We asked WHOOP member Brooke Wells, the 5th-place finisher at last year’s CrossFit Games, six questions about the season ahead and the first Open workout, 21.1:
1. What are your feelings about starting the 2021 season? Are your emotions a source of fuel or something you try to quiet?
“I am so excited for the 2021 season!! Ive made some changes this year to make sure it’s my best year yet and take every possible step I can to reach my potential. It’s going to be good! I try not to base any training off emotions because emotions fade. I am very disciplined and determined.”
2. How have you prepared for the first Open workout?
“I don’t think anyone was too prepared for wall walks, haha. But I’ve been focusing on the bigger picture, as in the Semifinals and the Games and mostly training through the Open to do my best on those events, as well as enjoying the Open process with my gym fam and community.”
3. What were your immediate thoughts when seeing the programming for 21.1?
1 wall walk
3 wall walks
6 wall walks
9 wall walks
15 wall walks
21 wall walks
“I just laughed because Castro always has something up his sleeve, haha. But honestly, I knew right away it was going to be a very challenging workout on the shoulders!”
4. Can you give us some insight as to what goes through your head when you’re doing a workout like this?
“Honestly just focusing on maximizing being my best on the workout. It’s fun to do with the Fittest on Earth, Tia–but I also have to stay in my lane. I just take each movement and rep one at a time instead of getting overwhelmed with the entire workout.”
5. How will WHOOP help you sharpen your edges throughout the Open this year?
“WHOOP really helps keep me accountable. There’s no better feeling than waking up in the green ready to take on the training day. So I do everything possible to get there, making sleep and recovery a huge priority.”
6. How has the switch to PRVN impacted your training?
“Big time! This is the most exciting change to my year so far and I know it’s going to be my best year yet with a team like PRVN behind me. I get the privilege of training with the Fittest on Earth, Tia, the coach of the 4x Fittest on Earth, Shane, and my boys Alec, Will and Streat. Not only am I putting in my hardest work and having an amazing push with these people, it also make the process so much fun!”
Here are Brooke’s key WHOOP stats for her 21.1 workout, which she finished in 12 minutes and 22 seconds, good for 26th place worldwide:
Watch the video below for a full recap of Brooke’s 21.1 WHOOP data:
Did you really think the Sleep Queen wouldn’t show up #inthegreen?! ?? Off to a strong start @brookewellss! #21point1 @CrossFitGames #KnowYourself pic.twitter.com/P3Q58vjftE
— WHOOP (@whoop) March 16, 2021
Stay tuned to see if there are more top-five finishes ahead for Brooke Wells in 2021 CrossFit Games.
Learn More: CrossFit Open Data from the WHOOP Community: Strain, Sleep, Recovery, HRV, Heart Rate & More