I was very sad to hear about Dave Castro being fired from CrossFit. Although he had his quirks, he made the CrossFit Open announcements interesting. Plus, there’s no doubt the man knew his CrossFit programming. Taking CrossFit from its beginnings to where it is today is no small feat.
If there’s one constant with humanity, it’s that things change. Still, that doesn’t mean we have to like it or even accept it. All it means is that we move on from here. CrossFit will go on. The question is: will it be better or worse? Only time shall tell.
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As I’m going through the Open workouts from last year, I realize something: we’ve done a lot of these moves already this year so if Dave picks an Open workout from last year we’ll be repeating a move. Double unders, bar muscle ups, toes to bar, dumbbell snatches, rowing.
This, of course, goes against the definition of CrossFit: constantly varied functional movements performed at high intensity.
That’s not to say we can’t repeat a move.
What haven’t we seen yet? Box jumps, wall balls, deadlifts, and chest to bar pull ups.
Dave Castro always repeats an Open workout from the year before. But what if he doesn’t this year? That would be him: always trying to stay unpredictable.
It’s a possibility I thought I’d throw out there.
Any thoughts on the matter?
Dear Mr. Castro,
I have an idea for 18.1. And I’m sure I’m not the only one. I was wondering if you’d consider running a contest to let CrossFitters submit ideas for Open workouts and then choose one. What better way to promote the sport of CrossFit, generate more interest in the Open, and get everyone excited, involved, and have ownership in the sport.
Picture it now: You do the Open announcement at the box of the winner. You choose one athlete from the box to go against a Games athlete. What a dream come true for us average CrossFitters who will never get a chance to compete in the Games! It would be something I know I’d never forget. What a cherished memory!
This could be huge! I know, it’s more work. I get that. Still, what do you think? Could we give it a go? After all, you’ll never know unless you try. And not knowing is worse than failing.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
10 Minute AMRAP:
10 hang squat snatches 55 lbs for women
30 double unders
This was our WOD today and I crushed it. I pushed hard. Till the end. All double unders unbroken. Sets of 5 on the hang squat snatches.
I felt good. No coughing. And I did well. It played to my strengths. And I loved it!
Finally! After a few months of feeling “blah” I feel great. I hope to continue this up until and through the Open. We’ll see.
Hey, Dave Castro! This WOD would be perfect for 18.1 if you’re taking suggestions.