The first episode of Brooke Wells’ YouTube series dropped yesterday. The series will give viewers a behind-the-scenes look at Wells’ training and approach to the season from the Open through the Games.
Bjorgvin Karl Gudmundsson took on 21.1 three times, including twice on Monday. From his first attempt through the third he improved by 1:25. His first attempt (13:12) would’ve resulted in a 110th place finish, while his second (12:02) would’ve been 23rd overall. His final score was good enough for 14th place in the world (unofficially).
Gudmundsson: “Being able to do the same workout multiple times is what I have been training for in the lead-up to the Open. The Open is the time where we only have this one workout to think about and the margins are so slim. One second can prove so costly and if I have a hunch that I can improve my time or my score a tiny little bit by doing it again … I am doing it again.”
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What’s on the movement menu for this week? Use our historical movement tracker to see all the movements ever programmed throughout the Open. One thing to keep in mind is that only once in Open history has a movement been repeated (burpees in 2016) so with that being said, here are the items on the equipment list still available:
A barbell and plates
A plyo box
A pull-up location
Speaking of movements: to repeat or not to repeat? With no repeat last week and dwindling options, the possible workout options have narrowed. Morning Chalk Up staff offer their analysis on what they think could be in store if a familiar face shows up tonight (premium).
Stat du jour: 81,488, that was the peak concurrent YouTube viewership during last week’s 21.1 live Open announcement, which tallied out to 675,312 after 24-hours.
Why were scores due at 6 PM PT instead of 5 PM PT? Due to daylight savings time taking away one hour for athletes on Sunday, CrossFit extended the submission deadline an additional hour. Score submissions will be due at 5 PM PT for the next two weeks, however.
Quarterfinal cutoff line is established. Now that week one registration numbers are complete, CrossFit has established the 10% cut off for each continent. Athletes who finish in the top ten in their continent will advance to the Quarterfinal stage. Brian Friend has a complete analysis, but here are the numbers:
North America: Men – 7,327 | Women – 5,359
Europe: Men – 3,402 | Women – 1,904
Oceana: Men – 990 | Women – 779
Asia: Men – 812 | Women – 388
South America: Men – 703 | Women – 359
Africa: Men – 421 | Women – 278
A couple of headlines you might have missed:
Tia to go teams? Not so fast. Husband and coach Shane Orr’s response to an Instagram comment that “Tia is going team” sparked a rumor that quickly spread across the Internet. Orr confirmed to Armen Hammer that he was #JK and everyone can rest easy that the fittest woman to ever compete in CrossFit is, in fact, going “100% individual.”
Sigmundsdottir is out for the season. Another heartbreaking blow for Sara Sigmundsdottir who ruptured her ACL during training last week ending her season before it began. Sigmundsdottir will undergo surgery and spend the off season recovering.
The Open Repeat, Revisited -- Week Two Staff Picks
The Open is off and running!
Last week our team provided predictionson what potential workout from the past could get dusted off and repeated in week one of the 2021 Open. Instead Dave Castro and the CrossFit Games team gave us an entirely new movement.
A couplet of double-unders and wall walks caught everyone by surprise, while providing a fairly straight-forward and accessible workout that left many humbled by a movement most typically used in warm-ups and scaled workout variations.
Repeat round two: With a repeat possibility still on the board, the inclusion of double-unders in week one knocks out a major movement that has been in every Open since its inception and was part of the first ever Open workout. With that in mind here are our staff picks for a potential repeat showing up as 21.2.
The moment the Director of the CrossFit Games Dave Castro cheekily revealed that 21.1 was a couplet of double unders and wall walks, it looked like, felt like, smelled like the perfect storm for an outlier workout.
In the blink of an eye, wall walks went from being an unremarkable, unskilled and just not that sexy of a movement that most CrossFit athletes simply weren’t experienced with, to a skill they collectively scrambled to become efficient at overnight. Factor in that wall walks clearly cater to lighter athletes, and the stage was perfectly set for the first page of the worldwide leaderboard to be dominated by relatively unknown athletes at the end of Week 1 of the 2021 CrossFit Games Open.
Brent Fikowski, 21.1: Setting the Standard for Video Submissions
The process of hosting a worldwide online fitness competition is a massive undertaking. Since the inception of the Open in 2011 many different iterations of administering, managing, and fairly processing these competitions have been seen. No matter how in-depth the rulebook gets, and how detailed the workout standards are, there always seems to be something which creates controversy amongst those participating.
Today we don’t want to focus on the controversies themselves though, instead we want to highlight Brent Fikowski’s video submission of Open workout 21.1 as an excellent example of what athletes can, and should, be doing to make the process easier, simpler, less painful, and less controversial for everyone. In particular, Fikowski does four things really well that all athletes should strive to replicate.
Everything is set up and ready BEFORE the video starts.
All the tape is clearly marked, the tape measure very visibly shows 10 inches from wall to tape, Brent is lying on the floor with a birds eye camera view showing his shoulders meeting the edge of the tape and his heels against the wall. And we do not have to wait long to be able to see any of this.
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A common flaw in the split jerk occurs when an athlete shifts their entire body and balance forward while driving under the bar. A great technique primer to help correct this flaw is the split jerk balance. This short video from coach Greg Everett at Catalyst Athletics explains the drill and how to execute it for the best results. And, take a shot at winning a free lift analysis from Everett, winner to be selected tomorrow.
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