The First Workout of the 2017 CrossFit® Open Has Been Released

There’s been a lot of hype and lead up to this year’s Reebok CrossFit® Games Open. From Dave Castro’s Instagram posts that hinted at full snatches and dumbbells, to the hype around the new CrossFit documentary, “Fittest On Earth: A Decade of Fitness.

Without further ado, Dave Castro announced the first workout for the Reebok CrossFit Games Open from Paris, France and it’s posted below.

The 17.1 workout is a couplet performed in an ascending ladder fashion with a 20-min time cap. The two movements are a dumbbell snatch and a burpee box jump and overs. The dumbbell snatch must be performed with alternating arms. Men are required to use 50 lb dumbbells, while women 35 lbs.

  • 10 dumbbell snatch and 15 burpee box jump and overs
  • 20 dumbbell snatches and 15 burpee box jump and overs
  • 30 dumbbell snatches and 15 burpee box jump and overs
  • 40 dumbbell snatches and 15 burpee box jump and overs
  • 50 dumbbell snatches and 15 burpee box jump and overs

For 17.1 to count there are guidelines for the workout, which are shared below. As always, the athlete must start on a 3-2-1 countdown.

First, with the dummbell snatch the second hand must be off the snatch while performing reps, so there’s no assistance. Second, an athlete must be perpendicular to the box straddling a line for their burpee. Third, if you can’t perform a burpee box jump and over you can do a two-foot takeoff.

The first head to head battle between CrossFit athletes completing 17.1 is being streamed on games.crossfit.com and are Brent Frikowski and Patrick Vellner (3rd fittest man in the world). They’ll be competing in Montreal, Canada.

The other head to head battle will be between Kristin Holte, who finished twelfth in last year’s Games, and the 2013 CrossFit Games Champion Samantha Briggs, at Reebok CrossFit Louvre in Paris, France. This event is being held on the CrossFit Games Facebook page.

This year there’s a larger amount of registrants for the Open than any previous year. The first workout includes dumbbells, which is a first for the CrossFit community as a whole. It will be interesting to see the final results of the first 17.1 Open workout.

Feature image screenshot from CrossFit® YouTube channel.  

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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