Predicting 18.1—The First Workout of the 2018 Open

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William Imbo

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The CrossFit Open is officially upon us! Excited yet? Tonight at 5p.m. PT, live from São Paulo, Brazil, CrossFit Games Director Dave Castro will announce the first workout of this year’s Open, 18.1. Immediately after, 2013 Games champ Sam Briggs will go head to head against 2017 seventh-place Games finisher Kristin Holte.

Now, what fun would the Open be without a prediction as to what Castro is going to throw our way (this is our 5th year making predictions and we’ve gotten really close at least three times). While the first workout is always the hardest to predict, we’ve taken several factors into consideration and present you with (we’re going out on a limb here):

14 Minute AMRAP of:
8 Power Cleans (135/95)
12 Calorie Row
8 Kettlebell Swings (70/53)
12 Calorie Row

1. It’s true that kettlebells have never been used in the Open, but there’s always first.
2. We haven’t seen power cleans in the Open since 2015, it’s time they made a comeback.
3. We’ve already made a prediction as to what this year’s repeat workout will be. Taking that into account, we’ve eliminated those movement making an appearance in week 1.

There you have it, 18.1—our prediction at least. 

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Tune in to at 5pm PT to find out if we were right (or completely off).

About William Imbo

William Imbo is an Associate Editor at BoxLife magazine, CrossFit Level 1 Trainer and holds an MPS in Sports Industry Management from Georgetown University. He is an avid CrossFitter and loves film, music and travel, thanks to having grown up across Europe. A fan of the New Orleans Saints and Newcastle United, Will's favorite CrossFit girl is Helen-least favorite being Isabel.

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