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March 10, 2021

Predicting 21.1—The First Workout of the 2021 Open

Written by Damect Dominguez

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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