Scott Panchik beat Rich Froning at the CrossFit Open 20.1 announcement. The workout was released, and immediately the two heavyweights went toe-to-toe live at the Rogue Iron Games. Few expected Panchik to win, but he cruised to victory by pacing himself on the burpees and targeting the barbell.

The pair had to complete a tough 10 rounds of two exercises – lifting a 95lb barbell from the ground over head, 10 times. Then, 10 bar-facing burpees. They had to complete both 10 rep sets, 10 times, in 15 minutes. Both finished with around eight minutes to spare.

“It [pain] set in right around [set] two or three,” Panchik said. “I was just trying to think about being smooth.”

He advised other competitors to pick one of the movements to focus on, and use the other to recover.

Froning echoed his words: “It’s minimising those transitions. Scott was a lot quicker on that bar, maybe a bit slower on the those burpees but he’d get right back on the bar.”

Just before the match up, Froning announced that Panchik would be the latest addition to his team CrossFit Mayhem. The team has won four CrossFit Game titles, the latest coming in 2019.

CrossFit Open 20.1 workout

Ten rounds for time of:

  • Eight barbell ground-to-overheads (men: 95lb, women: 65lb). Athletes have a choice to get the bar overhead – snatch or clean and jerk.
  • Ten bar-facing burpees.

Time cap: 15 minutes.