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Which Training Camps Crushed the Open?

Morning Chalk Up

April 8   |   POWERED BY


Good morning and welcome to the Morning Chalk Up.

In today’s edition:

  • Quarterfinals Preview: North America.
  • How did the different training camps stack up against each other in the Open?
  • Former masters champs dominate 45-plus age groups.
  • Amanda Roberts proves you can do it all.
  • Hot off the press! Commemorate the 2020 CrossFit Games season with a Morning Chalk Up limited edition print newspaper. On sale now.

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  • Quarterfinals Update:
    • All five Quarterfinal workouts will be released today, April 8 at 12:00 PM PT.
    • Score submissions are due in three separate blocks. The first score submission deadline, for tests 1 and 2 are due by 12:00 PM PT on Friday, April 9; the second score submission deadline, for tests 3 and 4 are due by 12:00 PM PT on Saturday, April 10 PM PT, the final score submission is due by 12:00 PM PT on Sunday, April 11.
    • Here are the floor plans for all five workouts and the updated equipment list.
    • Review these videos to be sure to set up your floor plan correctly: Test 1 Floor Plan Demo | Test 2 Floor Plan Demo | Test 3 Floor Plan Demo | Test 4 Floor Plan Demo | Test 5 Floor Plan Demo.
    • The Quarterfinals leaderboard will be updated after each submission deadline at the Morning Chalk Up.
  • Bill Grundler, on his podcast this week, announced that he wouldn’t try to qualify for the CrossFit Games this year and would instead do the workouts for fun and focus on helping other athletes from his gym.
    • Grundler: “I’ll do them. I’m not going to sign up for it. That’s not saying that I don’t think people should sign up for it. I want to concentrate on my athletes that are in it.”

Here are a few other Speed Reads:

  • The Lowlands Throwdown community event online qualifier is open now.
  • Volunteer and Judge registration is now open for WOD GODZ, a regional two-day competition of functional varied fitness in Shreveport, LA.
  • Christian Harris is the newest athlete to join the AIRWAAV Performance Mouthpiece team.
  • Rogue Fitness is the official equipment supplier of the Torian Pro Semifinal set to kick off on May 24
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  Quarterfinals Preview: North America  

Quarterfinals Preview: North America

Finally, in our Quarterfinals preview series is the North America continent that is by and large the biggest continent in terms of participation and representation at the Semifinals, and historically has been a behemoth in terms of presence at the Games.

In total 6,594 women and 7,410 men are eligible to compete in the Quarterfinals from North America – more than double that of Europe which stands as the next closest continent. With four Semifinal events on tap for the next stage in North America, 120 men and 120 women will eventually make it through Quarterfinals when the weekend is finished.

Which means only 1.8% of eligible women and 1.6% of eligible men will make it through to the next round making it the lowest advancement percentage of any continent despite having the highest registration totals and gross number of Semifinal spots.

In keeping with the flow of my esteemed colleagues, below are some athletes to watch that may differ categorically in their competition experience, but are worth keeping an eye on based on their current placement in the top 120.

Women’s Division

The battle-tested: The North America continent is chock-full of familiar names that have continued to qualify year after year or have multiple finishes in the top 10 at the Games: Kristi Eramo-O’Connell, Brooke Wells, Haley Adams, Kari Pearce, Amanda Barnhardt, Bethany Shadburne, Carol-Ann Reason-Thibault, Becca Voigt-Miller, Alessandra Pichelli, Lauren Fisher, Chyna Cho, Cassidy Lance-McWherter, and Tennil Beuerlein all fit the fill with the latter two working their way back from pregnancy.

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  Which Training Camps Performed Best in the 2021 Open  


Which Training Camps Performed Best in the 2021 Open

An old trend in athlete training resurfaced after the conclusion of the 2020 CrossFit Games, which saw many top athletes joining camps to prepare for the 2021 NOBULL CrossFit Games season.

What occurred was a number of the top athletes either forming new training camps (PRVN Fitness and Underdog Athletics) or joining established camps with other top-tier athletes (CompTrain and Training Think Tank). Below we break down some of the notable camps, their top athletes and how they performed during the Open.

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  Former Masters Champs Headline 45-Plus Age Groups  

Former Masters Champs Headline 45-Plus Age Groups

The 2021 CrossFit Open is over and the individual and team athletes are preparing for the upcoming Qualifiers. Meanwhile, the masters athletes will compete at their respective gyms in the Age Group Online Qualifier with an opportunity to move closer to the NOBULL CrossFit Games.

The Masters divisions feature a wide variety of talented athletes, including perennial Games competitors and multi-time champions. Now they will face off once again after a one-year absence due to COVID-19.

Why this matters: Younger athletes like Patrick Vellner and Kari Pearce will understandably draw attention as the Quarterfinals, Semifinals, and Games approach. However, several athletes headline the Masters divisions and have the gold medals to prove they are deserving of attention in the coming months.

Women Ages 45-49: Of the five athletes sitting atop the Open leaderboard, two are familiar faces at the Games. One has made the trip to California and Wisconsin as both a team and masters athlete. Another has been a constant presence in the top 10.

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  As a Mother, Full-Time Stylist, Part-Time Coach and Elite Athlete, Amanda Roberts Believes a Full Cup Makes You Better  

As a Mother, Full-Time Stylist, Part-Time Coach and Elite Athlete, Amanda Roberts Believes a Full Cup Makes You Better

Amanda Roberts’ message to those who believe that once you’re a mom, it’s time to abandon any personal goals you once had is simple: “You can’t pour from an empty cup. I have to fulfill what I need in order to be a good mom and a good wife,” said the 39-year-old Roberts.

As a result, Roberts is raising two children — 9 and 3 years old — works full-time as a hair stylist and part-time at a coach at CrossFit Compelled in Wichita, KS, and last year became the National Weightlifting Champion in her age division before going on to place second at the Pan American Games.

The details: Because of the global pandemic, both the National Championships and the Pan American Games were held remotely. At both competitions, Roberts hit the same total — 176 kg (387 lb.) She admitted competing remotely wasn’t quite the same as going to Puerto Rico for Pan Ams would have been; however, the online opportunity created a surprising chance-of-a-lifetime experience.

  • “I spent all this time getting ready for nationals…I worked and worked and worked…so not going to lie, I was really bummed at first. My plane ticket was booked, my hotel was booked and we were ready to go, but in hindsight, to be able to do it at my home gym was amazing,” said Roberts, whose all-time best snatch is 81 kg (178 lb) and clean and jerk 101 kg (222 lb.).
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