My First CrossFit Open

A few weeks ago I completed my first CrossFit Open. My friend John described the CrossFit Open really well in his recap post:

The CrossFit Open is an annual event where each week for 5 weeks the global CrossFit community does a series of workouts (1 per week) and we all track our scores against online against each other.

I really didn’t know what to expect going into the Open, but I quickly learned it was a very fun and extremely challenging event. Each week the workout was announced at 8pm ET on Thursday and you had until 8pm ET on Monday to complete your workout and submit your score. The anticipation of the workout announcement each week was actually an unexpected highlight of my week. Not knowing what was coming made it even more exciting, albeit a bit nerve-racking, and I found myself waiting and watching the live announcement posts.

I also didn’t expect how nervous I would be going into each workout. It truly did feel like a competition, especially since everyone had a judge assigned to them to track their score. I found myself pushing hard towards a better score and while my scores weren’t amazing, I truly felt like I did a good job for the level I’m at.

At the end of it all there was a huge sense of accomplishment and ultimately I was very proud of myself for completing the event. My goal for next year is to compete in the CrossFit Open at full RX.

Below are the 5 CrossFit Open 2016 workouts and my scores for each.

Workout 16.1 – Scaled

Complete as many rounds and reps as possible in 20 minutes of:

  • 25-ft. front rack walking lunge – 45 lb
  • 8 burpees
  • 25-ft. front rack walking lunge – 45 lb
  • 8 jumping chin-over-bar pull-ups

My Score: 161

Workout 16.2 – Scaled

Beginning on a 4-minute clock, complete as many reps as possible of:

  • 25 hanging knee raises
  • 50 single-unders
  • 15 squat cleans, 95 / 55 lb.

If completed before 4 minutes, add 4 minutes to the clock and proceed to:

  • 25 hanging knee raises
  • 50 single-unders
  • 13 squat cleans, 115 / 75 lb.

This workout keeps going for 5 rounds stopping at 20 minutes, but I didn’t make it past the second round.

My Score: 171

Workout 16.3 – Scaled

Complete as many rounds and reps as possible in 7 minutes of:

  • 10 power snatches – 45 lb
  • 5 jumping chest-to-bar pull-ups

My Score: 75

Workout 16.4 – Scaled

Complete as many rounds and reps as possible in 13 minutes of:

  • 55 deadlifts – 135-lb
  • 55 wall-ball shots – 20 lb 9-ft target
  • 55-calorie row
  • 55 hand release push-ups

My Score: 130

Workout 16.5 – Scaled

21-18-15-12-9-6-3 reps for time of:

  • Thrusters
  • Burpees

My Score: 28:55

What is #BenchPress?

In July of 2010 my wife and I decided to make a lifestyle change. We started working out, eating healthier, and taking care of our bodies. Since my lifestyle change I’ve been a regularly gym goer. One problem I have always struggled with is trying to stay (semi) healthy when traveling and attending events.

Fast forward to the WordCamp London afterparty, and I was having a conversation with Mendel Kurland about this struggle. Mendel, who travels to way more events that I do, was also struggling with this exact issue. When attending an event in a different city, it’s so easy to eat garbage food, drink garbage drinks, and just treat your body like garbage, if only for a few days.

After a few more drinks (I get the irony), #BenchPress was born! So, what is #BenchPress exactly? #BenchPress is an informal group of WordPress community members who want to help each other live a healthier lifestyle.

The rules of #BenchPress are simple:

  • If #BenchPress members are at the same event, they must participate in at least ONE workout together. This could be a walk around the city, a hike up a mountain, a morning jog, a Crossfit class, or anything that gets your heart rate going!
  • You must help motivate other #BenchPress members to workout. This is true whether you are at an event are not.
  • Tag all workouts with #BenchPress

Pretty easy right? We want to create a group of individuals to help keep each other motivated and work together to stay healthier when on the road. #BenchPress doesn’t mean you can’t indulge in some good local eats and drinks, but imagine how much more accomplished you would feel if you knew you ran/walked a 5K before you ate some of that local delicious BBQ? I know I would!

If you are interested in joining, please check out the #BenchPress Facebook Group. If there is enough interest I’ll launch a website to help track our progress. Are you ready to take the #BenchPress challenge?