European Regional Qualifier

April 2, 2009 1:20 AM

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This weekend CrossFit Northeast England will be hosting the European Regional Qualifier where competitors like Scott Jenkins (shown in picture) will be battling for a spot at the 2009 CrossFit Games. The Regionals will consist of 2 days worth of workouts. Day one will have two tough workouts,

Workout 1
Three Rounds
Run 400m
21 kettlebell swings Men 32kg/ Women 20kg
12 Chest To Bar pull Ups

Workout 2

15 - 12 - 9 Reps
Clean and Jerk Men 60kg/ Women 40kg
Hand Stand Press Ups

Day two there will be one TBA workout with which the winners will be decided. For a look at some of the competitors go here.

26 comments on this entry.

1. Petr wrote...

April 2, 2009 7:58 AM

Hand stand press ups are hand stand push ups ?

2. Filer wrote...

April 2, 2009 8:13 AM

That hair is glorious

3. susannah wrote...

April 2, 2009 9:22 AM

I would like to see them add something very endurance based for the Games...10k run anyone?

April 2, 2009 9:43 AM

susannah... that's the whole point of crossfit though, to try and keep activities in the anaerobic state. Just a straight 10K would be aerobic conditioning

5. Rob replied to comment from XFit Florida...

April 2, 2009 9:49 AM

I don't want to see a 10k, but it seems to me that "work capacity across broad time and modal domains" includes oxidative pathways, and consequently isn't excluded from the "point of crossfit."

6. Tom replied to comment from XFit Florida...

April 2, 2009 9:54 AM

Crossfit might make great use of anaerobic conditioning, but that is because it has the greatest carryover to all metabolic pathways, including the aerobic. Despite spending most of our training time in glycolitic "middle ground" pathway, Crossfit athletes still want to be able to perform well across broad time and modal domains, not just in the anaerobic arena.

10ks and Crossfit Totals might not be the best training tool for broad fitness, which is why they don't appear all that often. But in a competition or evaluation of fitness, that doesn't mean that those aren't worthwhile events.

April 2, 2009 10:33 AM

First, agreed that there is NOTHING anti-crossfit about a 10k. In a perfect world where we could normalize scoring differences (think more like CF Games I rather than CF Games II, which was STILL not ideal scoring) it would be great to have time domains that ranged from 5 seconds to 5 hours. In practice that is obviously difficult.

Second, very interesting choices of WODs. I actually think that, even though there is no "endurance WOD" like Susanne wanted, endurance types usually do well at Helen because of the relatively low strength requirements and times in the 8-15 minute range. So you are going to have a small guy win event one and a larger guy probably win number two assuming he can do handstand push-ups.

But handstand push-ups are what I want to discuss. Do we have a CF standard for these? They are hard to judge. I assume a wall is allowed. Top of head to ground? Nose to ground? Falling out of the handstand while pressing up? At what angle does it go from a handstand to an elevated push-up? Any requirement on hand width? And especially in the women's category I can see there being some very fit people who cannot go as RX'd. Don't be surprised if the winner of the event is someone who wins solely because they are one of the 10% can that do a single HSPU, much less 36 of them in a manner that is repeatable and judgeable.

Or maybe I'll be proven wrong. That's what I love about the games is you can actually test the hypothesis you pull out of your ass.

April 2, 2009 10:41 AM

OK, just read the standards and some (not all) of my questions about HSPU were answered. The press grip width is a little strange ... it will be fun to see how it works.

One other interesting point is them specifying clean and jerk but then saying ground to overhead anyhow in the description. Snatch?

You can tell by my excessive posting I am excited for OUR qualifier which is still a month away!

9. Craig Massey replied to comment from Petr...

April 2, 2009 12:11 PM

In many places outside the US a push-up is known as a press-up, which transfers equally to a HSPU. Pull-ups are known as chin-ups, PRs as PBs (Personal Bests).

The competitors will understand what they're being asked to do. :-)

10. Richard Vanmeerbeek wrote...

April 2, 2009 12:43 PM

Haha Scott is just perfect here !

It's going to be a great weekend, can't wait.

April 2, 2009 5:05 PM

you cant do a 10km run...there would be too much of a time gap.

12. Susannah wrote...

April 2, 2009 5:36 PM

All I'm saying, is that Crossfit is said to prepare you to be an incredible athlete across all spectrums including endurance. Notice that I didn't say "marathon anyone?".
Obviously we do have to worry about judging, and time gaps...however, I would worry that part of the excitement of the crossfit games would be lost by becoming too standardized.

We should drop everyone in the wilderness to stack a bunch of 2x4s, throw some boulders around, and run home; while living off berries and seeds. Then again, people may have nervous breakdowns without their zone bars (whoa...joke).


13. sevan wrote...

April 2, 2009 7:57 PM

I had gym teacher who had those shorts.

14. shane mcgrotty wrote...

April 2, 2009 9:28 PM

lol nice Susannah.

... u first..

15. Davie wrote...

April 3, 2009 1:33 AM

Good luck to everyone that is competing in the European qualifiers this weekend.

I dont want to show any favouritism but....COME ON WILL!!!!

16. Scott Jenkins wrote...

April 3, 2009 3:03 AM

Dont worry Sevan I will not be packing those shorts, or the wig!!!

April 3, 2009 9:13 AM

I am a gym teacher that has those shorts.

18. Helzy wrote...

April 3, 2009 11:16 PM


Rankings, updates & photos throughout the day here at CrossFit Northern Ireland (host box),

19. Texas Patrick wrote...

April 4, 2009 8:56 AM

But where are the scores!?!! ;-) It's like 5 pm aren't they DONE yet? :-)

20. kempie wrote...

April 4, 2009 10:14 AM

Texas Patrick - it's just gone 6 o'clock now. The events are done but our day can not be considered complete until we have replenished our carbohydrate and hydration levels.

Give us a few hours and we'll give you a taste of the way our day has gone.

Cheers, kempie

April 4, 2009 11:02 AM

Helen may give the lighter guy an edge reguarly.
You may not have noticed the weight on that kettlebell.
Throw that 2-pood into the mix and it's a whole new workout. Certainly kicked my ass today. Ouch!

I was dissapointed when I met Scott Jenkins today only to find mullets nowhere in sight.

Everyone at the Regionals has been extremely sportsmanlike so far. Great crew! Especially Brian Bowen! So sexy.

April 4, 2009 2:19 PM

Ahhh, right mate. ;-)

30 minutes of workouts, now off to the liquid carbos . . . ;-)

Cracking good work. And you lot have even more fun tomorrow.


April 5, 2009 8:44 AM

Absolutely correct. I did not notice the 2 pood weight. Not that I was saying it was bad thing. Now it's really just the HSPU that the smaller guys might do better in, but after they did heavy jerks, maybe not.

Post more details! I still don't know what the sunday workout for EITHER of the events is today.

24. Jami wrote...

April 5, 2009 9:22 AM

Sundays event was

20min AMRAP:
250m row
10 Burpees
10 Ring dips

25. Ryan Brown wrote...

April 5, 2009 1:45 PM

Haha, just noticed the link that should say "Enlarge Image" says "England Image". I have to wonder if this was done on purpose or was simply a freudian slip.

26. Tracie Weaks wrote...

April 7, 2009 9:24 PM

I was a volunteer/spectator for this and it was such a great experience for me!! I had the chance to witness some true CrossFit greatness!!!

Tracie, CrossFit Ramstein