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Quarterfinals Floor Plans Create Logistical Challenges for Dukic Brothers
With the announcement of the floor plans for Quarterfinals some athletes are scrambling to find a place, or places, where they’ll be able to do the workouts.
While many might think there’s nothing out of the ordinary on the equipment list, in the case of the Dukic brothers (and other Quarterfinalists in Serbia), there is a need to be creative to get these workouts done, though their strategies for doing so will be quite different.
The Dukic brothers take on Quarterfinals…in different countries: For Lazar Dukic, his strategy this year is going to involve some travel. He is boarding a plane the day before the workouts are announced and flying to France where he will be able to do all the workouts in one location; something that is not possible for him to do in Serbia. His long-time girlfriend has been studying in Strasburg where he’s stayed with her for extended periods of time before and therefore has familiarity and comfort training.
His brother Luka, who has never been to France to train as his brother has, is choosing to stay in Serbia, which means he’ll have to travel between three different cities to complete the five Quarterfinal tests.
Lazar said of the different choices he and his brother are making, “I’m used to France, it would be his first time there in that gym. So maybe it’s better for him to travel around Serbia. I just know I don’t want to stress myself in that way.”
Some more details: GHD’s are not too common in Serbia, and while there is one at his brother’s gym in Temerin, a couple logistical concerns make that a less than ideal, and potentially unsafe environment to complete the first two workouts in.
His brother’s gym only has wall space for one handstand push up location. To set up a second one would mean doing it against a door which is unsafe. He will instead be transporting the GHD 25 kilometers to the city of Novi Sad to complete workouts one and two
Neither his brother’s gym in Temerin, nor the location in Novi Sad, can accommodate the required set up for the rope climb, wall ball, and 25 foot of space layout for workout three however
This means another trip, to the capital city of Belgrade (which is 120 kilometers away) will be required for Luka to complete that workout. All told he’ll have to travel several hundred kilometers and do the workouts at three different locations over the course of three days
The big picture: Having the floor layout plans for these workouts a couple days early has given the opportunity for athletes to prepare accordingly, but in some cases those preparations are far from straightforward. The Dukic brothers both made the Games last year, and Lazar placed ninth in the world. While CrossFit is making an effort to make these early stages of testing accessible, some of the decisions about the layouts for these Quarterfinal tests aren’t necessarily readily available for even some of the best international CrossFitters in the world.
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In case you missed it, Lauren Kalil, the host of The Bottom Line, spoke to the “Fittest Man on Earth” Justin Medeiros about his Open experience. She was also joined by Monster Energy’s director of marketing Hans Molenkamp, who spoke about the pushback when the drink company first broke into CrossFit.
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2022 Quarterfinal Floor Layouts Leave Programmers with Few Options For a Balanced Test
We now have layouts for all five of the Quarterfinals floor plans and so we’re going to dive into what we can realistically expect with these floor plans, and highlight why there really aren’t too many options if the goal is a balanced test.
The importance of the testing here is of high importance as we are now narrowing the field from thousands to hundreds for Semifinals, and the goal needs to be to find a group of athletes who are well-qualified for a challenging, live, weekend long competition.
Five Key Takeaways from CrossFit’s First 2022 Affiliate Town Hall
CrossFit must evolve coming out of the pandemic and through its leadership change, said Nicole Carroll, CrossFit’s director of training and certification, or it risks making the same mistakes it made in the past.
“The last two years have not been easy on anyone, but they have been especially tough on our affiliates,” Carroll acknowledged in CrossFit’s latest town hall that was titled “Preserve and Evolve.”
Carroll pointed to a potential rebirth for CrossFit moving forward as headquarters tries to learn from the lessons of what has been a tumultuous 24 months for the company dating back to the ousting of former CEO and founder Greg Glassman, and the onset of the pandemic.
“I can’t say we have all the right answers right now, or that we will do it perfectly at every step, but we will continue with what we started,” she continued. “Our foundation has paved the way for past success and it will continue to drive the future.”
The town hall, which is now available on YouTube, dives into a number of subjects including the history of the fitness industry, CrossFit’s vision for the future concerning coaches and affiliates. CrossFit usually hosts the town halls once a quarter, however they have been held sporadically throughout the pandemic.
Fit to Function Uses CrossFit to Help Brain Injury Patients
March is Brain Injury Awareness Month and here are some staggering statistics, courtesy of the Brain Injury Awareness Association:
Brain injury is a leading cause of death and disability in the United States–at least 2.8 million Americans sustain a traumatic brain injury every year
47.9% are from falls
17.1% are from blunt force–either being struck by or against something
13.2% are from motor vehicle accidents
8.3% are from assaults
13.2% are from other or unknown causes
Enter Fit to Function: Traditional methods of rehabilitation and therapy often fail to help brain injury patients back to a level of function that they had or that they aspire to, and that’s where Jenna Muri-Rosenthal comes in.
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