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.