Was The Equipment Free Open Too Challenging?

April 11, 2021 by
Credit: CrossFit LLC

With gyms remaining shut down through the early months of spring, CrossFit expanded the Open in the interest of inclusion. The 2021 Open featured several new divisions, including a foundations division for beginners and a new masters age bracket, as well as an equipment-free option.

One big thing: The purpose of the equipment-free division was to give athletes training at home with minimal equipment the opportunity to participate in the Open.

  • While the division received positive feedback at first, Open participation in the division did not reflect a great interest.
  • The average participation across all workouts in both the men’s and women’s division totaled 1.04% with the greatest amount of participation coming from workout 21.2 where 1.3% of men participated in the equipment-free division.

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