“Everyone wants to be great, until it’s time to do what greatness requires.”- Joshua Medcalf
What History Tells Us About A Possible Open Repeat in 2022
Last season in the leadup to the 2021 Open, I took a “walk to remember”, sans Mandy Moore, through the Open history to narrow down the list of possible repeat workouts in store. With the 2022 edition less than a week away, it’s time to dust off the trusty history book again and see what this year could potentially have in store if the trend of repeats continues in year 12.
But first, a victory lap: Last season using my double secret probation level reasoning, I was able to deduce five workouts that fit within the historical trends making them a viable candidate. Lo and behold, one of my final five was ultimately chosen as 17.1 became 21.2. My reward? Thrashed spinal erectors, a sweet dance montage, and a lost bet resulting in me eating a raw onion doused in hot sauce.
Sam Briggs, “The Engine”, will be calling it a career after this season. She broke the news to Lauren Kalil on The Bottom Line, and also penned an essay about her career and decision to step away. 🥺
“I guess I’d like to be known as someone who’s willing to hurt when needed, but has fun doing so. Not necessarily competing injured, (as I have too many times and wouldn’t recommend), but as someone willing to go deep into the pain cave and have the ability to laugh and joke about it afterwards.”
It’s officially official, Samuel Cournoyer, three times CrossFit Games athlete, will be joining none other than Rich Froning and Mayhem Freedom in the team competition. Talk about firepower.
Looking for clues as to what 22.1 is going to be? CrossFit dropped a hint on their Instagram, see if you can figure it out. 🤔
Sammy Moniz has a new cookbook out, Feeding the Frasers: Family Favorite Recipes Made to Feed the Five-Time CrossFit Games Champion, Mat Fraser, which dropped yesterday.
The details: The live Open announcement will kick off the 2022 CrossFit Games season and the world’s largest participatory sporting event. The announcements started in the 2013 season and grew in size and popularity through 2018. CrossFit elected not to host live Open announcements during the 2019 and 2020 seasons, but returned to host them in 2021.
22.1 will be presented by NOBULL and will take place in Boulder, CO.
The 2021 Second Fittest Man on Earth, Patrick Vellner will take on Noah Ohlsen, who is competing in his eleventh straight Open. On the women’s side, Underdogs training partners Danielle Brandon and Bethany Shadburne will battle it out.
The 22.2 announcement on March 3 will feature the 2021 Fittest Man on Earth, Justin Medeiros will take on Saxon Panchik, who recently finished eighth at Wodapalooza, one spot behind his brother Spencer, and one spot ahead of his brother Scott. On the women’s side, two-time Second Fittest Woman on earth will take on Emma Lawson, the 17-year-old Canadian phenom and 2021 Fittest Teen.
We are awaiting the 22.3 workout match-ups announcement.
Five Quick Tips from Five Coaches before the Open starts
The 2022 CrossFit Open begins tomorrow. The reps are done, the nutrition is on point, and the chalk is ready to go. So what about the intangibles, the mental game? Doing well in the Open is as much between the ears as it is within the body.
CrossFit coaches across the world are currently in overdrive helping their athletes, from the elites to the weekend warriors, prep for three weeks of what will be workout madness. We’ve scoured the planet and found five coaches, who will offer five tips on how you can smash the Open this year.
Remind me: Tune in to the CrossFit Games website for the live 22.1 announcement on Thursday, February 24 at 12 PM PT. And as always, the Morning Chalk Up will provide workout strategy guides and full leaderboard coverage and analysis.
Ed Haynes, Coastal Fitness, Hong Kong
“Adjust the volume and intensity of your training in the week, so that you’re saving the majority of your resources for the Open Workout each week. The closer you get to your Open Workout, the easier your training should get and vice versa. Also remember that Open workouts are more taxing on the mind and body than your normal training. Movement standards, a judge, a submission deadline, a global leaderboard. Make sure you are accounting for this additional stressor by A) removing other stressors in your life, or B) increasing your coping mechanisms to stress (sleep, nutrition, meditation, etc.)”
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