Thursday, April 8, 2021

2021 Quarterfinal Tests

Although I did not qualify for the quarterfinals, I still wanted to look at the tests announced today with scores due by April 12th.

Test 1

For total time:

3 rounds of:
  10 strict handstand push-ups
  10 dumbbell hang power cleans
  50 double-unders
Rest exactly 1 min., then:
3 rounds of:
  10 kipping handstand push-ups
  10 dumbbell shoulder-to-overheads
  50 double-unders

50-lb. dumbbells

Time cap: 10 min.

Test 2

For time:

60 GHD sit-ups
6 rope climbs, 15 ft.
60 alternating single-leg squats
50 GHD sit-ups
5 rope climbs, 15 ft.
50 alternating single-leg squats
40 GHD sit-ups
4 rope climbs, 15 ft.
40 alternating single-leg squats
30 GHD sit-ups
3 rope climbs, 15 ft.
30 alternating single-leg squats

Time cap: 20 min.

Test 3

For time:

120 wall-ball shots
120-cal. row

20-lb. ball, 10-ft. target

Time cap: 15 min.

Test 4

For max load:

4 rep-max front squat

Time cap: 20 min.

Test 5

For time:

Burpee box jump-over

185 lb., 30 in.

Time cap: 7 min.

These tests were designed to challenge the top 10% of open athletes and let the cream of the crop separate themselves and get invited to one of the live Semifinals events.

As a back of the pack athlete that 88,594 out of 137,351 worldwide men and 47,050 out of 73,589 North America men.  I needed to be 7410 or better to make the cut (top 10%).  I was just a bit outside being at 64%.

I also confirmed that I was 2,404 out of 4,987 Men 50-54 in North America.  I was ecstatic to find myself in the middle of the pack.  My performance in each event was less impressive at 3,333, 3,891, 3,014 and 3,307 for 21.1 through 21.4 respectively, but completing all of the workouts moved me up.

The tests themselves would not go well for me.
  • Test 1 - 0 reps (I do not have strict HSPU, at my best I could only do 1 rep)
  • Test 2 - 60 GHD sit-ups would wreak havoc on my abs, I might manage 6 rope climbs, but could not do a single pistol
  • Test 3 - 120 wall-ball shots and 120-cal row.  I am going to give this one a try and see how far I get before the 15 minute cap
  • Test 4 - This looks fun and I will establish a 4 rep max front squat
  • Test 5 - 0 reps as I cannot pull a 185# snatch.  I am not even sure if I could manage the women's weight of 135#; I just noticed they raised the stakes with the plyo box height for men at 30 inches and women at 24 inches.  Ouch.
I feel the tests are well programmed and should allow for good separation of athletes.  I have been working on inversions and need to spend more time climbing a rope and working on pistols.  I should probably spend more time Olympic lifting as well.

The age group online qualifiers will be held the week of May 3rd.

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