Last night the Crossfit Open workout 15.3 was announced, and if you do Crossfit you probably already know, the world exploded.
The workout is a 14 minute AMRAP beginning with 7 muscle ups and then moving to 50 wall balls and 100 double unders. While traditionally the Open workouts have included this complex gymnastic movement, it has usually followed an easier, more accessible movement allowing the wide range of participants who sign up for the Open to at least receive some sort of score for the week.
Obviously, for 15.3 this isn’t the case, and people are seriously pissed.
Part of me understands, and even sympathizes with those who are saying that signing up for the Open is BS and a waste of money. Heck, I don’t have muscle ups in my repertoire either.
But let’s be honest kids, they have shown up as a moment every single year since the inception of the Crossfit Open. It’s not like we didn’t expect to see them.
And with the new scaled Open option available to participants this year, it’s not really any surprise that the Rx version of the workouts are more challenging than what we’ve seen in previous years, is it?
All of that said, I think there’s one very simple thing Crossfit could have done leading up to the Open to avoid all of controversy floating around on the interwebz right now.
Release workout standards prior to the Open while folks are registering.
If you look at other Crossfit competitions around the country, it’s a common practice to release workout standards leading up to the event for the Rx and Scaled divisions. Not the workouts themselves mind you, but just a list of movements that participants should be both able and comfortable doing with weights they should easily be able to move in each category.
This doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll even see the movements in a workout, but it gives participants an idea of what they should be able to do for each category. Don’t have muscle ups, chest to bar pull ups, or heavy snatches or deadlifts? Then sign up for the scaled category and you’ll be sure to be able to complete the movements as prescribed.
In the case of the Open, is this overkill? Yeah, maybe. Sure, the open is a worldwide competition that’s purpose is to whittle down tens of thousands of competitors into just the best of the best for the new regional competitions, so it’s a given that the workout are going to be designed to eliminate everyone but the best from getting high scores.
But to keep the raging masses happy, this is my advice to Crossfit.
So readers, how do you feel about 15.3? Are you doing the Open this year? Do you think having standards would have helped you know which category to sign up for?