Thoughts on CrossFit Open WOD 13.1

The 2013 CrossFit Open season has started and workout 13.1 was announced earlier tonight. It is a 17 minute AMRAP of:

  • 40 Burpees 
  • 30 Snatch, 75 / 45 lbs 
  • 30 Burpees
  • 30 Snatch, 135 / 75 lbs 
  • 20 Burpees
  • 30 Snatch, 165 / 100 lbs 
  • 10 burpees
  • Max rep Snatch, 210 / 120 lbs 

HQ has laid it all out on the table in the first workout requiring a decent engine for the burpees (and 17 long minutes of work)  and high skill and strength for the snatches. 

Last year we had burpees in 12.1 and a snatch ladder in 12.2. The year before that we had double unders and light snatches in 11.1. Conclusion: HQ really likes to test the shoulders early in the Open! 

Hopefully after 12.2 you woke up and realized “dang, I gotta work on my snatch!” Well, you had a year to work on it and HQ is seeing if you did.


For this one, although Scott Panchik got 194 reps (4 reps into the 210#) and Dan Bailey got 190 (see the video here), the majority of men and women around the world will be spread out in the 165#/100# snatch section. Luckily there is a tie breaker system this year:

“This workout also introduces a new tiebreak system. Your score will be total reps like in years past. Now, your time at the end of your last completed set of snatches will be used to rank you against all the athletes who also got your same score.”

We will certainly see a few more competitors hit 190+ reps (have you heard of a guy named Rich Froning? Unlike last year’s first workout (7 minutes of burpees…ugh) which catered to the lighter, quicker athletes who then got destroyed on 12.2 of heavy snatch ladder, this workout is a combination requiring the big three: engine, skill, and strength. I would NOT be surprised if the top 30 or so for both men and women end up making it to Regionals and/or the Games due to these requirements of 13.1. 

If this is how the 2013 Open season starts, what will we see in the near future??

What are your thoughts on 13.1 and future workouts?


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