Now in its fifth year, the Rogue Invitational is a high-level CrossFit competition that brings together some of the fittest athletes in the world. The event features crowd-pleasing tests with heavy barbells and classic CrossFit workouts, with the competitors vying for an impressive prize purse—as of late October it was up to $1.5 million.
Taking place this year from October 27 to 29 in Round Rock, Texas, the men’s and women’s individual CrossFit competition includes the 2023 CrossFit Games champions, Jeffrey Adler and Laura Horvath, as well six-time champion Tia-Clair Toomey-Orr’s return to competition after the birth of her daughter.
Looking to challenge Toomey-Orr and Horvath is Momentous athlete Lauren Fisher (pictured above), who has been competing in CrossFit since the early days of the sport.
Following the exciting news that she is pregnant with her second child, fellow Momentous athlete Annie Thorisdottir will not be competing, but will be at the event and will be leading a workout for Momentous on Friday (for which you can sign up here).
The Rogue Invitational also includes a Legends showcase, where Momentous athlete and 2023 Games Champion in the women’s 40 to 44 age group, Samantha Briggs, will compete against CrossFit veterans like Annie Sakamoto, Margaux Alvaraz, Rebecca Voigt Miller, and Kristan Clever.
What Sets the Rogue Invitational Apart—and How Momentous Helps Athletes Prepare
Fisher, 29, has been competing in CrossFit since she was a teenager, when she made her debut at the CrossFit Games on a team in 2013 and then as an individual in 2014. While she was thrilled to qualify for the Rogue Invitational this year and return to individual competition, Fisher will travel to Texas with a heavy heart. Her mom (pictured with Fisher below), who she describes as her best friend and biggest cheerleader, passed away on October 10 after a battle with ovarian cancer.
“She was my number one fan so I know she would never want me to pull out of Rogue, she'd want me to compete,” Fisher said. While the loss of her mom has impacted her training, Fisher said she’s still excited to compete after earning her spot via the online qualifier.
“Anything Rogue does is top notch. I think it is the best competition outside of the Crossfit Games. I love the workouts, they usually do classic CrossFit, and I think overall it's going to be such a fun weekend,” Fisher said.
Helping her train and recover are supplements from Momentous.
“I love Momentous,” she said, “I think they're one of the cleanest and best supplements in the market.”
Post-workout, her favorite Momentous supplement is Recovery protein powder, mixed with Creatine. She also loves Momentous Fuel in cherry berry flavor, which she takes in the middle of a longer cardio workout or right before a tough training session. Outside of the gym, Fisher takes Collagen Peptides in the morning and then Magnesium Threonate and Omega-3 at night.
Enjoying Rogue in a Different Way
For Thorisdottir, 34, the Rogue Invitational will take on a different dimension, as she celebrates the news of her second pregnancy and enjoying the social and community aspects of the competition. She said she always enjoys the emphasis on crowd-pleasing fun at Rogue and is looking forward to leading a workout for Momentous on Friday at 8.30 a.m. at CrossFit Texas.
She said: “It will be a more relaxed environment to hang out with friends and do some fitness together.”
Now more than ever, nutrition is of the utmost importance to Thorisdottir. She said that while she always prioritizes getting her nutrition through food, and says eating good quality food is essential, supplements can help all levels of athletes become the healthiest and fittest version of themselves. She said focusing on good quality food and supplementation is especially important for women.
“We need a larger and quicker fix of protein after physical work to avoid breaking down muscle tissue,” she said.
So what are her go-to Momentous favorites? She said she appreciates that Grass-Fed Whey Protein from Momentous has the right composition to help maintain and build muscle. Creatine has been a staple of hers for years, as well as Magnesium Threonate for both muscle relaxation and deeper sleep.
“When choosing supplements, the source and the quality should be the main priority, just as when you buy your food,” she said.
Masters Athletes Put on a Show in the Legends Competition
Sam Briggs, 41, won the CrossFit Games a decade ago, and she’s still on the competition floor—this time against fellow masters athletes in the Legends competition. Like Fisher and Thorisdottir, her fellow competitors are women she’s known for years.
“The Rogue Invitational gives us an extra opportunity to catch up with those athletes who I have been competing with since as early as 2010,” she said.
The event is tailored around the athlete experience, Briggs said, which makes it a fun weekend for athletes. When the athletes are having fun, the spectators can feel it. She believes this is especially true for the Legends competition.
“We’re purely there to entertain and hopefully we do just that,” she said.
At this point in her career, Briggs said competing in CrossFit is not her sole focus. While she gave it her all at the CrossFit Games this year, she doesn’t let training take over her life. However, that doesn’t mean standing on the podium this year wasn’t meaningful to her.
“Winning 10 years after winning the CrossFit Games was a special moment,” she said.
One of her favorite products is Collagen Shot, which she takes 30 minutes before she trains.“The handy shots have been fantastic to just throw in my gym bag to help support collagen synthesis and increase my tissue strength,” she said.