Masters

CrossFit West's original master, Nancy, snatches in this pic from 2009. She is still going strong.

CrossFit West’s original master, Nancy, snatches in this pic from 2009. She is still going strong.

As the dust settles on the first Open workout, 13.1, I am flat out amazed at the scores. The highest male and female scores were 199 and 211 respectively. That’s 200 or so repetitions of either a burpee or a snatch. But, as much as the top scores wowed me, I am even more impressed by the scores of the athletes in the Masters Divisions. In 13.1 the weight of the snatch was scaled for gender and age, but the burpees were the same. Chest to the ground and a six inch jump overhead. Masters athletes in the oldest two divisions, the 55-59 and the 60+ divisions did 90 to 100 burpees (as well as 90 or so snatches) over the course of the workout. That is pretty incredible. CrossFit West Santa Cruz’s own Chris Kulp, the ‘Professor’, scored 178 reps for 5th place in the 60+ division. That is 90 burpees and 88 snatches!

No one can stay young and fit all their life. Physicality fades as one ages. It’s a simple physiological fact. However, the CrossFit Masters are proving that one can stay fit and young at heart all one’s life. And CrossFit is giving them a level of ‘fit’ that is simply mind blowing.

Workout:

Goat Day–Spend 20 minutes on a weakness

Then:

AMRAP in 16 Minutes:

7 Thrusters (95/65#)

7 Box Jumps (24/20″)

1 Rope Climb

*Mandatory 200m runs on the 0, 4, 8 & 12 minute marks.

When you come back from the run, start the amrap sequence where you left off.