Always accurate Regionals predictions

Here is my 4th (???) installment of predicting the results of Regionals. I have yet to miss any pick. Ya, last year, when Dan Bailey didn’t make the Games, I predicted that. Or when that obscure gym from the Meridian Regional made the Games, I predicted that. I called Rich Froning retiring from individual competition before he did.

I’m that good.

Go ahead, look it up. It’s all on this site somewhere.

On to this years perfect predictions.

First weekend – I CAN’T WAIT!!

East Regional

  • Women: Hard not to pick Katrin Davidsdottir to win this region, right? She is the reigning two time Fittest Woman on Earth. But I’m going with Kari Pearce to pull out the upset with Katrin finishing second. Wrapping up the top 5 I will go with Dani Horan, Carol-Ann Reason-Thibault and Chelsey Hughes.
  • Men: Um, duh, Mat Frazier. I’m not going against him. Patrick Vellner will finish in 2nd, but well behind Frazier. Alex Vigneault, Chase Smith and Albert-Dominic Larouche take the remaining qualifying spots. It sucks not having Lucas Parker at the Games…but it ain’t happening this year.
  • Teams: CrossFit Milford, Pro1 Montreal and Reebok CrossFit One take the top 3 spots. Team Back Bay and Ocean States Finest go to the Games, too.

South Regional

  • Women: Camille LeBlanc-Bazinet wins the region and this year she will finish top 5 at the Games. I’m calling that now. Margaux Alvarez, Tennil Reed, Brenda Castro and Alexis Johnson qualify.
  • Men: Niklas Hecht wins over Roy Gamboa. He comes strong out of Vegas. Travis Williams, Sean Sweeney and Tommy Vinas round out this region. I miss the days when a bunch of Colorado athletes owned this group. Colorado is hard to find now other than CLB.
  • Teams: Wasatch Brutes, Salt Lake City CF, EADO Elite Blue, Max Effort Avengers and CrossFit Jaakarhu win.

Pacific Regional

  • Women: Really hard to pick against Kara Webb, and I am not. She edges out Tia Toomey. Does it really matter past those two? I don’t think so. Anyone else out of this region is shark bait at the Games.
  • Men: Ricky Garard, Rob Forte and Khan Porter stand on the podium. James Newbury and Mitchell Sinnamon take spots in Madison.
  • Teams: I’ll just go with the top 5 teams out of Australia. Asia gets blanked.

California Regional

  • Women: What used to be a beast of a region has certainly fallen. Lauren Fisher is back and healthy and wins. Chyna Cho is right there along with Alessandra Pichelli. Kirsten Pedri takes fourth and I have to pick Becca Voigt to go to her 35th straight CrossFit Games. No Jamie Hagiya this year.
  • Men: Josh Bridges should clean up. No really heavy barbells to slow him down this year. Jason Carroll and Christian Lucero are next up with Julian Alcaraz (and all those Street Parking WODs with dumbbells) and Lorin Adams rounding out.
  • Teams: Going to be hard to be NorCal, I think. Invictus always sends a team and this time Paradiso, 209 Sport and 808 go to the Games.

Central Regional

  • Women: This might be the stacked female region. Sara Sigmundsdottir wins it. Kristi Eramo and Stacie Tovar come in next. Brooke Wells makes it, but without a really heavy barbell she doesn’t have home run power this year. Jenn Smith takes the final spot.
  • Men: Scott Panchik wins. The men side is stacked here, too. Sam Dancer somehow pulls out second without the help of a heavy barbell….or any barbell. Zak Carchedi goes to the games along with Alex Anderson and Dan Bailey (who will need to come out of the 2nd heats on Friday).
  • Team: Obviously Mayhem Freedom. They win almost every event and OC3, Timberwolf, 417, Three Kings and Koda CrossFit go to the Games.

Meridian Regional

  • Women: Sam Briggs benefits from no barbells. Jamie Greene looks poised to make noise at the Games. Annie Thorisdottir will squeak out third over Kristin Holte. Emma McQuaid comes out of nowhere to take fifth. Some of the other Dottir’s succeed with a heavy barbell, so this will not be their year.
  • Men: Jonne Koski wins and Karl Gudmundsson taking second. Frederik Aegidius joins his girlfriend (Annie) and Lukas Hogberg and Elliot Simmonds go. Rasmus has to wait until next year to play with Fisher in Madison.
  • Team: I have to be honest – I don’t know any of these teams. So…I’m going to abstain. I can’t be wrong if I don’t pick.

West Regional

  • Women: I think Emily Abbott won almost every Open workout in this region, so she wins. Carly Fuhrer, Carleen Mathews, Alex Parker and Emily Rolfe go.
  • Men: Brent Fikowski podiums in Madison this year. Sam Kwant takes second. Tyson Takasaki returns and Ben Stoneberg and Mitch Wagner take the final two spots.
  • Team: CrossFit Fort Vancouver is always at the Games. Marysville, Armoury, Taranis and Cascade qualify.

Atlantic Regional

  • Women: Emily Bridgers cleans up. I feel like all of these workouts are in her wheelhouse. Alison Scudds makes it along with Alea Helmick, Meredith Root and Cassidy Lance-McWherter.
  • Men: The Smith boys take one and two with Ben edging out younger brother Alec. Noah Ohlsen comfortably gets in and Jacob Anderson and Travis Mayer take the final two spots.
  • Team: 12 Labours wins. Balance, Diamond State, Training Think Tank and Peak 360 also go to Madison.

There you have it. Book it. Bet it. Money.

Only 3 more days!!!

Did you actually search to see if I am always right? I’m hardly EVER right…

Get rid of HSPU in the Open

I’m terrible at handstand push ups. Terrible. I think I had about 90 seconds to two minutes to get as many HSPU as I could get during 17.4 and I could only muster 12 of them. This post has nothing to do with that. I am much worse at muscle ups and I don’t think CrossFit should do away with those in the Open. HSPU are judged way too differently to really use them.

I wrote about this two years ago. How athletes are able to get their heels above the line when they are several inches (feet?) from the wall or super wide hands just doesn’t make mathematical sense. As I note in my original blog post if you place a ruler flat against a wall with the end of the ruler placed where the floor meets the wall…and then move that end away from the wall the ruler will obviously not be as high. Does this seem to make sense for HSPU? Even with the three inch drop from where your wrists are measured?

Let me start at the beginning. Here is how the standard is written on the Games website:

Games

I’ll call out the wording “hands over their head with elbows locked out“. LOCKED OUT.

Brooke Wells being measured:

Wells

Patrick Vellner being measured:

Vellner

Tennil Reed being measured:

Reed

Do any of those athletes look like they have their elbows locked? Nope. Not one of them. I would be willing to bet they aren’t the only ones. I’m not just talking “profressional” exercisers either. I am sure this sort of “lock out” is seen at gyms all over the world. Almost makes me wish I held my athletes to this same poor standard. If top Games competitors can get away without locking out their elbows then why can’t my athletes?

I know that for myself those few inches would make a big difference in the ease of reps for my HSPU.

I’m fairly certain I won’t be promoting the Open in my gym in 2018. I enjoy competing enough that I will probably sign up myself in 2018, but it is becoming a joke for the average Joe to do the Open. First of all, what’s the point anymore? Not like you can even compare yourself to other athletes around the world with the poor standards being upheld in other gyms. And now it is getting hard to compare yourself to the pro’s since they don’t hold up to standards either.

I honestly believe that for each of the athletes pictured above their scores should be marked as invalid as not one of their HSPU met standards.

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No fear, Sam Briggs won 17.4 and her measurement was on point. So good to see her extend her arms and lock out her elbows for her HSPU measurement. I hope she doesn’t go Masters this year and competes with the younger ladies.

2017 CrossFit California Region – women get a shake up

I think that traditionally the Central East Region has been the viewed as consistently the most difficult Region to qualify out of as a male – especially when Rich Froning was still competing as an individual. (And if you haven’t heard Dan Bailey is back in the Central East.)

I think the same can be said for the female side in California. Sure there are some really tough regions out there, but year in and year out the California region for the ladies is top notch.

It will get more difficult as Sara Sigmundsdottir is going to be competing out of California this year. I just saw this for the first time on a newly released video from CrossFit.

Last year the top five finishers were Lauren Fisher, Rebecca Voigt, Alessandra Pichelli, Chyna Cho and Jamie Hagiya. This left athletes like Brooke Ence, Colleen Fotsch and Chelsey Grigsby on the outside looking in.

Let’s mix it up by putting Sigmundsdottir into this Region and Fisher coming off of surgery on her ankle AND the possibility of Voigt competing in the newly formed 35-39 age division (which I don’t think she will do) and we could have a whole new crop of qualifiers out of this tough Region.

Between news like this and all the “super teams” forming I am getting really excited for the 2017 Games Season! (And a bit nervous for the Open workouts.)

2017 CrossFit Games “super teams”

Going to start to compile a list of teams as they are announced for the 2017 CrossFit Games season.

Mayhem Freedom – Another year another member change for Mayhem Freedom. While Rich Froning, Matt Hewett, Kristin Reffett and Elly Kabboord have not changed in each of the 3 iterations of this team they did make a change last year in adding Lindy Barber and this year James Hobart is back in the northeast and Darren Hunsucker is the 3rd male athlete.

Team Reebok CrossFit One – I thought Hobart was going to be part of this team as it became obvious that he was not back in Cookeville to begin 2017. To compete on a team you need to train at that gym like 75 or 80 percent of the time. Hobart was clearly not in Tennessee based on his Instagram posts. But he isn’t on Team RCO and I haven’t seen anything indicating what his plans are for 2017. As for this team it is comprised of a few CrossFit Games individual competitors from years past with Spencer Hendel and Austin Malleolo. They are joined by Conor Murphy, Kate Brierley, Rachel Simone and Allyson Leard. I think all of those 4 have competed at the Regionals level as individuals and/or the Games as part of a team.

(updated 2/9/17) Team NorCal – I’ll call this a super team just because they have to train at least some of the time with Jason Khalipa (who, on a side note, I believe plans on competing in 2017 and I thought he was going team, but if he is it isn’t on this team…is he competing as an individual again? PLEASE SAY “YES”!!) and they are coached by Chris Spealler. Team NorCal was the team a few years ago that made the team competition super interesting because of the great personalities on the team. They talked trash with Mayhem and made it so much fun. Molly Volmer, Jen Cadmus and Alex Rollin are returning to NorCal who were on the team in 2015 with Khalipa. Pat Barber, Miranda Chivers (formerly Oldroyd) and Khalipa are replaced by Britt Blanco, Ryon O’Neill and Raphael Durand.

Those are the 2 teams I am aware of at this point. I know Jason Khalipa has stated he is competing this year, but I haven’t seen whether or not he is going individual or team. I would venture that he is going team with some other NC Fit athletes. Maybe Team NorCal from two years ago will reunite (partially at best since Miranda Oldroyd – or has she officially changed her name yet? – is pregnant).

Any other super teams that you have heard of? I would assume Invictus puts together a great team, but will it consist of past individual Games athletes? I assume Garrett Fisher and Rasmus Anderson are going individual. Is Lauren Fisher competing this year? From the look of her Instagram I can’t tell. She just started running on her fixed ankle recently. Will it be ready in time? I think she has time, but enough time to make a run individually? Maddy Myers individual or team?

What will happen with the Brute crew? Adrian Conway, Brennan Fjord and Tiffany Hendrickson and those folks who trained and competed with Ute CrossFit for so many years – will they put together a team?

If you know any other teams please leave a comment below. I think this is a fun and exciting time of year as we get to see these teams form and take on Mayhem Freedom.

2017 WZA Teams and Team Members

For those of you out there who are looking at the team standings at the 2017 Wodapalooza and wondering who is on which team, I’m going to try to help.

Elite Men

  1. Misfit nLnM (No Lube No Mercy): Travis Williams (@travisfwilliams), Chandler Smith (@blacksmifff), Jordan Cook (@jcrossfitcook)
  2. Smith Bro’s: Ben Smith (@bsmith13), Alex Smith (@alecsmith8) and Dane Smith (@danedoes)
  3. Team Panchik: Scott Panchi (@scottpanchik), Saxon Panchik (@saxon_panchik), Spencer Panchik (@spencer_panchik)
  4. Team TEN Red: Daniel Tyminski (@boomsauce39), Gerald Sasser (@gerald_sasser), Cam Pernich (@cpernich)
  5. CrossFit Shrewsbury: Anthony Vazquez (@avazquez03), Corey Lunney (@clunney), Trevor James (@trev_james92)
  6. Team Zevia: Nick Block (@nbloch37), Brent Fikowski (@fikowski), Irving Hernandez (@theirvingh)
  7. BearKomplexL Joe Scali (@scalifit), Elijah “EZ” Muhammad (@elijahezmuhammad), Nick Urankar (@nickurankar)
  8. Ten Performance: Daniel Petro (@danielquadzillapetro), Nathan Bramblett (@nathan_bramblett), Aaron Hanna (@aaron_hanna)
  9. Team Gorilla Fitness: Alex Vigneault (@vigneaultalex), Alexandre Caron (@alex.caron), Jason Houde (@jayhoude67)
  10. Team Jakt: Paul Tremblay (@hosstremblay), Charles Felx-leduc (@iamcharlo87), Albert-Dominique Larouche (@larouchadm)
  11. Midwest monSTARs 2.0: Jack Long (@jlonghair6), Duke Burk (@dukeburk), Shane McBridge (@spmcbride1)
  12. Team NorCal: You might think this would be an easy one, but I have no idea who was on this team. I *think* Khalipa was, but not even positive about that.
  13. Reebok CrossFit ONE: Spencer Hendel (@spencer_hendel), Austin Malleolo (@amalleolo), Conor Murphy (@conortmurphy)
  14. The Boys: No idea
  15. Brute Squad: Mitch Spjut (@spjut2), Adrian Conway (@adrianconway_), Brennan Fjord (@builtfjordtough)

And in 30th place we have Jared Stevens (@jaredwaynestevens), Justin Allen (@justin.allen) and Sam Dancer (@samdancing). I am including them because they are Instagram all stars who finished in 30th place – far behind some local gyms.

Elite Women

  1. Team Progenex: Stacie Tovar (@stacietovar), Chyna Cho )@chynacho), Emily Bridgers (@emilybridgers)
  2. Probably FitAid: Alexis Johnson (@mf_mathlete), Cassidy Lance (@cassidylance), Kaleena Ladeairous (@justkaleena)
  3. Team Soul: Jime Becerra (@jimebecerrab), Negra Crv (@negracrv), Laura Carolina Gonzalez Marin (@lauragonzyyy)
  4. PRGNX/RPM Fitness: Molly Vollmer (@mollyvollmer), Nicole Holcomb (@crossfitnicole), Jen Cadmus (@jencadmus)
  5. Invictus: Regan Huckaby (@reganhuckaby), Maddy Myers (@maddy.myers1), Jamie Hagiya (@jamiejoyce2)
  6. Mid Atlantic Mavens: Gretchen Kittelberger (@glkitt), Christy Adkins (@christycrossfit), Anna Tunnicliffe Tobias (@atunnicliffe)
  7. CrossFit Parallax: unsure
  8. Brute, Mandi and her MILFs: Mandi Janowitz (@mandi_janowitz), Tiffany Hendrickson (@tuesdaysmom) and I don’t know the third
  9. Savage Barbell – Hustle Hard
  10. 12 Labours Ladies Region
  11. Exo Sleeve: Kristi Eramo (@kristi_eramo29),
  12. FitAid ABBs: Alye DeRoma (@alyederoma), Breona Evans (@breonanicole7), Brista Mayfield (@bristamayfield)
  13. CrossFit Fort Vancouver
  14. Team XPN – RX Labs: Mirakim (@mklil1),
  15. Midwestern Built: Megan Jane Scales (@meganjanescales), Taylor Streid (@hollitay7), Chelsey Cross (@momma_chels)
  16. Westside Conjugate
  17. Jenny and the Block 2.0: Nicolle Capurso (@ncapurso22), Jenny Borda (@gymjen99), Brooke Haas (@brookedahook)

I think it is interesting some of the teams with multiple Games athletes that lost to teams without any real recognizable names.

I wish you could watch these off season events for free. I just can’t bring myself to paying for Floelite.