First things first-hopefully you’re actually seeing my blog posts! I’ve had some issues with URL/something or other so I’m not sure if it’s coming up on blog readers. If not, I think for Bloglovin, if you add a different version of fitnessissweet.com, they should start coming up. It’s a work in progress! Now, onto the main topic. The Crossfit Open. I’d heard about it before I started doing Crossfit, so I was pretty excited. I didn’t officially sign up, but I had a lot of fun getting caught up in the hype and doing the workouts. I watched the live announcements on the Crossfit website, wither before or after I did the workouts, simple to be amazed by these elite athletes! Overall, the Open was super fun. A lot of people PR during the Open. I did toes to bar for the first time which was exciting! There weren’t really any other places I had the chance to PR though-on the deadliest workout, I didn’t get far enough to get anywhere near my max! 14.1 I didn’t do this one-I had a race that day! 14.2 Every 3 minutes for as long as possible complete: From 0:00-3:00 2 rounds of: 10 overhead squats 10 chest-to-bar pull-ups From 3:00-6:00 2 rounds of: 12 overhead squats 12 chest-to-bar pull-ups From 6:00-9:00 2 rounds of: 14 overhead squats 14 chest-to-bar pull-ups Etc., following same pattern until you fail to complete both rounds MEN – includes Masters Men up to 54 years old 95-lb. overhead squats Chest-to-bar pull-ups
WOMEN – includes Masters Women up to 54 years old 65-lb. overhead squats Chest-to-bar pull-ups
I didn’t know what to expect from my first Open WOD. I was already basically out-I can’t really do a pull up, much less a chest to bar, so I used a band for this. My goal was to make it into the second round.
The result? This workout was WAY tougher than it looked. I don’t think I’ve ever been shaking so much from a 6 minute workout. This is one I’d like to try again (which I definitely wouldn’t say for all the Open workouts.) I actually surprised myself though and was only a few reps from making it into the third round. If I had known I’d be at all close, I think I could have definitely pushed a little bit more.
WOMEN – includes Masters Women up to 54 years old Complete as many reps as possible in 8 minutes of: 95-lb. deadlifts, 10 reps 15 box jumps, 20-inch 135-lb. deadlifts, 15 reps 15 box jumps, 20-inch 155-lb. deadlifts, 20 reps 15 box jumps, 20-inch 185-lb. deadlifts, 25 reps 15 box jumps, 20-inch 205-lb. deadlifts, 30 reps 15 box jumps, 20-inch 225-lb. deadlifts, 35 reps 15 box jumps, 20-inch
In this workout, I knew I wouldn’t even approach my 1 rep max because of time, so my goal was to make it to the 185lb portion. I did step ups for the box jumps to conserve energy and time because my box jumps are insanely slow. There was a lot of concern over this workout because as you get tired, you have more and more heavy deadlift reps which can lead to poor form and injury. I met my goal and finished with 97 reps total, although the faces I was making during the 185lb deadlifts may not have been the most lady like. I don’t normally make crazy faces when I lift, but this was definitely not the only time during the Open that that occurred!
MEN – includes Masters Men up to 54 years old Complete as many rounds and repetitions as possible in 14 minutes of: 60-calorie row 50 toes-to-bars 40 wall-ball shots, 20 lb. to 10-foot target 30 cleans, 135 lb. 20 muscle-ups
WOMEN – includes Masters Women up to 54 years old Complete as many rounds and repetitions as possible in 14 minutes of: 60-calorie row 50 toes-to-bars 40 wall-ball shots, 14 lb. to 9-foot target 30 cleans, 95 lb. 20 muscle-ups
Prior to this workout, I had never done a toes to bar, but I was hopeful that I’d be able to bust some out for 14.4. At my box at home, we only have 2 rowing machines so those not signed up for the Open substituted an 800m run for the rowing which is what I did. When I first arrived at the box, I tried toes to bar and did it for the first time ever! I ended up getting through 5 toes to bar during 14.4 before failing a bunch and then deciding to finish it with a knees to elbow modification. I ended up making it through 15 cleans. This wasn’t the gasser I was expecting it to be, partly because toes to bar attempts took so long!
MEN – includes Masters Men up to 54 years old 21-18-15-12-9-6-3 reps for time of: 95-lb. thrusters Burpees WOMEN – includes Masters Women up to 54 years old 21-18-15-12-9-6-3 reps for time of: 65-lb. thrusters Burpees This was just mean. I don’t think I could possibly imagine a worse workout. That being said, I recently got over my mental hurdle with thrusters and have actually been doing them heavier during workouts, so the weight wasn’t too bad for me. This was definitely a gasser. I broke things up quite a bit. Burpees are the worst, but these were burpees OVER THE BAR, which is even more awful! The set of 21 was killer. I’m just grateful this was a DESCENDING ladder! I finished in 23:42 Rx and proceeded to lay down. I know it’s a Crossfit thing to lay down on the ground after a tough workout, but it’s never something I’ve really done. This was an exception. I was SO tired. This is a workout I will NEVER repeat. Overall, the Open was a lot of fun! It definitely pushed me more than I would in a normal workout, and brought me out of my comfort zone! Did you do the Open?