Open finishes with tough workout

It’s over. The last workout, however, demanded a little more sweat of the 100-plus athletes entered in the CrossFit Open competition.

Linking stationary rowing, pullups or muscle-ups, and wall-ball shots, the workout was something more akin to what might appear in the international CrossFit championships.

And some advanced athletes struggled with the “as prescribed” workout, which included 40 muscle-ups – hanging from Olympic-style gymnastics rings, and swinging into a position where the arms are straight above the rings.

Altogether, there are 240 repetitions required to complete the workout.

Four competitors – two men and two women – took the harder road in week five. Mike Morris came the closest to completing the workout in the 20-minute limit. Blasting through the rowing and wall-ball shots, he had a strategy for the muscle-ups.

At the end, he completed 229 reps – two more than Cameron Kessinger. The men acted more like teammates than opponents Friday. Both are entered in the formal competition, and their scores are posted on national and international leaderboards.

Read the full article in the Nov. 14 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at for as little as $38 per year.

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