What Gear Do You Need To Do The Crossfit Open
Author: Again Faster Australia Date Posted:8 February 2018
Open season is upon us
It's that time of year again!
The CrossFit Open is just around the corner. It comes around faster each year!
You may have started to prepare your athletes for the CrossFit Open in your programing but have you stopped to think about what equipment you may need?
Last year many were caught off guard when 17.1 was announced and for the first time ever dumbbell's were featured in the open. Many box owners were madly trying to get their hands on extra dumbbells which quickly became sold out worldwide!!
While there is no way to be sure exactly what Dave Castro will throw our way, we can look back at previous years and prepare for the unknown. After all this is CrossFit!
History has a way of repeating itself
After 36 workouts over 7 years, there are movements we can put our money on seeing again. Every year since 2011 we have seen double unders, toe to bars, muscle ups, wall balls, chest to bar pull ups, snatches and thrusters.
Double unders the CrossFitters arch-nemesis
Double unders are a great way to test an athletes lung capacity. Having seen them in the open every year, it is essential to have reliable ropes on hand. While some athletes have their own ropes they prefer to use, others will rely on you to have some on standby.
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While the open typically calls for lighter barbell loading and larger reps schemes, each year there is usually a heavier loading thrown in somewhere to test the athletes ability to lift heavy under fatigue. So while it is essential to have sets of 5kg, 10kg and 15kg bumper plates on hand, having sets of 20kg and 25kg plates could be useful. Overhead squats, deadlifts, cleans, chest to over head are all movements we have seen in the past that call for barbells and bumpers.
The open is programmed is pounds which typically means that when converting to kilograms it leaves the barbell loading in fractions. For example, 95lbs converts to 43kgs, therefore having 2.5kg fractional plates will mean you can load the bar to 43.5kg instead of 45kg.
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Athletes either love them or hate them. Having featured every year since the open started, it is essential you have medicine balls on hand. The open is programmed in pounds which usually means the standard 5kg and 10kg wall balls are not suitable. Our 9lbs and 20lbs wall balls are perfect and most importantly meet open standards.
We may not see box jumps or burpee box jump overs every year, but a box is handy to have for scaling options. Every year we have seen chest to bar pull ups and since the introduction of the scaled division athletes now have the option of jumping pull ups. A box is a great option for jumping pull ups as it is solid and provides a large base for the athletes to comfortably jump up from and land on.
3 2.... WAIT I NEED CHALK!
Your athletes practically bathe in it on a daily basis so don't be left with none come 18.1. Chalking up is an essential part of a workout and it certainly does help when trying to hold onto a bar or the rig when cycling through reps. Make sure your athletes have the best chance to perform their best and stock up on chalk!
So while there is no sure way to know what will come our way over the 5 weeks, we can be as prepared as possible. If anything comes up and you find yourself in need of equipment, don't hesitate to give us a ring and let us help you solve your issue.
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