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Why The Former Third Fittest Man On Earth Quit The Open

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Why The Former Third Fittest Man On Earth Quit The Open


“I don’t feel that this Open shit show gives me any motivation or enjoy(ment) in my training and career as a professional athlete.”

They’re harsh parting words from Sweden’s Fittest Man five times over Lukas Högberg, but that’s the explanation he gave on Instagram this week, as to why he’s bowing out of the 2020 CrossFit Open. 

Turns out there’s a lot more to it. 

The full story. 

Lukas revealed to the Morning Chalk Up the decision’s been a long time coming and started in the lead up to the 2018 CrossFit Open. 

“I had a really stressful period in my personal life and to top it off I caught a very bad flu just a few weeks before the Open started … basically the worst start ever of my competition season,” he told the Morning Chalk Up. 

18.1 (T2B, rowing, DB Clean and Jerks) wasn’t great for Högberg: “I had a very bad first placement and it really messed with my head,” he said. But he pulled himself together, scraped into Regionals and well, the rest is history. 

“Regionals were great and then of course the Games ended with a podium finish. That was probably the happiest day of my life,” Högberg recalled. 

“I really was looking forward to get some rest after 2018 Games, but then out of the blue, CF announced that they would be changing everything but they really did not tell us shit!”

Högberg admits: “It has been really hard for me not to hold a grudge against CrossFit”

Högberg explained the frustrations of being kept in the dark in preparation for the 2019 season and how the lack of information hindered his preparation. 

“We, the athletes, were not told anything. We were just in limbo waiting for news of the direction that our sport which happens to be our job and livelihood would be taking,” he said. 

“This whole mess with the competition format has really turned my life upside down and I want to get all of that under control. I am putting myself, my life, my mental health and my physical health first,” Högberg explained. 

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Jacob Heppner Fist Pumps His Way Through 20.3: Will He Get Away With It?


Moments after the announcement of 20.3 — a revisit to 18.4 and with it the controversial HSPU standards — all eyes (and social media taunts) were on the 6th Fittest Man on Earth, Jacob Heppner. Heppner made clear his plans Sunday to still complete the workout but doing handstand push-ups on his fists instead. 

Flashback to 2018: This workout – moreover the standard of the handstand push-ups (HSPU) with the forearm measurement – was season-ending for Jacob Heppner in 2018. 

  • The standard – and the length of Heppner’s forearms – made it near impossible for him to legally rep out his HSPUs in 2018. His 104 reps on this workout cost him an 22680th position worldwide and with it, a ticket to regionals.

Jacob Heppner: “You pay to play their game … It doesn’t matter how much I complain … They (CrossFit) make the rules and whether or not we agree with it, it’s their rules,” Heppner said in his recent Youtube video. 

The big picture: Heppner opting to use his fists instead of on his palms presents an interesting debate on whether this type of movement will be accepted by HQ upon review. Heppner himself addresses that his score might be severely penalized if CrossFit chooses to employ the uncommon movement clause. 

  • The uncommon movement clause states:Any movement deemed uncommon, out of the ordinary or used to amend, shorten or change the accepted movement standard or range of motion, including line of action, of any event movement can and will be disallowed.”
  • Also in the rulebook: “Certain athletes with physical limitations in a specific range of motion may be granted an exception, in CrossFit’s sole discretion…such instances are extremely rare and will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis.”

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  • SOBER CROSSFIT — Robert Best, owner and coach at CrossFit Uru in Phoenix, AZ is offering free CrossFit classes three days a week to anyone in recovery with at least 48 hours of sobriety. 
  • CONSTANT VIGILANCE — Big Muddy CrossFit in Bismarck, ND is holding a fundraiser for the North Dakota Peace Officers Association called Constant Vigilance which raises funds for the NDPOA Emergency Relief Fund. The event will take place Sunday, November 10 — Monday, November 11.

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

Happy birthday and also engagement day to O2’s founder Dave Colina Lukas Hogberg gets a 198 pound strict press double PR • Congratulations to Katie Fullard on her 400th day of CrossFit in a row • BK Gudmundsson has partnered with Clean Drinks • Congratulations to Mandi Gonzalez on getting her first HSPU.

…and these two Champs win CrossFit Halloween. 

CrossFit 20.3 Scores Due Today — Athletes registered for the Open must submit their scores by 5:00 PM PT today. The next Open WOD will be announced Thursday.

— Today is redo day. Make sure you’re hitting that HSPU standard and have a plan to improve.

— Every single rep counts. And we mean every single one.

— WATCH: Annie Thorisdottir and Sara Sigmundsdottir do 20.3 together.

Unofficial 20.3 Top 10, as of 9:00 PM PT last night:

1. Sean Sweeney (6:42) | Alexis Johnson (6:56)
2. Michael Laverriere (6:42) (1T) | Emily Tanner (7:08)
3. Jonathan Wall (7:17) | Tommie Deprima (7:46)
4. Sigurdur Prastarson (7:17) (3T) | Samantha Nalley (7:59)
5. Angelo Brussich (7:22) | Laura Nielsen (8:03)
6. Michael McKenna (7:36) | Adison Balderston (8:11)
7. Ben Tobler (7:44) | Laurie Pfleiderer (8:12)
8. Andrew Hiller (7:47) | Danielle Hale (8:22)
9. James Newbury (7:59) | Sarah Viets (8:26)
10. Steve Briscoe (8:11) | Chelsea McKinner (8:28)

James Newbury in a Biking Accident — Fans of James Newbury held their collective breaths this weekend as the 5th fittest man from 2019 made a frightening revelation on his Instagram yesterday. The lengthy post – which included a photo of Newbury in the hospital and comes just days after he performed 20.3 during the live announcement – revealed that he spent his 29th birthday laid up in the hospital following a mountain bike accident.

— Tommy Marquez has the full story of what happened and what the recovery will look like.

Sneak Peek, barely…Reebok’s product manager teases new shoes with Rich Froning

Chandler Smith is confirmed for the CrossFit Filthy 150, the first Sanctional of the 2020 season. 

Carleen Mathews Celebrates Nine Years of Recovery — Carleen Mathews celebrated nine years of sobriety on Sunday with a burpee fundraiser. She completed 917 burpees in an hour. 

— “Today is the day!!! Today I GET to celebrate 9 years with Burpees to raise money for Recovery RXD. This is not about me, but at the same time it is! I get to celebrate 9 years, but I choose to do that by raising awareness, supporting others, and getting super vulnerable! This is what got me 9 years!!!!!”


“3 Storylines To Watch In Week 3,” by Tommy Marquez, Morning Chalk Up

Week two of the Open has wrapped and after spinning our wheels for 20 minutes in 20.2 the leaderboard is just now starting to take some shape. For the second week in a row, the top scores worldwide came from the women’s side as Kristin Holte and Jamie Greene – the 2nd and 3rd place finishers at the Games in 2019 – both flirted with 31 rounds on the scorecard and beat out Frederik Aegidius’ top score for the men.

On the men’s side a full 29 rounds was the threshold for a top performance this week – 23 athletes in total accomplished the feat to give themselves a nice boost on the leaderboard – while the dividing line for a top 20 score for the women was getting through the toes-to-bar in the 29th round.

In total 13 athletes broke the 1,000 rep barrier, so congratulations if you were one of the select few or their judge because let’s face it counting 700 double unders is an accomplishment in itself.

With the Open barreling towards the median point, and now that we’ve got a couple scores under our belts, here are some storylines worth paying attention to as we hold our collective breaths for the 20.3 announcement.

In 2019, Emma Cary was the CrossFit Games champion for the Teenage Girls 14-15 division, taking home a Gold medal in her first year of CrossFit competition. Two months later, Cary is still 15-years-old, but she’s aged up into the 16-17-year-old division meaning the prescribed workouts for the Open are the same as the individual women’s division, and her name is now included in the women’s division on the worldwide leaderboard.


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 (Statesboro, GA)
11/23 – 11/24: South Loop Games (Chicago, IL)

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