This Year’s Repeat Open Workout: Only 4 Options Available
The title of this article refers to the fact that only four options are available for the open workout at CrossFit Games 2017. There will be two groups of competitors, which have different choices for their workouts. One group consists of athletes with a strong background in powerlifting and bodybuilding, while another includes professional fighters and other top level athletes.
The first group consists of Olympic weightlifters and bodybuilders, who have been competing in the sport since its inception. They use barbells and dumbbells to perform heavy compound lifts such as squats, deadlifts, bench presses, rows and chin ups.
These lifters train for strength and size. The second group comprises professional boxers (boxers) who compete under various rulesets around the world. Boxers use boxing gloves instead of weights to increase punching power. Professional boxers train for speed and agility.
In terms of cardio, there are no strict guidelines as to how much one must do or not do during an open workout. However, it is generally accepted that the amount of time spent exercising is limited to 30 minutes per day.
For example, if someone trains twice a day, they would need to exercise for approximately 60 minutes each day. This means that the athlete spends 90% of their waking hours resting! Another thing to keep in mind is that extra physical activity beyond the daily workouts should be discouraged. This is because the want to do too much exercise can lead to overtraining and other issues.
The first group starts their open workout by walking into a large warehouse where they see three barbells, three dumbbells, and three squat racks. The barbells have exactly the same weight, as do the dumbbells and the barbells are all the same size.
The dumbbells are all the same size and the barbells all weigh the same. The squat racks have three barbells in them, which are the same weight as those on the floor. The lifters have to choose a barbell and a set of dumbbells such that the total weight of the barbell and dumbbells equals 20 kg. The lifters must use this pair of barbells and dumbbells for the remainder of the workout. The squat racks with barbells are not considered part of a lifter’s “equipment”, meaning that different people may choose different weights than others to fill the remaining two slots in their training rack.
The first group consists of three men and one woman. The three men are professional bodybuilders and the woman is an Olympic weightlifter.
The three men choose the following weight combinations: (a) 15 kg barbell and 10 kg dumbbells, (b) 20 kg barbell and 15 kg dumbbells, and (c) 25 kg barbell and 20 kg dumbbells. The woman chooses the following weight combination: 30 kg barbell and 15 kg dumbbells. The second group consists of four boxers. Only one of the boxers is a woman. The four boxers choose the following weight combinations: (a) 15 kg barbell and 10 kg dumbbells, (b) 20 kg barbell and 15 kg dumbbells, (c) 25 kg barbell and 20 kg dumbbells, and (d) 30 kg barbell and 20 kg dumbbells. The woman chooses the following weight combination: 40 kg barbell and 20 kg dumbbells.
All of the weight combinations can be achieved using only three barbells, three pairs of dumbbells, and six squat racks.
The common weight combinations that the groups chose are: (a) 15 kg, (b) 20 kg, (c) 25 kg, (d) 30 kg, and 40 kg.
Which group’s choice of weight combinations did you find most surprising?
The most surprising is the woman’s choice of 30 kg and 15 kg barbells and dumbbells. This is because the men’s choices are more challenging than the woman’s.
In reality, the woman would probably not choose this weight combination. Although the woman is an Olympic-level weightlifter, her familiarity with weightlifting equipment does not necessarily mean that she would be familiar with barbells.
Due to the complexity of this question, you can assume that it is unlikely that anyone in the groups had any previous experience using barbells during their workouts.
The solution for the first group is obvious.
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