The CrossFit Open Workout 20.1 was announced yesterday and all athletes participating will have until the following Monday to turn in their scores. And this will be the case for the 5 weeks of workouts that will follow; which can qualify athletes for the 2020 CrossFit Games based on their performance.
The athletes will vary in experience levels but one of the greats of the sport in Annie Thorisdottir from Iceland, (who is also the first woman to win the Games twice, in 2011 and 2012), took on the 20.1 Workout, and you can watch it below. And you may notice she’s accompanied by Sara Sigmundsdottir, who is another top CrossFit athlete.
Rogue announced the 20.1 Workout:
- 8 ground To overheads – 95lb (men) / 65lb (women)
- 10 bar-facing burpees
Time cap: 15 minutes
Following the workout (about 9:30 mark) Thorisdottir was spread out on the floor in pure exhaustion but she explained that she started a little too fast out of the gates, “I started a little faster than I was going to and I hit my threshold about 6 rounds in.” She was ok with her time, which was under 10 minutes. But she said that if she didn’t start so fast she could have been a little quicker.
Then Thorisdottir offered some advice for the workout. She explained that if the bar is heavy you’re going to want to make contact with the snatches or even go to clean and jerks. And she explained that the key thing to do is transition right away to burpees after the bar to feel the pace rather than stopping.
Another tip was to take a chance and pick up the bar sooner than you want too and try to find somewhere in the snatch or clean and jerks to breathe. Thorisdottir highly recommends practicing the burpees in the warm-up to decide how you’ll approach them in the workout because the more efficient you are, the more time you can shave off.
And that’s it. Annie Thorisdottir ended by saying “everyone can do this workout,” and who better to learn some workout tips from than one of the best to ever do it!
She will be posting her Open workouts every week on YouTube which she explained on her Instagram page. So, be sure to tune in and, of course, we will update you along the way…