Watch Mat Fraser and Josh Bridges Compete In CrossFit Open Workout 18.5

It’s hard to believe that after five weeks and five gut-wrenching, game-changing workouts, the CrossFit Open 2018 is over. For some of us, it’s because it was such a fun experience that the time just flew by. For others, the sentiment was closer to “these agonizing workouts seem like they’ll never end.”

In any event, the Open is closed, but in the space between the Open and the kickoff of the CrossFit Regionals on May 18th, we’ve been graced with this clip of Mat Fraser and Josh Bridges competing against one another during the final workout of the Open, 18.5, at CrossFit Mayhem.

[Josh Bridges formulated his own pre-workout creatine formula. See what we thought of it!]

Here’s what the workout was if you need a reminder:

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

Watch the action below. It’s not often you’ll see this much power and effort exerted in seven minutes.

[Think you could give this another shot? Learn the tips and tricks for your best 18.5 time here.]

On the day 18.5 was to be announced, fans were able to vote on one of three potential workouts that would become the official Open workout. A good 50 percent of all votes were for this thruster/pull-up combo, which was a repeat of 11.8.

Mat Fraser came first worldwide in the workout with 198 reps, going 16/8 on the last set of 24 thrusters, while Bridges came second with 191 reps. This is a video of the two best 18.5 workouts on the planet, something the judges and videographers can’t have known going into it.

Perhaps the most important takeaway? “Pick a workout buddy who will push you.” This seemed like a match made in heaven.

Featured image via @bridgesj3 on Instagram.

Nick English

Nick English

Nick is a content producer and journalist with over seven years’ experience reporting on four continents. His first articles about health were on a cholera outbreak in rural Kenya while he was reporting for a French humanitarian organization. His next writing job was covering the nightlife scene in Shanghai. He’s written on a lot of things.

After Shanghai, he went on to produce a radio documentary about bodybuilding in Australia before finishing his Master’s degrees in Journalism and International Relations and heading to New York City. Here, he’s been writing on health full time for more than five years for outlets like BarBend, Men's Health, VICE, and Popular Science.

No fan of writing in the third person, Nick’s passion for health stems from an interest in self improvement: How do we reach our potential?

Questions like these took him through a lot of different areas of health and fitness like gymnastics, vegetarianism, kettlebell training, fasting, CrossFit, Paleo, and so on, until he realized (or decided) that strength training fit best with the ideas of continuous, measurable self improvement.

At BarBend his writing focuses a little more on nutrition and long-form content with a heaping dose of strength training. His underlying belief is in the middle path: you don’t have to count every calorie and complete every workout in order to benefit from a healthy lifestyle and a stronger body. Plus, big traps are cool.

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