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The CrossFit Open: A Comprehensive Guide To Its Past, Present & Future

The CrossFit Open 2015

When looking at the history of the CrossFit Open, 2015 was a huge year — one that set the groundwork for the modern Open we see today. Prior to the Open registration, former Games Director Dave Castro announced sweeping changes to the CrossFit Season; from the Open, through to the Games themselves. 

For the 2015 Open, new categories beyond Men, Women and Masters were introduced for the first time. Castro added a Teenage Division for kids between 14 – 17, and a Scaled Division — the option to adapt each workout slightly based on your individual level. The RX’d Division would be the one elite CrossFit athletes would have to compete in if they wanted to make the Regionals or Games.

Who Won the 2015 Open?

Men: Mat Fraser (USA)
Women: Annie Thórisdóttir (Iceland)

Sample Workout:

15.5 CrossFit Open Workout

Rx’d

27-21-15-9 Reps For Time of:

  • Row (calories)
  • Thrusters (95-lb. / 65 lb.)

Masters 55+

27-21-15-9 Reps For Time of:

  • Row (calories)
  • Thrusters (65 lb. / 45 lb.)

Teens

27-21-15-9 Reps For Time of:

  • Row (calories)
  • Thrusters (65 lb. / 45.lb)

The CrossFit Open 2016: 10 Years of the Crossfit Games

2016 marked a decade of the CrossFit Games, so it was a big year for the sport to show how far it had come since those early days on the Ranch in Aromas, California. 324,000 athletes from 175 countries participated in the worldwide Open, kicking off on February 26, 2016.

This year, each workout was specifically tailored to each individual age/gender division, with the option of adding an RX’d or Scaled version.

Who Won the 2016 Open?

Men: Noah Ohlsen (USA)
Women: Jamie Greene (NZ)

Sample Workout:

16.3 CrossFit Open Workout

Rx’d

AMRAP in 7 Minutes of:

  • 10 Power Snatch (75-lb. / 55-lb.)
  • 3 Bar Muscle-Ups

Masters

AMPRAP in 7 Minutes of:

  • 10 Power Snatches (65-lb. / 45-lb.)
  • 5 Chest-To-Bar Pull-Ups

Teens

AMRAP in 7 Minutes of:

  • 10 Power Snatch (65-lb. / 45-lb.)
  • 3 Bar Muscle-Ups

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