The 2024 CrossFit Open is set to begin with a highly anticipated event on February 29, 2024, featuring the live announcement of Open Workout 24.1 by Momentous.
This event marks the commencement of the competitive season, drawing attention from CrossFit enthusiasts around the globe. Following the announcement, a thrilling showdown will unfold as renowned CrossFit Games athletes Brent Fikowski, Alex Gazan, Alexis Raptis, and Jeff Adler compete in the newly revealed 24.1 workout.
Additionally, these athletes will participate in bonus workouts, vying for the prestigious Rogue Fitness Golden Barbell award.
A Look into the Crystal Ball: My 24.1 Prediction
All right, without further ado, here’s my prediction:
AMRAP 12 minutes:
- 4 Snatches (95/65 lb)
- 8 Toes to Bar
- 12 Calorie Row
Let’s unpack the rationale behind my prediction.
The Why Behind the Workout
Historically, every first workout has been a mix of skill, strength, and endurance. An AMRAP is a classic of “.1” workouts, as well as these 3 movements. This will challenge seasoned athletes while remaining accessible to newcomers.
If my prediction holds, this will quickly become very “grippy”. My advice would be to go hard on the first 2 movements, then keep a steady, slightly uncomfortable pace on the rower.
Predicting the Athlete’s Performances
Jeffrey Adler, the 2023 CrossFit Games champion, is known for his dominance in the Open, having secured the top spot twice in the past three years. His exceptional performance sets high expectations for his debut in a live Open announcement workout.
Brent Fikowski, despite his impressive record of top-five finishes at the Games, faces challenges in the Open, particularly due to his height, which can be a disadvantage in certain workouts. His past Open performances have been affected by this, as well as an arm injury in 2023, placing him significantly lower than Adler in the rankings.
Alex Gazan and Alexis Raptis, both coming off their best Games finishes, share similar strengths and weaknesses, making their matchup particularly intriguing. Historical data suggests a tight competition, with Raptis having a slight edge in past Open workouts.
Predicting the Winners
Considering the athletes’ historical performances and potential workout elements, Jeffrey Adler and Alexis Raptis are predicted to come out on top in their respective matchups. Adler’s track record in the Open and Raptis’s slight edge over Gazan make them the athletes to watch in the 24.1 announcement.
Over to You
Now, I turn the floor over to you, the heartbeat of the CrossFit world. How do you feel about this prediction? Are there movements you’re hoping to see, or perhaps dreading? Let’s spark a conversation in the comments below. Whether my prediction hits the mark or falls short, one thing is certain: the CrossFit Open will continue to inspire, challenge, and unite us in our shared pursuit of fitness.
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