TIPS FOR THE OPEN 2018: 18.1

Everything you have ever wanted is on the other side of fear
— George Addair

By: Marc Young

Well, it has officially begun. The 18.1 workout to start off the open this year is:

18.1: 20 MINUTE AMRAP of: 


10 DB Hang Clean and Jerk

14/12 Cal Row

This is going to be a grind. I’m sure many of you watched the announcement this evening and watched the pros crush it. So for starters, forget everything you just saw. Sam Briggs is a monster of cardio, and this was a wheelhouse workout for her. My advice to you all is to go in understanding your limits here and plan accordingly.

Take a peek at the movement standards here before reading further: 

For the sake of this blog, we will assume you are an average CrossFit athlete RX'ing this bad boy. Three movements, a classic triplet. The spooky monster of this workout will probably be grip fatigue. None of these movements are overly taxing, but to hold onto the pull-up bar, and immediately follow up with holding onto the dumbbell and then from there yanking on the rower’s all grip intensive stuff.

Going into 18.1 like....

Going into 18.1 like....

My personal plan for this workout? I am gonna start off with 4 and 4 on the toes to bar form the start. This is because I know I won’t be able to maintain 8’s for longer than 4 or 5 rounds. So, I will save the grip and break it up.

I hope to do the rest unbroken and move at a moderate pace. My honest to goodness hope is that I am one of the last people onto the rower in class tomorrow because people have a tendency to go out HARD on these workouts.

Big mistake, so don’t fall victim to it! Go in at a decent clip, but with the intention to keep that pace throughout the whole 20 minutes. Trust me, it's going to benefit you rather than sprinting into the first two rounds. Kristen Holte led Sam Briggs through the first six-plus rounds....then a steady Sam Briggs took over by maintaining her average round of 1:27 seconds

Remember....slow is smooth, smooth is fast, and fast is far more sustainable!

This is a great opening workout and one I am really looking forward to. Give it your all, don’t start too hot, and be aware of your limitations and plan for them! The open doesn’t make you superman or woman, so have a plan in tune with your skill level going in.

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Don't forget to post down in the comments to let us know how you did! 

And if you want to read more about the workout, read here.

And check the CrossFit Leaderboards for this workout here.

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