Predicting 21.1—The First Workout of the 2021 Open

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September 28, 2022

The 2021 CrossFit Open is officially upon us! As is the case with most things nowadays, this year, things are a little different. For the first time since its inception, the Open will take place over just three weeks. Traditionally, the Open has taken place over five weeks – except in 2011, the inaugural year, when it ran through six weeks.

Of course, that’s not the only change taking place this year. Due to the pandemic, a limited equipment list has been released, which eliminates a few movements traditionally seen in the Open.

2021 CrossFit Open Equipment List

One dumbbell (50/35)
A barbell and plates (a specific amount of weights has not specified)
A jump rope
A plyo box
A spot to do pull-ups
Wall space (can we safely assume this is for handstand push-ups)

If you’re a fan of wall balls, you’re out of luck this year, as the movement clearly won’t be a part of the 2021 Open ????. Also missing from this year’s list: rowing and ring muscle-ups.
To make the Open accessible to even more people, CrossFit has added a few additional divisions this year, including the equipment-free, foundations, and adaptive divisions.

Predicting 21.1

2021 marks the eighth year we’ve been predicting Open workouts. We’ve been ‘almost’ spot-on at least five or six times. Each year, the most challenging workout to predict is the first one. At that point, you’re starting with almost no information – what type of workouts have we done, what equipment have we used, etc. Nonetheless, we’re going to take a stab at it.

21.1 is…

20 Minute AMRAP
30 Double-unders
20 Alternating Dumbbell Snatches
10 Box Jumps

-We’re going with a triplet for the first workout. Seeing as how there’s a limited number of weeks this year, we figured Castro would probably pack in more movements each week.
-The first workout is usually a pretty long one. The last five Opens have all kicked off with a workout 15 minutes or longer (20.1 had a 15-minute time cap).
-As we’ve done the last few years, we’re ignoring Dave Castro’s clue on Instagram. The best predictions usually happen when you do that! However, take a look at Castro’s clue for yourself at the end of this post.

Go to Thursday starting at 7:30 EST to catch all the Open action.


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About Damect Dominguez

Co-founder of BoxLife Magazine. Author: Training Day: 400+ Workouts to Incorporate in Your Training.

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