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Will There be a Repeat Open Workout this Year?

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February 27   |   POWERED BY


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In today’s edition:

  • Eight Athletes at CrossFit South Bay have done the Open every year since 2011, and they’ll do it again in March.
  • Will there be a repeat Open workout this year? History says yes.
  • Sean Sweeney and the Cowboy Way give back.

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  California Affiliate Home to Eight Athletes Who Have Done Every Open 

California Affiliate Home to Eight Athletes Who Have Done Every Open

Retaining clients for a decade is an accomplishment for any small gym owner. Forrest Jung has gone above and beyond this: His gym, CrossFit South Bay in Hermosa Beach, CA, boasts eight members who have not only been at the gym for a decade, but have done the CrossFit Games Open every single year since it began in 2011. All of them are gearing up to do it again in March.

  • For Jung, promoting the Open is simply a great way to bring his community together. He’s doing that this year through a “battle of the sexes” competition with approximately 50 people on each of the two teams. Participation is down because of the global pandemic — last year Jung had four teams of 35 participate — but he’s excited nonetheless for “a nice, short and sweet Open,” he said.

What they’re saying: Ron Satow, who has been a member of CrossFit South Bay for “longer than recorded time,” he said, and is particularly excited about the Open this year because the 65 year-old will be joining the newly introduced 65-plus age group.

  • Satow’s favorite competition moment came when a friend rounded up a bunch of 60-plus men from southern California to throw down together. “Picture this: Seven 60-plus men beating on each other in front of a crowd of cheering CrossFitters. You wouldn’t think saggy skin could move so fast…Then we all went to his house for a BBQ,” Satow said.
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  • Desert City SLAM: CrossFit Incite in Mesa, AZ is hosting its first competition on May 1-2 and early bird registration is open now through March 14. The two-day event will include cash prizes in the Rx divisions ($1500 for first, $500 for second, and $250 for third), as well as prize packs for scaled and masters divisions.
  • MUST READ: Earlier this week the South China Morning Post published an opinion piece by Brian Friend on the ten women who could challenge Tia-Clair Toomey in 2021. Friend points to perennial powerhouses like Katrin Davidsdottir, Kari Pearce, Brooke Wells, and Kristin Holte, as well as a few athletes who have not made a major impact at the Games the past few seasons in Sara Sigmundsdottir and Kara Saunders (also taking into account injuries, pregnancy and more), and young gun Haley Adams and lesser-known Karin Frey.
  • The Pit Fitness Elite Teen Throwdown announced yesterday that it will be an official CrossFit licensed event. The competition will take place Labor day weekend and more details are forthcoming.
  • Chandler Smith is the newest member of the Comptrain team. Smith joins Katrin Davidsdottir, Samuel Kwant and Amanda Barnhart.
    • Smith: “Ben has coached at a championship level for almost a decade and is dedicating more time to coaching this year. When combined with the prospect of everyday training with and learning from one of the sport’s greats in Kat (Katrin Davidsdottir) I was pretty convinced that this was where I needed to be…Sam (Kwant) and Amanda (Barnhart) moving out here has also made this one of the most competitive fitness spaces available, so being surrounded by athletes and people like them (including Cole Sager) was almost impossible to turn down.”
  • The Rogue Fitness “Cliffhanger Challenge” registration is now open. The athlete with the longest dead hang on a pull-up bar will win. Register now and complete the challenge March 5-8.
  • The Community Gyms Coalition and the International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association released the following statement thanking Congressman Mike Quigley (D-IL) for offering the GYMS Act as an amendment to the American Rescue Plan Act yesterday:
    • “CGC and IHRSA thank Congressman Quigley for offering the GYMS Act as an amendment to the American Rescue Plan Act. The GYMS Act would save tens of thousands of gyms and millions of jobs. We are incredibly grateful for his leadership, along with Congressman Fitzpatrick and the 42 additional co-sponsors of this legislation, to make sure Congress does not overlook our industry – one of the hardest-hit by the pandemic. Congress must act now to include this provision in the American Rescue Plan Act.”
  The Open Repeat and What History Tells Us Could be in Store this Season 


The Open Repeat and What History Tells Us Could be in Store this Season

A hallmark of the CrossFit Games Open each year is the repeat workout.

Over the past decade Dave Castro has continually dusted off an Open workout from a previous year to use as a measuring stick for the community in fulfilling the “test, retest,” element of programming for a global cohort that has traditionally been a pillar of the CrossFit methodology.

The 2021 Open will be unique in that it serves as the opening chapter of a new ownership group rebuilding a sport and community that has been hampered by a multitude of factors in the past calendar year.

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  • Serge Matta, an athlete at CrossFit Mill Street in Vienna, VA, was featured in the CrossFit Email of the Day this week for his major life transformation. After contracting COVID in June 2020, Matta joined the gym, monitored his nutrition, and has lost 75 pounds, he’s also improved his blood work and uric acid levels.
  • East Ridgefield CrossFit Expands: Just prior to COVID shutdowns, Kevin and Bri Cummo, owners of East Ridgefield CrossFit in Ridgefield, WA, expanded their facility from 2400 to 6000 square feet. Their community has remained strong and soon will be able to take advantage of all the extra space.
  • Fargo ABLE Games Celebrate Inclusivity: On May 14-15, Fargo, ND will host the Midwest’s first inclusive fitness contest where people of all abilities can compete. To celebrate inclusivity, highly skilled athletes and those with special needs will compete on the floor at the same time. Learn more and register.
  • Midwestern Built Opens New Location: In Missouri, Midwestern Built Carthage broke ground on a new location on January 5. Now, Midwestern Built Joplin is up and running and taking on new members.
  • Green Machine Fundraiser: Last week the first Green Machine fundraiser kicked off at CrossFit Helix in Greeley, CO to raise money for the Severance High School weightlifting and volleyball programs and to honor coach Tyler Green, who was a CrossFit enthusiast and died unexpectedly two years ago.
  Sean Sweeney is Giving Back to the Community With the Cowboy Way 


Sean Sweeney is Giving Back to the Community With the Cowboy Way

Three-time CrossFit Games athlete Sean Sweeney, known as the CrossFit Cowboy, announced in late 2019 that he was launching an online programming service called the “Cowboy Way.” The plan was to provide members with the opportunity to train like him while also receiving some financial support.

Why this matters: The Cowboy Way has been around for little more than one year since its January 2020 launch, and Sweeney has used the time to help out athletes in a variety of ways. For example, he has helped purchase a variety of equipment using a special fund attached to the program’s price.

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