Looking ahead: The Quarterfinal round will take place April 8-11. Like the Open, the Quarterfinals are an online competition that, according to the 2021 rulebook, will require score validation and video review.
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21.3 and 21.4 Save the Open, From a Programming Perspective
There was much speculation about what a three week Open would look like in the two and a half months after the 2021 rulebook was released. Many wondered if there would be multiple workouts per week, or if Dave Castro would program a 1-rep max for only the third time in the Open’s history.
Some questioned whether the provided equipment list would allow for enough diversity in programming for the Open to qualify as an adequate, balanced test. And, through the first two weeks, programmers around the world were probably rather unimpressed and underwhelmed. But, as always, it’s the totality of the test that needs to be considered. Now that we have the entire test, we can appropriately assess whether it is a good one or not.
21.1 and 21.2 left a lot to be desired from the programming side. Those two weeks consisted of two couplets that, for the elite athletes, were fairly similar in terms of time domains. 21.1 was mostly a test of shoulder stamina. While 21.2 was a straight work capacity exhibition.
Both tests served a purpose, but having only seen those two workouts there were possibly even more questions than answers; and maybe that’s how Dave Castro wanted it to be.
At least that is what I am telling myself in the final week of the Open now that we got a two-for-one special with 21.3 and 21.4 being both announced this past Thursday as the final chapter in the 2021 Open.
The community was clamoring for the barbell and boy did they get it, but in classic Castro programming you have to earn your heavy lift, which usually means a metric ton of lighter barbell and skill work that will have you seeing sounds before you get there.
Defibrillator, CrossFit Megalodon Coach Trained in CPR Saves 70-Year-Old Member’s Life
Earlier this month, just moments after he finished a masters class at CrossFit Megalodon in Venice, FL, Jack Carroll, a 70-year-old longtime member dropped to the floor, appearing to be in cardiac distress.
“He had just finished the WOD. There were still a few people going, and he walked over to shake hands with a drop-in who had just arrived. Right then, he just dropped and was out. He was dead for about a minute,” said the gym’s owner William Lyman.
Luckily, the gym was equipped with an automated external defibrillator (AED), and Alex Moore, the coach who was handling the class, is a medic for Sarasota County.
What happened next: Moore immediately began a round of chest compressions, while a member ran to get the AED.
“They administered a shock and then the coach did another round of chest compressions,” said Lyman, who witnessed the scene unfold.
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