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These 3 Young Guns Are Aiming to Break Though on the Men's Side in 2024


Good morning and welcome to the Morning Chalk Up.

In today’s edition:

  • These three up-and-coming men are ready to break through to the CrossFit Games for the first time. Learn more below.

  • Annie Thorisdottir, Kara Saunders, and other fit moms celebrate their fitness and the fitness pursuits of all moms in the CrossFit community this Mother’s Day.

  • Workout of the Week: Forging Youth Resilience’s IGNITE.

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“I don’t want to be the mom who sits on the bench and watches. I want to be the mom who will actively get up and enter her world and play,” Arielle Loewen on why being fit matters to her as she raises her daughter, Blakely


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3 Young Guns to Watch Going Into the Men's Semifinals

As the 2024 CrossFit season moves into its penultimate stage, many in the community are shifting their attention to the CrossFit Games veterans who have over or underperformed in the online portion of the competition. 

While longtime Games athletes will always be a topic of conversation, there are plenty of up-and-coming athletes who may have flown under the radar. Each year, a new group of athletes breaks through, upsetting the current rankings and sending a buzz through the community.

Below, we highlight three athletes you should keep an eye on as we head into the men’s Semifinals.

Victor Hoffer (France)

Victor Hoffer has been on the precipice of a breakthrough for a few years now. Though he’s never qualified for the CrossFit Games as a competitor, he was only 19 points away from doing so last year at the European Semifinal. While the top 11 qualified for Madison, Hoffer narrowly missed out by finishing 13th. 

He also was on the 2023 CrossFit Games Demo Team and has a reputation for being among the best male athletes when it comes to gymnastics.

Things are looking good in 2024, though, as the 21-year-old started off strong:

  • 2024 Open: 21st worldwide, eighth Europe, first France

  • 2024 Quarterfinals: third worldwide, second Europe

Throughout the Quarterfinals, Hoffer displayed few weaknesses, much like last year when he finished 10th in the world during Quarterfinals.


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📺 🎥 2024 CrossFit Games Live Stream Schedule Announced: Yesterday afternoon the CrossFit Games team announced that all seven Semifinals will have live streaming coverage of “every heat of each event on Saturday and Sunday” on “a number of platforms,CrossFit Games website, the CrossFit Games app, Facebook, Twitch, and YouTube,” according to a press release.

  • The press release also announced that Asia, Africa, South America, and Oceania will have live streaming coverage on Friday, while Europe, North America East, and North America West will have a “Semifinals Kickoff Show on the Friday of each competition that will serve as a warm-up for the main event.”

🔥🌏🔥 World On Fire: Todd Meleney, former NOBULL CMO, and his marketing team have announced the opening of their new agency, World On Fire.

  • From the press release: “World On Fire is a boutique brand agency that works with high-growth brands in the fitness and wellness space. Specializing in brand strategy, brand identity, partnerships, and activations, the agency creates momentum for its clients by utilizing an ecosystem of athletes, creators, and partners to disrupt the status quo and build communities.”

  • World On Fire is currently hiring for several roles. Learn more.

🏋️‍♀️🎓 Pit Collegiate Throwdown: Designed to help fill in what some have described as the “lost years” for athletes aging up from the Teen to the Individual division, the Pit Collegiate Throwdown offers the opportunity for athletes 18-22 to throw down against their peers.

  • The online qualifier runs June 9-30, and the in-person finals will take place concurrently with the Pit Teen Throwdown from August 27-30. Learn more and get registered now!

🏆 TYR Wodapalooza Drops TYR Cup Details: More details are emerging about the structure and format of the elite division.

  • First, the format will be North America vs. The World. As the teaser described it, this will be “an all-star match-up, featuring a two-team, head-to-head format. Each squad will be composed of four men & four women, with the captains chosen by YOU.”

  • Then, yesterday, the event structures were released, and… 😳🤯 we were not prepared. This is going to be EPIC! Learn more here.

🏆🧑‍🚒 Register For The CrossFit Service Cup: Built to Serve Now! 

  • The details: The CrossFit Service Cup is a virtual competition that asks athletes to complete three workouts over the course of one week (June 6-13).

  • The competition will include Competitive, Rx’d, and community divisions, and service members in the following professions are invited to join: Affiliate Owner, CrossFit Trainer, Medical Professional, Educator, Military Veteran, Active Duty Military, Law Enforcement, Firefighter, First Responder, EMS Responder.

🏋️‍♀️📋 Training Camp Semifinalists: Several prominent training camps have dropped full rosters of their Semifinal-qualifying athletes. Check out the lists now:

ICYMI: Odd object events like “Strongman’s Fear” and “The Texas Oak” have given us many exciting moments and opportunities to see our favorite athletes adjust to new and unknown implements. Check out some of our favorites from the recent past!


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Honoring Fit Moms: How Fitness Helps These 6 CrossFit Games Vets Be Better Mothers

Nine months ago, I became a mother.

Within a few weeks (OK, maybe a few months), I understood “mom strength.”

  • Maybe it’s just hormones or something we don’t really have an explanation for, but being a mother makes you stronger, more patient, and more resilient. 

And, in my case, less likely to complain when I don’t get enough sleep.

Pre-motherhood, if I didn’t get nine hours of quality sleep, I moped around like a zombie. Now I’m up a million times a night, and I’m OK. I’m more than OK. 

Somewhere along the way, being a mother has gone hand-in-hand with finding a “suck it up” factor I didn’t know I had in me.

  • That being said — it’s not like it’s easy. And just like with any other challenge in life, working out and being fit plays a therapeutic role in looking after my little dude.

I leave the gym feeling invigorated, capable, happy, and with a renewed sense of humor to remember to laugh at some of the ridiculous things I find myself doing as a mother. In short, staying fit makes me a better, happier, more relaxed, calmer mother. 

In the spirit of Mother’s Day, I reached out to some very fit mamas to ask them how working out makes them better mothers. 

Here’s what these six CrossFit Games moms had to say:


Hey Friend, it's your bladder talking! I've noticed you're drinking less water, thinking it might ease leaks and urges. However, insufficient hydration isn't helping. Our kidneys aren't filtering fluids effectively anymore, leading to concentrated urine that aggravates me. As thirst signals diminish, you drink less, causing weaker bladder muscles and more frequent leaks. Fortunately, US Army researchers discovered an easy water technique that can boost muscle strength by 36%, cut UTIs by 58%, and restore control in just two hours. Please try this simple trick to strengthen me and stop the nagging. Let's feel great soon! - Your Bladder


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Workout of the Week: IGNITE – Forging Youth Resilience Fourth Annual Fundraiser 

Today’s workout is Forging Youth Resilience’s (FYR) annual fundraiser workout – IGNITE. This is the fourth year the CrossFit community has taken part in this Mental Health Awareness Month fundraiser, bringing $62,000 in 2023. This year’s goal is $100,000, with 100% of the proceeds going directly toward empowering youth athletes nationwide.

FYR offers fitness classes at 22 local chapters across the nation, many of which are located in CrossFit affiliates. The nonprofit serves 400-plus underserved youth with fitness, nutrition education, and mentorship. Learn more about FYR’s dual goals of fundraising and publishing new research related to its programs in this feature from the Morning Chalk Up from earlier this week.

CrossFit community members can participate in the workout as individuals or groups to raise money throughout May.

Forging Youth Resilience: IGNITE

With an 18-minute running clock, complete:

Thrusters (65/95 pounds) 
Lateral burpees over the bar

In the remaining time, establish a max weight of the complex:

1 power clean + 1 hang squat clean

Your score is the time of the triplet and max load.

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