The CrossFit Games Open countdown

02 Feb

By Chris and Rachel

We are only a few weeks away from The CrossFit Games Open. In just over three weeks we will know the first workout for this year’s Open.

As usual we will be running this WOD all through the day every Friday. Morning through to midday with Tim and then the evenings with Nick. We’ll also be running a catch-up each Sunday at 12.30pm should you be unable to make the Friday classes.

If you don’t know what the Open is, it’s the first round leading to the CrossFit Games in which the whole of our community and the rest of the global CrossFit community can come together, compete in and complete the workouts and provide a test of our current fitness. It lasts five weeks, each week a different workout will be announced

The best performing athletes from the Open will then compete at Regionals in May, the best of each region can then go on to the CrossFit Games in August for the title of Fittest on Earth.

Over the coming weeks we’ll be giving you lots of information about the Open, past experiences of members and things you can do to prepare.
One question you might have is about your ability to do the workouts as prescribed (RX).
In 2015 the Open saw the introduction of the scaled category. The weights are lighter and those higher skill movements, such as muscle ups, handstand push ups are often changed to another movement with a similar stimulus like jumping pull ups or a push press, meaning that you can still compete. Below is an example of one of the workouts from last year’s RX version and scaled:
 
RX

Complete as many rounds and reps as possible in 13 minutes of:
55 deadlifts (102/70kg)
55 wall-ball shots
55 calorie row
55 handstand push-ups

Scaled

Complete as many rounds and reps as possible in 13 minutes of:
55 deadlifts (61/43kg)
55 wall-ball shots
55 calorie row
55 hand release push-ups

The great thing about the scaled category is that you can mix and match. So if one week you may tackle the RX workout, then another week if a skill you haven’t mastered yet turns up, you can do the scaled variation. So the Open really is accessible to everyone.

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