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“If we let ourselves, we shall always be waiting for some distraction or other to end before we can really get down to our work. The only people who achieve much are those who want knowledge so badly that they seek it while the conditions are still unfavorable. Favorable conditions never come.” — C.S. Lewis
Two weeks back at the Mid-Atlantic CrossFit Championship, event organizers used the CrossFit Games scoring system to allot points based on 40 competitor placement, but the competition only fielded 20 individual competitors. They’re not the first Sanctional to do this nor are they the last, but when Armen Hammer brought it up it got us thinking about the efficacy of the Games scoring system.
Armen Hammer: “You have first place getting 100 points and the last place getting 40 points…It makes a difference in terms of where the athletes are going to fit, how many points they can earn over the course of a weekend of events and where the competitive pushes have to happen in order for athletes to gain points because when you’re gaining that many points for being in last place you’re not really getting separated as much as you possibly could be.”
A little more about the CrossFit Games scoring system.
The Games’ scoring system was designed for 40 competitors; it was also designed specifically for the Games and Regionals. First place is awarded 100 points, 20th place is awarded 40 points and 40th place is awarded 0.
The current Games scoring rewards consistency especially at the top. Here’s an example: Two athletes average fifth place across 10 events. Athlete A finishes half of the workouts in first, and half of the workouts in 9th. Athlete B finishes every single workout in 5th place. They’ve technically split workouts between them 50/50, but Athlete A would finish with 820 points and Athlete B with 800.
This point system also punishes an athlete who completely bombs a workout: 0 points for last place: 35th gets 10 points, 40th gets 0.
The non-linear points system also awards being in the Top 10 by allocating a greater points gap between places for the top spots.
How Sanctionals are scoring their events: Among the six Sanctionals this season, three of six events have used the Games’ 40-person point system exactly as written. Wodapalooza and Strength in Depth are fairly close in numbers to the Games; only Mid-Atlantic sticks out as being significantly different.
On the road to the 2020 Olympic Games, athletes in the sport of weightlifting must compete in at least one Gold qualifying event within an 18 month qualifying period. The 2019 Pan American Championships, which begin today, will be the first Gold qualifying event of 2019 for Team USA.
On the team: Team USA will be sending ten men and ten women to compete based on their Robi score, a calculation that tops at 1,000 based on the athlete’s body weight category, total, and the World Record in the athlete’s body weight category.
Men: CJ Cummings (907.6866), Harrison Maurus (904.1038), Wes Kitts (757.5475), Jordan Cantrell (716.1786), Christian Ocasio (703.2754), D’Angelo Osorio (699.6502), Jordan Wissinger (666.9134), Caine Wilkes (661.4377), Jason Bonnick (660.9137), and Alex Lee (659.3821).
Women: Jourdan Delacruz (754.1077), Mattie Rogers (736.0575), Alyssa Ritchey (734.5909), Mattie Sasser (731.5802), Kate Nye (725.8339), Sarah Robles (721.0759), Jenny Arthur (706.6024), Jessica Lucero (673. 7822), Morghan King (658.3849, and Caitlin Hogan (648.6498).
Not their first rodeo: Sarah Robles, Morghan King, and Jenny Arthur competed in the 2016 Olympics.
How to watch: Competition begins Tuesday, April 23 and runs to Saturday, April 27 with a livestream from USAW. The lifting schedule is posted here and will also be posted on the USAW page throughout the week.
Lifting today: Alyssa Ritchey in the 49kg A session at 2:00 PM PT/5:00 PM ET.
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The Mind Muscle Project podcast welcomes guest James Fitzgerald, Founder of OPEX Fitness. The three discuss the future of programming in the fitness industry and where James thinks programming should go, the damaging effects of dynamic training and what is the right volume for most people.
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ROWATHON FOR MEDICAL CLINIC — The Cura Sapulpa Free Clinic Rowathon will be held Saturday, May 4 at CrossFit West of the River in Sapulpa, OK. Teams of four will row a marathon to raise money for the opening of a free local medical clinic.
A DAY OF HERO WODS — On May 24, Main Line CrossFit in Ardmore, PA will host the 7th Annual 24 in 24 event, 24 hero WODs in 24 hours. All funds raised during this 24-hour event will go to HAVEN, a transitional housing program for female veterans to start over and become productive members of the community.
PUSH 4 PARKINSON’S FOXWOD 2019 — Push 4 Parkinson’s mission is “to expose those with Parkinson’s to the more than 15,000 CrossFit affiliates that can provide scaled workouts and a supportive, encouraging environment to help individuals manage the disease.” You can host FoxWOD 2019 in your affiliate on April 27 for a 45-minute WOD that mimics some of the obstacles those with Parkinson’s face.
NEW BOX OWNERS —Andy and Cathy Adrian have purchased Lift CrossFit in Schofield, WI and renamed the boxAdventure Awaits CrossFit.
CROSSFIT CLEANS UP COMMUNITY — Crossfit 304 in Charleston, WV volunteered to help clean up trash in their community last weekend as part of the Team Up to Clean Up program.
LIFT FOR LEE — Williamston CrossFit in Williamston, MI is holding a fundraiser for member Lee Stewart, who was recently diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Lift For Lee will take place on May 3 and will consist of the CrossFit Total.
CHALK UP IN 2 MINUTES(a highlight reel around social media of CrossFit pros and average joes)
CrossFit Italian Showdown — Yesterday, Noah Ohlsen posted that he will be competing this weekend at the CrossFit Italian Showdown.
Rogue Online Invitational Winners — Travis Mayer and Feeroozeh Saghafiare the official winners of the 2019 Rogue Invitational qualifier. The top 10 men and women qualifiers will receive an invitation to compete in the Individual competition at the 2019 Rogue Invitational May 18 – 19.
— Also on the roster: Streat Hoerner, Colten Mertens, Adrian Mundwiler, Brooke Haas, Dani Speegle, Katie Trombetta and Rachel Garibay all placed in the top ten through the qualifier.
Hayley Murillo Withdraws from CrossFit Games Qualifying Spot — Hayley Murillo, who was in a qualifying spot when she placed 26th overall in the CrossFit Open, announced she is withdrawing from the CrossFit Games after receiving an email from CrossFit HQ that her 19.3 score will receive a 15% penalty. Her 19.3 score is currently in appeal but she’s withdrawing anyways.
— “HQ said that some of my handstand push-ups were questionable and that I would be receiving a major penalty that would pull me out of a qualifying spot for the CrossFit Games…after five no reps in their eyes, they just give you a 15% deduction.
— “My 19.3 is currently being appealed, but I would like to officially withdraw from the CrossFit Games even if my appeal goes through because when I make it to the Games I would like there to be no question on whether I should be there or not.
— “I am proud of the athlete I am and the athlete I have become. I’ve been doing this thing for eight years and it’s hard. I’m a clean athlete, I put the work in, I’ve gotten better and better every year. I was just trying to go fast.
— “I’m going to train hard, work on the things that need to be worked on and I will see you guys at a sanctioned event next year.”
Eleven nights in a hotel near Alliant Energy Center: $3,000
For everything else: Well, yeah, you’re going to eat those costs, too. And have you seen how much CrossFit athletes eat?
This is the truth top-level CrossFit athletes face, and — much like the cash they’re shelling out to compete — it’s cold and hard.
Like any professional sport, to compete at the top level of CrossFit, athletes must dedicate their days to training and recovering, properly fueling themselves and researching the best ways to get a leg up on their competition.
Unlike many professional sports, these athletes receive no regular compensation to do so — save for the occasional event win. And for most events, you have to at least podium to receive any kind of payout. Really, you have to win to even come out ahead, with the cost of travel and lost wages eating into your winnings.
Take the Wodapalooza CrossFit Festival for example: Individual winners received $25,000, with second place at $15,000 and third at $10,000. An athlete would have to podium several times within a year to make a livable income — and that’s without the cost of travel and training.
“The crazy thing about CrossFit is that we’re expected to perform and train and everything like professional paid athletes,” said Sean Sweeney, two-time Games athlete. “But we’re really just enthusiasts. We make zero dollars doing CrossFit.”
So, if CrossFitters aren’t making money CrossFitting, how are they paying for everything? Most, like Sweeney and 2018 Games athlete Meredith Root, work at and/or own a fitness facility, at minimum.
Like these two, some work multiple jobs. But if they want to compete with the fittest athletes on earth, something has to give, and that’s usually a typical 9-5 job.