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Sweeping Penalties Knock Athletes Out of Qualification

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“Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.” — Joshua J. Marine 

Sweeping 20.1 Penalties Knock 7 Athletes Out of Qualification


Late Wednesday night, CrossFit HQ announced a slew of penalties being assessed to top athletes in week one. Additionally, we’ve confirmed with several athletes who have been notified of penalties in 20.2 yet to be announced. The result is part of an increased initiative by CrossFit Games staff and their video review team to provide video review for the workouts of all athletes in contention for a spot at the CrossFit Games through the Open. 

  • Who’s getting reviewed: Each week, the top 40 men and women worldwide are being asked to submit videos of their performance to the CrossFit Games staff.

Twenty-six total athletes received penalties, nearly a third of the athletes who submitted video.

  • Sam Briggs, Cedric Lapointe, Aaron Rabin, and Lazar Dukic were penalized for a lack of extension during the ground-to-overhead.
  • Frederik Aegidius, Dane Smith, Luka Vunjak, and Sam Briggs were penalized for one-foot takeoffs in the burpee. 
  • Dani Speegle, Sasha Nievas, Kristine Best, Alanna Fisk, Meg Reardon, Andrea Nisler, Ashley Shaeffer, Alexis Johnson, Katelin Van Zyl, Hannah Hardy, Brooke Haas, Simon Mäntylä, Uldis Upenieks, Willy Georges, Jake Berman, Dillon Cravens, Matt Morton, Logan Collins, and Sigurður Þrastarson were penalized for what’s being assessed as a false start. 

One big thing: This penalty effectively ends the chances for several athletes to qualify through the Open.

  • Here’s who’s effectively out: Samantha Briggs, Cédric Lapointe, Frederik Aegidius, Aaron Rabin, Dane Smith, Luka Vunjak, and Lazar Dukic. 

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What’s in Store for Week 3


Welcome to week 3. It’s a repeat. Athletes in Australia, Norway and Argentina squared off for the live announcement.

  • Fun Fact: By breaking from a long-standing tradition to repeat a workout in the same week it was originally programmed (20.3 = 18.4), it means that a workout from the third week as never been repeated.
  • Handstand push-ups (strict or kipping) have been in every Open since they were first programmed in 2015.

20.3 = 18.4

For time:
21 deadlifts (225/155)
21 handstand push-ups
15 deadlifts (225/155)
15 handstand push-ups
9 deadlifts (225/155)
9 handstand push-ups
21 deadlifts (225/155)
50-ft. handstand walk
15 deadlifts (225/155)
50-ft. handstand walk
9 deadlifts (225/155)
50-ft. handstand walk
Time cap: 9 min.

One big thing: 18.4 is probably one of the most controversial Open workouts of the past several years, mainly over the new standard instituted for the handstand push-ups back in 2018. With increased internet scrutiny over reps and penalties being assessed, this is sure to stir the pot.

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Things To…


WATCH: A Day in the Life of Noah Ohlsen
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Chalk Up Community

  • BATTLE FOR THE BADGES — UnChartered CrossFit in St. Charles, MO is hosting the 4th Annual Battle for the Badges charity competition on Saturday, November 16. All proceeds raised will go to Backstoppers, an organization that supports the families left behind when a first responder is killed in the line of duty.
  • OLSON WOD — On October 6, the Kings County Sheriff’s Office lost Senior Deputy Tom Olson to suicide. Tom formerly served his country as a United States Marine. On November 16, Hanford CrossFit in Hanford, CA is holding a fundraiser WOD for the Olson family.

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

Mariah Thompson split jerks 187 pounds for a PR • Anders Varner cleans 300 poundsWolf Critton gets a 235 pound clean and jerk PR • Happy birthday Anthony Alvarado • Matt Waddell gets his first muscle-upAmanda Marchak gets her first muscle-up • Sixteen-year-old Morgan McCullough cleans 400 pounds from the blocks • Robert Yates power snatches 225 pounds Rob Orlando deadlifts 550 pounds.

…and if the assault bike shows up in 20.4, pray you do better than this. 

Kara Saunders Spoke at Women in Sport Breakfast — Kara Saunders spoke at the 2019 ACHPER Queensland Women in Sport Breakfast on Wednesday. 

— “Our message was to encourage young women to continue being involved in sport for life, and maybe even chase their dreams of being a professional athlete. As someone who quit sport in high school and then found it again after school, I couldn’t love this more. Thanks to every single one of the young women at the event for inspiring me and even acknowledging and supporting my sporting achievements too. What an honour. Lets hope that inspiration helps me out with 20.3!!!”

Week Three of the Open — We’re more than halfway through the 2020 Open. Read How to Make the Open Make Sense Again by Patrick Cummings to help get your community to rally behind the movement for the rest of this Open.

— HQ should do that by turning the CrossFit Open into how we fund the war against bad science and the status quo that sees too many people on the couch and the carbs. The funding should become the very point of the Open.”

— “Turning the Open into a rallying cry for health and not competition would invite the community to take part in the fight in a way HQ hasn’t yet invited us. It would give us a chance to add our collective voices to the brouhaha. It would create the kind of connective tissue necessary to evolve from the ethos of HQ’s original brand to this new one.”

Fittest in Dubai Available for Pre-Order — The Fittest in Dubai documentary is now available for pre-order on iTunes and Vimeo. The official release is scheduled for November 5. 

What 20.2 Taught Us About Reality — Annabelle Tometich, writing for the Fort Myers News-Press, shared her experience with 20.2 and her predictions for 20.3.

— “If the 20 minutes of 20.2 taught me anything, it’s that time is indeed a human construct. I aged 20 years in that purgatory of dumbbell thrusters, toes-to-bar and dubs. I divorced and re-married my husband/judge —  twice. I vowed to look into Tai chi. I had an enlightening conversation with my late father. (Me: I’m coming for you, dad. Him: Nice try honey, now pick up the damn dumbbells.) I “Inception”-ed myself onto a beach with Leonardo DiCaprio and watched the spinning top continue to twirl unwavering.”


“Virtue Athletic – New Shoes, Who Dis?” by Tommy Marquez, Morning Chalk Up 

It’s Monday, and Jeff Engelhardt walks into the very first CrossFit affiliate – CrossFit Santa Cruz in Santa Cruz, California – for his daily 6pm evening class. He laces up his training shoes, except what he’s wearing on his feet for the workout isn’t your typical nano, metcon, or any other functional shoe you’ve seen. It’s a new piece of footwear of his own design, just launched on Kickstarter, called THE 01 by his new company Virtue Athletic.

New shoes? I’m listening: A veteran of the product design industry, Engelhardt has spent the last three years designing and creating footwear for cyclists and mountain bikers for the popular brand Giro, whose office is located just over a mile down the road from CrossFit Inc. headquarters. A longtime CrossFitter, Engelhardt regularly found himself dissatisfied with the training shoe options available to him despite the growing involvement of popular footwear brands.

“I’m endlessly critical and curious about objects, it’s what drove me to a career as a product designer,” reflects Engelhardt, “I kept having a nagging thought in the gym that my shoes, which are really the only piece of equipment you’re using every single day, worked well enough but didn’t really speak to what functional fitness and training were all about.”

Engelhardt set out to create a functional training shoe that could support the demands of a training program like CrossFit – where athletes might need to run, jump, lift, and climb in the same workout – without sacrificing performance in any particular area or adding unnecessary design elements to the shoe. “For as pared down and simple as our style of training is I felt more and more that the shoes being designed for it were over-complicated, over-built, and over-priced.”

The result: The 01, a no frills training shoe designed with the minimum effective dose mentality built around Engelhardt’s knowledge of function and design within the footwear industry. Simple, straightforward, and without the added gimmicks used by brands to up the price point.


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)
10/26: 2nd Anual Spooktacular Hunt (Collingwood, ON)
10/29: Lift-a-Thon at Mid Mitten CrossFit (Lansing, MI)
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)
11/8 – 11/9: WOD for Warriors (Waite Park, MN)
11/8 – 11/10: The Kalis Games (Manila, Phillipines)
11/9: Patriot Challenge 3.0 (Longview, TX)
11/9: The Garage Games Masters Tour (Rochelle Park, NJ)
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: O-Town Throwdown 2019 (Oconomowoc, WI)
11/16: The Garage Games Masters Tour (Blue Springs, MO)
11/16: The Garage Games Masters Tour (Clemmons, NC)
11/16: The Garage Games Masters Tour (Plainville, CT)
11/16: The Pain Cave SD (San Diego, CA)
11/16: 2019 Graveyard Games (Kenosha, WI)
11/16: Mid-Atlantic Masters Classic (Abingdon, MD)
11/16: 3rd Annual Bombs & Barbells (Pooler, GA)
11/16: Mama Said Knock You Out (Canton, CT)
11/16: Olson WOD (Hanford, CA)
11/16: 4th Annual Battle of the Badges (St. Louis, MO)
11/16 – 11/17: 24 Hours of Heroes (London, ON)
11/17: Annual Ghetto Games (Plainville, MA)
11/17: Crews For Brews (Windsor, Ontario)
11/22: Sixth Annual Gobbler Gauntlet (Scottsdale, AZ)
11/23: Kettlebells for Balls (Newburyport, MA)
11/23: Keep Austin (Austin, TX)
11/23: CrossFit XLTs 6th Annual Turkey Bash (Chatham, IL)
11/23: Fitness for Ellie Fundraiser (Amherst, OH)
11/23: Rise of the South (Atlanta, GA)
11/23 – 11/24: South Loop Games (Chicago, IL)

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