#WODoftheWEEK 5.11.2018

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Have you been following the CrossFit Games online qualifier for Masters Athletes? If not, here's a quick recap from CrossFit.com


Much like the CrossFit Games Open, the Online Qualifier challenges athletes’ mental and physical game with max lifts, high-skill movements and tests of general physical preparedness. In its fifth year, the Online Qualifier will be a stepping stone for both masters and teenagers on their journeys to get to the CrossFit Games.

The top 200 teenagers from each division after the Open will join the masters to compete in the Online Qualifier. The four-day competition will decide which 20 teens from each division will head to Madison, Wisconsin, for the 2018 Reebok CrossFit Games. 

As in 2017, athletes in the 35-39 division are encouraged to participate in the worldwide Open and Online Qualifier for the chance to compete at the 2018 Reebok CrossFit Games.

In the Online Qualifier, masters athletes will submit scores and/or videos for four workouts. Once the Online Qualifier workouts are released, athletes will have four days to complete them. Athletes submitting scores must use a registered judge for each workout and have their performances validated by a licensed CrossFit affiliate in good standing. In addition, all four workouts must be videotaped. Alternatively, athletes may elect to submit videos of the four workouts online for judging and validation. All videos submitted for review must adhere to standard Open video submission guidelines.

The 2018 Online Qualifier will take place Thursday-Monday, April 19-23, 2018.

Which brings us to the online qualifier workout AKA our... 



50 Wall Balls
100 Double Unders
50-ft. Handstand Walk
100 Double Unders
50 Calorie Row
100 Double Unders
50-ft. Handstand Walk
100 Double Unders
(20-lb. ball to 10-ft. target, 14lb ball to 9ft)

Support your local box athletes through the online age qualifier before and after competing.

Support your local box athletes through the online age qualifier before and after competing.

So, listen....there are some workouts I can't do. For instance, this one. I cannot handstand walk and I have been trying desperately for months now with no improvement. Or very little, I should say. 

But, don't let that distract you from these kinds of workouts! There are ALWAYS ways to scale a workout, and regardless of whether or not you finished in the top tier to qualify to compete at regionals or not, this is a kind of opportunity to look something very challenging in the eye and GO FOR IT! 

We all have limits, certain things we cannot do, but for those who can, not only is this an awesome workout designed to test you (and your shoulders) but those of us on the outside looking in, let's cheer on those competing to be their best in their respective age brackets here. The CrossFit Games are damn competitive, and I'm sure we all have friends (or at least people) at our box who are trying trying to make it to the next competitive level. And whether that is simply going to regionals, or training to become a Games competitor, respect the process and push your own limits to the next plateau. 

See you out there....someone submit a #WODoftheWEEK for us down below, would ya? 

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