In a Wednesday evening news drop, CrossFit announced that three adaptive division finals would be hosted at the 2021 CrossFit Games in Madison and that a new online competition called the PairUP ThrowDOWN would take place between the AGOQ and Semifinals.
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Now that the Semifinals are seeded, which male athlete has the toughest road back to the Games?
And, Travis Williams’ Workout of the Week.
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CrossFit Announces New Online Competition, More Community Events Going Forward
Members of the community looking for more CrossFit competition opportunities in the future just got some good news Wednesday as CrossFit announced the formation of a new pairs competition called the CrossFit PairUP ThrowDOWN.
The details: The competition will run from Thursday, May 20 through Monday, May 24 and feature one workout, with options for same gender or mixed gender pairs. The competition will include Rx and scaled divisions as well as four age groups: Open, 35-44, 45-54, and 55+.
The cost to compete is $20 per pair with registration opening May 12, and there will be a bevvy of prizes awarded including “CrossFit Games tickets and other sponsored prizes valued at over $100,000,” for the top competitors and affiliates.
The workout will be designed to fit within a one hour affiliate class structure, and CrossFit’s team will be providing lesson plans and instructional material to help support coaches running the workout inside their affiliates.
One big thing: The announcement harkens back to comments made by Eric Roza and Dave Castro about providing more competition opportunities throughout the year for the broader community.
Score submissions are due in three separate blocks. The first score submission deadline, for events 1 and 2 are due by 12:00 PM PT on today; the second score submission deadline, for events 3 and 4 are due by 12:00 PM PT on Saturday, May 8, the final score submission is due by 12:00 PM PT on Sunday, May 9.
Here are the floor plans for all five workouts and the updated equipment list.
The Rogue Invitational announced that the 2021 event will be held at Dell Diamond, a 12,000-seat outdoor stadium located in the greater Austin, Texas area. The event will take place October 29-31. For the first time, the Invitational is set to showcasea CrossFit competition and Rogue Record Breakers challenges, but also an inaugural Strongman competition, as well.
Volunteer registration for the event is now live, as well.
The Go Ruck Team Assessment is on now. This 48-hour event mimics the physical demands found in Special Forces Assessment and Selection.
Correction: Yesterday we reported that the Mid-Atlantic CrossFit Challenge would take place in Lexington, Kentucky, which was inaccurate. It will take place in Knoxville, Tennessee, May 28-30 at the Thompson-Boling Arena.
Addition of Adaptive Divisions Further CrossFit's Inclusive Sports Season
On May 5, CrossFit announced that Adaptive athletes will receive representation at the 2021 CrossFit Games where they will have the opportunity to compete for the title of Fittest Adaptive Athlete on Earth.
Remind me: In the original 2021 CrossFit rulebook there were 16 adaptive divisions, but no information about the continuation of the competitive season for adaptive athletes beyond the Open.
Who’s in?: According to CrossFit, and in keeping with their pattern for determining continental representation, “the three adaptive divisions [that will be competing at the Games] were determined based on Open participation”.
There were three divisions which had “approximately 100 participants” and will therefore send the top 5 men and top 5 women following the Open to the Games this summer:
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I have experienced the ups and downs of competitive sports for my entire life. I now help a large number of people, athletes included, take the steps necessary to achieve their goals through nutrition and mindset coaching.
If you are not an elite athlete, it is easy to assume that you don’t have much in common with the elite competitors you see on TV or in the coliseum. But, the more I help non-competitors with their goals, the more I realize that could not be further from the truth. There are certain patterns of human behavior and psychology that transcend disciplines and lifestyle for everyone.
Now that all the Semifinal draws are known, which athlete appears to have the most difficult road back to the Games this season?
Note: It is always possible that a situation out of CrossFit’s control could force more competitions online, but we are projecting this article under the assumption of five live and five virtual Semifinals.
European men: The landscape for the men in European is changing, and it has the potential to make things very interesting. As things currently stand, with both European Semifinals being online competitions, we really only see three men in Europe with clear paths to the Games: Jonne Koski at the German Throwdown, and Bjorgvin Karl Gudmundsson and Frederik Aegidius at the Lowlands Throwdown. Not only do these three men have great resumes in terms of Games experience and performance, they have consistently also done well in online formats.
Aegidius (along with Scott Panchik and Ben Smith) trails only Rich Froning in top 100 Open finishes (Aegidius suffered a penalty in 2019 that took him outside the top 100 otherwise he would joining Froning alone atop this list)
Every Friday, we’re bringing you an exclusive workout challenge programmed by a CrossFit Games athlete or coach that you can take on at home or the gym. You can post your times or scores in the comment section.
Today’s workout of the week is programmed by Travis Williams.
30 Power Snatch (75/55 lbs, 34/25kg)
30 Power Snatch
Time Cap: 16 minutes
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