CrossFit Open Workout 20.1 Announced

Rich Froning and Scott Panchik kick off 20.1 with an epic showdown.

CrossFit fans and athletes, get ready because the 2020 CrossFit Open is already here. 

The Open for the 2020 CrossFit Games season is unique because it marks the start of a brand new structure to the traditional CrossFit season as we know it. As opposed to the traditional CrossFit Open, which is usually held over the span of 5 weeks in February and March, the new Open’s format will now take place every year in the Fall. This means Games athletes have a much smaller turnaround time between the Games and Open competition. 

This week, CrossFit Open Workout 20.1’s announcement was streamed live from Austin, Texas, on Rogue Fitness’ YouTube channel. To kick off Open Workout 20.1 in a glorious fashion, 4-time CrossFit Games Champion Rich Froning took on eight-time Games athlete, and now teammate, Scott Panchik in an epic head-to-head battle, but enough with these details — let’s get to the official CrossFit Open Workout 20.1 announcement. 

CrossFit Open Workout 20.1

10 Rounds

  • 8 Ground-to-Overhead (95 lbs for men, 65 lbs for women)
  • 10 Bar Facing Burpees 

Time Cap: 15-minutes

Ground-to-Overhead entails using a snatch, muscle snatch, clean to press, or whatever means possible to get the bar from the ground to the overhead position. 

Pre Open Workout 20.1 Hints and Analysis

Outside of the excitement for the workout’s announcement itself, one thing that always stokes the fire of intrigue for the CrossFit Open is Dave Castro’s legendary Open workout hints. For last year’s Open, Castro was relatively silent and absent from his normal string of clues that would prelude each workout by a few days, however, this year it appears he’s back in his normal clue-sharing fashion. 

On Tuesday, Castro shared the image below on his Instagram page, simply writing, “Twenty point one.”

Now, normally, Castro’s hints result in thousands of comments that try to take a stab at what the workout could be.

We typically read through them, assess their plausibility, then move on, but we have to say, 2019 CrossFit Games athlete Chandler Smith’s comment on this photo was not one for the ages. Check it out below. 

“Dave! We meet again! So glad to be providing my services to you and the CrossFit world writ large in regards to deciphering your clues. The honor is truly mine. Now let’s get down to business and make up some puns, shall we? So the picture above has two donkeys. Donkey in Spanish? Burro. Easy to take the first half of that and guess burpees.

The conspicuous absence of boxes next to the donkeys and their presence in an open area with a fence ostensibly composed of bars tells me they will be bar facing. But what about the “ro”? Everyone knows that ro is the 17th letter of the Greek alphabet and from this we can clearly expect to go 17 minutes! Add this to the bar theme and I believe we’ll see chest to bar. Two donkeys equals a couplet. 17 min of bar facing burpees and chest to bar. Too easy.”

Now, regardless of how accurate Smith’s long-winded guess was, you have to admit that the thought he put into his prediction was pretty dang impressive.

To all of the athletes competing in CrossFit Open Workout 20.1, good luck and have fun!

Check back tomorrow for a CrossFit Open Workout 20.1 tips article and in-depth video covering all of the details for this week’s Open workout. 

Feature image from @blacksmiff Instagram page. 

Jake Boly

Jake Boly

Jake holds a Master’s in Sports Science and a Bachelor’s in Exercise Science. Currently, Jake serves as the Fitness and Training Editor at BarBend. He’s a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and has spoken at state conferences on the topics of writing in the fitness industry and building a brand.

As of right now, Jake has published over 1,300 articles related to strength athletes and sports. Articles about powerlifting concepts, advanced strength & conditioning methods, and topics that sit atop a strong science foundation are Jake’s bread-and-butter.

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