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March 3, 2016

Predicting Open Workout 16.2

Written by Damect Dominguez

The Open truck is rolling on to week two, so that means it’s prediction time! Last week we weren’t exactly spot on with our prediction for 16.1, but we did correctly anticipate that it would be a triplet, and we had earlier listed overhead lunges as a potential new movement for the 2016 Open. So don’t knock us too hard. Now then, what do we see for 16.2?

What we know for 16.2

The 3rd and 4th fittest men from the 2015 CrossFit Games, Bjorgvin Karl Gudmundsson and Dan Bailey, will go head-to-head in 16.2 from a garage gym in an undisclosed location. Yet, thanks to a little investigative work, we can guess that that location may be somewhere in Asheville, North Carolina. Just take a look at Dave Castro’s (Director of the CrossFit Games) most recent Instagram post:

In case you were wondering, the Southern Kitchen & Bar is located in Asheville, North Carolina.

16.2 Prediction
Karen (150 wall balls for time at 20/14lbs)
27-21-15-9-3 deadlifts after every 30 wall ball reps at increasing weight
30 wall balls
27 deadlifts (135/95)
30 wall balls
21 deadlifts (185/135)
30 wall balls
15 deadlifts (225/155)
30 wall balls
9 deadlifts (275/185)
30 wall balls
3 deadlifts (315/205)

The Reasoning

As you may have noticed, Dave Castro (Director of the CrossFit Games) has been dropping hints via his Instagram page as to what the Open workouts could be. In advance of 16.2, here are his hints:


A photo posted by @thedavecastro on


16.2 A photo posted by @thedavecastro on

What can we infer from this?

-If you look closely in the first picture, a wall ball is tucked behind the book, which itself is a classic—The Grapes of Wrath. Karen is a CrossFit classic that is compromised solely of wall balls, hence its inclusion in our prediction.

-We’re assuming the fire hydrant means that it’s going to be a burner. Last week we saw a long test of aerobic capacity, this week we could see a workout that centers on muscular endurance.

-The deadlift compliments the wall balls well (pull and push movements), and it doesn’t take up a lot of space—which is important given the (presumed) limited space of the garage gym in which the athletes will be competing.

Tune in to the live stream for the announcement of 16.2 on the CrossFit Games site from 5 p.m. PT tomorrow to find how wrong right we are!

About Damect Dominguez

Co-founder of BoxLife Magazine. Author: Training Day: 400+ Workouts to Incorporate in Your Training.

1 thought on “Predicting Open Workout 16.2”

  1. the hydrant looks like a guy on top of a box to me…
    and I see stakes in both images, on the cover of the book and next to the hydrant, but that is too much of looking for a coincidence of a stake in images. the book as a classic… man, i would call for cleans+box jumps ladder.


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