Crossfit Open 18.1
I’ve been out of Crossfit, well even working for out for the better part of a year. With this said this is the first open workout I completed this year and even the first Crossfit workout. I performed the masters workout scaled version of the Crossfit Open 18.1 since I have trouble with Toes to Bar.
Complete as many rounds as possible in 20 minutes of:
8 hanging knee-raises
10 dumbbell hang clean and jerks
Men use 35-lb. dumbbell
Like I said this is the scaled workout. To see the different workout depending upon age, Rx or scaled click here.
How I did
Looking at the workout it seemed easy enough, no heavy weights and no hard movements. I performed the 8 knee raises no problem When I went to the hang clean and jerks I grabbed with my right hand, bent my knees and used my body to propel the weight up to my shoulder, then dipped my knees and pushed up with my body to perform a push press so I could get the weight overhead. After bringing the dumbbell back down I switched hands, performing 5 on each arm. Then moving to the rower I set the difficulty to 1 and rowed 14 calories.
My final result was 224 reps in 20 minutes. Even though I did not sign up to compete in the Open I did look online to see what I would sit in the standings.
What I learned
After I finished I saw that I spent a total of 11 minutes on the rower which was entirely too long. In a few days I decided to try again. This time I did not switch hands between hang clean and jerks, I also did not dip for extra power. With it only being 35lbs I just pressed it up no problem. I also made sure to set the rower on a difficulty of 3. In the end I only spent 9.5 minutes on the rower and ended up with 261 reps. Considering I was still a little sore from the last attempt I think I did pretty good.
I learned that sometimes it’s a matter of how you attack the workout as much as it is how in shape or strong you are. I was happy with my Crossfit Open 18.1 result considering how out of shape I was. I am going to try 18.2 soon.