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Rulebook Review: Five Unanswered Questions
It was a big week for the CrossFit Games community with registration going live for the 11th iteration of the Open alongside the 2021 rulebook, drug testing policy, and adaptive athlete policy being published.
The rulebook came with a catch however, and not all of the season’s details were revealed as there will undoubtedly be additions and amendments to the rulebook as some of the nuts and bolts around the competition stages taking place later in the season get worked out.
Kudos to the CrossFit Games team for getting the most pressing information into the community’s hands more than two months before the season officially kicks off (and coming off a holiday break), but there are still some significant pieces of information that fans and athletes are eagerly awaiting. Below are the five biggest questions left unanswered going forward before the season starts.
1. Which event partners will host the 10 Semifinals?
So far we have the layout for the Open and Quarterfinals, but that is only half of the journey. Who will host the penultimate stage of competition and where dictates (COVID permitting) which local economies get the financial boost from fans, brands, and athletes coming into town, which communities get to see what athletes, and what organizations get to be the torchbearers for CrossFit competition moving forward. In terms of direct impact on the community, one could argue that the Semifinal predecessors of Regionals and Sanctionals had a wider reach across the season than the Games.
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Legends Masters Competition Announces Regional Qualifiers for 2021 Season
The organizers of the Legends Masters Competition have announced new changes to the qualifying standards for their annual championship, creating a season for masters athletes. Among the sweeping changes is that the new season will now include Regional competitions that will serve as a qualifier for the championship event.
“It’s been in our plans to expand our season and provide masters opportunities for live, in-person qualifiers,” said Legends Masters Competition organizer Joe Linton. “We are thrilled to be doing this in 2021 in a way that compliments the CrossFit games season.”
Becky Clements Starts CrossFit Fearing COVID-19, Puts Diabetes Into Remission in Six Months
When COVID-19 first hit, 33-year-old Becky Clements’ health suffered. She already lived a largely sedentary life, but working from home made it even worse. “Now going to my office involved going to the other side of my house, and then I’d sit back down again,” she said.
At the time, the 5-foot-7 Clements weighed 310 pounds, had high blood pressure — 155/102 mm Hg — high cholesterol, elevated liver enzymes, and her 6.5 A1C — average blood glucose — reading meant she was right on the cusp of being a Type 2 diabetic.
“I kept hearing that, you know, people with underlying health conditions, who are overweight, prediabetic or diabetic, were having a harder time with COVID, and I knew I was sitting in a couple of those categories and they were things I could adjust,” said Clements, who was also in constant pain and didn’t sleep well.
When an athlete has a problem collapsing forward in the front squat, coaches often start by yelling "chest up," but what if that doesn't work? The bottom position and where the bar is in relation to the athlete's center of gravity is critical to maintaining an upright torso. This video from Squat University provides some great drills and assessment techniques.
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Bob Soulliere had a high-pressure corporate job and struggled with anxiety, high cholesterol and back pain. He was medicated and unhappy, but then found CrossFit and learned how much physical activity can impact one's mental state. Check his journey in this video from CrossFit LLC.
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