Bigger, Stronger, Faster: Ranch Repeats Show Progression Of Fittest | Morning Chalk Up

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Day 1 was Deja Vu at the Ranch. The first event, "2007 Reload," paid homage to the original CrossFit Games opening event, which featured a 1,000-meter row into 5 rounds of 25 pull-ups and 7 push jerks at 135 pounds for the men and 85 pounds for the women. The 2020 version of this event […]
Bigger, Stronger, Faster: Ranch Repeats Show Progression Of Fittest

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Day 1 was Deja Vu at the Ranch. The first event, "2007 Reload," paid homage to the original CrossFit Games opening event, which featured a 1,000-meter row into 5 rounds of 25 pull-ups and 7 push jerks at 135 pounds for the men and 85 pounds for the women. The 2020 version of this event increased the difficulty by adding 500 meters to the row, scaled up bar muscle-ups from pull-ups, and nearly doubled the weight on the barbell.

One big thing: In a strange coincidence, Mat Fraser crossed the finish line in 13:07 to tie the original winner of the Hopper workout, Brett Marshall, from 2007. Fraser's tie with Marshall shows the immense amount of progress that Games athletes have made at the top levels in the past 13 years. However, it was not the only test that athletes would repeat on the first day.

The events: On day one of the 2020 CrossFit Games, all five workouts tested were a variation of a previous CrossFit Games event.

Event 1: The athletes started their day with "2007 Reload," a callback to the original first workout

The athletes started their day with "2007 Reload," a callback to the Event 2: The second event of the day paid tribute to the 2009 Sandbag Hill Sprint. However, the 2020 version featured nearly double the distance (320 versus 170 meters), despite the sandbag weight being slightly lighter (70/35# for 2009 and 50/30# for 2020).

The second event of the day paid tribute to the 2009 Sandbag Hill Sprint. However, the 2020 version featured nearly double the distance (320 versus 170 meters), despite the sandbag weight being slightly lighter (70/35# for 2009 and 50/30# for 2020). Event 3: The third event of the day was the CrossFit Total, which challenged athletes not only against each other but allowed for comparisons to both the 2018 and 2007 CrossFit Games, the other two times the Total was tested.

The third event of the day was the CrossFit Total, which…
Kay Wiese, Emily Beers, Eric Sherred, Justin Lofranco, Morning Chalk Up
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