Austin During the 2022 Rogue Invitational

Similar to the food scene in Austin, TX, it’s almost a disservice to try and pare down the best places to grab a libation into a list of five recommendations, as the variety of excellent options is abundant and evergrowing. Therefore, we encourage you to use this as more of a starting point, and let the culture-rich city take you where it takes you during your time in town for the 2022 Rogue Invitational.

Also, one big reason we love ATX, aside from the glorious November weather, beautiful street art and plethora of food trucks, just to name a few, is the forward-thinking and inclusive community. The spots on this list have mocktails and NA (non-alcoholic) beer available, so don’t hesitate to join the party and stay sober if that’s more your vibe.

1. Meanwhile Brewing Co

3901 Promontory Point Dr, Austin, TX 78744

When you land in TX, y’all can just head straight here as it’s only a short 5-minute drive from the airport — conveniently located to start your trip off on a high note.

“We pour a lot of energy into our beer quality, but we also invest a lot of time into our taproom experience,” Will Jaquiss, Founder and Brewmaster of Meanwhile Brewing Co. said. “We encourage people to visit so they can enjoy our beautiful outdoor space and some of the fantastic music and programming we have all year round.”

With over 20 rotating beers on tap, coffee, low-proof cocktails, wine, cider and several food trucks accompanied by numerous outdoor tables, it’s the perfect group hangout spot to grab a drink and stay awhile.

2. Lazarus Brewing Co

1902 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702

While we don’t normally suggest consuming alcohol before 8AM, with Lazarus’ hours, you could! Open all day from 7:30AM until 11PM (9AM on Saturday/Sunday), their coffee and breakfast tacos are a must. And, as a family owned, small-batch, zero-distribution urban brewery, all of their beer contains less than 20ppm gluten.

“Lazarus is special because we live our story by sharing life! Our motto is to Share Life. It is our joy to share time while enjoying conversation over tacos, beer, and coffee,” said Eva Shivers, Assistant Taproom Manager. “When people visit Lazarus they can expect to have a laid back time with delicious coffee, beer and food.”

The staff recommends the Active Rest, a sour with fruit described as “tropical notes dominated by guava and passionfruit.” Plus, it has added electrolyte salts to help you beat the heat from cheering on your favorite athletes all day long.

3. Zilker Brewing Company and Taproom

1701 E. 6th Street Austin, TX 78702

The locals just call it “Zilker”, and it’s a classic favorite. Housed on famous 6th St., it’s the local go-to for good brews, live music, big tables and an artistic industrial taproom ambiance. It’s a solid 30-minute drive from the competition, but conveniently located in central east Austin where many spectators stay to be near the action outside of the event.

The Parks & Rec is bright and citrusy safe bet, while the newly added seasonal Mystical Forest is a pink hazy IPA with strawberry and guava that we can’t wait to try. Plus, you can order beer and cider online to go if you’d rather crack open a cold one in your hotel or Airbnb.

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In case you missed it: Lauren Kalil, the host of The Bottom Line, spoke to Dex Hopkins and Chase Ingraham to discuss which camps are paying their athletes, why it’s not openly discussed, and the challenges a “new sport” like CrossFit faces when trying to make this more commonplace.

Coffee break anyone?: Tune in Friday at 12:30PM CT for our exclusive live interview with Director of Mayhem Athlete, Jake Lockert. With Mayhem being one of the largest remote tracks for both teams and individuals, we’ll be chatting with Lockert on how to scale an online program and more (RX only). ☕️

Industry update: Infront, a massive sports marketing company based out of Switzerland, is now the majority owner of HYROX, a mass participation event which bills itself as the “world series of fitness racing”.

Until the very end: Another study has shown that you should basically continue to exercise until you die, as it will also help you live longer.

  Rogue Invitational: Women’s Division Predictions  


Rogue Invitational: Women’s Division Predictions

The fourth annual Rogue Invitational will give CrossFit fans their first peek at life after Tia-Clair Toomey–if and whenever she decides to step away from competition–as the six-time “Fittest Women on Earth” and three-time Rogue champion will be absent from the competition. Fellow perennial top-10 athletes and podium favorites Mallory O’Brien, Haley Adams, Brooke Wells and Kristi O’Connell will also be absent from Dell Diamond, the host site of the premiere offseason event which will be held October 28-30 in Round Rock, TX.

Despite those absentees, the women’s field is still stacked with superstars and also gives fans a glimpse into the future of the sport with three of the top teenage up-and-coming athletes in the world.

Our CrossFit Games analyst Patrick Clark gives his rankings and some reasons why he feels they will finish in their respective spot.

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Inside the Rogue Invitational Programming with Josh Bridges and Chris Spealler

The fourth annual Rogue Invitational is headed back to the greater Austin, Texas area at Dell Diamond, and programming for the individuals and legends is Josh Bridges and Chris Spealler. Morning Chalk Up’s Lauren Kalil sits down with the two to discuss how they got into programming for the premier competition, the collaboration between them and the Henniger’s, and what they’re looking forward to when it comes to competing in the legends division.

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  How to Register for the 2022 Zelos Games  

How to Register for the 2022 Zelos Games

The 2022 Zelos Games, a CrossFit licensed event, are just a few weeks away and we’re looking forward to seeing elite athletes in-person in Las Vegas, and enthusiasts around the world online, throw down across four workouts with elite cash payouts totaling over $35,000, and over $32,000 in prizes. In its second year running, the Zelos Games was created to bring off-season entertainment to fans of the sport and earning opportunities for CrossFitters across the board and around the world.

Remind me: The competition takes place online from 11/11 to 11/21 online (10 days) where anyone can sign-up to test their fitness and earn impressive prizes from industry-leading brands. Check out our event announcement here for more additional details on the inception and meaning of Zelos, to snag exclusive merch, learn about the creative approach to judging standards and more.

To compete online, sign-up today to secure your spot and note that registration closes at the deadline of the first workout submission (Noon PT on 11/15).

One big thing: The invitational portion takes place 11/12 and 11/13 in Las Vegas, Nevada where 12 men and 12 women will complete the same four workouts as the online competition. In this fashion, you’ll be able to watch some of the best duke it out, and then give the workouts a shot yourself. Confirmed female athletes for the showcase include:

  1. Alexis Johnson
  2. Kelsey Kiel
  3. Kyra Milligan
  4. Alex Gazan
  5. Elena Budz
  6. Brittany Weiss
  7. Michelle Basnett
  8. Devyn Kim
  9. Kristine Best
  10. Christine Kolenbrander
  11. Solveig Sigurdardottir
  12. Roran Scott

And, for the men’s side:

  1. James Sprague
  2. Denis Samsonov
  3. Matt Dlugos
  4. Nate Ackermann
  5. Tola Morakinyo
  6. Tudor Magda
  7. Leonel Franco
  8. Joshua Al-chamma
  9. Matt Poulin
  10. Hal Fisher
  11. Pete Mason
  12. Logan Ewing

As a Morning Chalk Up Partner Event, the Zelos Games Invitational live stream will be broadcasted on our YouTube channel. Check out our Zelos Games competition page where we’ll update the schedule, workouts and standings as the event draws closer. See you on the leaderboard!

  Samsung Educates CrossFitters With New Partnership  

Samsung Educates CrossFitters With New Partnership

Samsung Electronics America is making a big move to help educate CrossFitters. The technology company has announced a new partnership with the 2023 iteration of TYR Wodapalooza. It will now be the Official Data Wearable and Timing Partner.

The details: According to a press release, the Samsung Galaxy Watch5 and Watch5 Pro will be the focus of this collaboration. Samsung will be part of the Online Qualifier and the in-person competition alike while providing “accurate finishing times” for each event.

  • Samsung will also provide attendees with the opportunity to test out the Watch5 with workouts and other events at the Miami venue. The goal is to provide education about the different workout settings, heart rate tracking, body mass readings, sleep coaching, and VO2 max “zone” readings.
  • Athletes and attendees will also test the new Sapphire Crystal display, which Samsung Electronics America says can “handle the wear-and-tear from barbells and other equipment.”

Marco Sagrera, Chief Strategy Officer of Loud And Live: “We are extremely excited to partner with such a legendary brand with products of the highest quality. We couldn’t feel stronger that collectively, this partnership brings us closer to our core focus, of creating an experience that celebrates fitness, community, and ultimately, life. We can’t wait to showcase the Galaxy Watch5 Series, and how together with Samsung, we’ll continue elevating the event.”

A history in CrossFit: While the partnership with TYR Wodapalooza is significant, it will not mark the first time that Samsung has embraced CrossFit. The company has previously helped bring fitness to international enthusiasts.

  • Back in 2015, Samsung headed to Rio de Janeiro with its specialized “Samsung Training Truck, a CrossFit box on wheels.” The vehicle carried around barbells, kettlebells, and plyo boxes as it visited long stretches of beach.
  • The Samsung Training Truck made multiple stops and offered multiple free CrossFit classes between 6 and 9 PM. These classes – which ran Monday through Saturday – were limited to 30 participants, and they offered a variety of WODs.

The dates: Samsung previously brought fitness to residents of Rio de Janeiro; now the company will play a major role in a beloved CrossFit competition while trying to reach more people.

  • The TYR Wodapalooza Online Challenge and Qualifier began September 15th. They will run until October 22nd as top athletes attempt to secure their invites.

The in-person festival and competition will take place from January 13-16th, 2023. TYR Wodapalooza will once again return to the Bayfront Park in downtown Miami.

  Velites Sport Leans on Community to Help Build Perfect Backpack for CrossFit Athletes  

Velites Sport Leans on Community to Help Build Perfect Backpack for CrossFit Athletes

Eight years ago, Matias Hernandez decided to take his double-under troubles into his own hands.

“I couldn’t perform double-unders and at the time I blamed the rope,” said Hernandez, a long-time CrossFit athlete and the founder and CEO of Velites Sport, a company based in Spain best known for their competition jump rope and hand grips, and who is in the process of raising money via the popular crowdfunding company Kickstarter to launch a new product: The Storm Fitness Backpack, the ultimate backpack designed for CrossFit athletes and other fitness enthusiasts. So far the campaign has raised more than USD$150,000.

In hopes of solving his double-under problem, Hernandez, an engineer, bought the supplies for what he thought would be a better jump rope.

“It was a bit thicker than the normal rope, so it made it a little easier to learn double-unders and I brought it to the gym, and it was an immediate success. People started getting their first double-unders,” he explained.

It escalated from there: People at his affiliate in Spain kept asking him to make them a rope. One thing led to another, and pretty soon Hernandez founded Velites Sport in 2015 and began selling the Fire 2.0 competition jump rope worldwide.

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Is This the Return of Regionals?

Confused about the new changes to the steps in qualifying for the Games? So are most people. Lauren Kalil sat down with Dex Hopkins and Brent Fikowski to analyze what the changes are and how they will affect the sport.


Celebrating a PR, hosting a fundraiser, this, that, or otherwise. Send us a tip.

  • 🎂 Happy birthday, Luke StokerMichael Ricatto, and Carlotta Benvenuti.
  • Congratulations to 14-year-old Evelyn Brady from Jamerson CrossFit in Lynchburg, VA on the 190 pound/86kg front squat PR.
  • 🥳 Congratulations to Matt Martz from Old City CrossFit in Washington D.C. on the 510 pound/236kg deadlift PR on his 8th CrossFit anniversary.
  • Congratulations to Saud Saif AlShamsi, Event Organizer of the Dubai Fitness Championship, on his podium finish in a CrossFit competition in Sharjah, UAE this past weekend.
  • Congratulations to Julia Lane, an adaptive athlete from All Levels CrossFit in Windsor, ON, on her bronze medal finish in the 100m free swim in Portugal’s International Down Syndrome swimming competition.

This Friday, October 21st, Open Box Athletics is hosting a fundraiser for Philadelphia-based non-profit Women Against Abuse, a domestic violence agency that provides vital services including safe and transitional housing, counseling, legal assistance, and operation of the Philadelphia Domestic Violence Hotline. Venmo donations can be made by contacting OBA directly.

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