This Week in CrossFit
Did the week get ahead of you and you’re looking to catch up on the top trending stories in CrossFit and the fitness industry? You’ve come to the right place. Each week we will wrap up the major news and stories people are talking about inside the box.
Another weekend of Semifinals puts more Games tickets on the line, but this weekend, all three competitions will be held virtually. Who are the top contenders to potentially move on and how could “instagram stalking” be the best way to keep you up to speed on all the competition action? Find a good WiFi connection and place to plug-in, and get ready for another weekend of competition!
Games Bound Athletes:
The Granite Games
1. Saxon Panchik (580) | Arielle Loewen (608) | Omnia (647)
2. Chandler Smith (548) | Mallory O’Brien (604) | MoveFastLiftHeavy (558)
3. Tim Paulson (541) | Emma Cary (560) | I1uvit (548)
4. Roy Gamboa (513) | Alessandra Pichelli (527) | 8th Day Gym (542)
5. Colten Mertens (508) | Caroline Conners (465) | Ocean State’s Finest (531)
The Fittest in Cape Town
1. Jason Smith (668) | Michelle Basnett (636) | Eikestad Mighty Oaks (700)
- When narrowing down the leaderboard in who could potentially rise to the top, we took a look at the components that play a part in athletes punching their ticket to Madison. Who are the Games veterans, who competes well virtually and how does the programming play to athletes’ strengths. Brian Friend lists out his predictions for this weekend.
- With the European continent split between the German and Lowlands Throwdowns, it’s less likely we will have to bet against some of our favorite athletes like Annie Thorisdottir and Katrin Davidsdottir. And although the German Throwdown is loaded with some previous Games athletes, there are some rising stars you may want to look out for.
- With just two tickets in each division up for grabs to send athletes to the Games, a lot is on the line in South America. And if this weekend’s competition is anything like Quarterfinals, expect a tight race between several athletes for that top spot.
- With all three Semifinals virtual this weekend, fans can either tune into the post-production live commentary on the CrossFit Games website, or they can follow along with their favorite athletes via social media. Our team compiled a list of social media accounts that you can keep your eye on for a little more immediate action.
- Steph Chung is no stranger to injury. She recently came back from a back injury, but now will be rehabbing again after an elbow injury during a snatch in the first event at the Granite Games. However, she was able to snag a spot in the Last Chance Qualifer in just three weeks.
- It’s the only movement in CrossFit where we see the standard change year after year in hopes that it will be “fair” regardless of height. Nottingham Trent University conducted a research project that suggests a person’s handstand push-up hand width should be determined based on their wingspan rather than using a predetermined maximum hand width for all competitors.
- Johnny Hunka has seen a lot of trauma in the 15-years he’s been a police officer. He opens up about how he finally started using CrossFit as recovery which helped improve his PTSD, depression and anxiety. This year he placed second in the world in the law enforcement division of the recent Occupational Games.
Things you don’t want to miss:
- Week three of the 2021 CrossFit Games Semifinals includes three events this weekend. They are all virtual and won’t have livestreams. Here’s how you can follow all the action.
- Here are the descriptions for all the individual Semifinal workouts: Event 1 “Friendly Fran” | Event 2 | Event 3 | Event 4 | Event 5 | Event 6 “Grettel.”
- The West Coast Classic, the final in-person Semifinal of the 2021 CrossFit Games season released some of their workouts
- Mat Fraser’s book, Hard Work Pays Off, will be released in January 2022. The book features the workouts, training hacks, eating plans, and mental strategies that paved the way for Fraser’s success.
- Heber Cannon, one half of the Buttery Bros, took on a full triathlon with no training. He joined James Lawrence who set a goal of completing 100 Iron Man-length triathlons in 100 to raise money for Operation Underground Railroad. Cannon joined him on day 100.
- Craig Richey is the newest member of Team Podium, the supplement company founded by Mat Fraser, Heber Cannon and Marston Sawyers.
- Steph Hammer, adaptive Nike athlete and adaptive CrossFit pioneer, was featured on Nike Training’s Instagram. She demonstrated how seated adaptive athletes can perform burpees.
- Eleiko Sports, manufacturer of Olympic weightlifting equipment, opened a new 18,000-square-meter logistics and production facility.
- Tickets for the West Coast Classic, which takes place June 18-20 in Las Vegas, NV, are still available.
- CrossFit Tilt is hiring full and part-time coaches at their Waltham, Sudbury, Cambridge, Wellesley, and Southborough, Massachusetts locations.
- Morning Chalk Up has a $1000 Rogue Home Gym to give away. Enter now for your chance to win.