In preparation to find “The Fittest man/woman/team on Earth”, CrossFit holds an Open every year. The Open is available to everyone (2015 registration is closed). It’s the first phase of competition to eliminate those who aren’t the Fittest on Earth. This year, over 200,000 people have signed up.
How the Open Works
For about 5 consecutive weeks, CrossFit headquarters will announce a workout each week. Each workout is broadcast live. No one (except Dave Castro, CrossFit’s Game Maker) knows the workout ahead of time which allows everyone participating in the Open to have a fair shot at winning. This will leave the door open for newcomers to compete and potentially beat the previous years’ CrossFit Games winners.
After learning the workout, those that registered for the Open will have a few days to submit a video of themselves performing the workout. All instructions must be met in order to receive credit for the workout. After video submissions are in, the athlete’s name is added to the leader board. After all Open workouts are completed, the top 20 men, 20 women, and 15 teams will move on to phase 2: Regionals.
Open Workout 15.1
Last year’s Fittest Man on Earth, Rich Froning, and runner up, Mat Fraser, performed workout 15.1 (15 = 2015, 1 = first workout).
Complete as many rounds (and reps) as possible in 9 minutes of:
– 15 toes-to-bars
– 10 deadlifts (115 / 75 lb.)
– 5 snatches (115 / 75 lb.)
Open Workout 15.1a
A surprise 15.1a workout was also announced and must be completed within a 6-minute time cap immediately following the 15.1, 9 minute workout:
– 1-rep-max clean and jerk
If you’re interested, you can download a copy of the 15.1/15.1a PDF which explains the workout instructions in more detail.
Both Rich and Mat performed this workout very well but Rich came out on top with more reps in 15.1 and about 20 lbs more than Mat in 15.1a.
Open Workout 15.2
The second Open workout was a repeat of last year’s 14.2 workout. It was performed by Michele Letendre and Emily Bridgers.
Here’s the workout…
Every 3 minutes for as long as possible complete:
2 rounds of:
10 overhead squats (95 / 65 lb.)
10 chest-to-bar pull-ups
2 rounds of:
12 overhead squats (95 / 65 lb.)
12 chest-to-bar pull-ups
2 rounds of:
14 overhead squats (95 / 65 lb.)
14 chest-to-bar pull-ups
Etc., following same pattern until you fail to complete both rounds.
Both female athletes did better this year than last year (by about 15 more reps each). It was exciting to watch because they were neck-and-neck most of the workout.
As of right now, here are the Open’s…
Top 10 Male athletes:
Top 10 Female athletes:
Overall, I think we’re going to see some new faces at Regionals and at the Games. I hope that by next year, 2016, I will be confident enough to register for the Open and see how far I’ve come. It will be exciting to feel like I’m competing against the top athletes in CrossFit.
If you have questions, comments, or are simply excited for this year’s set of workouts and events, let me know in the comments below!