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“Wall Space” Added To The Rx Division CrossFit Open Equipment List

March 5, 2021 by
Photo Credit: Kay Wiese
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On March 2nd, the CrossFit Games posted a video to its YouTube channel of  Head Judge and Competition Director for the CrossFit Games, Adrian Bozman briefing individual athletes on the 2021 season. Aside from releasing important dates and best practices for competition, he also released a new update to the equipment list for Rx athletes in the Open, which has not yet been updated in the rulebook.

The new list features the same pieces of equipment first released back in January, but now includes wall space, a critical piece of equipment needed for doing handstand push-ups, which have been a perennial feature in the Open since 2015.

The Full Updated List:

  • 1 dumbbell – 50/35 lbs
  • 1 barbell – 45/35 lbs + a standard set of bumper plates and collars
  • 1 jump rope
  • 1 pull-up bar that allows for all common hanging movements and kipping
  • 1 box – 24/20” with at least a 15×5” surface
  • Wall space

What it means: Adding in wall space almost guarantees that handstand push-ups will be a featured movement for Rx athletes in the 2021 Open.

  • The final questions that remain are, will they be strict or kipping, and what will the movement standard be for the handstand push-up.
  • In years past, CrossFit has released several variations of standards for handstand push-ups, including measuring 3 inches from your wrist in 2015, 2016, and 2017, measuring half the length of the forearm from the top of athletes head in 2018, creating a 36×24” box for strict handstand push-up standards in 2019, and returning to the forearm method in 2020 for kipping handstand push-ups.

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