When CFC took on The Open Workout 18.2

As The Open rolls on, week two of five arrives, and the hundreds of thousands of people who have signed up eagerly awaited the announcement of the second workout. It’s a two-parter. And it’s sweaty. And it’s heavy.

Last week, we described what The Open actually is, and how the members of our gym came together to tackle that first workout, 18.1, splitting between Rx and Scaled workouts. After such a fantastic start, it’s little wonder that we’ve all been so excited for 18.2.

What’s 18.2, then?

“18.2 is going to burn.” —Dave Castro, Director of the CrossFit Games.

18.2 is a two part workout with a 12 minute time cap.

Part One (18.2)

  • 1 Dumbbell Squat, 1 Bar Facing Burpee
  • 2 Dumbbell Squats, 2 Bar Facing Burpees
  • 3 Dumbbell Squats, 3 Bar Facing Burpees
  • 4 Dumbbell Squats, 4 Bar Facing Burpees
  • Ladder up to 10 reps of each

One dumbbell in each hand, 22.5 kg for men, 15 kg for women

Part Two (18.2a)

  • Use remaining time to establish a 1 rep max Clean

Dumbbell Squat

Starting with dumbbells at the shoulder in full extension, athletes must move into the bottom of their squat, ensuring the hip crease passes below the knee line. The rep is complete when standing at full extension.

Scaled athletes all performed this movement, but men used 15kg dumbbells and women used 10kg dumbbells

Bar Facing Burpees

Facing the bar, athletes jump both feet back so they are lying down, chest and thighs touching the ground. They then jump up  over the barbell from both feet, landing on both feet. The rep is completed when the athlete lands. The next rep must re-face the barbell.

Scaled athletes are permitted to single-legged jumping or stepping over the bar.


The athlete must take the bar from the ground (hang cleans are not permitted). Power cleans, squat cleans and split cleans are permitted. The rep is complete when trhe athelte stands, knees full extended with the barbell resting on the shoulders in front-rack, elbows in front of the bar.

18.2 at CrossFit Colchester

It was PB-city at CrossFit Colchester, with many people managing to make lifts they’d never made before… despite aaallllll those squats and burpees. For some of our athletes, it was a victory to get to the end of Part One in the time cap, for others it was a battle to attempt several cleans at the end. another fantastic Open weekend at the box – bring on 18.3!



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