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Are Smaller Athletes Better at 21.2?

Morning Chalk Up

March 20   |   POWERED BY


Good morning and welcome to the Morning Chalk Up.

In today’s edition:

  • CrossFit teens and alums storm the leaderboard on 21.1.
  • Total viewership for the 21.2 announcement is trending higher than 21.1.
  • Is 21.2 better for smaller athletes?
  • Tommy tackles 21.2.
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  • Around the water cooler: If you were in the community in 2017 you definitely remember the pain that was 17.1, and if you’re like us, you groaned when Castro announced the repeat. But the early indications are that scores are significantly better. How did you do? Let us know.
  • The 21.2 announcement livestream viewership numbers are quite a bit higher than 21.1. At the 24-hour mark the total viewership between YouTube and Facebook was 730,882 (YouTube: 526,882, Facebook: 204,000).
  • Thinking about 21.3 already? Our Movement Tracker is up-to-date.
  • MUST WATCH: Noah Ohlsen takes on 21.2. While the clock isn’t in this frame, it looks like he finishes in 9:34.
  • From the Adaptive Training Academy: Adaptive Movement Standards for CrossFit Open 21.2.
  • Trash Talk Thursday/Open Humiliation returns for 21.3. Pat Vellner and Brent Fikowski are going head-to-head next week and the loser will have to do….something (to be announced soon). And they are giving away 40 t-shirts to #openhumilation participants on Instagram.
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  Teen Beat: How the Teen Divisions Stack Up on the Open Leaderboard after 21.1 

Teen Beat: How the Teen Divisions Stack Up on the Open Leaderboard after 21.1

Over the next three weeks of the 2021 NOBULL CrossFit Games Open we are going to track the performances and compare how the teen division and recent teen alums stack up against the top athletes on the Open leaderboard.

We are going to focus on the 16-17 age group division as the future of the sport, but also highlight the 14-15 division and the top performances where possible.

Girls 16-17 Division: Heading into the Open, all eyes were on 17-year old Mal O’Brien who has been putting up huge weight and performances since her dominating victory at the Pit Fitness Ranch Elite Teen Throwdown back in September. She didn’t disappoint as she completed the workout in 11:06 good enough for fourth overall and just one second behind two-time Games athlete Danielle Brandon for third and four seconds behind event winner Johanna Juliusdottir. She headlines the 10 girls in the division that completed the workout under the 15 minute cap.

  • Emma Cary: After aging-up into the 16-17 division last year, the 2019 CrossFit Games 14-15 Girls champion was looking to break through into the elite division as evidenced by her 80th place finish in last year’s Open. This year she completed 21.1 in 11:48 putting her in 14th place.
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  • Dr. Suess-Themed Book Drive: In Coral Springs, FL, CrossFit Vice participated in a book drive to benefit the local schools in Broward County.
  • CrossFit The Point x Wolf Pact: CrossFit The Point in Bluffdale, UT has partnered with Mandy Turner to host a fundraising event for The Wolf Pact, an organization that is dedicated to helping teenagers with mental health awareness along with suicide prevention. The event will take place on March 26 and include Open workout 21.3. They will also have a silent auction, along with T-shirts and tanks to buy.
  • Broken Bumper Plate Art: CrossFitter and artist Matt Ashwood is creating super-cool works of art out of broken bumper plates that would otherwise end up in the trash. Check them out now, commissions are available.
  • CrossFit St. Helens x Recovery Rx’d: CrossFit St. Helens in St. Helens, OR is hosting a virtual fundraising event to benefit Recovery Rx’d. Recovery Rx’d is a free program offering CrossFit classes to anyone who is in recovery from substance use disorder. The only requirement is 48 hours of continuous sobriety. The event is $20 to enter and will include three WODs and three rucking miles in a three-hour window. Learn more and sign up.
  • Scaled Nation Spring Classic: Scaled Nation CrossFit is hosting the Scaled Nation spring classic for beginners/scaled only. This is a virtual event that will take place between April 8 and May 15. The goal of the event is to remove the traditional barriers, advanced movements, and gymnastics so that everyone has the opportunity to experience the thrill of competition. Sign up now.
  21.2 Livestream Numbers Surpass 21.1 

21.2 Livestream Numbers Surpass 21.1

21.2 kicked off Thursday night with the announcement of a repeat workout and around the world, thousands of viewers eagerly tuned in to watch Rookie of the Year, Justin Medeiros and Second Fittest Man on Earth, Samuel Kwant go head to head.

Not only did 21.2 bring a higher max concurrent viewership, it also brought significantly higher total viewership for the livestream over the course of about 24 hours.

  • Max concurrent viewership increased by just over 10% for 21.2.
  • Total viewership after approximately 24 hours also increased by 8%.

21.2’s viewership numbers are not only significant because of their increase overall, but also because they reflect the reversal of a longstanding trend of decreased viewership of Open livestreams after week 1.

  • In 2020, viewership decreased by 60% going into week 2 of the Open.
  • If we compare 20.2 views to 21.2, we see a 184% increase in total views after 24 hours.
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  Does 21.2 Favor Smaller Athletes? 


Does 21.2 Favor Smaller Athletes?

Following 21.1 one could fully expect a heavy barbell to help offset the first test which was advantageous for the smaller, lighter athletes. Seeing the announcement of workout 21.2 (a repeat of Open WOD 17.1) was somewhat surprising though, as Castro has now provided two out of three weeks of this year’s test, and the heaviest object in sight is a 50 or 35 pound dumbbell.

On the surface this workout looks like yet another one that would be favorable for an athlete with a shorter range of motion. So, as always when these suspicions emerge, it’s best to turn to the data.

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  Tommy Tackles The Open: 21.2 


Tommy Tackles The Open: 21.2

Well, well, well, what do we have here? An Open repeat shows up in week two, and Dave Castro gives us two of the quarantine fitness MVPs: The burpee and the dumbbell.

17.1 you just couldn’t stay away could you? 

Week one of the Open went off relatively without a hitch, and here is some great news, if anyone’s shoulders are still sore from all those wall walks, the burning hellfire in the hamstrings and low back that comes with 150 dumbbell snatches and 75 burpee box jump-overs make you forget all about those silly shoulders.

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