24.1 Open Recap: Pajama Party Edition

RTC Fitness Week 1 Recap: The Spectacular Showdown of 24.1 

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, fitness fanatics all around—welcome to the highlight reel of the RTC Intramural Open, where sweat meets grit, and dreams fly as high as a wall ball on a Wednesday. 

This past week marked the grand kickoff of the 2024 CrossFit Open, and oh boy, did it start with a bang, a clash, and a whole lot of burpees. Let’s dive into the heart-pounding action of 24.1, where our athletes embarked on a journey filled with dumbbell snatches and the ever-lovable (or loathable) burpees over the dumbbell.

The Starting Whistle

Our athletes lined up, hearts pounding and dumbbells glistening, as the clock counted down to the beginning of what was promised to be an epic showdown. The workout, a cunning blend of precision and power, dared our competitors to balance their ambition with their endurance. And respond they did!

Top Contenders Week 1
  • Top 5 RX Women: Coach Kelsey, Andrea Harris, Coach Liz, Hannah Bast, Coach Maddie 
  • Top 5 RX Men: Coach George, Coach Gavin, Jedd Schlicht, Coach Chris, Coach Colin
  • Top 5 SCALED Women: Coach Steph Marg, Nicole Weiss, Michelle Kiefer, Ang Young, Becca Hackney
  • Top 5 SCALED Men: Joe Tornabe, Bruce Fisher, Joey Salser, Troy Croasmun, Shawn Kiefer
Honorable Mentions:
  • Arguably THE of the most electric part of 24.1 was our final heat, in which Open first timer Zach Farelli & veteran Josh Allatzas went head to head in front of the entire gym. The noise level inside the gym reached a new high when Zach finished his last burpee just under the buzzer!!
  • The CrossFit Kids inspired us all as they fearlessly took the floor Thursday Night!
Congrats to all of the OPEN first timers!!
  • Stephanie Faykus
  • Christine Messina
  • Thomas O’Neill
  • Zach Farelli
  • Michelle Kiefer
  • Rachel Wallace
  • Megan Geis
  • Marta Gomez-Rodriguez
  • Erin Garner
  • Kaitlyn Brill
  • Michaela Alayamini
  • Becca Hackney
  • Shawn Kiefer
  • Kelly Ray
A Midnight Twist: The Team Limbo Competition

Just when we thought the night couldn’t get any dreamier, the RTC Fitness pajama party took an unexpected turn with an intense team limbo competition. Yes, amid the pools of sweat our athletes traded their dumbbells for a limbo stick, proving that flexibility and fun are just as important as fitness.

The “clock starter” Alex R, in what can only be described as a display of supernatural suppleness, bent back into victory, narrowly edging out Hannah Bast and Coach George, who showed that their competitive spirit extends well beyond the workout floor. The trio, adorned in their sleepwear best, turned the gym into a dancefloor, reminding everyone that while CrossFit might be about pushing limits, it’s also about enjoying the journey and bending just a bit further than you thought possible.

This limbo contest wasn’t just a highlight of the evening; it was a testament to the joy and camaraderie that defines our community. As we look forward to the next week, we can’t help but wonder: What new surprises will our athletes bring to the floor? One thing’s for sure; it’s going to be another event you won’t want to sleep through.

Team Rivalries: The Sleepover Showdown

This year’s teams brought their all, not just in performance, but mostly in a good bathrobe…and boy do we have a tight race after week one!

  • Flex Appeal: 273 Points
    • Under Coach George’s leadership, they took “flexing” to a new level, showcasing not just muscle, but an array of eye-catching robes that put the “fun” in functional fitness.
  • Gym & Juice: 271 Points
    • Led by Coach Jenny, reigning champs and kings and queens of the sleepover, showed up ready to defend their title.
  • High Spirits: 270 Points
    • Guided by Coach Chris, they floated through their workouts like ghosts at midnight, their spirited pajamas adding an extra layer of mystery and excitement to the competition.

Looking Ahead

As we set our sights on 24.2, remember, the Open is more than just workouts. It’s a celebration of our community, a test of our progress, and a chance to create memories that will last a lifetime (or at least until the muscle soreness fades).

So, whether you’re here to compete or cheer on your mates, remember: every rep counts, every cheer matters, and every moment is a chance to be a part of something bigger than ourselves.

What’s Next? The Crystal Ball Says…

As we look to the horizon, 24.2 looms large, shrouded in mystery and speculation. Will it be rowing, double-unders, chest-to-bar, or perhaps a surprise so unexpected that it leaves us all in awe? One thing is for certain: the athletes of RTC Fitness are ready to face whatever challenges come their way, armed with determination, community support, and possibly, existential questioning as we dive headfirst into the unknown.

So, keep your eyes peeled, your sneakers laced, and your spirits high as we march forward into the next chapter of the 2024 CrossFit Open. Will the reigning champions hold their ground, or will new legends rise? Only time will tell, but one thing’s for sure—it’s going to be one heck of a ride!

Stay tuned for more action, more sweat, and more unforgettable moments from RTC Fitness. Until next time, keep lifting, keep smiling, and, most importantly, keep being awesome.