“I had an incredible sense of pride, knowing that my life was about to change, knowing that I was about to have a child, and knowing that I've done something that he will be able to see one day and be like, my dad did that.”- Joshua Al-chamaa on his feelings in the days between the birth of his son and his team's victory at the 2023 CrossFit Games
CrossFit Open Announcement 24.1 Head-to-Head Matchups: First Look and Predictions
The first live 2024 Open announcement and matchups were announced last week and we are getting spoiled with four athletes who finished inside the top six at the 2023 CrossFit Games, including champion Jeffrey Adler.
The four athletes competing will be:
Jeffrey Adler – 2023 CrossFit Games champion
Brent Fikowski – 4th place 2023 CrossFit Games
Alex Gazan – 5th place 2023 CrossFit Games
Alexis Raptis – 6th place 2023 CrossFit Games
Although we don’t yet know what workout they will be doing, below we have given some insights on each of their strengths and weaknesses, based on historical performances.
By looking to the past we may be able to predict the winners of 24.1.
All four athletes may be competing against each other or they may separate them into men’s and women’s heats, but for the sake of this article, we will be comparing the men against each other and the women against each other separately.
We will be focusing our attention primarily on what they have done in the past three years.
Jeffrey Adler vs. Brent Fikowski
Jeffrey Adler is not only coming off of his best year ever at the CrossFit Games, but in 2023 he also won the worldwide Open for the second time in the past three years.
Brent Fikowski is coming off of his fifth-ever top-five finish at the Games, but as with all tall CrossFit athletes, Fikowski is notoriously bad in the Open, where range of motion and specific programming tends to favor shorter athletes.
Of the past 11 Open workouts from 2021-2023, Adler has beaten Fikowski in all but one workout (21.1), which included wall walks and double unders.
To see just how differently these two typically perform during the Open, here are their worldwide placings over the past three years:
Jeffrey Adler: 1st Overall
Brent Fikowski: 389th Overall (Fikowski had an arm injury that affected performance.)
Jeffrey Adler: 12th Overall
Brent Fikowski: 992nd Overall
Jeffrey Adler: 1st Overall
Brent Fikowski: 22nd Overall
If we look at their average workout finish from the past three years, we get Adler with an average of 29th and Fikowski with an average of 1,008th.
This will be Adler’s first-ever live Open announcement workout and Brent Fikowski’s second. In his first appearance, Fikowski took on Patrick Vellner in 17.1. Vellner won that face-off.
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Official 2024 Age Group CrossFit Games Dates: Both the Teen CrossFit Games and the Masters CrossFit Games have official dates — the same, in fact. Both events are set to take place from August 29-September 1, 2024 in Kalamazoo and Three Rivers, MI for the teens and Birmingham, AL for the masters.
🏀 🏋️ Detroit Pistons x Core City CrossFit Kids: Core City CrossFit Kids and the Detroit Pistons are teaming up for a fundraiser on Saturday, February 24 and here’s how you can help:
Buy tickets!! Bring your family and friends and come watch the game with them.
If you can’t come to the game, purchase tickets for the kids to bring their family members and friends.
New TWL Ambassador: The WOD Life announced yesterday that Australia’s Jake Douglas was their newest brand ambassador. Congrats Jake and TWL!
Help Katarina Fight Leukemia: The Morning Chalk Up’s Julia Papworth has organized a GoFundMe campaign for her friend Maddy Curley, a former CrossFit Games team athlete. Curley’s daughter, Katarina, was diagnosed with a particular form of Leukemia called “B-Cell ALL” and is undergoing heavy chemotherapy.
Healthy Aging 50+: The Science of Healthy Living Conference: On February 8, the Stanford Center on Longevity at Stanford University will host the Healthy Aging 50+ conference. The conference brings world-class experts together to discuss the latest research in the fields of nutrition, fitness, and mental health, focused on the 50+ age group.
Among the featured guests are Kelly and Juliet Starrett from The Ready State.
Working with Larger Bodies Seminar and PRVN Fitness: Athena Perez and Scaled Nation will be joining PRVN Fitness at their new headquarters in Nashville, TN to present the “Working with Larger Bodies” seminar. The event will take place on April 21, 2024, beginning at 9 AM. Register now!
CrossFit, Children, and the Kansas City Chiefs: The Evolution of Joshua Al-chamaa
When Joshua Al-chamaa and his CrossFit Invictus teammates were crowned the Fittest on Earth at the 2023 NOBULL CrossFit Games was the best moment of his life. Al-chamaa had an incredible week in Madison with his team. Everything came together perfectly at the right time.
“The mantra for the whole year was going for gold. So we had that clear vision in mind that we wanted to win. I didn’t expect to finish the weekend and feel as fresh as I did,” Al-chamaa tells the Morning Chalk Up.
Al-chamaa knew it was more than good sleep and nutrition – he was fueled by the imminent birth of his first child.
CrossFit as Education: The Academy Programme Moves into Schools
In 2021, when Morning Chalk Up first talked to Hannah Mittoo, Co-Founder and Director of The Academy Programme, a UK-based program that uses CrossFit as a building block for education, she and her team were wrapping up their first cohort of students.
These students, all of whom were or had been in the care system, were part of a pilot 16-week CrossFit course designed to introduce them to sports and fitness while developing life skills and providing opportunities for higher education and skill development.
“Out of that [group],” Mittoo told Morning Chalk Up, “We had two students go to college, one student start an apprenticeship, one stopped drugs, and got one out of an abusive situation with their family.”
“We [realized that] this program has got legs,” she continued. “Imagine… if we could plug it into the education system and do it en mass?”
So, that’s exactly what they did.
Mittoo and her team approached a local high school about incorporating their program into the curriculum. They were connected with a group of students, whom Mittoo notes were the “most disruptive” in classrooms, to pair with a local CrossFit affiliate.
“It worked,” said Mittoo. “ A lot of [the students] made new friends, and all the kids were curious about it. It almost gave [the students] this confidence and self-worth.”
And today – just over a year after piloting their first program in September of 2022 – The Academy has programs in 20 schools, with six more set to start in 2024.
How it Works: The Academy offers all schools, whether state or private, the same partnership plan.
Mittoo starts the partnership process by bid-writing to secure funding for the schools to cover anything the school needs: equipment, room renovation, coaching qualifications, and more.
In the last 10 months, Mittoo said, The Academy has received £200,000 in funding to bring CrossFit to secondary-age students.
With funding secured, they create a curriculum, procure equipment, and ensure that all school staff feel confident, especially if they are heading to earn their CrossFit L1.
To deliver the curriculum, schools can partner with a nearby CrossFit gym or create a non-profit affiliate on their campus.
Once paired with an affiliate or equipped with a gym, students begin the course.
To better plug into school schedules and meet needs, The Academy team cut their original program to six or 12-week courses, and adjusted class times to one-and-a-half hours (one hour of move, a half-hour of learning). Educational sessions were switched from worksheets and paper-heavy teaching to whiteboard sessions, fostering teamwork, discussion, and social skills.
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