The CrossFit Open is currently underway. The Open is comprised of 5 workouts, published over 5 weeks, that anyone in the whole world can participate in. If you’re registered, you can log your official time through your affiliate, or submit video evidence if you don’t belong to an affiliate, and compare your performance to every other athlete in the world who also completed that workout. The workouts are published on the Friday (1am GMT, Thursday at 5pm PT) and you have to submit your score by Monday or Tuesday of the following week (depending on your time zone).

17.1 was my first ever CrossFit open workout because I have only belonged to a box since January 6th! It was comprised of:

  • 10 dumbbell snatches
  • 15 burpee box jump overs
  • 20  dumbbell snatches
  • 15 burpee box jump overs
  • 30  dumbbell snatches
  • 15 burpee box jump overs
  • 40  dumbbell snatches
  • 15 burpee box jump overs
  • 50 dumbbell snatches
  • 15 burpee box jump overs

Snatches to be performed with 50lb dumbbell for men, 35lbs for women.

Box height 24” for men, 20” for women.

Scaled athletes can use a 20lb dumbbell and step up onto the box instead of jumping.

There was a 20 minute time cap, meaning all that graft needed to get done within the allocated 2o minutes.

Before starting, I had a personal goal of wanting to finish, despite the fact that the judge at our box warned us that not many people would and we should manage our expectations. I did a scaled effort and managed to get 19 reps into that final set of 50 snatches before I got time capped. So of a possible 225 reps total I scored 179. I’m looking at that like 80% is a solid B in anyone’s book. Not a bad grade for someone who has only been going to crossfit a short while. My other goals were to make an attempt at something that seemed uncomfortable and to support my community at an event like this. Definitely ticked those boxes! The judge said, “you’re going to go to a dark place, especially around those forties”. I learned that this is a warning not to be taken lightly.

The videos I watched online about performance standards instructed coaches to tape the floor so that the athletes were able to orient themselves in the correct direction (facing the box) to perform their burpee. I thought, “how out of your nut do you have to be not to know which way to face?!” turns out that tape was pretty useful. You get pretty out of it during this workout!

As I reflect on my performance, I knew that setting off at a steady pace was better than going all out from the start. I also knew that the burpee box jump overs would be the thing that slowed me down, and I could use a steady snatch pace as a bit of a breather. I stayed moving pretty consistently until I hit that set of 30 and then had to start breaking them up into sets of 10. A friend from the box counted my reps, and thank goodness she did because I was beyond thinking at that point. If you want to help your friends who are in the pain cave during 17.1, do what she did, and give really clear instructions, because you’re essentially speaking to a borderline-deaf drunken moron at that point. “Do 3 more burpees and then take a breather” or “get your hand back on that dumbbell now!” are helpful cues.

Going forward, I think I need to work on my burpee form. I’ve seen some videos in the last 24 hours of people performing 17.1 and they’re bouncing like those BBJs are nothing. I want to move like that. Spry, like an animal. I need to be more explosive in the portion of the burpee that jumps up from the push up position, and I need to do something about my knees because they’re taking a bloody pasting, let me tell you! Think something might be off with my form, I’ll check into it and work on that for the months to come.

If you’re up for a hell of a workout, get yourself a box and a DB and give this absolutely repulsive little burner a go. Post your time to the comments below, and let’s talk about how glad we are that it’s over! 


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