The 2019 CrossFit Open is officially closed! While the Open itself took on a different meaning with the elimination of Regionals and team competition, the workouts were just as tough! We want to congratulate everyone who participated in the Open – all 120 of you! It’s definitely not easy to put yourself out there for five weeks, but you did it! Special shoutout to all of the first-time participants. Way to go!
The best part of the Open is never about winning. It’s about challenging yourself to do something out of your comfort zone and dong things you never thought would be possible. We saw so many people trying new things, and it seemed like every week we had something to celebrate – first toes to bar, RX overhead lunges, squat clean PRs, first handstand pushups, first chest to bar pull ups and bar muscle ups, and more! Congratulations to everyone on all of your achievements!
We want to send a special shoutout to a few athletes who had extremely impressive performances this year. These athletes are dedicated to their training every day and it showed on the leaderboard… hard work pays off!
Brendan Caslin absolutely crushed five weeks of workouts this year, turning in his best Open performance yet. In 2018, Brendan finished in 1056th in the World (still very impressive!). This year, in a field over 185,550 competitors, Brendan came in 215th IN THE WORLD, and 105th place in the USA. This places him in the top .1% of all Open participants. You can find Brendan in the gym faithfully every morning at 5:30AM working hard and we are so happy to see all of his hard work pay off. We can’t wait to see what 2020 brings for him. Congratulations, Brendan!
We are also very excited to have three athletes advancing to the Age Online Qualifier in May! This online qualifier is how Masters athletes (35+) earn their spot at the CrossFit Games. In order to qualify, athletes must finish the Open in the Top 200 in the world in their age division. The Top 200 move on to compete for 10 spots to the Games!
Brian Campbell is no stranger to this process. He advanced to the Age Online Qualifier in 2017 & 2018, and this year is no different! Brian has been training hard over the past year, and his hard work certainly showed in his best Open finish ever. Brian came in 24th place in the world of all competitors’ 40-44 age division! He even beat out some top CrossFit Games athletes… does the name Chris Spealler ring a bell?? Brian is ramping his training up and is ready to compete for a trip to the Games. We are so proud of all that he has accomplished so far, and can’t wait to cheer him on in May!
Brian won’t be doing his Qualifier workouts alone, though! Our fearless leaders Goose & Daniela are also moving on to the Age Online Qualifier! In their first year in the masters division, Goose & Daniela both crushed the Open. This is no surprise as they are both veteran competitors – Daniela represented the CFS on the Regionals team last year, and Goose has competed at Regionals about 100 times. 🙂 Goose finished in 154th worldwide in the 35-39 division, with a super impressive 19th place finish in 19.3. Daniela was consistent throughout all five weeks and finished in the top 100, in 86th place overall in her age division!
Brian, Goose & Daniela will be tackling the Age Online Qualifier workouts over the weekend of May 4th. We can’t wait to cheer them on! Good luck!
2 Rounds :30 on/:10 off
1. Lateral Up & Over
2. Push Ups w/ Feet on Box
3. Bulgarian Split Squat Jumps (Right leg)
4. Bulgarian Split Squat Jumps (Left leg)
1 Split Jerk
Kettlebell Swings (2,1.5)
Level 2- (1.5,1)
Level 1- (1, 0.75)
ADV- 30- Kipping hspus-20 strict- 10 deficit
Bar Facing Burpee