Here Are the Voting Options for CrossFit Open Workout 18.5

For the first time ever, Dave Castro and CrossFit are having CrossFit athletes, fans, and strength athletes from all walks of life vote on a CrossFit Open Workout.

Yesterday, Castro announced in a video on the CrossFit Games Facebook page and on his personal Instagram page that we’d all have a chance to vote for workout 18.5. If you’re reading this article, then there’s a good chance you’re interested in the three options Castro has presented for voting on in CrossFit Open Workout 18.5.

Check out the three options below.

Workout One: CrossFit Open Workout 11.6

AMRAP in 7-minutes

3 Thrusters (100/65 lb) & 3 Chest-to-Bar Pull-Ups
6 Thrusters (100/65 lb) & 6 Chest-to-Bar Pull-Ups
9 Thrusters (100/65 lb) 9 Chest-to-Bar Pull-Ups

If you complete 9, complete a round of 12, then go on to 15, and so forth.

Score: Reps Completed

Workout Two: CrossFit Open Workout 13.5

AMRAP 4+ Minutes

15 Thrusters (100/65 lb)
15 Chest-to-Bar Pull-Ups

If an athlete completes 3 rounds in under 4-minutes, then time extends to 8-minutes.
If an athlete completes 6 rounds in under 4-minutes, then time extends to 12-minutes.

Score: Reps Completed

Workout Three: CrossFit Open Workout 14.2


0:00-3:00 minutes: 2 Rounds 10 overhead squats (95/65 lbs) & 10 Chest-to-Bar Pull-Ups
3:00-6:00 minutes: 2 Rounds 12 overhead squats (95/65 lbs) & 12 Chest-to-Bar Pull-Ups
6:00-9:00 minutes: 2 Rounds 14 overhead squats (95/65 lbs) & 14 Chest-to-Bar Pull Ups

Athletes proceed to 16, 18, and 20 reps until they fail to complete the rounds within 3-minutes.

Score: Reps Completed

With this voting announcement, Castro has once again thrown the CrossFit community a curveball. Whether you’re competing in this year’s Open or you’re simply tuning in to watch, you have two hours to cast a vote starting from the live announcement at 3 PM PST until the official 18.5 workout announcement at 5 PM PST.

To cast a vote, go here.

[If you’re interested in tuning in to the 18.5 live announcement, here’s how!]

Every year, we see a repeat workout in the CrossFit Open, which we haven’t yet seen for the 2018 Open. Earlier today, Castro stated in an Instagram video that one or more of the options above would be a repeat and there we have it with 11.6, 13.5, and 14.2.

For those tuning in live at 5 PM PST for the workout, or if you’re only casting a vote and want to see the end result, you’re in for an epic Open Workout 18.5 showdown. This week’s announcement is coming live from CrossFit Reykjavík in Reykjavík, Iceland. Elite Icelandic CrossFit athletes Annie Thorisdottir, Sara Sigmundsdottir, and Katrin Davidsdottir will all be going head-to-head in the workout we’ve selected.

This year’s CrossFit Open has had its fair share of ups and down, along with some drama. Each workout seemed to get increasingly tougher and put athletes through a new unique challenge, so this curveball that is the 18.5 workout vote, in my opinion, is the icing on the 2018 CrossFit Open.

Feature image from @thedavecastro Instagram page. 

Jake Boly

Jake Boly

Jake holds a Master's in Sports Science and a Bachelor's in Exercise Science. Currently, Jake serves as the Fitness and Training Editor at BarBend.

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