Masters Week


This year the CrossFit Games moved the age for Masters to 35-39, with each division going up 5 years through age 60+. I was fortunate enough last year to judge all of the Master level athletes, as well as the teens and Team Events for the 2016 CrossFit Games. Although I was accepted to judge again this year, I decided against traveling to Madison and judging.

However, we thought you can all get your chance to test your fitness against those that qualified for the 2017 Games. Here’s how you qualify to go to the 2017 CrossFit Games as a Masters athlete:

Masters crushing GHD Sit-Ups!

The top 200 Masters from each age division from the CrossFit Open had 4 days to complete 4 workouts. As with top qualifiers in the Open, all athletes that anticipate going to Madison need to have their workouts on video and judged at a licensed CrossFit Affiliate and by a qualified judge. These athletes are all amazing in their own right. There are many familiar names in the 35-39 age division with Neal Maddox and Sam Briggs as past CrossFit Games competitors. However it’s the athletes in the 50-54, 55-59, and 60+ that truly amaze me. They still are expected to do movements such as muscle-ups, rope climbs, and GHD sit ups. What I thought was great was hearing the athletes GRANDCHILDREN yell from the stands, “YEAH GRANDMA!” or “Climb up the rope faster Grandpa!”

What we’ll be doing is giving you one workout each day this week, with Tuesday a special July 4th WOD. Use this reference to see how you compared to these athletes after each day for both makes and females.

Sam Briggs won overall #1 for the females 35-39. Here are her scores for each workout:
#1 – 17:28
#2 – 19:30
#3 – 2:18
#4 – 4:04

While the females age 60+ was won by Patty Failla in the North Central Region. Here are her scores:
#1 – capped 245 reps
#2 – capped 340 reps
#3 – 3:53
#4 – 5:34

Neal Maddox won overall #1 for males 35-39. Here are his scores for each workout:
#1 – 19:14
#2 – capped 427 reps
#3 – 1:58
#4 – 4:55

The guy who won Masters men 60+ isn’t too shabby either, David Hippensteel of Central East. David Hippensteel is a four-time CrossFit Games masters athlete and the champion of the 2016 Masters 60+ Division. A former triathlete and decathlete, he started CrossFit in 2012, winning the 2013 Open in the 55-59 Division just one year later and making his first Games appearance with a fifth-place finish in 2013. He continued to take top-nine finishes in his division at the Games for the next two years before earning his title in the 60+ Division in 2016. Here are his scores:
#1 – capped 257 reps
#2 – capped 341 reps
#3 – 2:13
#4 – 6:13

Make note of this blog post and be sure to look back after you complete each of the workouts to see how you did compared to some of the best in the world. You can also check out the full masters leaderboard here.

Workout of the Day 7/3/2017 – Monday


A. Maintenance
Power Clean 3 x 3

B. Maintenance
EMOM 10:
0: 3-5 Strict Pull-Ups
1: 3-5 Strict Ring Dips

Scale down or add weight so that 3-5 reps is maintainable throughout the EMOM while still challenging.

C. Met-Con
2017 Masters Qualifier Event 1
For Time:
100 Alternating Dumbbell Snatches (50#/35#)
80 Calorie Row
60 Burpees
40 Ring Muscle-Ups

Check out all the division Rx’s here.

CrossFit Lite

A. Met-Con
20 KB Swings (1.5 pd/1 pd)
20 Box Jumps (24″/20″)
200m Run

CrossFit 101

Power Snatch 6 x 4

3 Rounds:
10 Power Snatches
10 Toes to Bar
300m Run