should you scale or rx the crossfit open

The CrossFit Games Open is coming.

That sentence is enough to strike fear into the heart of a seasoned CrossFitter, and yet we all do it every year… for fun, no less.

But if it’s your very first Open you might be wondering “should I scale the workouts or go RX?” The discrepancy between the movement standards is pretty sizeable, although that is to make the Open accessible to all, whilst leaving the elite to thrash it out at the top of RX.

Should you at least give RX a go, though? Five CrossFit coaches – of different experiences of coaching and competing – tell us their thoughts. You can make your mind up from there, but don’t forget your score still counts whether you RX or scale, and you can switch it up from workout to workout.

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Main article image by Strong Media, all other photos from the respective coaches.

crossfit open workout 16.5

They say time is a healer, which is why women decide to have another child, or someone decides to run another marathon. “It wasn’t so bad, was it?”, they muse, as their brain busily hides away the worst bits for self-preservation reasons.

As I type this, it’s actually many, many moons from the final CrossFit Open workout, and whilst the memory has faded somewhat of the actual workout, I haven’t forgotten the fact that workout 16.5 was the worst workout I’ve ever done. I knew from the moment I heard what the workout was that we wouldn’t get along well in the slightest, but after fighting a virus through the rest of the Open, I wasn’t going to give up at the last hurdle.

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16.3

Aaand we’re halfway through! Five weeks seemed like a long time but it’s absolutely flying by. I want to do these workouts every week! This week though I wasn’t feeling too great on Saturday, so didn’t get to complete the workout with the full squad as usual. I did do it with one of my boxmates though (who smashed his way through it) and had some supportive spectators so I can’t complain too much.

I’ll be posting  series of mini blog posts over the 5 weeks of the Open, of which this is the third. Whilst these will be too late to offer any advice to anyone completing the workouts (workouts are released late Thursday night and scores need to be submitted by Monday) I’ll still be able to reflect on the workout and figure out what I can learn for next time.

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16 point 2

This weekend, along with the rest of the CrossFit community, I completed the second workout of the Open – 16.2. Whilst it’s unlikely I’ll be reaching the CrossFit Games (at least.. this year) I’m still loving being a part of this supportive community. I mean, how many other sports do you see where opponents are so supportive of each other?

I’ll be posting  series of mini blog posts over the 5 weeks of the Open. Whilst these will be too late to offer any advice to anyone completing the workouts (workouts are released late Thursday night and scores need to be submitted by Monday – your best bet is to follow elite CFers on Instagram to see what they have to say about strategy) I’ll still be able to reflect on the workout. What did I learn from 16.2, and how did I get on? View Post

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first crossfit open 16.1

The past few years I’ve enviously watched others on Instagram as elite and casual CrossFitters alike completed the qualifying workouts for the CrossFit Games. This weekend I finally completed my own very first CrossFit Open workout! You might be wondering why I bothered – after all, I won’t be going to the CrossFit Games any time soon. The Open is a fantastic opportunity to test yourself, to find weaknesses to work on, and join together with the rest of the CrossFit community – from others in your box to internationally.

I’ll be posting  series of mini blog posts over the 5 weeks of the Open. Whilst these will be too late to offer any advice to anyone completing the workouts (workouts are released late Thursday night and scores need to be submitted by Monday – your best bet is to follow elite CFers on Instagram to see what they have to say about strategy) I’ll still be able to reflect on the workout. What did I learn from 16.1, and how did I get on? View Post

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