CrossFit Games Open – Thoughts and Opinions

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Alright, here we go.  The 2014 CrossFit Open is now in the books.  I completed all the workouts (yes, I forgot to record my score for 14.3 on the official page, but I did complete it).  Now is the time when I look back and state some thought and opinions on the event itself.  I will start off by addressing the open as a whole and then get into a few specifics on the workouts and end with an question for everyone else to consider and answer.

First and foremost, I enjoyed the diversity of the workouts this year.  I thought the combinations were solid.  I did miss seeing a triplet this year, but that is nothing to complain about.

The biggest complaint that I can offer with this years Open is the same thing that many of said; the first two workouts started with elements that did not need to come out that early.  The reason that I say that…is the marketing of the event.  It was markets utilizing everything from the newcomer to a pregnant woman to the elite athlete.  The initial events did not line up with the marketing of the Open.  As a coach and someone who encouraged people to sign up, it was a little disheartening to see events that defeated people out of the gate.  After seeing all the events and going through them, all you would have had to do is change the order so that the more technical elements came out later.  Please keep in mind the issue I have is that the event was marketed as “This is for everyone…”.  If the marketing had been as subtle as “See how you stack up against the fittest of the fit…” then you can throw anything out that you want.

In order to keep the average or new athlete interested, I would have had 14.1 start on the bar and not on the jump rope.  Again, it allows people to have a score.  I also would have started the Open with 14.3 (yes, the one that caused all the chaos because of the “heavy” deadlifts).  14.3 was elements that everyone could do.  Then you could release the G2OH workout.

Here is the quick recap of all the WODs:

14.1 – Double-Under; Ground 2 Overhead

14.2 – Overhead Squat; Chest 2 Bar

14.3 – Deadlift, Box Jump

14.4 – Chipper (Row, Toes 2 Bar, Wall Ball, Clean, Muscle Up)

14.5 – Thruster, Burpee

When I look at the workouts themselves, I actually thought they were good.  I thought that they were some good pairings and I was glad to see the rower make an entrance into this years Open.  Continuing with my opinions, I would like to see some new elements introduced or some increase in the skills set.  I would like to see the Headstand Pushup make an entrance into the open.  I also would like to possibly see some barbell complexes come in.  What is wrong with having two bodyweight, gymnastic elements make up the couplet?  Or two barbell movements?

I am glad that they finally introduced a workout that was for time and not just how many reps can you complete in a set time frame.  It was about time for that to happen.  That is what the majority of workouts at most affiliates are.  I am a product of the Every Second Counts Generation and think that is vital to testing your fitness.  Get it done quick or slow, but get it done.

With all that said, I do tip my hat to HQ for the work that they have done with the Open and what it has done for the sport of fitness and how it has helped to build community in the gym.

My question for everyone out there, though, is was the Open a valid test of the 10 components of fitness, in your opinion?  Was it a solid starting point to finding the fittest man and woman out there?  If you think it succeeded, tell me your reasoning…if you think it failed, share what was missing?  What did this years Open teach you about your own training?