What to Expect for 19.5

Mar 20, 2019 by

After four weeks and four workouts, a total of 12 movements have been programmed in the 2019 Open. There is only one week left with the possibility, however unlikely, of two scored events.

Here’s a little overview of Open movements over the past nine years.

  • There has been an average of 13.25 movements programmed every year. But an average of 14.6 movements in the past three years. 
  • Number of movements in the Open since 2011: 14, 10, 12, 13, 13, 13, 15, and 16.
  • The following movements have been programmed in every Open but have not shown up in 2019: thrusters and chest-to-bar pull-ups. 
  • You can track all movements from the past nine years in our Open movement tracker.

Here’s what we now about the history of the final Open workout.

These things have happened in the final workout every year:

  • There has always been thrusters. 
  • It has always been a couplet. 

The following has never happened:

  • The final workout has never included a new movement never introduced to the Open before so don’t expect that to happen here. 
  • It has never been a two-part workout with two separate scoring opportunities.

Some thoughts:

  • The final workout has been a task priority (go until you finish) workout four times, an AMRAP three times and a time trial once; remember 13.5 anyone? P.S. Every AMRAP programmed was 11.6 but as a repeat in 12.5 and again in 18.5. Our vote is for task priority; the clock won’t save you.
  • How many more versions of Fran can we have? Thrusters and chest-to-bar pull-ups have been programmed four times already. Each time it was a version of Fran. 
  • So what we’re saying is…we think this will be the first year that either thrusters or chest-to-bars are not in the Open. And if we had to pick one, we’d pick chest-to-bars to get the axe. Why? Because it’s really hard to imagine an Open without thrusters, and 19.4’s bar muscle-ups took care of our high volume pulling modality.
  • Let’s not forget the vote last year. Castro asked the community to vote on whether they’d like to see 11.6, 13.5 or 14.2 as the final workout. The community selected 11.6, but 14.2 was a close second, which includes overhead squats and chest-to-bar pull-ups; both movements which haven’t showed up. Now it would be another repeat but it does fit the bill.

In conclusion: It’s next to impossible to predict what the workout will be but we do think it will fall somewhere inside these lines.


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