Many a keyboard warrior came out Friday morning up in arms at the announcement of the first workout of the 2015 CrossFit Open. Was their outrage justified, or do we all just need to take a chill pill?
If you’ve been living under a rock for the last few years, the CrossFit Open is the first qualification round of the annual CrossFit Games. Athletes from around the world compete in five weekly workouts, with top finishers moving on to regional competition. From each Regional, a small handful of competitors earn their tickets to Carson, CA, for the Games in late July.
Back to the first Open Workout: a two-parter comprised of a 9-minute “AMRAP” (as many rounds as possible) of three movements -- 15 toes-to-bar, 10 deadlifts, and 5 snatches -- followed immediately by 6 minutes to establish a one-repetition maximum clean and jerk. The prescribed weight on the bar is the same for both the deadlifts and snatches: 115 pounds for men and 75 pounds for women.