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Zelos Games in Vegas and ELFIT in Egypt Set to Kick Off

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Good morning and welcome to the Morning Chalk Up.

In today’s edition:

  • ELFIT to kick off this week in Egypt with Brent Fikowski and Patrick Vellner on hand
  • Part one of five of our Coaching Developments Series: Five tools to improve your team
  • Zelos Games organizer: “I’m huge on transparency…and that’s how I want to run this”
  • Ricky Garard pulls out of Dubai Fitness Championship
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  Egypt’s ELFIT Kicks off Thursday and Celebrates 10th Anniversary  

Egypt’s ELFIT Kicks off Thursday and Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Egypt’s ELFIT CrossFit Championship returns this weekend (Nov. 10-12) with 17 CrossFit divisions — including 94 elite individual men and women in total set to take the floor. For its 10th year running in Cairo, the CrossFit licensed event is expecting 1,200 competitors from over 40 countries to throw down in front of more than 2,000 spectators.

Who to watch: 60 men and 34 women make up the elite individual divisions, including Games athlete Brent Fikowski, who will also be leading a training seminar the following week.

  • Click here for more details on athletes to keep your eyes on throughout the weekend
  • Games athlete Patrick Vellner made the trip and although he isn’t competing, he’ll be doing meet and greets each day of the competition

Workouts: The first day of competition includes a 5km Trail Run in an event called “Run like an Egyptian”.

  • Also on Thursday, athletes will complete “Beauty and the Beast”:

Part A — 90 seconds on, 60 seconds off:

8/6 Ring muscle-ups + max unbroken single-unders in remaining time
60 seconds rest
10/7 Ring muscle-ups + max unbroken double-unders in remaining time
60 seconds rest
12/8 Ring muscle-ups + max crossover double-unders in remaining time
60 seconds rest

Part B — 2:30 minute window

Max reps of shoulder to overhead from blocks (120kg/90kg)

For a full list of announced workouts so far, visit our ELFIT competition hub.

Tickets: To see the action live, grab a ticket (available in single-day and three-day passes).

Eager for more? There’s no live stream available to watch online, however, ELFIT is a Morning Chalk Up partner event, so we’ll be bringing you updates throughout the three days of action.

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In case you missed it: Lauren Kalil, the host of The Bottom Line, spoke to Training Think Tank head coach Max El-Hag and Chase Ingraham to discuss their concerns when payouts get involved and some ideas as to who could program off-season events to even the playing field.

Comp notice: ELFIT in Egypt is set to kick off Nov. 10-12 and Brent Fikowski will be competing while fellow Canadian Patrick Vellner will be running workshops.

Team update: TYR Wodapalooza welcomes team “Good Dudes” Cole Sager, Jayson Hopper and James Sprague, wowzers.

Payment update: The European Championships sent out another email to competitors basically saying that if athletes sign up for 2023, they may get their winnings from 2022.

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Events posted: The Down Under Championship, which goes Nov. 18-20 in Australia and is a CrossFit licensed event, has started posting some of their workouts.

  Coaching Development Series: “Consistency is king”  


Coaching Development Series: “Consistency is king”

Over the next five weeks we’ll be releasing our newest series, reviewing five simple tools to assist with the coaching development at your gym. A new article will drop each week, diving deeper into each individual practice.

Building a strong coaching team is challenging, especially since most gyms have part-time coaches making up the bulk of their roster. Consistently providing high-quality coaching each week requires time and investment from an owner and/or head coach.

Strategies can be implemented to grow a team with differing levels of experience and education. These foundational methods include lesson plans, individual development, team development, continuing education and member feedback.

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  Coaching Development Series: “Consistency is king”  

"I'm huge on transparency...and that's how I want to run this," Jared Graybeal on the Zelos Games

The 2022 Zelos Games kicks off this weekend, where elite athletes compete in person in Las Vegas, and enthusiasts worldwide will throwdown online. Morning Chalk Up’s Lauren Kalil catches up with the founder, Jared Graybeal, to talk about the process of upgrading the competition from year one to year two, some exciting new implements, and what you can expect as an athlete and a spectator whether you’re in person or at home.

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  Ricky Garard Withdraws From Dubai Fitness Championship, Swaps with Nikita Yundov  

Ricky Garard Withdraws From Dubai Fitness Championship, Swaps with Nikita Yundov

The third Fittest Man on Earth Ricky Garard has withdrawn from the upcoming Dubai Fitness Championship, the Morning Chalk Up confirmed with the event organizers. Garard recently competed at the 2022 Rogue Invitational in Austin, TX, a competition that many athletes said was physically demanding in terms of events and travel.

To replace Garard, DFC has backfilled from the online qualifier and invited one-time CrossFit Games athlete Nikita Yundov from Belarus. Yundov competed at the 2019 CrossFit Games where he finished 101st. He qualified as Belarus’ National Champion during the brief Sanctional season structure.

  • He finished 14th last year at the 2022 Lowlands Throwdown Semifinal, improving from 17th in 2021.
  • Yundov has accepted his invitation to compete.




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  • 🎂 Happy birthday, Chase Ingraham.
  • 💕 Congratulations to Scott Vandersloot and Madeline Workman on tying the knot.
  • 💍 Congratulations to Lucy Saltmarsh and Ryan Elliott on their engagement.
  • Congratulations to Leah Storen from CrossFit Oslo in Oslo, Norway on the 154 pound/70kg snatch PR.
  • Just one weekend after the heavily taxing Rogue Invitational, Emma McQuaid snatched 170 pounds/77kg at Weightlifting Ireland’s Ulster Open Championships in the 64kg weight class.
  • Congratulations to Alison Scudds on the lifetime 5k PR.

Each November, Simon Davidson from Manchester, UK does a daily challenge in an effort to raise money and awareness for Movember, a charity supporting men’s health, including mental health and suicide prevention.

  • For this year’s challenge, Simon is doing 1,435 daily reps of push-ups and air squats in a weighted vest to represent the 1,435 men that take their own life on a daily basis across the globe.
  • Donations are accepted throughout the month of November.
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