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A Brief History of CrossFit Games Repeat Workouts

Jul 30, 2018 by

At the very heart of Greg Glassman’s CrossFit methodology is the concept of trackable, repeatable, and measurable tests of fitness. This why every CrossFit Open, athletes redo a past workout to see how far they’ve progressed and whether they worked on weaknesses which held them back.

The CrossFit Games is no different.

While Dave Castro doesn’t always repeat a workout wholesale, several have made their way into the CrossFit Games over the past 11 years. Here’s a brief look back at repeat workouts that have stayed (mostly) the same:

1. The CrossFit Total: 2007 and 2018.

1-rep-max back squat
1-rep-max shoulder press
1-rep-max deadlift

2. The Ranch Trail Run: 2009 and 2016 (2007 was a 5K).

7K trail run.

3. 1 Rep Max Snatch: 2009 and 2017.

1-rep-max snatch

One athlete will lift at a time, with a lift being performed every 20 seconds. Each athlete will get 2 attempts. Then, the 10 athletes with the heaviest lifts will get 2 additional attempts.

4. Deadlift Ladder (Same structure but weights increased): 2009 and 2016.

Similar to the 2009 deadlift ladder, where 1 rep is performed every 30 seconds through a series of 20 barbells that each increase in weight.
Men: 425-435-445-455-465-475-485-495-505-515-525-535-545-555-565-575-585-595-605-615 lb.
Women: 275-285-295-305-315-325-335-345-355-365-370-375-380-385-390-395-400-405-410-415 lb.

5. Amanda (upgraded to Amanda .45): 2010 and 2017.

13-11-9-7-5 reps for time of:
Squat Snatches

M 135 lb.   F 95 lb.

6. Half-Marathon Row (increased to a full marathon row): 2013 and 2018.

7. CrossFit Open 17.5 with increased weights: 2017

10 rounds:
9 thrusters
35 double-unders

M 125 lb.   F 85 lb.
Time cap: 12 minutes

8. Fibonacci: 2017 and 2018.

5-8-13 reps of:
Handstand push-ups
Double kettlebell deadlifts
Then, OH lunge 89 ft.

9. Clean and Jerk Ladder: 2013 and 2015.

1-rep-max clean and jerk

Athletes will have two 20-second windows to perform a max clean and jerk, rotating through with only one athlete lifting at a time.

10. Murph: 2015 and 2016.

For time, with a 20 / 14-lb. weight vest:
1-mile run
Then, 5 rounds of:
  20 pull-ups
  40 push-ups
  60 squats
Then, 1-mile run
Time Cap: 55 Minutes

*The Obstacle Course has changed so much from 2012 to 2017 to 2018 that it’s an entirely different event each year, which is why we didn’t include it.


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