Do this year’s Regionals really suck?

Train or complain. Two verbs a lot of people would quoted for this year's second stage test on the way to the Reebok CrossFit Games 2014. What do you think? 10 days prior to the biggest European event – The Regionals, everyone talks about three things: strict, legless and pistols. Let`s have a ...

Train or complain. Two verbs a lot of people would quoted for this year’s second stage test on the way to the Reebok CrossFit Games 2014. What do you think?

10 days prior to the biggest European event – The Regionals, everyone talks about three things: strict, legless and pistols. Let`s have a look why.

The workouts for individuals will be:

Day 1:

EVENT 1:
One rep max hang snatch

EVENT 2:
Max distance handstand walk

EVENT 3:
Nasty girls V2: 3 rounds of:
50 pistol squats
7 muscle-ups
10 hang power cleans 175/115 lb. (80/52 kg)

handstand walk exercise

Day 2:

EVENT 4:
21-15-9-6-3 reps:
Strict handstand push-ups
Front squats 195/125 lb. (88/57 kg)
Burpees

EVENT 5:
10 rounds:
1 legless rope climb
200-foot  (61 m) sprint

Day 3:

EVENT 6:
For time:
50-calorie row
50 box jump overs, 24/18 in. (60/45 cm)
50 deadlifts, 180/120 lb. (81/54 kg)
50 wall-ball shots, 20/14 lb. (9/6 kg)
50 ring dips
50 wall-ball shots
50 deadlifts
50 box jump overs
50-calorie row

EVENT 7:
For time:
64 pull-ups
8 overhead squats, 205 / 135 lb. (92/61 kg)

Some people love the fact that strict exercises are included, some of them think that the 4th WOD with 54 strict HSPUs, combined with front squats and burpees is insane. Just a quick reminder from the past: women did strict HSPU at the CrossFit Games 2010, when kipping haven’t been used yet so extensively. A lot of gymnastics will go in favor with Europe`s top Crossfit ladies: Sam Briggs, Annie Thorisdottir, Katrin Tanja Davidsdottir, Caroline Fryklund and Bjork Odinsdottir.

One rep max hang snatch is set as the first exercise of the Regionals, which means athletes will be fully rested and will probably set a lot PRs. One athlete in particular will catch our attention – the Olympic weightlifting World Champion in U69 kg category Oksana Slivenko.

Sadly few days ago Games competitor Lacee Kovacs announced withdrawal from the Regionals due to the health problems he sustained in the last couple of months. As he stated in his interview for BoxRox he has been dealing with health issues for a longer period of time, but still managed to won a few big European events this year. Since Mikko Salo is also not competing, Frederik Aegidius is left as the most experienced one. While he will try to defend his spot from last year, we know now for sure that at least two new male competitors are going to California. Frederik, Jakob, Björgvin, Lukas, Jonne and others will battle for the three tickets that lead to The Reebok CrossFit Games 2014.

The European Regionals will be held in Ballerup, Denmark from May 16th-18th.


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