The CrossFit Open is upon us. So far, more than 110,000 athletes, 2,400 teams, and 20,000 Masters have registered for this year’s Open competition. More than 3,600 affiliates are represented from 115 countries around the globe. This is a huge jump from 2012, where only 69,000 athletes competed. This is one of the world’s largest participatory events. For five weeks and with five workouts, all the participants compete head to head in the same WODs recording our scores and watching the leader boards.
For most of the field, myself included, the intent is to compete mostly against yourself. Whether it’s against your Open performance last year, or setting a baseline if this is your first time. Workouts are judged, times recorded and submitted to keep the field fair. The Open is a chance as athletes of all levels and abilities to see what we’ve got when the pressure is on. Ultimately, all roads lead to the CrossFit Games this summer where the fittest on earth will come together and compete for the top spot. My CrossFit Box is full of talented athletes. Our team is ranked 11th in the world and last year’s third fittest man – Kyle Kasperbauer and 12th fittest woman – Stacie Tovar both train there. It’s a motivating environment.
WOD’s for the Open are released each Wednesday for five weeks dubbed 13.1, 13.2, 13.3, 13.4, and 13.5. WOD 13.1 was released this week and so Thursday at noon it was my turn.
17 minute AMRAP (As many reps as possible) of:
40 Burpees 30 Snatch, 75 lbs men / 45 lbs for women
30 Burpees 30 Snatch, 135 / 75 lbs
20 Burpees 30 Snatch, 165 / 100 lbs
10 burpees Max rep Snatch, 210 / 120 lbs
Intimidating and challenging the workouts are meant to push you outside your comfort zone, give you a new challenge each week, and bring together the global community of athletes that all love our sport of fitness.
Here’s to 13.2…