If you didn't get the memo, CrossFit Games 2018 started lasted Thursday. The Open was kicked off with a little challenge called the 18.1. What is the 18.1 you ask? Well let me explain! You're going to spend 20 minutes doing AMRAP, as many rounds as possible, of 8 toes-to-bar (or mechanically efficient pike raises), 10 dumbbell clean and jerks, and row for 14 calories. Did I mention you're doing this for 20 minutes straight? 20 MINUTES!
To see some of this awesomeness check out this video of the 18.1 workout.
Ok, now say what you will about CrossFit, whether you love it or hate it, but to pull off a stunt like this is pretty impressive. I couldn't do this if my life depended on it, I might get 5-7 rounds, I have no idea. And I don't really want to find out. I won't lie to you, I used to think CrossFit was a joke and my friends and I would make fun of it all the time as we did our 20 strict pull ups, our crazy heavy deadlifts, and pumped up our biceps with some curls. It's a pretty common theme that bodybuilders tend to make fun of CrossFit. But deep down I think it's because we're all jealous. Think of it this way: You can have a cross fitter do a bodybuilding session no problem. But having a bodybuilder do a crossfit session? Goodnight. End of story. 9 times out of 10 won't happen. Most bodybuilders just don't train for that. It's too difficult to pack on large amounts of muscle doing that type of training.
Now all jokes aside, there is a different reason that CrossFit caught a lot of heat in its younger years, and still does sometimes. The thing is, there are lots of good CrossFit places out there, but there are also lots of gyms that have bad coaches. It's really just like any sport. You've got your good, and you've got your bad. But because of the nature of CrossFit, if you have a bad coach you can potentially injure yourself. And that's the reason why, in my opinion, CrossFit gets a bad rap.
I've done CrossFit workouts several times, and man they beat me up. They're probably some of the most exhausting workouts I've ever done. I commend the athletes that do it every single day. It's an absolutely amazing showcase of athleticism.
The CrossFit Open continues for the next four weeks. Each week we will be releasing a video show casing the athletes at Calibrated CrossFit, as well as writing an article about the workout and how you can incorporate it into your routines.