Tracking the 2024 CrossFit Open Registration, Week 3
February 8 |
Good morning and welcome to the Morning Chalk Up.
In today’s edition:
Week 3 of The Open Report with Mike Halpin from Known and Knowable drops today. Halpin not only provides a weekly update on current 2024 Open registration numbers, but he also discusses the return of the Service Open and compares the “time to 100k” from 2024 against years past
Tracy Tucker outlines five nutrition myths we should forget we ever heard
Elliot and Jamie Simmonds re-assemble Team Walleye for the 2024 Games season with Mia Hesketh and Kristof Horvath
“A dream without action is just a wish. You have to be willing to put in the work to make that dream a reality.”- Sam Briggs, during her acceptance speech for the City of Hamilton (OH) Citizen and Small Business Person of the Year
The initial announcement went on to state that this would be both an initial Open competition and to tease a second stage, a virtual competition later this season.
I reached out to the CrossFit Games team, inquiring if this meant that the Occupational Games was fully back as it was in 2022, and was told it’s still early and details are being ironed out with more to come soon.
Remind me: Announced in 2021by Dave Castro, the Occupational Games was held concurrently with the Age-Group Online Quarterfinals on the same weekend with the same workouts. This dual competition allowed many athletes who qualified within the top 10% of their division/region to also compete for the title of fittest in their service-related profession.
The virtual competition only lasted two seasons, with the announcement in 2023 during a press conference that CrossFit Games would no longer be holding the Occupational Games. Last year, during the 2023 season, Rich Froning and Mayhem Athlete filled the gap that CrossFit left behind for service professional athletes to compete by holding the Mayhem’s Everyday Hero Games.
The Service Open dates back to at least 2017 and has existed in a few different iterations over the years and the professions included have shifted.
Mike’s Internal Monologue:So wait…can I be the Fittest CrossFit Games Analyst? Well no, for two reasons. First, it’s not a profession that is tracked for the Service Open but, even if it was, John Young is way fitter than you.
Here are the occupations that the CrossFit Games has included in the 2024 Service Open:
Affiliate Owner | CrossFit Trainer | Medical Professional
Educator | Military Veteran | Active Duty Military
Law Enforcement | Firefighter | First Responder
What we see above is a list of occupations in which individuals serve their community.
In 2017, that list also included Students and GarageCrossFitters, not really professions but a large contingent of athletes.
Those ‘non-profession’ type options over the previous years gave way to what we see today ‘YOUR #HASHTAG LEADERBOARDS’, where anyone can create a custom hashtag and, in turn, a custom leaderboard.
From #Mom to #YOLO, there is likely a category for you.
From my understanding, this appears to be how the Service Open will be tracked as well, which gives insight into who has registered so far. When you register for the Open you are asked for any custom hashtags, but there is a separate drop-down to select one of the following service occupations that aligns with CrossFit’s Service Open announcement:
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.
Teen CrossFit Games: The Teen CrossFit Games officially have a date — or rather, a set of them. They take place from August 29-September 1, 2024 at the Pit Fitness Ranch in Three Rivers, MI.
WHOOP Origins: Ever wondered where the name WHOOP came from? Check out this post from the fitness wearable leader to learn more.
🤯 🤯 “You’re Gonna Wanna Sit Down For This”: A new study was recently published by the British Journal of Sports Medicine that found that wall sits and other simple isometric holds can reduce blood pressure even more effectively than other forms of exercise.
Of course, the devil is always in the details. One of the study’s authors clarified that they were not saying that other forms of exercise should be replaced with isometric holds, but rather that isometric holds can be added easily to the programming of someone already exercising.
From the article: “‘Our main message is that actually engaging in exercise is fantastic and any exercise might reduce your blood pressure,’ said Jamie O’Driscoll, the senior author of the study. ‘But if you’re an individual who is currently exercising to the guidelines and you’re still having a bit of difficulty reducing that blood pressure and you want to avoid going on medication, perhaps isometrics is an additional mode to complement the exercise you’re already doing.'”
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!
When it comes to nutrition questions, an answer you often hear is “it depends.”
It’s not a sexy response and not typically the one you were hoping for. However, nutrition is so individualized, personalized, and based on specific goals, bodies, time commitments, preferences, medical histories, and experiences.
Too often we generalize assumptions that have worked well for a group of people and think it’s “the next best thing!”. However, we’re here to debunk some of these myths so that you can better understand nutrition trends, why they sometimes “work,” and why there is often more to the story.
Team Walleye Takes On the 2024 CrossFit Games Season
Following on the heels of team Mayhem Thunder’s announcement last week, another superteam is throwing its proverbial hat into the 2024 Games season ring.
Made up of Games veterans Elliot and Jamie Simmonds, Mia Hesketh and would-be Games rookie Kristóf Horváth, (brother of Fittest on Earth Laura Horváth), the four enter the arena with diverse experience under their belts.
Some background: In a social media post released last week, the four shared their plans of teaming up, once again, as they have competed before, in 2022 at the Madrid Championship, taking second place under the Krypton banner.
Before 2022, the two Simmonds competed on a team in 2016, with CrossFit Yas, taking third place at the CrossFit Games. Also no stranger to team competition, Mia Hesketh has made three trips to the Games, her best finish being last year, as her team, also CrossFit Walleye, took sixth. Horváth, while an experienced athlete and coach, has yet to punch his Games ticket, and barely missed qualifying through Semifinals in 2022, as he took ninth place at Strength in Depth.
The details: Shortly after the 2023 CrossFit Games, as she was recovering from elbow surgery, Jamie was approached by several athletes, asking if she would be interested in competing on a team. While she knew she wanted to, she also knew it had to be with the right group, and ideally with Elliot by her side.
“In the back of my head, I knew I wanted to go team, but it had to be with the right people,” Jamie tells Morning Chalk Up.
The Simmonds shared that before making this decision, they knew they had two seasons left in them, one team and one individual. In December, they chose 2024 as their team year and then reached out to previous teammates Hesketh and Horváth. Within a week, it was decided, and the details could unfold.
The four will compete at the European Semifinal (French Throwdown) and will train together for six weeks in Sweden, the Open and Quarterfinals falling within this time frame. They will bookend this time with weeks spent together in the UAE, with travel together to the French Throwdown in the spring.
The four, while currently not in the same location, are training as a unit. They are working with different coaches, in different gyms, but they have synced up to the same schedule: they squat the same days, complete similar metcons, and as Elliot explained, it’s cohesive even when they’re apart.
Once the team is physically together, they look forward to dedicating two days a week to commit solely to team training, (worm and synchro movements, understanding timing, learning each others’ strengths and weaknesses).
While the Simmonds have team experience together, resulting in a podium finish, they express that 2024 feels vastly different than 2016.
“The sport has come to be so different. It feels like a different thing, but it makes you want to train harder. And this team… every single one of us would do anything for each other,” Elliot says.
The big picture: While both of the Simmonds have experienced competing on a team as well as individuals, they’ve also experienced highs and lows throughout their years of competition.
Suffering injuries and subsequent challenges have helped them grow into mature, seasoned competitors who know themselves thoroughly and care deeply for their teammates.
They compare the two divisions and agree that while both are exhilarating, competing as an individual brings about a certain amount of stress and anxiety that can counteract the excitement and enjoyment. Elliot shares that competing on a team, alongside those friends who have seen you through ups and downs, and shared in your joy and frustration is something so unique. Having someone to hug and hype alongside you the entire way, “it’s so rewarding.”
Elliot: “Everyone’s in it together. You’re either going to win together or lose together.”
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