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
Women: 95 lbs
Age Group Workout 2
Women: 170 lbs
Age Group Workout 3
W: 14 lb Wall Ball
Age Group Workout 4
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:
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!