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If you’re one of the 120,000 CrossFitters registered for the 2013 Reebok CrossFit Games Open, we’re guessing you not-so-patiently waited in front of your computer last night, pressing refresh and stressing over what the first WOD would look like.
And then the workout was released.
17-minute AMRAP of:
Burpees and snatches? All we had to say was…holy $%#@&!!. But for a more expert opinion, we caught up with JP Perelmutter, head coach and owner of BRICK LA and BRICK NYC (opening summer 2013) to get his take on this particular WOD.
“I was surprised that the very first WOD of the Open was so intense,” he noted. “This sort of WOD will challenge even the fittest of athletes, as it calls for strength and conditioning thresholds to be pushed to the extremes.”
And that’s exactly what we saw during the CrossFit Games Open announcement last night, when two top CrossFit Games competitors Scott Panchik and Dan Bailey battled it out over workout 13.1. After an intense 17 minutes, Panchik defeated Bailey, completing 194 repetitions over Bailey’s 190 reps. (If you missed the face-off, you can catch it here).
Don’t think you’ll come anywhere close to 190 reps? We also hit up Perelmutter for a solid plan of attack to use in conquering the first WOD of the Open. He gave us these pointers:
CrossFitters will have until Sunday, March 10 at 5 PM PST to perform this workout and submit their scores. See the full WOD details. And if you haven’t registered for the Open yet, don’t worry. There’s still time. Visit games.crossfit.com to sign up and stay up to speed on the four remaining Open workouts.
This article originally appeared on MensFitness.com.