What’s in Store for Week 3

October 24, 2019 by
Credits: Anders Malm / @lifeofmalm
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Welcome to week 3. It’s a repeat. Athletes in Australia, Norway and Argentina squared off for the live announcement.

  • Fun Fact: By breaking from a long-standing tradition to repeat a workout in the same week it was originally programmed (20.3 = 18.4), it means that a workout from the third week as never been repeated.
  • Handstand push-ups (strict or kipping) have been in every Open since they were first programmed in 2015.

20.3 = 18.4

For time:
21 deadlifts (225/155)
21 handstand push-ups
15 deadlifts (225/155)
15 handstand push-ups
9 deadlifts (225/155)
9 handstand push-ups
21 deadlifts (315/205)
50-ft. handstand walk
15 deadlifts (315/205)
50-ft. handstand walk
9 deadlifts (315/205)
50-ft. handstand walk
Time cap: 9 min.

One big thing: 18.4 is probably one of the most controversial Open workouts of the past several years, mainly over the new standard instituted for the handstand push-ups back in 2018. With increased internet scrutiny over reps and penalties being assessed, this is sure to stir the pot.

  • Armen Hammer not wasting any time, via Instagram: “This awful and arbitrary handstand push-up standard is back and CrossFit should be embarrassed to be using it again.”
  • Flashback to 2018, two big things come to mind: 1). a video of Brooke Wells missing the line on handstand push-ups reps surfaced and caused a lot of drama when HQ admitted that some were no reps but wouldn’t change her score, and 2). Jacob Heppner missing out on Regionals.

A quick recap from the live announcements.

Live viewership: Three locations were streaming simultaneously across a couple of different channels. Here are the combined totals of peak viewership, which is quite a bit smaller than the 84,690 we saw in week 1 driven largely by the Froning v. Panchik match-up.

  • Box TV — 975
  • Box TV Games Stream — 2,900
  • Norway Games Stream — 32,000
  • Australia – 14,200

How the athletes performed. These are unofficial results.

  • Maddie Sturt – 7:32
  • James Newbury – 7:59
  • Kristin Holte – 6:23
  • Nico Billaudel – 147 reps
  • Sasha Nievas – 8:40
  • Jimena DeLamer – 141 reps
  • Delfina Ortuño – 128 reps

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