The “CrossFit Total” Will Make Appearance At 2018 Reebok CrossFit Games

We don’t know about you, but we’re fired up about the next workout that’s been released for the 2018 Reebok CrossFit Games. The next event that will take place on the first day as workout three for individual athletes is making its second all-time debut at the CrossFit Games — and it’s the heavy weight pushing event called the “CrossFit Total”.

Last night on his Instagram page, Dave Castro released another hint featuring stacked plates sitting side-by-side. This hint got many scratching their heads, and at least from what we saw, no one guessed the event in the comments section. Luckily for CrossFit fans and athletes alike, CrossFit HQ dropped the official event on the individual workouts page between late last night and early this morning.

The CrossFit Total has only been featured in the CrossFit Games once before, and that was all the way back in 2007. At that time, Mark Rippetoe was associated with CrossFit (teaching seminars, appearing in videos, etc.) and played a hand in formulating this brute test of strength. So what is the CrossFit total? Check it out below

CrossFit Total Workout

  • 1-RM Back Squat
  • 1-RM Shoulder Press
  • 1-RM Deadlift

Oh yeah, three brute strength focused 1-RM tests in one event. This is exactly why we were so pumped up to see this event make its way back to the CrossFit Games. In respects to static strength, we don’t think there could be better test to assess these athletes.

What’s really going to be interesting is to see how athletes perform after undergoing two events beforehand. As of right now, we know event one has a road bike focus, and event two is 30 muscle-ups for time. More than likely, the muscle-ups won’t be a huge deal for these athletes, but if there’s a heavy cardio focused event one, then we’re curious to see if there’s a drop off on 1-RM tests.

2018 Reebok CrossFit Games Events & Hints

Below we’ve attached a table of contents for the current events and hints that have been released for the 2018 Reebok CrossFit Games by both CrossFit HQ and Castro.

Feature image from @thedavecastro Instagram page. 


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