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How to Watch 20.2 and Expert Predictions


If 20.1 is any indication of the remaining four weeks, well then we’re in for a doozy this year in the Open. A simple couplet of ground-to-overhead and bar-facing burpees left the CrossFit masses in a crumpled heap after week 1. The sting we’re used to feeling in week 5 of the Open, showed up right away, and now all eyes turn to 20.2.

This week we’ve got a pair of announcements and matchups on opposite sides of the globe, with two Sanctionals playing host to announcements in the great white north of Canada, and the sunny shores of Australia. In week one, our match-up predictions didn’t fare so well, as the burpee-heavy workout set the stage for some upsets, as well a golden sombrero for editor-in-chief Justin LoFranco. Below is how to watch as well as our expert picks, and results from week 1. 

Brandon Domingue: 2-2
Tommy Marquez: 1-3
Justin LoFranco: 0-4

Matt Mcleod vs. Khan Porter Presented by the Australian CrossFit

  • Championship Location: CrossFit Newcastle – Georgetown, Newcastle NSW, Australia
  • Start time: Livestream will start at 4:50 PM PST, which is 10:50 AM local time on October 18.
  • How to watch: The livestream will be hosted on the Australian CrossFit Championship Facebook page, and Games page.
  • Background: A local matchup of Australian men pits an established veteran versus a newcomer to the CrossFit Games big stage. Khan Porter is a 4-time individual Games athlete, and member of Project X’s 2019 Games team. Matt Mcleod was the rookie of the year on the men’s side, finishing 7th overall – winning two events in the process – at the 2019 Games in his third full season competing.

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239,106 Athletes Register for 10th CrossFit Open


At the close of 20.1, 239,106 athletes registered for the 10th CrossFit Open according to numbers provided by CrossFit, Inc. CrossFit also said that between the two Opens this year a combined 450,386 individual athletes signed up to participate.

One big thing: This is actually a net financial win for CrossFit. With two Opens in a single year, there were a combined 597,752 total signups, which is about 181,000 more signups than the 2018 Open. That’s $3,635,040 more in revenue.

The big picture: The reduced number of sign-ups isn’t too surprising given the move from late February to October. It is also the second Open of the year, which is also a lot to ask of affiliates. The important thing to note is where the numbers are next year.

By the numbers:

  • 2019/2020 – 239,106
  • 2019 – 358,646
  • 2018 – 416,000
  • 2017 – 380,000
  • 2016 – 324,307
  • 2015 – 273,257
  • 2014 – 209,948
  • 2013 – 140,000
  • 2012 – 70,000
  • 2011 – 26,000

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WATCH: All In Too: Episode Three, Part One
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Chalk Up Community

  • MID-ATLANTIC MASTERS CLASSIC — The third annual Mid-Atlantic Masters Classic will be held Saturday, November 16, at CrossFit Everlasting, in Abingdon MD. The MAMC is a fitness competition celebrating Masters athletes ages 35 and up.
  • CREWS FOR BREWS — On November 17, All Level CrossFit and eight other gyms are holding Crews for Brews, an event with teams of 20 athletes completing max meters on two Concept 2 rower in two hours. All funds raised will go to the Windsor Cancer Foundation.
  • FUNDRAISER FOR TEENS — CrossFit Woburn in Woburn, MA raised $10,500 for Nashoba Learning Group, a center that provides help for those with autism, as well as hope for their families, at their fundraiser on October 5.

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

Lasha Talakhadze clean and jerks 588.6 pounds • Bronisław Olenkowicz got married over the weekend • Alyssa Ritchey overhead squats 220 pounds • Tim Paulson hits a complex at 315 poundsBilly Sapp front squats 320 pounds for a PR • Congratulations to Chase Knight on baby number three • Shelby Sullivan sumo deadlifts 358 pounds.

Unofficial 20.1 Top 10, as of 8:00 PM PT last night:

1. Lefteris Theofanidis (8:05) | Emma McQuaid (7:41)
2. Cedric Lapointe (8:16) | Sam Briggs (8:01)
3. Jonne Koski (8:18) | Kari Pearce (8:20)
4. Josh Miller (8:19) | Kristin Holte (8:29)
5. Scott Tetlow (8:24) | Jamie Greene (8:30) (5T)
6. Mat Fraser (8:28) | Carolyne Prevost (8:30) (5T)
7. Colten Mertens (8:31) | Carol-Ann Reason-Thibault (8:31) (7T)
8. Samuel Kwant (8:34) | Dani Speegle (8:31) (7T)
9. Chandler Smith (8:38) (9T) | Emma Chapman (8:32)
10. Pat Vellner 8:38 (9T) | Sasha Nievas (8:37)

Dave Castro on How He Came Up with 20.1 — Dave Castro shares what testing 20.1 was like, right after completing it himself. 

NOBULL Fitness Film Festival Trailer — The trailer for Who I’ve Always Been was released yesterday. You can catch the full film at the NOBULL Fitness Film Festival on November 23.

Rogue Invitations Going Out — Chris Spealler posted on Instagram that he has received his official Legends invitation back to the Rogue Invitational.

— “So this showed up in the mail…Last year was one of the most memorable events of my career. Gotta get out there with that crew again.”


“CrossFit During Chemo: Why We All Need To Be #Stronglikelisa,” by Brittney Kleyn, Morning Chalk Up 

Ask any CrossFitter, suffering is part and parcel with the Sport of Fitness.

But there are very few who will experience pain like Lisa Fosnough, who’s powering through workouts whilst undergoing chemotherapy.

“I can still do pull-ups, just not as many. I can still clean and snatch, just not as heavy. I can still row, just not as fast,” Lisa said.

“My doctors have already told me that they have never seen anyone in such good condition given the high doses of chemo they are giving me, I think this is because of my attitude and my want (or need!) to continue working out,” she added.

Lisa has always been a fighter.

The mother of three found CrossFit in 2013, whilst training for her sixth marathon. The 43 year old from Parkville, Missouri joined her local affiliate and was immediately hooked: “It was hard for me to “ease” into it because it felt like the type of workouts I had been looking for all my life,” she told the Morning Chalk Up.

Lisa described how the community at KCI CrossFit in Kansas City immediately became like family. They also provided her a refugee and “safe place” when she was diagnosed with a rare form of osteosarcoma – a type of bone cancer – in her right thigh earlier this year.

“I love when I walk into KCI, I don’t have to worry about people giving me the ‘Aww, are you ok? … All the members just treat me like me,” Lisa said.


10/16: 2019 Graveyard Games (Kenosha, WI)
10/18 – 10/20: The Cyprus Throwdown (Island of Cyprus)
10/19: Battle for the Bell VIII: End Bell (Southbury, CT)
10/19: HYROX Miami (Miami, FL)
10/19: Operation Enduring Warrior (Avondale, AZ)
10/26: CrossFit Turbine’s 2019 Strongman Classic (Carol Stream, IL)
10/26: Duo Costume-Palooza 2019 (Denver, CO)
10/26: CrossFit Roots Anniversary Party (Boulder, CO)
10/26: Share the Pain (Nashville, TN)
11/2: Best of the Wurst (New Braunfels, TX)
11/2: Gangs of the Midatlantic Team Competition (Williamsburg , VA)
11/2: Second Annual 12-Hour WODathon (Houston, TX)
11/2: Coed Clash Competition (Oneonta, AL)
11/2 – 11/3: USAW Level 1 Training (Kansas City, MO)
11/8: Veterans Day Bash 2019 (Lubbock, TX)
11/9: Patriot Challenge 3.0 (Longview, TX)
11/9: The Battle at Branded One (Las Vegas, NV)
11/9: Battle on the Airfield at Skyraider CrossFit (Riverside, CA)
11/9: The Goat Gauntlet (Hartford, CT)
11/9: The Bay Games (Huskisson, NSW AUS)
11/9: Third Annual Battle on the Airfield (Riverside, CA)
11/9: Sweat For Sweeney (Keene, NH) 
11/9 – 11/10: Fallout 2 Presented by Battleground Events (Long Beach, CA)
11/9: Emerald Coast Honor Games (Destin, FL)
11/16: Warrior Affiliate League Delta Force (City of Industry, CA)
11/16: 2019 Graveyard Games (Kenosha, WI)
11/16: Mid-Atlantic Masters Classic (Abingdon, MD)
11/17: Annual Ghetto Games (Plainville, MA)
11/17: Crews For Brews (Windsor, Ontario)

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