Here is where we will cover the CrossFit Open 20.1 Workout announcement - so make sure to bookmark this page.
This upcoming Open is different from past years, as it kicks off the new tradition of our annual Open Season now being in October instead of February. It’s also unique in that this will most likely be the only time in CrossFit history that we see two Opens in one year.
Here’s a quick summary to the 2020 CrossFit Open & Games changes that are now officially in effect…
Like most things in life, the Open and CrossFit Games 2020 season is constantly evolving... and we continue to get updates. The Morning Chalk Up also has a great summary of the full 2020 CrossFit Games Rulebook, covering some of the smaller details surrounding this upcoming season.
Interested in 2020 Open predictions and how some of the Games athletes are expected to do? This article from RunRepeat covers 2020 Open predictions for the top male competitors, top female competitors, and National Champions from their countries.
We all know that nothing is for sure when it comes to Dave Castro and his programming.
Yet we can’t look past the fact that there are consistent trends and particular movements that show their face every single Open. In fact, over 9 years and 46 workouts, we have seen 23 different movements - 5 which have been repeated each Open season, including this past February.
The idea behind their popularity in the Open programming is that they are some of the most simple movements to judge.
(Why do you think we haven’t seen pistols yet?)
Don’t believe me?
The chart is self explanatory, but here’s a quick breakdown…
The top 5 rows that are highlighted in red are the movements that have shown up in every single CrossFit Open so far. Those are:
Do you have all those movements fine-tuned and ready to rock? Or do you still have some holes in your game? What about those middle-tiered movements in the yellow? I’d pretty confidently say that rowing will show up once again this year since it’s been programmed for the past six Opens… have you been working on the movement?
Last note on movements to expect - if you’ve been working on one of these movements for a while now, and don’t seem to make any progress - keep in mind that we have a bunch of 8-week courses that give you the exact programming you need to fast track your progress.
Let’s take a quick look at movement trends that we’ve seen more recently, across the past few years.
Will we see more strict gymnastics in the programming this year? Time will tell.
Enough about the past… let’s talk about this October.
In general, playing the guessing game when it comes to the CrossFit Open is no different than gambling. There’s no way to know (unless you’re Castro’s BFF) what’s going to get thrown at us, and it’s not necessarily the best use or time and energy to sit around and freak out about it. But I’ll offer just a few more thoughts and predictions for the sake of playing along…
You’ll notice a few different dumbbell predictions in the above video. We’ve seen new dumbbell movements pop up for the past few years now, and I wouldn’t expect the 2020 Open to be any different.
Can’t get enough Open prep? Here’s a quick refresh of what we saw in the February 2019 Open:
And here's a full length video of Coach Ben's 2020 Open predictions, movement demos, and more...
At the end of the day, the 2020 CrossFit Open is just about giving it your best, having fun with friends, and checking to see where your fitness is at. Don’t freak out when a workout is programmed that isn’t in your wheelhouse, or when we see strict ring muscle ups programmed and you still can’t even do a pull-up. That’s what scaling is for 🙂
If you haven’t already, make sure that you’re signed up to receive our Open 2020 Strategy guides - we release them every single Friday morning during the Open, with the goal of sending them out by 6am EST. Typically our emails include several bonus tips and tricks, warm-up videos, all that fun stuff.
In the comments, let me know which new movement you’re predicting, and what WOD you’re guessing for 20.1. Who knows, maybe if you guess it correctly we’ll send some WODprep Swag your way 😉
Kait is the Editor-in-Chief for the WODprep blog, a long-time CrossFit athlete, and lover of pretty much all things fitness. She's been on the WODprep team now for three years, and received her CF-L1 in 2017. She lives in Annapolis, MD with her husband and two huskies.
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