Are These Two Videos the Most Epic 17.1 Showings Yet? (We Say Yes)

There isn’t a whole lot more to say about the first workout 17.1 of the Reebok CrossFit® Open. Besides the deadline recently extending and learning the couplet of dumbbell snatches and box jump overs is a brutal combination, we’ve pretty much seen it all…yet we haven’t.

One thing you can’t discredit CrossFit for is how it brings athletes together. The workouts and sport itself are great at providing athletes the opportunity to challenge themselves, while seeing how they match up to others across the country. In addition, there are more age classes than ever with the newly added 35-39 Master’s division (now 6 in total).

The final master’s class is for 60+ competitors, but what about a class for 80+, maybe 90+? I’m here to make a case for the addition of even more Master’s classes, maybe an 80+ class. The first video below is a testament to my point and shows 85-year old Gale crushing her 17.1 workout.


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Gale used a 10 lb dumbbell for the snatches and did a modified ascending ladder. Her version consisted of 10-14-18-22 snatches paired with 10 box step up and overs.

Granted her score won’t technically count because it wasn’t performed as written – it’s epic nonetheless. In the Instagram post’s description Gale said, “She wants to know why there isn’t an 85+ division!? Because she is sure she would win!” I don’t think anyone would argue that point.

To tack on to Gale’s impressive workout, below is a video of George, a 93-year old from Reebok CrossFit 365 in Neath, South Wales.

For George’s workout it appears he’s also using a 10 lb dumbbell for snatches and coupling them with a plate step up and over. This is a 93-year old crushing a 17.1 workout, which is absolutely insane and inspiring.

For most strength athletes the goal is to create a long active career. Without a doubt, I think these two athletes are at the top of the list paving the way proving age is just a number.

Now we have to ask…when will Dave Castro hear Gale and add an 85+ division?

Feature image from @rcf365 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.

He's a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and has spoken at state conferences on the topics of writing in the fitness industry and building a brand.

As of right now, Jake has published over 1,200 articles related to strength athletes and sports. Articles about powerlifting concepts, advanced strength & conditioning methods, and topics that sit atop a strong science foundation are Jake's bread-and-butter.

On top of his personal writing, Jake edits and plans content for 15 writers and strength coaches who come from every strength sport.

Prior to BarBend, Jake worked for two years as a strength and conditioning coach for hockey and lacrosse players, and a personal trainer the three years before that, and most recently he was the content writer at The Vitamin Shoppe's corporate office.

Jake competes in powerlifting in the 181 lb weight class, and considers himself a professional knee rehabber after tearing his quad squatting in 2017. On the side of writing full time, Jake works as a part-time strength coach and works with clients through his personal business Concrete Athletics in New York City.

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