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Cory House 05-03-2015 06:34 AM

Re: 2015 CrossFit Open, Regionals, and Games Thread
 
When do Regional workouts get released?

Michael Cook 05-04-2015 10:10 AM

Re: 2015 CrossFit Open, Regionals, and Games Thread
 
Here is what it says on page 11 of the Rulebook:

"Each Region will perform the same events, in the same order. Events will be announced on the CrossFit Games website prior to the start
of Regional competition."

The first regional weekend starts with the South and Atlantic regional May 15-17, so it should be soon.

Shaun Gross 05-04-2015 01:42 PM

Re: 2015 CrossFit Open, Regionals, and Games Thread
 
[url]https://instagram.com/p/2RPFPXNvWJ/[/url]

Aparantly they start getting announced tonight..

Andy Luten 05-04-2015 05:04 PM

Re: 2015 CrossFit Open, Regionals, and Games Thread
 
I like having Randy to start things off.

Jeff Railsback 05-04-2015 06:02 PM

Re: 2015 CrossFit Open, Regionals, and Games Thread
 
27 rope climbs on the second event? Not terribly spectator friendly. I can't even imagine who athletes ands and forearms will feel after this one

Jacob Burns 05-05-2015 08:36 AM

Re: 2015 CrossFit Open, Regionals, and Games Thread
 
6 minute time cap for Randy? I would think a 4min cap would have been sufficient at the regional level.

David Meverden 05-05-2015 05:27 PM

Re: 2015 CrossFit Open, Regionals, and Games Thread
 
Some good stuff (really dig Tommy V. Hell of a test of fitness), but also some classic movements that--in my opinion--continue to discredit us as a fitness event in the eyes of athletes outside our community. And those eyes matter to me because I'd love to have a competition that decathletes, football players, fighters, and military people would look at and go "damn, they really might be the fittest people on earth".

Handstand walks do not get that reaction because being able to go long distance quickly on your hands is an incredibly specialized skill that transfers over to virtually no real world activities (talking about the neurological skill, not the physical endurance to be able to go 250 ft, which is transferable). I'm not saying handstands in general are useless but do we really want a competition where someone faster, stronger, more powerful, with better endurance doesn't get to the games because they couldn't walk well on their hands? I, personally, don't.

My other gripe is with the SDHP, but, whatever. Most people around here have heard enough griping about that movement already.

Diana Alt 05-05-2015 07:34 PM

Re: 2015 CrossFit Open, Regionals, and Games Thread
 
I'm not saying handstands in general are useless but do we really want a competition where someone faster, stronger, more powerful, with better endurance doesn't get to the games because they couldn't walk well on their hands? I, personally, don't. .[/QUOTE]

Truthfully? I am a million percent fine with someone missing the games because they can't handstand walk, especially after last year. If you have gotten to the top 20 in a region without understanding that your gonna have to walk on your hands quite a ways to progress, then you probably don't deserve to go. Also, Power, speed, endurance and agility are only 4 of the 10 General physical skills. Balance and coordination are tested in the handstand walk in a way that a lot of other moves can't accomplish. Are there other moves that can test those aspects as well? Sure. But the crabbing about handstand walks is really pretty played out.

I'm really looking forward to seeing all the WOD announcements. I'm going to be judging this year, and a team from my gym that has a real shot at the games is competing!

Christopher Morris 05-05-2015 08:22 PM

Re: 2015 CrossFit Open, Regionals, and Games Thread
 
I'm getting pumped about Regionals. These events will be fun to watch, for the most part.

I'm really digging the animated graphics that explain the layout and flow of each event. Very easy to understand.

My first thoughts about the TrueForm Runner were:
- boring to watch, especially if they don't have any way to show their progress in the mile,
- product placement.

Then I thought about it some more. Different Regional venues may not allow for an easy layout for a one mile run. A machine is going to standardize the test of fitness between regions. It's going to contain the action to one spot in their lane.

Richard Colon 05-05-2015 08:43 PM

Re: 2015 CrossFit Open, Regionals, and Games Thread
 
I get both Dave's and Diane's side of the handstand walk convo and I'm not going to belabor the point about it to much more, as Diane said - its beaten' to death already. It is more of my discussion about it rather than saying yay or nay to having an event like the HS walk exist at all.

However,

While it did not invalidate, discredit, put a shadow, or asterisk on last years games, not having Sam there strictly because of a handstand walk was kinda bleh. I get it. Rules are rules and you play the game as everyone has to play it. Again, those that made it deserved to and Sam didn't deserve to, per staying consistent to what Castro and the other decision makers believe in. I stand by and respect that 100%.

From the outside looking in though, without seeing all the details and nuances of how the top level can literally have 0 weaknesses these days, it just doesn't add up. The Crossfit games claims the winner to be 'The Fittest on Earth.' Sam Briggs didn't even get a shot to prove that because of one workout, which if removed, has no bearing on whether someone is fit or not. When she walked away from that event, and from the regionals and while not participating in the 2014, there was no doubt, that Sam Briggs was sitting out there as quite possibly, still the fittest woman on earth. Yet a handstand walk kept someone that was still most likely the fittest woman on earth out of contention to prove that and that event did nothing to show that she possibly wasn't the fittest that year. That may be the weird, doesn't add up part to it all.

What's next? Some top games athlete that we all KNOW is one of the fittest in the world missing out because they can't triple under consistently? Cinco 1 with a HS walk to finish brilliant. So is the GHD, OH lunge, start the HS walk over if you fall event from last year. An entire event that can make or break you though that doesn't prove fit or otherwise...meh. As Dave said. NFL players, Decathletes, MMA fighters, Special forces military could all be easily in contention to be considered the fittest people on earth, depending on your criteria. Rich Froning, is in my opinion, the fittest ever, but I can't discredit someone that finishes the Badwater or a Sherpa that climbs Everest ahead of others, setting a path. Every one of those people can easily get away with not being able to do a HS walk for any respectable distance and STILL be in a conversation for the fittest people on the planet (again, depending on criteria). Yet, if they can be in that conversation, yet miss the opportunity to prove it in a competition to crown the fittest on earth, because of their ability (or lack thereof) to HS walk or not..weird.


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