James Newbury posts from the hospital

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Not the most ideal place to spend your 29th. I’ve been holding out the last couple days mentioning anything but figured I might as well “break” the news and I’ll preface it with “I am fine” 😊 Over the weekend I had a freak accident coming off a mountain Bike awkwardly head first into a tree, yes not the fastest way down the mountain that’s for sure. I’ve come away lucky with only a handful of breaks through T-Spine 2 & 3 processes and 7+8th rib. I also coped a gash in the left lung leaving it a little worse for wear leaking some air. This is NOT he end of the world nor is it the end of my season, it’s just a minor inconvenience that will need some attention. The doctor said “If you are going to break you back you’ve done it the best way possible for a speedy recovery” so this gives me confidence. How it happened I’m sure is the big question and the basic answer is I just fell awkwardly. I came around a corner not at a crazy speed and washed out the front wheel on some loose rocks, locked onto the breaks and went over the handle bars hitting the base of the tree with my head. Then I flipped and my mid back jarred a protruding branch. Luckily I was wearing a darn good helmet because the docs said it 100% saved me. Now I know I’ll get asked why did I put myself if a situation where I could get hurt with the season upon us? My answer is I don’t regret anything. If I wrap myself in cotton wool and deprive myself of things I enjoy then none of it is worth it for me. I need to be happy and I need to be sharing exciting experiences with loved ones for me to stay focused in other areas of my life and that’s exactly what I was doing. This is life! I’ll now be “working IN” as much as possible to allow the bones to heal well so I can get back to another thing I love which is training and competing (yes for the 2020 season). Thanks to my mates for helping me get back down the mountain and the docs and nurses for looking after me (even when you make me use the slide board to change beds 😩) and @kaylabanfield for sticking by my bed the last days! I’ll keep you guys updated PS I will NOT be redoing 20.3 #shellberight

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As he said, it’s not the end of his season, but definitely not the start that he hoped for.

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CrossFit HQ announced lots of penalties for the top 40 athletes in the Open

HQ recently announced a bunch of penalties for a lot of the top athletes. The list includes the following well-known names:

  • Samantha Briggs – lack of extension during the ground-to-overheads and single-foot jumps during the burpees
  • Cédric Lapointe  – lack of extension during the ground-to-overheads
  • Frederik Aegidius  – single-foot jumps during the burpees
  • Aaron Rabin – lack of extension during the ground-to-overheads
  • Dane Smith – single-foot jumps during the burpees
  • Luka Vunjak  – single-foot jumps during the burpees
  • Lazar Dukic  – lack of extension during the ground-to-overheads

You can read the official announcement here. The most common reason is “single-foot jumps” over the bar or “lack of extension” during the ground-to-overhead. A lot of the athletes also received a penalty for a “false start”, because the workout description states:

This workout begins with the barbell on the floor and the athlete standing tall. After the call of “3, 2, 1 … go,” the athlete may pick up the barbell and  perform 8 ground-to-overheads then 10 bar-facing burpees for 10 rounds.

from the Workout Description

There is a lot of noise about the burpee standard, the revived HSPU standard of the last couple workouts. The most recent penalties are only for 20.1, which is already 3 weeks behind us. HQ does seem to have a hard time to catch up on time, so expect more penalties coming in after video reviews of 20.3 are done…

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CrossFit Open 20.3

Another week, another workout. This time a repeat from 2018. The workout is

For time:

21 deadlifts, 225 lb.
21 handstand push-ups
15 deadlifts, 225 lb.
15 handstand push-ups
9 deadlifts, 225 lb.
9 handstand push-ups
21 deadlifts, 315 lb.
50-ft. handstand walk
15 deadlifts, 315 lb.
50-ft. handstand walk
9 deadlifts, 315 lb.
50-ft. handstand walk

Time cap: 9 min.

Make sure to read the official workout description and the movement standards before you start.

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CrossFit Open 20.2

Complete as many rounds as possible in 20 minutes of:

  • 4 dumbbell thrusters (50lbs / 35lbs)
  • 6 toes-to-bars
  • 24 double-unders

Make sure to read the official workout description and the movement standards before you start.

In 20 minutes, that’s a lot of double unders and also a lot of toes-to-bars. Beyond The Whiteboard says that the average score on this workout is between 13 to 15 rounds. The elite athletes will push 28 rounds though.

After last weeks workout, this looks like another chance to consider your life choices leading up to this. 20min will feel very long. To help you out, here are some tips and tricks from Dan Bailey:

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CrossFit Open 20.1

As of today, the first Open workout of the 2020 season is done. Every one of us did it, and I bet everyone hated it. It is a simple workout, but very effective in showing the limits of your fitness. At latest after 5 minutes everyone knew what type of workout this is. 😁 So, here’s just a quick reminder:

For time: 10 rounds of

8 ground-to-overhead
10 bar-facing burpees.

Time cap is 15min.

That’s it. So simple, so much pain. Check the official description at games.crossfit.com.

For the men, the top 3 positions are Lefteris Theofanidis with a time of 8:05, Cédric Lapointe with a time of 8:16 and Björgvin Karl Guðmundsson with a time of 8:16.

For the women, the top 3 positions are Emma McQuaid with the only sub-8 min time at 7:41, followed by Samantha Briggs with a time of 8:01 and Ragnheiður Sara Sigmundsdottir with a time of 8:11.

As usual, we have some unfamiliar names in the top 20 on both the men and women leaderboard, but over the next 4 weeks I expect a lot of familiar names creep up in the top ranks.

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CrossFit Games 2020 season schedule

This year is the first year of the new CrossFit Games season structure in the right order. The season starts off with the Open in October, followed by about 30 sanctional events throughout the year and the Games in August of 2021.

We curate a twitter list with all official accounts for the events listed on this page. Head over to Twitter to subscribe.

Update If you want to know which events are cancelled due to COVID-19 head over to our updated post Sanctional events postponed due to corona virus.

The Open

Date: October 10th – November 7th

Sanctioned Events

2020 season

Event Date Location
Filthy 150November 22 – 24, 2019Dublin, IE
SouthFit CrossFit ChallengeDec 6 – 8, 2019Buenos Aires, AR
Dubai CrossFit ChampionshipDec 11 – 14, 2019Dubai, UAE
Pandaland CrossFit ChallengeDec 7 – 8, 2019Chengdu, China
CrossFit Mayhem ClassicJan 11 – 12, 2020Cookeville, US
Crossfit Strength In DepthJan 24 – 26, 2020London, GB
CrossFit Fittest in Cape TownpostponedCape Town, SA
Norwegian CrossFit ChampionshipFebruary 14 – 16, 2020Gol, NO
Wodapalooza CrossFit FestivalFebruary 20 – 23, 2020Miami, US
Australian CrossFit ChampionshipMar 5 – 8, 2020Queensland, AUS
Brazil CrossFit ChampionshipMar 6 – 8, 2020São Paulo, BR
CrossFit Atlas GamesMar 13 – 15, 2020Quebec, CA
Westcoast CrossFit ClassicMar 20 – 22, 2020Del Mar, US
CrossFit German ThrowdownMarch, 2020Mainz, DE
Reykjavik CrossFit ChampionshipApr 3 – 5, 2020Reykjavik, IC
ELFIT CrossFit ChampionshipApril, 2020Hurghada, EG
Mid-Atlantic CrossFit ChallengeApr 17 – 19, 2020Washington, D.C., US
CrossFit Italian ShowdownApr 24 – 26, 2020Riccione, IT
Asia CrossFit ChampionshipMay 08 – 10, 2020Shanghai, CN
Rogue InvitationalMay 15 – 17, 2020Columbus, US
Down Under CrossFit ChampionshipMay 22 – 24, 2020Wollongong, AU
Madrid CrossFit ChampionshipMay 22 – 24, 2020Madrid, ES
CrossFit Lowlands ThrowdownMay 29 – 31, 2020Apeldoorn, NL
CanWest CrossFit ChampionshipJun 5 – 7, 2020Vancouver, CA
Granite GamesJune 12 – 14, 2020Saint Cloud, US
Asbury Park Summer GamesJune 20-21, 2020Asbury Park, US
CrossFit French ThrowdownJune 26 – 28, 2020Yvelines, FR
Mayan CrossFit ClassicJuly 03 – 05, 2020Riviera Maya, MX
CrossFit GamesAugust, 2020Madison, US

This table will be updated with dates and links to all events. If you have an update which is not reflected here, please get in contact.

CrossFit Games

Date: August 1st – August 4th

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