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Head to Head Highlights of Torian Pro

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We like to think of our champions and idols as superheroes who were born different from us. We don’t like to think of them as relatively ordinary people who made themselves extraordinary.” — Carol Dweck

The Head To Head Highlight of the Torian Pro

 

We saw it first at the Brazil CrossFit Championship, now the Torian Pro in Australia has capped off an exciting weekend of competition with a thrilling elimination final. While the event wasn’t a winner takes all — the sprint-cut-style event offered spectators (and athletes) a blink and you’ll miss it, edge-your-seat experience.

How it played out:

  • The workout: 30 Rx Smart Gear drag rope double-unders and 6 OHS at 200/135 pounds (90/60kg).
  • The last two competitors to cross the finish line would be eliminated.
  • This would be repeated until only two athletes remained on the floor, four rounds.
  • Take a look.

The highlight: The male ProPairs competition was a weekend-long duel between the combo of Rich Froning and Royce Dunne against nine times Games competitor Rob Forte and Jay Crouch.

The final event of the weekend was no different, with Froning taking the win by an inch.

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Life on the Bubble

 

We now know the entire scope of programming for the 2020 CrossFit Games Open after it was revealed that Open workout 20.5 would be a “choose your own adventure,” style triplet of ring muscle-ups, wall balls, and rowing. Most people will spend the weekend figuring out how to properly chip away at as many of the 40 muscle-ups as possible, but there is a select group of athletes on the bubble of qualification that will be treating this workout like it’s Saturday morning of the CrossFit Games, and the last round of cuts is coming in hot.

Some of these athletes are also in the hunt for their national championship as well, which doubles down on the importance of finishing strong in the final week. The athletes below the cut line that are in bold are currently at the top of their national leaderboard, and their top 20 spot would get backfilled if they hold onto their position.

The Last Five In: first let’s take a look at the athletes that managed to keep themselves above the cut line after four daunting weeks of the Open.

The Breakdown: Five of the ten athletes on this list made the CrossFit Games in 2019, but only one athlete – Cole Sager – managed to qualify for the Open. Froning is excluded from this as he will decline his invite and go team, while Hanna Karlsson didn’t do the Open last season. 

  • Women: Four of the five women on the bubble were at the Games competing in 2019. Garibay and Karlsson earned their individual invites through Sanctionals, and Chapman and Lesur competed on teams in Madison. Dreisilker is the lone newcomer to the Games stratosphere but is the lone athlete of the bunch without a workout finish outside of the top 100 worldwide.
  • Men: The fact that Rich Froning will decline to go team should mean that the bubble will extend down one spot, but he still has to finish above the cut line for that to happen. The remaining four men all have individual Games experience, and should have no issue manhandling 20.5, which puts the pressure on the athletes below to put together a top 20 score worldwide to make up ground. 

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  • 24 HOURS OF WODS FOR VETERANS — CrossFit 309 in Peoria, IL completed their 6th Annual 22-hour WOD-a-Thon this past weekend, with a record 311 athletes participating.  Every hour, on the hour, they did a Hero WOD for 22 hours straight to raise awareness of veteran suicide.  
  • ROWDOWN THROWDOWN — South Slope CrossFit in Asheville, NC hosted the inaugural Rowdown Throwdown fundraiser this past Saturday. Teams of 10 rowed 26.2 miles on indoor machines to raise funds for the Buncombe County Special Olympics.

CHALK UP IN 2 MINUTES (a highlight reel around social media of CrossFit pros and average joes)

Rob Orlando back squats 405 pounds for four reps only six months after knee surgery • Crystal McCullough deadlifts 352 pounds for three • Regan Huckaby gets a hits 270 pound split jerk PR • Dani Page back squats 300 poundsCarol Connors got her first ring muscle-up in 20.5 • Anousone Bounket got his first ring muscle-up • Giulian Favrin did too • Willy Georges clean and jerks 331 pounds.

…and Travis Mayer is Dad Strong through and through. 

The 20.5 Leaderboard as of 8:00 PM PT Last Night:

1. Travis Williams (10:49) | Kristin Mueller (14:06)
2. Jonathan Wall (10:50) | Alexis Johnson (14:25)
3. Adam Klink (11:02) | Delaina Snider (14:30)
4. Jake Berman (11:11) | Audra Boyd (14:51)
5. Peter Shaw (11:13) | Megan Markee (15:01)
6. Jordan Troyan (11:15) | Amy Morton (15:07)
7. Matt Cox (11:21) | Stacey Drew Mazejka (15:23)
8. Royce Dunne (11:24) | Sophie Carrier-LaForte (15:34)
9. Ross Barr (11:30) | Pascale Cote (15:41)
10. Alec Smith (11:35) | Alexandria Barnes (15:43)

Submit Your Scores Today– Your 20.5 scores are due today by 5:00 PM PT. Make sure you submit them. 

Now That The Open is Over — A few words of wisdom on the year to come, courtesy of Oso CrossFit in San Antonio, Tx.

— “The terrifying thing about excuses, is that it binds us to our next move. If we excuse, or justify, we at a subconscious level tell ourselves that this is out of my control. That this was a fluke, or a chance event, and theres nothing I could do differently next tie. We can see danger in that.

— “Excuses are contagious. As we feel the temptation come today, pause in the moment. Is there anything I could do differently next time?”

Kara Saunders on Pulling Out of Torian Pro — Kara Saunders pulled out of Torian Pro after hearing the 20.5 announcement, Morning Chalk Up reported. Saunders took to Instagram yesterday to explain why she decided to focus on the Open.

— “Spent the weekend with my people at a local comp. I was meant to compete in a pair for a bit of fun but had to make a super tough call and bail so I can give my best on a redo of 20.5. I HATE doing the workouts twice, but I’m in a different place this year and have other things to consider. On the plus side, I got to be cheer squad for Matt Saunders and the CrossFit Kova team for once. So proud. Now one more Open WOD to do, one last effort and I can crawl into a hole for a couple of days and recover from juggling a miniature fire cracker and intense exercise for 5 weeks.”

CrossFit German Throwdown Qualifier — Registration for the CrossFit German Throwdown Qualifier starts today. If you didn’t qualify through last year’s placement, you 2019 Games placement, or through the Open this year and you plan to compete, then you need to register for their online qualifier. 

CrossFit Filthy 150 Confirmations — Adrian Mundwiler is confirmed for the CrossFit Filthy 150. So is Lukas Esslinger. 

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“Let the Girls Play with The Heavy Barbells,” by Amanda Barnhart, Morning Chalk Up

Was the women’s weight too light in 20.4? I’m honestly not sure what the right answer is here. For years, the guys at my gym have been telling me that the prescribed girls’ weights for workouts have historically been “too light,” and I’ve always just chalked it up to the thought that, well, I’m just strong. Now, I’m not so sure.

I’m not gonna lie, I always wish for heavier weights in workouts, just because that is a true strength of mine. But this most recent Open workout, 20.4, was the first time I really noticed how big the difference was between the men’s and women’s prescribed weights. A 315 pound clean and jerk is no joke, for even the strongest guys in CrossFit.

But I’m not sure it’s the same conversation at 205 pounds for most of the top women. 

Personally, I didn’t think twice about clean and jerking 205 pounds at the end of that workout. But when I considered what would I have felt like if I had to lift… say 220 pounds or 225 pounds at the end of that workout — I realized it would have been a totally different game. I would have been a little scared approaching the bar for that lift and that’s how I think a lot of the men felt staring down 315.

It’s worth noting that traditionally in benchmark barbell workouts, women’s weights are programmed at right around 70% of the men’s’ prescribed weight.

Diane is 225 pound deadlifts for men and 155 pound deadlifts for women. Grace is 135 pound clean and jerks and 95 pounds for women.

Even previous Open workouts like 13.4, 16.4, and 17.3 kept the same 70% weight ratio. Specifically in the case of 17.3 — an ascending ladder of snatches from 95/65 to 265/185 — the ratio remained the same throughout. While men snatched 225 women were prescribed 155.

For 20.4 however, things were different.

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CHALK UP CALENDAR

11/9: Emerald Coast Honor Games (Destin, FL)
11/15 – 11/16: 24 Hours 24 Heroes (Charleston, SC)
11/16: Warrior Affiliate League Delta Force (City of Industry, CA)
11/16: O-Town Throwdown 2019 (Oconomowoc, WI)
11/16: The Garage Games Masters Tour (Blue Springs, MO)
11/16: The Garage Games Masters Tour (Clemmons, NC)
11/16: The Garage Games Masters Tour (Plainville, CT)
11/16: The Pain Cave SD (San Diego, CA)
11/16: 2019 Graveyard Games (Kenosha, WI)
11/16: Mid-Atlantic Masters Classic (Abingdon, MD)
11/16: 3rd Annual Bombs & Barbells (Pooler, GA)
11/16: Mama Said Knock You Out (Canton, CT)
11/16: Olson WOD (Hanford, CA)
11/16: CFP’s 6th annual Fall Brawl (Pittsfield, MA)
11/16: 4th Annual Battle of the Badges (St. Louis, MO)
11/16 – 11/17: 24 Hours of Heroes (London, ON)
11/17: Annual Ghetto Games (Plainville, MA)
11/17: Crews For Brews (Windsor, Ontario)
11/22: Sixth Annual Gobbler Gauntlet (Scottsdale, AZ)
11/23: Kettlebells for Balls (Newburyport, MA)
11/23: Keep Austin W.O.D.ing (Austin, TX)
11/23: CrossFit XLTs 6th Annual Turkey Bash (Chatham, IL)
11/23: Fitness for Ellie Fundraiser (Amherst, OH)
11/23: Rise of the South (Statesboro, GA)
11/23 Vekter Games (Laurel, MD)
11/23 – 11/24: South Loop Games (Chicago, IL)
12/7: New Wods on the Block (Lubbock, TX)

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