CrossFit Open Games 2017: dumbbells came into play


It was an open secret. Multiple Instagram images and dumbbells workouts that appeared in the official CrossFit channels the weeks before initiating the Open Games, already warned all boxes to be equipped with them and athletes to be warming up their arms and shoulders.

And that’s the way it was. The first two WoDs included dumbbells on their execution, in 17.1, took part from a rough snatch added to a burpee box jump-over, that set the demolishing exercise rhythm, and in 17.2 they were incorporated subtler in power cleans and weighted walking lunges that were kept as a transversal movement through the entire WoD.

After the dumbbell official introduction, it came 17.3, a workout so the CrossFit Gods could be sized, only completed by a selected 1.4%, which motivates to bet on who is going to be at the top in the Regionals and in the Games.

17.4 served as an auto-check-up for all participants who did also 16.4; whereas 17.5 closed the Open with a combination that put athletes’ capacity and self-confidence to the test.

And what athlete profile favoured this 2017 Open? Let’s find out.

With more than 380 thousand athletes registered in the Open, more than half opted for Rx’d



The total registered number of the 2017 Open Games set to 387,583. We have already seen how this number decreased each week by an average of 4% of the registered. If in 17.1 92.3% uploaded their scores, in 17.5% the percentage set at 71.4%.


From total registered, a 95% of them uploaded their scores for at least one of the five workouts and 235,061 compromised athletes completed all five workouts choosing Rx’d or Scaled in every workout, standing for 60.6% of the total. A big applause for them!


A 58% of the athletes finished all WoDs in Rx’D whereas a 12% did all five in Scaled workout type. As usual in previous workouts, a 71% of total men opted for Rx’d. On the other hand, a 42% of the total female chose for Rx’d. Some figures: it was a total of 69,272 female athletes and 157,404 males.


In the scaled version, 8% of men and 17% of women completed all five. The rest, 116,317, did them in a mix of Rx’d and Scaled depending on the weekly workout movements.


The youth in Rx’d and weight in Scaled, keys for each category results

From a global view, in the development of Rx’d WoDs, age is the unbalanced variable, when analysing how each division performance stands out the positive impact in teens both male and female, and how this impact is gradually turning into more detrimental in older divisions. Logic and expected result, but relevant enough. This is why CrossFit divides the competition in age ranges that let athletes compete with similar seniority.

After age, it is clearly weight the most constrain factor of 2017 Open. In women with more impact that in men and, more noted in Scaled rather than Rx’d. That is, light athletes are ranked higher in the leaderboard.

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Down below, these three variables are broken down by division. Where it is observed that the older, the more negative impact on the results and more remarkable, weight affects results when athlete gets older.

It is noted that inside Individuals Men division, age is also a constraint (the younger got better results), although it is height and not weight, what prevents from a better classification; whereas it is age what turns into a subtle ally for Rx’d female athletes, but more important, weight appears as the most constrain factor.

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To help read the shown charts, it is necessary to explain that red bars indicate a negative impact on the athletes result (they complete the workout in more time or more repetitions) and the greater the bar on the left, the more negative impact; while green bars indicate a positive contribution to the result (so, they complete it faster or with less repetitions), and the greater the bar on the right, the more positive impact.

Europe wins overall and East Canada lead Rx’d


In the global results, both Rx’d and Scaled, Europe appears as the first three regions, standing out specially in Men Scaled workout type where it is placed on the first place and also in teenage boys’ division.


Analysing the Rx’d results separately, it is noted that, even though results in the top positions are very tight, East Canada is the region that sets in the first place, both Men and Women, tied with US North Central in Men, and West Canada and Europe in Women.


Europe is the most balanced region in global, due to it is placed second in Men Rx’d, first in Women Rx’d and in Scaled  workout type, it is way ahead first in Men and second in Women.

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Below, it is shown the regions leaderboard broken down into divisions.


Focusing in Women Individuals division, where the top athletes are, the regions that puts more athletes into the top positions are East Canada, where there is Carol-Ann Reason-Thibault, West Canada, with Emily Abbot, Europe, with Thuridur Erla Helgadottir, Mid Atlantic region, with Mekenzie Riley, and US North Central with Brooke Wells.


On the Men Individuals division, top results are more fragmented: East Canada leads, with Alex Vigneault on the top, followed by US regions such as, North Central with Anthony Davis, North East with Samuel Kwant, Mid Atlantic, where there is the 2015 CrossFit Games champion, Ben Smith and East Center with Darwin Perez and Richard Froning Jr., and finally West Canada, with Brent Fikowski on the top and Europe, with Björgvin Karl Gudmundsson.

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