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In today’s edition:

  • Justin Medeiros punched his ticket to Madison at the MACC, learn more about his sophomore campaign.
  • A Nottingham Trent University studied the various standards CrossFit has used for the handstand push-up in competition and suggests that taller and longer-limbed athletes have been doubly penalized.
  • Mayra Brandt has fought for the past two season to return to the Games, COVID blocked her path twice.

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  Justin Medeiros Continues Rise to Crossfit Elite With Second-Straight Games Berth 

Justin Medeiros Continues Rise to Crossfit Elite With Second-Straight Games Berth

Fresh off a third-place finish at the 2020 CrossFit Games, Justin Medeiros faced extra scrutiny entering his sophomore season. He had new sponsors supporting him and raised expectations as he prepared for Semifinals.

Medeiros and CrossFit Fort Vancouver head coach Adam Neiffer didn’t let the noise distract them and took a calm and collected approach en route to a third-place finish at the Mid-Atlantic CrossFit Challenge.

Remind me: The 2020 Rookie of the Year, Medeiros punched his ticket to the CrossFit Games with a strong performance in Stage One. He then impressed, competing against veterans such as Mat Fraser and Noah Ohlsen, taking third place in his first trip to the Games. Medeiros went from an underrated athlete to a rookie sensation.

Fast-forward to 2021 and Medeiros headed to Knoxville for Semifinals. He faced off with a stacked field of athletes that included Travis Mayer, Scott Panchik, Samuel Kwant, Ben Smith, and Jayson Hopper among others. He performed consistently over the weekend, never finishing outside the top 10, taking second place in two workouts, and winning Kratos to cap off his weekend.

Despite facing a stacked field of athletes, Medeiros and Neiffer opted to list the MACC as their preferred destination for Semifinals after Quarterfinals came to an end. There were two reasons that led to this decision, starting with a desire to simply hit the competition floor and get to work as soon as humanly possible.

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  • The West Coast Classic, the final in-person Semifinal of the 2021 CrossFit Games season released three more events, one for the individuals and two for the teams:
    • Regionals Snatch Ladder 2016” (Individual)
      For Time:
      10 Squat Snatches (185, 135 pounds) by 2:00;
      8 Squat Snatches (205, 145 pounds) by 4:00;
      6 Squat Snatches (225, 155 pounds) by 6:00;
      4 Squat Snatches (245, 165 pounds) by 8:00;
      2 Squat Snatches (265, 175 pounds) by 11:00.
      Time Cap: 11 Minutes
    • 1 Rep Max Clean and Jerk” (Team)
      For Load: 1RM Clean and Jerk
      6:00 Minutes for the Men
      1:00 Minutes Transition
      6:00 Minutes for the Women
    • Regionals Team Event 3, 2018” (Team)
      For Time:
      Male 1/Female 1
      3 Rounds:
      30/20 Calorie Bike
      21-15-9 Partner Deadlifts (440 pounds)
      Male 2/Female 2:
      90/60 Calorie Bike
      45 Partner Deadlifts (440 pounds)
      Time Cap: 17 Minutes
  • Craig Richey is the newest member of Team Podium, the supplement company founded by Mat Fraser, Heber Cannon and Marston Sawyers.
  • Mat Fraser’s book, Hard Work Pays Off, will be released in January 2022. The book features the workouts, training hacks, eating plans, and mental strategies that paved the way for Fraser’s success.
  • The Masters Fitness Collective released floor plans for its online qualifier yesterday. The qualifier starts tomorrow, June 10. The event takes place in Fort Wayne, IN September 1-5, 2021.
  • Gainz Box, which has been a monthly service is switching to a quarterly box that will be bigger and include better products.
  • Heber Cannon, one half of the Buttery Bros, took on a full triathlon (2.4 mile swim. 112 mile bike. 26.2 mile run) yesterday with no training. He joined James Lawrence who set a goal of completing 100 Iron Man-length triathlons in 100 to raise money for Operation Underground Railroad. Cannon joined him on day 100.
  Nottingham Trent University Dissertation Suggests Standardized HSPU Hand Width Double Penalizes Taller Athletes 


Nottingham Trent University Dissertation Suggests Standardized HSPU Hand Width Double Penalizes Taller Athletes

No other movement standard in CrossFit has been tinkered with as much as the handstand push-up — arguably the most controversial movement in the sport — especially during the CrossFit Open.

  •  Remember five-time CrossFit Games athlete Jacob Heppner, who famously took to Instagram challenging the Open standard in 2018, and proceeded to do full fist handstand push-ups just to get his heels over the tape line on the wall?
  • This is why Dr. Athalie Redwood-Mills a long time member at CrossFit Deviant in Derby, UK, didn’t hesitate when an exercise science student of hers at Nottingham Trent University proposed he write his dissertation on hand width and the handstand push-up standard in CrossFit.
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  Trying to Get Back to the Games: How COVID hurt Mayra Brandt’s Chances of Competing Two Consecutive Years 

Trying to Get Back to the Games: How COVID hurt Mayra Brandt’s Chances of Competing Two Consecutive Years

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many athletes to go through change and adversity. More than a year later, life is starting to return to normal and that includes the sport of CrossFit. But there are still residual effects of COVID-19. Just ask Masters athlete Mayra Brandt, who got the virus nearly a week before needing to be at her prime to compete in the Age Group Online Qualifier (AGOQ).

  • “I got a call from the Health department and was positive for COVID-19. They asked about my symptoms and the timing of everything and concluded that my quarantine would last until Thursday, May 6th, the first day of [the AGOQ]. I cried, I couldn’t believe it.”

A bumpy road: Brandt has been to the Games twice but keeps fighting to get back to Madison.

  • 2017: Games Masters 35-39 Division, 5th place.
  • 2018: Games Masters 35-39 Division, 5th place.
  • 2019: Finished 24th overall in the Open, missed a Games ticket by 14 spots after she recovered from two knee surgeries.
  • 2020: Qualified for the Games Masters 40-45 division but was cancelled due to COVID.

Remind me: Last season, CrossFit HQ revoked Games invitations from over 250 athletes as changes emerged to try and make some sort of “pandemic Games” still happen. Additionally, athletes who had qualified for the Masters or Teen division had no Games at all. Meaning, Brandt’s ticket back to Madison was null and void.

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