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CrossFit Bans Russian and Belarusian Names and Flags from Competitions

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In today’s edition:

  • CrossFit will ban Russian and Belarusian names and flags from competitions
  • YouTube sensation Craig Richey talks to The Bottom Line
  • 22.1 versus 2021 when looking at the elite women’s division
  • How to watch the 22.2 Open announcement
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  CrossFit Releases Statement on Ukraine, Banning Russian and Belarusian Flags and Names from Competitions  

CrossFit Releases Statement on Ukraine, Banning Russian and Belarusian Flags and Names from Competitions

CrossFit has released a statement on Ukraine on its website, condemning the Russian military’s actions in Ukraine while also stating they will not recognize the governments of Russia or Belarus, and will remove those countries’ flags and names from the profiles of individuals and team competitors.

A CrossFit spokesperson clarified, however, that Russian and Belarusian athletes will still be able to compete in CrossFit sanctioned competitions.

Read the full statement below: 

  • “CrossFit unequivocally condemns the Russian military’s actions in Ukraine, and our hearts go out to the innocent people whose lives and safety have been put at risk. We will separate our events and our sport from the national actors involved, but we will continue to support our independent affiliate owners, coaches, and athletes within our global CrossFit community.
  • The CrossFit Open is a global test of fitness run by thousands of small and independent gyms worldwide, with nearly 300,000 athletes already taking part in the competition. We will not recognize the governments of Russia or Belarus throughout the season, and we will remove Russian and Belarusian flags and names from the profiles of individual and team competitors. CrossFit will also cease licensing or producing competitions in the aforementioned countries until further notice.”
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The Open is underway and we’ve got you covered. Check out our landing page for anything and everything as the 2022 season continues.

We’re back this Thursday with another Open announcement preview show, live with Lauren Kalil, the host of The Bottom Line. Check our YouTube page for the link and get ready for some more special and surprise guests, and if you missed it, we were all over 22.1 last week.

Individual community divisions are back this year at the Granite Games, which includes ASRXIntermediateScaledTeens and Masters. 😎

Lifting weights for just 30 minutes a week lowers your risk of death from all major causes by up to a fifth, according to a new study out of Japan. Sounds like more dumbells are the perfect prescription.

Does history tell us anything about a possible Open repeat this year?

  Craig Richey on What Makes a Good Weightlifter: “Fear is the mind killer”  


Craig Richey on What Makes a Good Weightlifter: “Fear is the mind killer”

Craig Richey said the art of lifting heavy is all in the details.

“I think all great weightlifters firstly have built savage levels of baseline strength and developed a severe capacity to hold positions, they are a real tactician in the way they move,” said the British YouTuber. “Everything needs to be purposeful, our sport is really just physics and millimeters and centimeters in the lift make such a difference at different stages, one centimeter out of line in the pull may as well be a mile.That barbell is constantly trying to get you out of shape so we are working always on positional strength.”

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  Craig Richey on What Makes a Good Weightlifter: “Fear is the mind killer”  

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  22.1 Versus 2021 When it Comes to the Elite Women  

22.1 Versus 2021 When it Comes to the Elite Women

Each year, the road to CrossFit Games qualification is a long one, one that puts athletes through more than a dozen unique, varied tests before determining who deserves to compete on the biggest stage.

Last year, this included four tests during the Open, five during Quarterfinals and another six or seven at Semifinals, and we can assume 2022 will be similar.

And while it seems only fair that multiple, unique, variable tests should be required in order to figure out who the fittest athletes in the world worthy of a Games invite, when we look at the women’s leaderboard after 22.1—a random, simple 15-minute test with three largely non-technical movements—a picture emerges. Even amongst a field of more than 115,000 women (who submitted scores), the fittest in the world from 2021 are already setting themselves apart.

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  How to watch Open Announcement 22.2  

How to watch Open Announcement 22.2

The second live Open announcement of the 2022 season is coming in hot tomorrow on the official CrossFit YouTube channel.

The details: The live Open announcement will kick off the second week of the 2022 CrossFit Games Open. More than 290,000 athletes are taking part in the Open this year across the globe and CrossFit Home Office is pulling out all the stops to host live announcements this year.

  • Morning Chalk Up Pre-Show: Join the team and special guests for a live show before 22.2 kicks off in Columbus, OH.
    • Special guests include Patrick Vellner, Rory McKernan, Patrick Clark and Brian Friend. Co-hosted by Lauren Kalil and Tommy Marquez
  • 22.2 will be presented by Monster Energy Hydro and will take place in Columbus, OH.
  • The 2021 Fittest Man on Earth, Justin Medeiros will take on Saxon Panchik, who recently finished eighth at Wodapalooza. On the women’s side, two-time Second Fittest Woman on Earth, Laura Horvath will take on Emma Lawson, the 17-year-old Canadian phenom and 2021 Fittest Teen.
  • The 22.3 workout match-ups for the live announcement have not yet been announced.
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How You Can Breathe Better in Open Workouts

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Light Up Your Core

There's no Open workout today, so time to attack some core work that you probably missed this weekend. Here are six drills you can add to your accessory work that will strengthen your core muscles and build some solid strength foundations.


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