CrossFit Open 2023 Recap: Check Out What You’ve Missed

Written By Charleh Knighton  |  CrossFit, The Open 

Wow. The 2023 CrossFit Open is over and I just can’t believe it. Bozman went crazy, and we love it. The workouts were a test for many and we’ve seen hundreds of people crush new PRs. For us, that’s what the CrossFit Open is all about. We haven’t been disappointed.

In this article, we’re going to recap the 2023 CrossFit Open, break down the analysis of the workouts and who topped the leaderboard. Stay tuned as there are some new names on the block and we could be in for some sick entertainment this summer.

Week 1: Recap

Week 2: Recap

Week 3 Recap

Unofficial Winners


Week 1: Recap

With a dramatic start to the 2023 CrossFit Open, the series was kicked off in Madrid, Spain on Feb. 16, and the CrossFitters around the world discovered heavy cleans and ring muscles up are straight in there in workout one. Paired alongside high volume TTB, rowing and wall balls, Bozman was making a statement on how the rest of the programming was going to go. 


OPEN WORKOUT 23.1

Open Workout 23.1 was a repeat of 14.4. 

23.1

Complete as many reps as possible in 14 minutes of:

60-calorie row

50 toes-to-bars

40 wall-ball shots

30 cleans

20 muscle-ups

You can read more about the workout standards and details here.


23.1 WORKOUT SUMMARY ANALYSIS

According to the CrossFit Games full database analysis;

"During 23.1, more than 9,000 women and 45,000 men performed at least one ring muscle-up.

"Looking at the best of the best, it took 212 reps for the men and 189 reps for the women to be in the 99th percentile on 14.4. But on 23.1 athletes needed 244 and 198 reps, respectively, to achieve the same level of performance."


WHO TOPPED THE LEADERBOARD AFTER WEEK 1?

RX WOMEN: Emma Cary - 269 reps

RX MEN: Roman Khrennikov - 306 reps


Week 2: Recap

The second week of the 2023 NOBULL CrossFit Games Open went off with a bang. The live announcement was held at CrossFit Bison in New Jersey, USA, where the world learned they would be hitting a two part workout.


OPEN WORKOUT 23.2

23.2A:

Complete as many reps as possible in 15 minutes of:

5 burpee pull-ups

10 shuttle runs (1 rep = 25 ft out/25 ft back)

*Add 5 burpee pull-ups after each round.

 

23.2B:

Immediately following 23.2A, athletes will have 5 minutes to establish:

1-rep-max thruster (from the floor)

You can read more about the workout standards and details here.


Part A Analysis

Part A is substantially weighted towards the cardio athletes, however, the majority of the community were still able to surpass 5 rounds. Only the top percentile made it to round 6 or beyond.

Part B Analysis

During the 1-rep-max thruster, the top 99th percentile of athletes hit over 185lbs (84kg) for women and 277lbs (126kg) for men.

Impressively, the top 50th percentile hit 121lbs (55kg) for women, and 185lbs (84kg) for men.


WHO TOPPED THE LEADERBOARD AFTER WEEK 2?

23.2a

RX WOMEN: Mal O’Brien - 188 reps

RX MEN: Charles Curran - 191 lbs

23.2b

RX WOMEN: Barrett Kroons - 240lbs

RX MEN: Graciano Rubio - 375lbs 


Week 3: Recap

On Wednesday, March. 02, the 3rd week of the 2023 CrossFit Open was revealed and it was INSANE.

The live announcement of Open Test 23.3 headed to the west coast of the United States. Located at CrossFit Omaha, Nebraska, we soon found out the final workout of the series, and boy, was it a killer. Finishing the hat-trick with a tough elimination-style workout including; wall walks, double under, snatch and strict handstand push-up combination that found many athletes time capped.


23.3 Open Workout

Starting with a 6-minute time cap, complete as many reps as possible of:

5 Wall Walks

50 Double-Unders

15 Snatches (weight 1)

5 Wall Walks

50 Double-Unders

12 Snatches (weight 2)

*If completed before the 6-minute time cap, add 3 minutes to the time cap and complete:

20 Strict Handstand Push-Ups

50 Double-Unders

9 Snatches (weight 3)

*If completed before the 9-minute time cap, add 3 minutes to the time cap and complete:

20 Strict Handstand Push-Ups

50 Double-Unders

6 Snatches (weight 4)

♀65 lb, 95 lb, 125 lb, 155 lb

♂95 lb, 135 lb, 185 lb, 225 lb

You can read more about the workout standards and details here.


23.3 WORKOUT ANALYSIS

Strict Handstand Push-Ups are one of the most advanced CrossFit movements, but that didn’t stop the community. Athletes that made through the 6-minute time cap, 99% of the men and 96% of the women were able to do at least one rep.Only 55% and respectively, 49% of the women were able to complete 20 reps in the extra 3 minutes.

This workout was truly a test for athletes. The WODprep coaches should know as they went head to head in the 23.3 workout.

You can watch it on our YouTube channel here.

Workout analysis was completed by Jonathan Kinnick of BTWB. We congratulate you!


WHO TOPPED THE LEADERBOARD AFTER WEEK 3?

Rx’D WOMEN: Dani Speegle = 7:12

Rx’D MEN: Tola Morakinyo = 7:44

CrossFit Open 2023 Recap Check Out What You’ve Missed


THE (UNOFFICIAL) OVERALL WINNERS OF THE 2023 NOBULL CROSSFIT GAMES OPEN

Individual

Rx’D Women = Mal O’Brien

Rx’D Men = Jeffrey Adler


Masters

35-39

Women = Lee Keyrouz

Men = Joe Scali

40-44

Women = Jenn Ryan

Men = Gensen Palmer

45-49

Women = Gabriela Azevedo

Men = Fernando Gonçalves

50-54

Women = Cheryl Brost

Men = Jason Leeves

55-59

Women = Alexia Fineman

Men = Kevin Koester

60-64

Women = Bianca Williams

Men = Stuart Swanson

65+

Women = Pauline Sciascia

Men = Freddie Cherry


To Summarize - What’s Next!

The 2023 CrossFit Open might be over but the season is only getting started. The Quarterfinals are next and we are EXCITED. Here’s everything you need to know.

For the full details, continue reading our article here.

WHAT TO EXPECT

This stage will be a different experience than the Open. The bar has been raised, as the goal is to narrow the field down on the way to the Games. Weights will be heavier, movements will be more advanced, time caps will be tighter, the depth of video review will be greater, and the tests  will be harder. 

If you're looking for programming, support and advice in the lead up to and throughout the competition to maximize your score, join WODprep Compete and I'll see you inside!

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