This year the CrossFit Games had, due to COVID (dang this thing pops up everywhere!!!) a new format.

There were 2 stages. During stage one of the 2020 (Sept 18-19) Reebok CrossFit Games, 60 athletes — 30 men and 30 women — competed in seven events across two days.

Which were pretty hard (as one can imagine).

September 18

Event 1

Event 2

Event 3

Event 4

FRIENDLY FRAN

3 rounds:

·       21 thrusters

·       21 chest-to-bar pull-ups

W 85 lb.  M 115 lb. 

1RM FRONT SQUAT

Establish a 1-rep-max front squat

DAMN DIANNE

3 rounds:

·       15 deadlifts

·       15 strict deficit handstand push-ups

W 205 lb., 2-in. deficit

M 315 lb., 3.5-in. deficit

1000 M ROW

Row 1,000 meters

 

September 19

Event 5

Event 6

Event 7

 

NASTY NANCY

5 rounds:

·       500-m run

·       15 overhead squats

·       15 bar-facing burpees

W 125 lb.  M 185 lb.

HANDSTAND HOLD

Max freestanding handstand hold

 

AWFUL ANNIE

For time:

50-40-30-20-10

·       Double-under

·       GHD sit-up

·       5-4-3-2-1 Cleans

W 185 lb.  M 275 lb.

 

 

And the top 10 women

As a bare minimum recap here are the highlights:

  • Fraser and Toomey had record-setting performances.
  • Fraser’s Friendly Fran time — a winning 3:08.
  • Katrin Davidsdottir’s handstand holds performance.
  • Griffin Roelle’s massive 490-pound max front squat.
  • Haley Adams and Justin Medeiros — the two youngest athletes in the field — both placing third. (the new generation is coming !!)

Click on the link for a very short video capturing the highlights of stage 1.

After stage one, the top 5 of the women’s and men’s field moved on to stage 2 which was held at the ‘Ranch’ in the Aromas (California) where the very first CrossFit games back in 2008 were held. In Aromas another 12 events spread over 3 days were awaiting the athletes.

The scores of stage 1 were set back to zero so anything could happen. But did it?

During the Stage 2 the athletes had to face a total of 12 events, spread over 3 days

October 23

Event 1

Event 2

Event 3

Event 4

Event 5

2007 Reload

For time:

 

1,500-meter row

Then, 5 rounds of:

·  10 bar muscle-ups

·  7 shoulder-to-overheads

 

W 145 lb.  M 235 lb.

Corn Sack Sprint

 

For time: a 320-meter hill sprint with a corn sack

 

W 30 lb.   M 50 lb.

CrossFit Total

 

For total load:

·       1-rep-max back squat

·       1-rep-max shoulder press

·       1-rep-max deadlift

 

Handstand Sprint

For time:

100-yard handstand walk

Trail Run (+/- 6 miles trail run)


October 24

Event 6

Event 7

Event 8

Event 9

Toes-to-Bar – Lunge

30-20-10 reps for time:

·       Toes-to-bar

·       Kettlebell lunge (yards)

 

W 24-kg kettlebells

M 32-kg kettlebells

 

Athletes must lunge with the kettlebells in the rack position.

 

Snatch triple

For time:1 snatch at each bar

Quarterfinal Round:

    5 athletes, 1-minute cap

    W 145-150-155 lb.

    M 225-235-245 lb.

 

Semifinal Round:

    4 athletes, 2-minute cap

    W 160-165-170 lb.

    M 245-255-265 lb.

 

Final Round:

    3 athletes, 3-minute cap

    W 175-180-185 lb.

    M 265-275-285 lb.

Bike Repeater

 

10 rounds:

·       440-meter bike sprint

·       1 legless rope climb (15 ft.)

Happy Star

 

4 rounds:

200- to 300-meter hill run

5-7-9-11 reps of:

·       Burpee

·       Thruster

 

W 95-105-110-115-lb. thrusters

M 135-145-155-165-lb. thrusters

October 25

Event 10

Event 11

Event 12

SWIM ‘N’ STUFF

4 rounds, each for time:

·       Air bike calories (10 | 15)

·       50-meter swim

·       10 GHD sit-ups

·       10 ball slams (40 | 60 lb.)

Rest

 

Begin a new round every 4 minutes

*Rounds 2 and 4 performed in reverse

Sprint Sled Sprint

 

For time:

 

·       100-yard sprint

·       100-yard sled push

·       100-yard sprint

 

W 80-lb. sled

M 105-lb. sled

Atalanta

 

For time:

 

·       1-mile run

·       100 handstand push-ups

·       200 single-leg squats

·       300 pull-ups

·       1-mile run

 

W 14-lb. vest

M 20-lb. vest

 

Athletes must wear a weight vest. Reps must be completed unpartitioned — i.e., all 100 handstand push-ups must be completed before moving on to the single-leg squats, etc.

                   

 

And again the 2019 champs, Tia Toomey and Matt Fraser left no doubt and demolished the workouts, leaving their fellow competitors far behind. Tia had 9 event wins, 2 x 3rd places and 1x 5th place, while Matt won 10 of the 12 events and came in 2nd in 2 other events. Tia has now won the games 4 times in a row, while Matt won it 5 times in a row.

 

You can find the all events on YouTube, but if you only wish to see some of the highlights than click here

 

Author: Peter Koopmans