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7 Exercises That Have Been Featured EVERY Year in The CrossFit® Open

There are some exercises that have been in the CrossFit® Open more than once and even more than twice.

These 7 exercises  have been featured in every Open since it began! 

If you have trouble with any of these movements, now is the time to really try and master them if you want to finish the Open and be proud of your performances!

The CrossFit Open workouts are posted every Thursday and you must perform the workout in front of a judge or videotape it and send in the results before Monday night.

CrossFit open 2019 dates

The competition will begin in February, and run for 5 weeks through to March 25th. 

  • Week 1 – Thursday, Feb. 21st – Monday, Feb. 25th
  • Week 2 – Thursday, Feb. 28th – Monday, Mar. 4th
  • Week 3 – Thursday, Mar. 7th – Monday, Mar. 11th
  • Week 4 – Thursday, Mar. 14h – Monday, Mar. 18th
  • Week 5 – Thursday, Mar. 21st – Monday, Mar. 25th

You are ranked using your age, sex and of course nationality. Most Open workouts have been Couplets or Triplets, which means that there have been two or three elements in each workout. For example:

4 rounds of

  • 20 toes to bar
  • 30 wall balls

Open Movements (number of times seen, in order):

This list shows how often certain exercises have appeared in Dave Castro’s programming over the years.

  • Double Unders – 8
  • Muscle Ups (bar or ring) –  8
  • Toes To Bar – 8
  • Thrusters – 8
  • Chest To Bar Pull Ups – 8
  • Wall Balls – 7
  • Snatch (Full / Power) – 7
  • Deadlifts – 7
  • Burpees (any kind) – 6
  • Box Jumps – 5
  • Cleans (Power/Full/DB) – 5
  • Calorie Row – 5
  • Overhead Squats – 4
  • HSPU – 4
  • Shoulder To Overhead – 3
  • Clean and Jerks – 2
  • Walking Lunges – 2
  • Dumbbell Snatches – 2


Double Unders

If you can perform those well just keep that up. If not keep reading, this is an exercise many people struggle with. It can get very frustrating to hit yourself so many times, but don’t give up. If you want to do the WOD RX you must try to perform the movement correctly.

The double under is like a normal jump rope but you rotate the rope twice under your legs in one jump.

  • First: The jump must be high enough and efficient, not using too much energy to drain yourself too quickly. Double unders and single unders mostly use your calve muscles, not any other.
  • Second: The wrists must do all the rope turning, not the shoulders. That is a common mistake, if you engage your shoulders too much they will lift the rope higher, resulting in the band hitting your legs, because the circle it makes doesn’t reach all the way down after the shoulders have lifted them higher.
  • Third: Use your own jump rope, that has the perfect length for your height, you are used to and know the weight of. New jumping ropes are not ideal for every time.
  • Fourth: Listen to the rope. When the rope hits the ground, it makes a noise. Find the rhythm and jump according to it. If you cannot hear the rope hit the ground, you must lower your shoulders.

If you have all these points in your head, you should be able to do at least a couple of D.U.´s in a row. If you have these points but are not getting the movement, make your friend watch you and see if they can see the faults you are making. You might be putting either elbow too far out to the side.

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