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Open Workout 20.2 Analysis

ByCrossFit btwbOctober 22, 2019

The second workout of the 2020 Open asked athletes to perform as many rounds as possible in 20 minutes of 4 dumbbell thrusters, 6 toes-to-bars, and 24 double-unders. It was similar to the second workout in the 2019 Open, which contained toes-to-bars, double-unders, and squat cleans, but the low reps per round in 20.2 provided a welcome change from the 25 toes-to-bars and 50 double-unders per round in 19.2.

Toes-to-bars and double-unders are skills not all athletes possess. Although not as advanced as handstand push-ups and muscle-ups, many newer athletes (and even some veterans) struggle with the midline strength and coordination required of these movements. For athletes who have solid toes-to-bars and double-unders, there wasn’t a need to intentionally break up the sets (although many double-under sets were frustratingly broken due to trips and misses). Likewise, the dumbbell thruster sets were manageable for most athletes, at least until the later minutes of the workout. The best performers in this workout breezed through smooth and unbroken rounds, with few if any misses on the double-unders. For those athletes, it was largely a difference of rest and transition time.

Performance by Country

Below is a graphic representation of how athletes aged 16-54 from the top 20 countries fared. Participants from each country are subdivided into three categories: Rx’d with 15 or more completed rounds, Rx’d with fewer than 15 completed rounds, and scaled. The countries are sorted by participation in the Open, from highest to lowest. Looking at the 10 largest countries, two countries stand out. Thirty percent of athletes from Spain completed 15 or more rounds, which was at least seven percent higher than the other top 10 countries. In Italy, on the other hand, 41 percent of athletes performed the workout scaled, which was the highest scaled percentage among the top 20 countries.

20.2 Workout Analysis

Due to the inclusion of two challenging movements, we saw more athletes choose the scaled version of the workout across all divisions. This week, 17 percent of men (18-34) and 37 percent of women (18-34) performed the scaled version of the workout, compared to 10 percent and 21 percent last week, respectively. Masters (55+) and Teens (14-15) were given lighter dumbbells but still required to do toes-to-bars and double-unders. This resulted in more than half of those masters and teens choosing the scaled version of the workout. Kudos to the six percent of Masters (55+) who were able to finish more than 15 rounds.

Overall, we see a very smooth distribution of scores for both men and women aged 16 to 54. The median reps for these men and women were 449 and 386, respectively. There is a noticeable concentration of athletes in the distribution in round 1. This is likely due to athletes lacking one or more of the required skills to get through a complete round but still opting to try the Rx’d version of the workout.

Below is a percentile table with details for all divisions. You can see the breakdown of how many reps it took to achieve a particular percentile. For example, Rx’d men (55-59) needed a score of 533 reps to get into the 90th percentile. You can see the percentage of athletes who did the scaled version in each division as well, and the percentiles comparing scaled athletes.

*The data used for this article is generated from the official CrossFit Open submissions.

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