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With the second iteration of Final Likelihood Qualifying quick approaching, right now we check out what opponents can anticipate primarily based on what we realized from final yr and what which we now have already seen this yr within the earlier components of the season.
The primary yr of the LCQ included 4 exercises and a complete of seven strikes. Every of those strikes had already appeared in an iteration at an earlier stage of the season:
- Rowing: Deja vu within the quarter-finals and semi-finals on-line
- Dangle Dumbbell Snatch: DB snatch on the Open, bar snatch in quarters and semis
- Burpees: Burpee field soar overs in Open and Quarters, burpees in Semi-finals
- Double Below: Appeared at every stage (open, quarters and semi-finals)
- Squat cleans: Heavy cleans within the Open, Db hold cleans within the quarters, barbell cleans (and jerks) within the semis
- Rope climbs with out legs: Beforehand in On-line Semi-Finals
- Deadlift: A part of the Barbell Advanced in Open, deadlifts with dumbbells in Semi-final
As a result of COVID restrictions final season, CrossFit was accountable for scheduling a full on-line semi-final which took many attainable unused strikes off the desk for the LCQ. This yr that was not the case, CrossFit solely scheduled two of the six semi-final exercises and due to this fact has a bit extra leeway if it needs to include unused strikes into this yr’s LCQ.
What we do not anticipate to see:
Most actions on this checklist is not going to be seen within the LCQ for one (or extra) of the next three causes:
- They’ve already been extensively examined at an earlier stage of the season.
- There is no such thing as a want to check their skill at a stadium with solely 4 (possibly 5) coaching classes which ought to require a higher barrier for the entry type check.
- i.e. the wall steps would get replaced by the handstand stroll or a excessive ability/demand headstand push variation.
- There are nonetheless many untested strikes that might spotlight and/or expose the athletes at this stage of the competitors.
- GHD abs
- Shuttle Buses
- Wall walks
- DB Snatch
- Burpee dealing with the bar
- Ring Muscle Up (on common just below 30 of those examined in most semis)
- strolling lunges
- Kipping Handstand push-ups
- Deficit Handstand push-ups
- Rope climbs
- Wall Balls with standard weights and heights (20/14 to 10’/9′)
- Field Bounce Overs at Typical Heights (24/20)
Actions that might very nicely be chosen:
This checklist primarily contains issues that haven’t but been examined this season by CrossFit particularly, or have been examined in very low quantity. A majority of them, particularly in some combos, would meet standards two and three above (larger ability barrier and untested strikes that might expose athletes at this stage of competitors).
- Overhead squats
- Dangle Snatch (dumbbell)
- To scrub
- Thrusters (dumbbells or dumbbells)
- muscle bar
- Toes to the bar
- Bar chest pull-ups
- Strict handstand push-ups
- Strict Deficit Handstand Push-ups
- Wall Balls (20/14) at 11’/10′ or (30/20) at 10′
- 12 inch goal burpees
- Farmers carry with dumbbells
- Double Unders (large units)
- Field Bounce Overs (with or with out burpees) to a 30/24 inch field
Based mostly on final yr, we anticipate about half of this group of strikes to indicate up.
Energy coaching or not?
One of many foremost speaking factors from final yr’s LCQ was the inclusion of a three-rep max deadlift as considered one of solely 4 checks. After all, we all know that athletes should be sturdy to compete within the Video games, however is it essential to check it in isolation at this stage with so little coaching at this stage of testing?
Every of those athletes has already needed to display their energy in two particular checks that CrossFit has programmed:
- The opposite quarterfinal whole (one rep max for Clear, Bench Press, and Overhead Squat)
- The dumbbell advanced from the semis (three cleans, two entrance squats, one shoulder overhead)
As has been mentioned and identified many instances, there are different methods to check energy. Do not be shocked if the “energy” check is masked just a little otherwise from final season’s very apparent three-rep max deadlift.
What number of single modality checks to anticipate?
One other level of competition with final yr’s model of the LCQ was that two of the 4 checks have been single modality (three rep max deadlift, 100 burpees at 12-inch goal). Once more the query arises, with so many prime athletes solely vying for 2 spots, do we’d like half the checks to be so correct?
Contemplating this yr’s latest stage of competitors, the On-line Age Group Semi-Finals, it appears like the reply to that query may be sure. Similar to final yr’s LCQ, half of the Age Group Semi-Finals checks this yr have been single modality:
- Check 3: Snatch Ladder for reps
- Check 5: Wall Ball (“Demise By” type)
- Check 6: 1 repetition max clear and jerk
Given the sample that was established final season and carried by to the Age Group Semi-Finals this season, plainly CrossFit locations nice significance on the expression of health by single-modality testing as a part of the Video games qualification course of.
It is value noting that the 2 semi-final pre-scheduled exercises have been additionally for all intents and functions intensive a single modality (legless rope climbs; dumbbell advanced).
Contemplating every little thing we now have deliberate thus far, here’s a preview of what we anticipate from LCQ 2022:
- 4-5 trials; in all probability 4
- Considered one of them will probably be single modality within the wild (hopefully no lifting); possibly a rowing check much like what we noticed within the first stage of the CrossFit Video games 2020. Rowing solely appeared for particular person on the quarterfinals, and it was not a vital a part of this coaching.
- A showdown which is upward in nature paired with one or two different strikes that we’ve not seen a lot of but this yr (double unders, large field jumps, toe to bar, chest to bar, or muscle-ups to the bar are the primary candidates)
- A check much like the age group 4 semi-final exercise (which included ghd sit-ups, handstand strolling, and barbell exercises). Solely we might anticipate the GHD sit-ups to be omitted as there isn’t any want for redundancy after the quarter-finals, and so they might substitute the toes with the bar fairly simply).
- Coaching with thick-walled balls to a ten foot goal for everybody.
- In a current episode of Get With the Programming, Chase Ingraham informs that Adrian Bozman needed to maintain the wall ball peak at ten ft for the Age Group On-line Semi-Finals with a 30-pound and 20-pound wall ball; the one purpose he did not is that he wasn’t positive folks had entry to it.
- Nevertheless, it’s a lot safer to imagine that LCQ athletes have entry to it, making it an excellent guess to indicate up.
The massive image: We’re solely in yr two of this format, so there’s positively nonetheless rather a lot we do not know. Nevertheless, this stage of the season is each thrilling and significant. Greater than 30 women and men have already confirmed their skill to be distinctive this yr by three phases of testing. With so many athletes who have been so near qualifying through the semi-finals on this space, it is essential to have the lineup right here. We have completed our greatest, now, to see how carefully this aligns with what CrossFit is rolling out for athletes.