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Which CrossFit Trends from 2022 Will Survive?

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Good morning and welcome to the Morning Chalk Up.

In today’s edition:

  • Matilde Garnes and Jan Matiaska win Mexico held iF3 World Championship
  • Which CrossFit trends from 2022 will stand the test of time?
  • TYR does right with elite athlete jersey sales
  • The guilt of eating processed foods
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  Matilde Garnes and Jan Matiaska Take 2022 iF3 World Championships in Mexico  

Matilde Garnes and Jan Matiaska Take 2022 iF3 World Championships in Mexico

Norway’s Matilde Garnes and Switzerland’s Jan Matiaska took the fifth annual International Functional Fitness Federation (iF3) 2022 World Championships, which took place in Hermosillo, Mexico Dec. 16-18.

Garnes continues an impressive showing as of late as she came 19th at the 2022 NOBULL CrossFit Games after narrowly missing out of qualifying the previous year. She also finished 14th at the Rogue Invitational and has CrossFit Games retired legend Kristin Holte helping her mental game.

iF3 president Gretchen Kittelberger said the two top divisions were tales of different stories:

  • “The men’s division was up in the air the entire weekend with the podium positions changing every test,” she said. “In the women’s division, a core group separated themselves early on and performed consistently all weekend.”

Switzerland’s Nicole Heer came second in the women’s division and Seher Kaya came third. Rounding out the men’s division was Felix Rehder from Germany and Victor Helsinghof from (Norway. In the team division Norway took the title with Mexico second and Costa Rica third . Norway was perfect in the team division, capturing 600 out of 600 points.

This is the first time the iF3 World Championship has been held in the western hemisphere since 2017 and next year it will be held in Oslo, Norway.

Special awards were also handed out this weekend, including:

  • Most improved: Nicole Heer (Switzerland)
  • Rookie of the Year: Victor Helsinghof (Norway)
  • Best uniforms: Australia
  • Sportsmanship Award: Ivan Gonzalez (Spain)
  • Best Nation: Norway (this is calculated by awarding three points for a gold, two points for a silver, one for a bronze across all divisions and adding up the Total points)

Remind me: The iF3 World Championships is the premier event of the iF3 season. All countries with a national federation which is a member of the iF3 are eligible to send athletes to the world championships. Countries are responsible for developing objective selection procedures and choosing the athletes that will represent their country at worlds

The iF3’s mission is to grow the sport worldwide and develop training and competition opportunities for athletes by gaining recognition for the sport by the International Olympic Committee with an ultimate goal to see the sport in the Olympic Games.

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In case you missed it: Morning Chalk Up’s Lauren Kalil caught up with Rory McKernan and the competition directors for the Legends Championship, Joe Linton and Bob Jennings, to recap their first year hosting inside Mayhem.

WZA competitors list: Check our story which is updated regularly to see who is competing this year at TYR Wodapalooza.

Getting ahead: You can book your hotels now in Madison for the 2023 NOBULL CrossFit Games and get a discount through HQ.

Nasty: Looking to punish your arms? Then look no further than Rogue’s Wheel Challenge, which ends today. 💪

We know the answer: Fit & Well has an article asking HIIT vs CrossFit: which is a better workout?

  From Double-Under Crossovers and TYR to Baggy T-shirts: Which 2022 Trends Are Here to Stay?  


From Double-Under Crossovers and TYR to Baggy T-shirts: Which 2022 Trends Are Here to Stay?

Did you ever own a Buddy Lee skipping rope?

If you are a CrossFit OG circa 2009, you probably did.

Alas, the plastic rope with cumbersome handles didn’t last long, as the more efficient speed rope soon swooped in and replaced Buddy Lee.

From skipping ropes to running shoes, to supplements, apps and recovery tools of all kinds, as much as CrossFit has stayed the same—constantly varied functional movements done at high intensity—the paraphernalia the community embraces has always been anything but constant.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at what trended in 2022 and whether we think it will keep trending, or die a quick death like the Buddy Lee rope.

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  From Double-Under Crossovers and TYR to Baggy T-shirts: Which 2022 Trends Are Here to Stay?  

130 Elite Athletes Receive Support Through Custom Replica Jerseys

TYR just announced they’ll be selling limited edition athlete replica jerseys ahead of Wodapalooza. With the t-shirts selling at $40, TYR is giving $20 of that directly back to the athletes.

Morning Chalk Up’s Lauren Kalil sits down with sports analyst Dex Hopkins to discuss how TYR is leveling up when it comes to giving athletes more financial opportunities — both in the percentage earned and who is included.

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  TYR Gives Back to Elite CrossFit Athletes With Jersey Sales  

TYR Gives Back to Elite CrossFit Athletes With Jersey Sales

CrossFit enthusiasts have long expressed a desire to purchase custom jerseys for their favorite athletes. Now they can secure some South Beach-themed options while helping give back.

The details: TYR Wodapalooza announced on December 16 that there would be limited-edition athlete t-shirts for the annual celebration of fitness. These lightweight, ultra-soft tees will feature the name and country of the respective elite athletes.

  • The price of each athlete’s t-shirt will be $39.99. TYR will take $20 of that price and give it directly back to the athlete as a show of support.
  • The t-shirts for the female athletes will be pink while the t-shirts for the male athletes will be blue. These two options fit with the color scheme that CrossFitters associate with TYR Wodapalooza, as well as the neon lights of South Beach.

According to Loud and Live, the company that puts on TYR Wodapalooza and multiple other top competitions, the response has been significant. There have been 130 athletes across multiple divisions that have opted into this t-shirt program.

  • The list of available t-shirts includes Emma Cary, Jayson Hopper, Roman Khrennikov, Arielle Loewen, Nick Mathew, Travis Mayer, Emily Rolfe, and James Sprague among many, many others.
  • There are some names missing from the list of available options. This is understandable considering that they are sponsored by such companies as NOBULL and Gymshark.

Why this matters: The top athletes in the CrossFit space have numerous opportunities to make money, such as sponsorship deals with 1st Phorm, Podium, Chipotle, Reebok, TYR, NOBULL, and other companies. Adding in competition prizes only adds to the available funds.

Newer athletes in the space or those that are still trying to reach the next level don’t have these same opportunities. $20 per t-shirt sale isn’t going to help them buy a new house, but it will potentially help offset some of the costs associated with traveling to and competing in South Florida.

  Limit Your Processed Food Intake, But Don’t Stress It Says CrossFit Nutritionist  

Limit Your Processed Food Intake, But Don’t Stress It Says CrossFit Nutritionist

Originally published in the CrossFit Journal in 2002, founder Greg Glassman defined World Class Fitness in 100 Words, leading with: “Eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar. Keep intake to levels that will support exercise but not body fat.” Almost 23 years later and the sentiment remains strong through much of the affiliate ecosystem — however, the suggested guidelines may shift and change over time with the growth of the sport.

“I think food quality should still be addressed with every client because the more they know, the better decisions they can make on their own. However, if you want to do it right, you have to meet people where they are,” said Tracy Tucker, a nutrition coach for Training Think Tank.

According to a recent Washington Post article, almost 60 percent of the calories that adults in America consume are from ultra-processed foods. When you consider that there are unprocessed and minimally processed foods (vegetables, fruits, nuts, meats, seafood, spices, etc.), an ultra-processed food is one that has been changed or created to be a specific artificial flavor, particular color, and/or hyperpalatable — easy to over-eat and common to crave.

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