Mark your calendars. The 2022 NOBULL CrossFit Open has an official start date of Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022. According to CrossFit HQ’s announcement, a new workout will be released each Thursday during the Open. Participating athletes will have four days to record themselves performing each workout to the required movement standards and submit their videos for review.
2022 CrossFit Open Divisions
- Age Groups — grouped in four-year increments — ages 35-39, and so on up to 65 years and older
- Teenager — 14-15 years | 16-17 years
- Adaptive — eight different divisions (for men and women: Upper Extremity, Lower Extremity, Neuromuscular, Vision, Short Stature, Seated (w/hip), Seated (w/o hip), and Intellectual
The Open workouts will have scaled, foundations, and equipment-free versions available for participating athletes to choose from. Anyone aged 14 and older is eligible to compete in the Open.
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2021 NOBULL CrossFit Open
Over 240,000 people worldwide participated in the 2021 CrossFit Open. It spanned three weeks and featured four workouts: 21.1, 21.2, 21.3, and 21.4. Workout 21.4 was a surprise addition to the third week. The 2021 Open consisted of:
- 21.1, “Engine vs. Skill” — announced Thursday, March 11, 2021, at 8:00 p.m. EST
- Featured Kari Pearce versus Kristi Eramo O’Connell
- 21.2, “Youth vs. Experience”— announced Thursday, March 18, 2021, at 8:00 p.m. EST
- Featured Justin Medeiros versus Samuel Kwant
- 21.3 and 21.4, “Sibling Rivalry”— announced Thursday, March 25, 2021, at 8:00 p.m. EST
- Featured Scott Panchik versus Spencer Panchik versus Saxon Panchik
After the 2021 CrossFit Open, four-time Fittest Woman on Earth® Tia-Clair Toomey-Orr and 2020 CrossFit Games finalist Jeffrey Adler ranked first in the Women’s Division and Men’s Division, respectively.
Although the workouts for the 2022 Open are not necessarily influenced by the workouts chosen for the 2021 Open, it may give an idea of how they might be structured. The first workout of the 2021 Open was absent weights consisting of only double-unders and wall walks (a movement that debuted in 2021). Workout 21.2 was another heart-rate-based workout for time, but this time added in a dumbbell for thrusters to pair with burpee box jump-overs.
A barbell was not used until workouts 21.3 and 21.4. The former featured front squats and thrusters alongside chest-to-bar pull-ups, while the latter was a barbell complex for max load.
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2021 CrossFit Games Up First
The 2021 NOBULL CrossFit Games will run from July 27 through August 1 2021, in Madison, WI. It will feature the top 40 men, 40 women, and 38 teams who qualified via one of the 10 Semifinals or the virtual Last-Chance Qualifier. Additionally, the top five men and top five women from the Open in three adaptive divisions — Upper Extremity, Lower Extremity, and Neuromuscular will also compete in Madison.
Toomey-Orr will be in attendance to defend her crown as Fittest Woman on Earth. Five-time CrossFit Games champion Mat Fraser retired from competitive CrossFit in February 2021, meaning that a new Fittest Man on Earth® is guaranteed to stand atop the podium in 2021. Kwant, who ranked as the 2020 CrossFit Games runner-up, failed to qualify for the 2021 Games, so most of the Men’s podium will look different.
Registration for the 2022 CrossFit Open is not yet open, but prospective participants can sign up for reminders at open.crossfit.com.
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