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Why the year of the “SuperTeam” was irrelevant

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The “Fittest 4” not the “4 Fittest”. Why the year of the “SuperTeam” was irrelevant.


Guest post by Adrian Conway

Now there will be super teams from all over the world that will dethrone the Champs! This could be the first time someone beats the Mayhem since the Wasatch Brutes!

Yeah, well….that didn’t work out.

Mayhem didn’t even win the Rogue Classic.

Yeah, well that wasn’t a complete test.

With all the skepticism on the 2019 season and a lot of chatter about how teams would challenge the Mayhem this year, I want to address some key components that may have been overlooked. If you want to have success as a team or be able to contest for more than 2nd place maybe read on.

Here is what it takes to even get close, but good luck.

1. Leadership. There must be an obvious leader of the squad. They don’t need to be overly vocal, they don’t need to be a former Games Champ. But they do have to have “it”. Meaning that if that person were to walk through a fire, you’d be willing to follow them, and do so with no proper explanation. That is why it is called “it”.

The attitude and presence of this person is who the team becomes. If they are a winner, the team becomes “winners”. I don’t mean that in a literal sense but I do mean that from a mindset perspective. Half the teams in the field didn’t show this if it existed. Ideally your leader should be someone that I’d be slightly worried to come across in a dark ally at night, that also helps.

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WATCH: Armen Hammer Sits Down with Mat Fraser
Armen Hammer sat down with Mat Fraser after winning his fourth straight CrossFit Games last week in Madison. Fraser shares how he plans to attack his weaknesses moving forward, how he’ll prepare for next year, and what it was like having Noah Ohlsen on his tail this year.


HEAR: EC Syncowski on Chasing Excellence
EC Syncowski joined Ben Bergeron on the Chasing Excellence podcast to answer listener questions about nutrition. She addresses supplementation for average CrossFitters, what a healthy diet looks like for kids, and whether gut microbiome tests are worth doing.


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  • BREAKING THE PULL-UP RECORD — On Saturday, August 17 Connor Martin is attempting the world record of most pull-ups achieved in 24 hours to raise awareness and donations for Lifelong for Orphans, the charity organization who helped him complete the adoption of his three-year-old daughter.

CHALK UP IN 2 MINUTES (a highlight reel around social media of CrossFit pros and average joes)

Barbells For Bullies and apparel company Hylete have partnered up for a line of apparel • Adaptive athlete Anne-Laure cleans 132 pounds for a PR • Ken Tronnes overhead squats 200 pounds for a PR • Eleven-year-old Mason Alderman gets 120 pounds in a power clean • Lacy Baumgart gets in a farmers carry while wearing her baby • Kara Saunders get her first muscle-up post partum. 

…and Brent Fikowski and Pat Vellner hit up mini golf before leaving Madison. 

Scott Panchik on the Clean Event — Scott Panchik reflected on being out on the floor with Mat Fraser during the clean event at the 2019 CrossFit Games.

“The Clean event. The energy in the coliseum was indescribable. It was loud, and being on the floor battling back and forth with Mat slinging some weights…. man, that was one for the books.

— “I had no idea what to expect after all the pull-ups we did in Mary the night before. I did believe I was capable of hitting the lift, even though I hadn’t gone that heavy in about two years. You get so many big lifts a year, use them wisely!”

Rewatch the end of the battle.

Tommy Marquez Reflects on the End of the Season — Tommy Marquez, host of Talking Elite Fitness and the Morning Chalk Up Show, took a moment to reflect on the Games season now that it’s wrapped up.

— “It’s crazy to think that the 2019 season is all of a sudden over. We’ll be frank, this past season was probably the hardest for us personally and professionally since we began working in the CF space 8+ years ago and there were plenty of moments of self doubt and uncertainty after our plans and visions for the future were flipped on their head. But here we sit after another CrossFit Games happy, motivated, and emboldened by a sense of community and support displayed towards us by our fans, friends, and members of the CF world.

— “What could have been something much worse, turned into 7 sanctioned events, 2 Open announcements, a podcast, tons of travel, and a buttery RV road trip culminating in our 19th Games experience between us. All we can really say is THANK YOU, to everyone who has supported us and kept us going along the way. Bigger and better things are on the horizon and we can’t wait to share it with you!!”


“Buttery Bros CrossFit Games Doc?” by Justin LoFranco, Morning Chalk Up 

Earlier today, the Buttery Bros posted an interesting photo to Instagram showing a license agreement with Gravitas Ventures, the same company responsible for handling the global distribution for Fittest on Earth: Redeemed and the Dominant and Fittest on Earth: A Decade of Fitness.

Securing distributing is a key hurdle to getting this together. Gravitas is one of the largest digital distribution companies in the world. It’s very likely that the name will have to be changed from the Fittest on Earth series as it’s a registered trademark owned by CrossFit. Heber Cannon on Talking Elite Fitness: “We’re making a movie. We’re excited to announce we’re making one for the 2019 season…CrossFit has been great enough to allow us to do that; they’ve given us a contract.”

To be clear, there’s no documentary on the 2018 Games in the works. TBD whether it will be a documentary or documentary-series. 

Take note: Marston Sawyers was the only media staff shooting action on the field of play and it wasn’t for the live broadcast. The two former CrossFit HQ documentarians have been traveling across the world over the past six months grabbing footage for road-to-the-games-esque episodes for their popular YouTube channel.

Other notable filmmakers were seen snagging interviews with top athletes throughout the Games week. Reading between the lines: This idea has been floating around for a while, even teased on the Buttery Bros YouTube channel, but getting a documentary like this requires a lot more than a YouTube channel. The Gravitas deal gives them the firepower needed to put this together.


8/10: CFE’s Sugar & Spice Co-Ed Partner Competition (Burlington, MA)
8/10: Best of the Midwest Team Series (Brownsburg, IN)
8/10: OUTWOD North Brunswick at Iron CrossFit (North Brunswick, NJ)
8/10: OUTWOD Phoenixville at CrossFit Lock 60 (Phoenixville, PA)
8/10: Sparrow Classic 2 Scaled Partner Competition (Pearland, TX)
8/10: Summer Battleground 2019 (Farmingdale, NY)
8/10: Goddess Games (Charlotte, NC)
8/10: All Day Row (Alexandria, VA)
8/10: Mustache Barbell Bash (Ft Wright, KY)
8/10 – 8/11: No Surrender Survival Games (Wooster, OH)
8/11: The Rise of The Resilient (Hopkinton, MA)
8/16: OUTWOD Charlotte (Charlotte, NC)
8/16 – 8/17: WodFest 2019 (Joplin, MO)
8/17: Fittest in the Fork (Ft. Sill, OK)
8/17: Barbells For Bullies at CrossFit QDA (Buffalo, NY)
8/17: CrossFit Sua Sponte’s Summer Slam (Raleigh, NC)
8/17: The Fossil Games (Denver, CO)
8/17: Warhorse Games KC (Kansas City, KS)
8/17: CrossFit Shatter Summer Slam (Albany, NY)
8/17: The Syndicate Series Presents The Battlegrounds (Columbia, MD)
8/17: Poore Beer and CrossFit Benefit (Hendersonville, NC)
8/17: Unbroken Series Adaptive Games (Marion, NC)
8/17: 6th annual Babes and Bros (Grand Rapids, MI)
8/17: The Battlegrounds at 12 Labours CrossFit (Columbia, MD)
8/17: Back Lot Bout (St. Charles, MO)
8/17: Summer Slam (Raleigh, NC)
8/17 – 8/18: Mayhem on the Mountain (Pelham, AL)
8/18: Red Raider Backyard Brawl III (Coatesville, PA)
8/18: Summer Sizzler (Akron, OH)
8/21: Wodapalooza Individual Qualifier (Online)
8/24: Battle For the Badge (Vestal, NY)
8/24: OUTWOD Miami at Move.Lift.Live (Miami, FL)
8/24: OUTWOD Las Vegas at CrossFit Social City (Las Vegas, NV)
8/24: Deadlifts for Kids (Lilburn, GA)
8/24: The Southern Games 2019 (Louisville, KY)
8/24: 2019 Koda First Timer’s Open (Oklahoma City, OK)
8/24: Rumble on the Bay (Green Bay, WI)
8/24: Ragin’ Games (Lafayette, LA)
8/24: The 10th Annual Iron Belle (Austin, TX)
8/24: Battle of the Boxes (Plymouth, MI)
8/24 – 8/25: Oregon CrossFit’s Best of the West Summer Event 2019 (Bend, OR)
8/24 – 8/25: Railyard Riot (Lincoln, NE)
8/30 – 8/31: The Southwest Championships (Orem, UT)
8/30 – 8/31: The 3rd Annual Tampa Bay Games (Tampa, FL)
8/31: The Big WODowski Partner Competition (Delafield, WI)
8/31: Girls Gone RX (Charlevoix, MI)
8/31: Roots Ruck Around the Clock (Poulsbo, WA)
8/31: Saved By the Barbell (Waite Park, MN)
8/31: T-Town Throwdown Partner Comp (Tyler, TX)
8/31: Battle of the Beasts (Quebec, Canada)
9/5 – 9/7: The Iron Games (Cedar City, UT)
9/7: Power Output Challenge 8 (San Antonio, TX)
9/7: Family Fitness Faith Festival (College Station, TX)
9/7: Sirens of September (Smithfield, RI)
9/7: Garden State Open (Berkeley Heights, NJ)
9/7: Hill City Throwdown (Lynchburg VA)
9/7: Midwest Fall Classic (Tulsa, OK)
9/7: OUTWOD Asheville at CrossFit Pisgah (Asheville, NC)
9/7: OUTWOD Brooklyn at Park Slope CrossFit (Brooklyn, NY)
9/7: Double Trouble at Crossfit Unwavering (El Mirage, AZ)
9/8: Wingman (Lincoln, United Kingdom)

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