Brent Fikowski shares his views on the 2019 CrossFit Games
There was an underlying feeling at the CrossFit Games 2019 that maybe the new cut approach was not really working the way it was intended. While the CrossFit Games purports to find the fittest man and woman in the world, the feeling from some athletes was that the aggressive cuts only show the fittest athlete from one competition, and that the new cuts-first approach punishes mistakes far too harshly.
Take Brent Fikowski. Expected to be a major competitor at this year's competition, having placed 4th, 2nd and 4th in the world the last three years, it was a bit of a surprise not to see him back up there in the top 4 this year. Brent opened up to explain what happened from his perspective, saying that he had some struggles in the Mary workout, including cuts on his hands, and problems with lactic acid buildup. He knew he'd be one of the last in the heat, but didn't expect to be outside the top 20 and thus cut. In years gone, one bad heat wouldn't necessarily have meant that Fikowski would've missed out on later rounds. This year, however, it meant it was all over for him.
You might think this is just an athlete complaining because he didn't make the cut. And it's possible this is the case, but other athletes have also raised questions about the new format. It means they need to be more well-rounded that focused on specific workouts. It also means that there aren't enough tests to see who really is the fittest. If you'r great at rowing, for example, and make the cut, but bad at running and don't, does that mean you are the fittest man or woman on earth? Probably not, but if you excel in some activities and not at others, then surely you're a better rounded and fitter athlete? There are a lot of different views, of course, and none are right or wrong. It will be interesting to see what the reaction from the CrossFit Games is, whether they choose to stick with the new format or mix things up.
For the full breakdown see Armen Hammer's video below.