17.5 CrossFit® Open Workout Announced

Congratulations to every athlete who’s competed in the 2017 CrossFit® Open this year, as you’ve made it to the final week. This year’s Open has been filled with tons of ups and downs and has certainly kept fans on their toes. The past month’s Open workouts have tested every CrossFit athlete’s strength, endurance, and mental capacity.

This week, the CrossFit Open Workout 17.5 announcement will be coming from the new home of the CrossFit Games Madison, Wisconsin. Fans have been anticipating this workout announcement due to Dave Castro’s Instagram photo hint earlier in the week that focused on “dead meat.”

This week’s live athlete match-up consists of two CrossFit powerhouses including two-time Fittest Woman on Earth Katrin Davidsdottir and two-time third place Games finisher Sara Sigmundsdottir. Workout 17.5 is posted below.

As always, athletes start on a 3, 2, 1 countdown before beginning the workout.

  • 9 Thrusters – 95lbs men/65lbs women
  • 35 Double-unders

10 rounds total in as little time as possible with a 40-minute time cap. 

Check out the 17.5 standards video below for full details and rulings.

If you’ve missed the first four weeks of the CrossFit Open, below is a quick recap that can catch you up to speed.

CrossFit Open Workouts 17.1 and 17.2 both had dumbbells for the first time in CrossFit Open history. On top of that, during these two weeks we saw multiple elite Games competitors withdraw for injuries and personal reasons. On the flip side, let’s not forget Alethea Boon’s comeback after tearing her Achilles seven months ago. She’s currently ranked 18th in individual women.

CrossFit Open Workout 17.3 involved a crazy tough barbell snatch ladder. From Beyond the Whiteboard’s article on the CrossFit Games website, they found that less than 2% of Open competitors made it to snatch weights of 245/175 lbs, and less than 1% made it to the final round of 265/185 lbs.

Ironically, 17.4 was arguably the quietest week of this year’s Open, as it was a repeat from 16.4. These workouts are great because they give athletes the ability to improve from previous years, but this year belonged to Samantha Briggs and Mat Fraser.

The 2017 CrossFit Open has been everything but boring. As we head into the final week, athletes are giving their final push to record their best scores in the sport they’ve worked so hard at in the last month.

Feature image screenshot from CrossFit YouTube channel.  

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