This week we got to test strength! As a box we were excited for this workout and theorized our athletes would perform well. It's worth noting that 14.3 required relatively low skill as compared to 14.2. Hence, we figured nothing would stand in the way of more great performances.
Looking at the initial chart we can start to conclude that our REBUILD phase had a direct and positive impact on this particular workout. CrossFit Reflexion members scored on average 117 reps which is only bested by CrossFit X-Factor. (A shout out to X-Factor for putting up more than solid numbers every week.) At the end of the 2013 REBUILD phase, we had more PRs than we had whiteboard space! We take building strength very serious at CrossFit Reflexion and feel our athletes performed well given the foundational strength we established earlier in the year.
This next chart details the same theme from last week. In these ascending ladder type workouts we often see a particular round that sticks out as the most difficult to complete. Frequently, we refer to the subsequent round as "the money round". Every rep you score in the money round is worth so much more given the bottleneck.
This week was no different. In fact, the results were actually more interesting than 14.2. The majority of Northwest regional competitors, 90.8% in fact, were able to complete the round of 20 deadlifts. However, a fairly significant drop of athletes occurred trying to complete the round of 25s. Only 24.4% of all Northwest regional competitors were able to complete the 25s and an incredible 0.001% were able to fully complete the 30s. That's 7 out of 7258 athletes who logged a 14.3 score for the Northwest region. CrossFit Reflexion athletes experienced a similar drop. 96.5% of CRX athletes were able to complete the 20s. However, only 37% were able to complete the 25s and no one from Reflexion was able to complete the 30s.
The men versus women breakdown is also more compelling this week. Especially in the case of CrossFit Reflexion. It's awesome to see that our men and women scored quite evenly in 14.3. In contrast to 14.2, we had mentioned the chest-to-bar pull-up would prove difficult for our members, particularly the women. We were correct, but this week shows the men and women are actually similar in strength. The take away being we need to concentrate more on gymnastic skill movements over the next year while continuing to build foundational strength.
14.4 will be very interesting. Just to name a few, there are muscle-ups, cleans, burpees, and wall-balls left untested for this year's CrossFit Open. Let's keep putting up awesome numbers! Get your rest, eat right, hydrate, and mobilize. See you this weekend.