Quick Tips: CrossFit Qualifiers for Masters and Teens

CrossFit has attempted to broaden its appeal over the last five years and nowhere is that more apparent than in the growing levels of competition among mature and teen athletes.

CrossFit has evolved over the last decade. In that evolution, the Masters and the Teens categories have become a significant factor in competition. This year, we expect over 40,000 female competitors in the Masters’ division alone. So, if you make it to the CrossFit Regionals, ie, in the top 200 performers, you are in the top 1% of fitness athletes in the world. If you make it to the CrossFit Games then, you’re the top 1% of the top 1%. Masters and Teens is definitely a growing part of the CrossFit community.

The results are not just at the top, I see athletes in their 40s, 50s and beyond achieve new heights of performance every day. Age is not a limiting factor and CrossFit has broadened its appeal to be accessible to a much larger population than most people realize. It creates a great atmosphere in the gym because everyone, no matter what level and what age, feels inspired and has aspirational examples of athletes of all levels around them. For me, this competition is a testament to how my older, and younger, athletes have prepared and followed the programming all year. As of this year, I have never qualified as many people as I have this year. That means that I see the programming I do is having an impact and I can see that there are a lot more people that I can reach and qualify than I ever thought possible.

CrossFit Open Masters and Teens Categories

Teens’ Age Groups
Boys 14-15 years old
Boys 16-17 years old
Masters’ Age Groups
Men 35-39 years old
Men 40-44 years old
Men 45-49 years old
Men 50-54 years old
Men 55-59 years old
Men 60+ years old

The WODS for the 2018 CrossFit Open for Masters and Teens

Age Group Workout 1

For Time
4-8-12 Thrusters
1-2-3 Rope Climbs 15 ft
Men: 135 lbs
Women: 95 lbs
10 min Time Cap

Age Group Workout 2

For Rounds For Time
45 Chest-To-Bar Pull-Ups
5 Cleans
Men: 245 lbs
Women: 170 lbs
15 min Time Cap

Age Group Workout 3

AMRAP 20 min
50 Wall Ball
100 Double-Unders
50 ft. Handstand Walk
100 Double-Unders
50 Cal Row
100 Double-Unders
50 ft. Handstand Walk
100 Double-Unders
M: 20 lb Wall Ball
W: 14 lb Wall Ball

Age Group Workout 4

AMRAP 5 min
9 Handstand Push-Ups
6 Bar-Facing Burpees
3 Snatches
Male: 165 lbs
Women: 115 lbs

Tips, Tricks, and Techniques for Open WOD Success

The only thing that might throw you in this set of WODs is going to be the rope climb. Having said that, you can probably bet on rope climbs being part of the Open next year so, get on training for them. Focus on the speed down the rope and you’ll get your time up because the first workout is a pure sprint.

If you want to plan out which workouts to do, I would say you go with:

Workout 1 or 2
Workout 3 or 4
Workout 2 or 1
Workout 4 or 3

For my athletes, with a focus on getting into the CrossFit Games, I am going to have start with workout 4 then, workout 2 and 3 the next day, and finally, on the last day, workout 1. That’s for my athletes.

In general, for the games-minded athlete, I suggest you aim to do your weaknest WODs first and second and then your strength WODs third and last. Ultimately, it will depend on you. Feel free to pick from any of the combinations I have offered. Also, check out the video below for my pitch to my athletes in my gym as soon as the workouts were announced. Good luck!