Schlagwort-Archive: CrossFit Games Open

Reebok CrossFit Games Open 2017 – let’s do it again!

The Reebok CrossFit Games season 2017 begins with the worldwide CROSSFIT GAMES OPEN – on February 23 2017!! Our ambition is to qualify again for the CrossFit Regionals Europe where we were part of since 2011-2014 and just missed it by 2 points in 2015 – challenge accepted!!

What are the CrossFit Games?

Anyone can sign up to compete in five workouts over five weeks and post their scores online. There are several categories including a scaled one.

Last year, the Open reached more than 320’000 athletes from around the world. The next stage of the CrossFit Games season are the CrossFit Regionals. Competitors need to finish near the top of their region’s Leaderboard. The top five men, five women and five teams at the end of each three-day regional competition will receive invitations to the CrossFit Games in the US, where the fittest person on Earth will be crowned.

Whether you are a beginner, an advanced athlete, junior or master – the CrossFit Games Open are accessible for anyone. There is already a whole slew of athletes from CrossFit Basel who are currently prepping for the competition. Join them and let’s compete side by side!!

We’ve had people get their first pull-ups, first toes to bar, first muscle up, set a PR on a clean and jerk, and on and on and on, all during the Open, because of the atmosphere and the community. It’s hard to put into words. Kind of like when your friends say “So tell me what this CrossFit stuff is all about.”

On February 23, 2017 at 5pm PST (Fridaynight 1am for us) the first Open Workout will be released. Athletes have four days – until Mondaynight 1am – to absolve the workout. Judges will score the performance and you will have to submit your results to the Games site online. A new workout will be released every Thursdaynight within these five weeks (end of Open Games: March 27th, 2017). A scaled option of the Open workout will be released each week of the Open too. With reduced loading or less challenging movements, the scaled option will be designed to make the Open even more accessible.

Basil doing 16.2

Basil doing 16.2

Let’s DO THIS!!

Because it was so much fun last year, we will again organise a so called „Intramural Open“-Event:

All of CrossFit Basel’s registered athletes will be divided in four teams. Every Team has a Captain. Our best athletes will be spread amongst those 4 teams in a draft (tbd).

CrossFit Basel Downtown will also have a team.

This years Captains are: Tiziano Nardella, Döne Bonina, Nicole Reichmuth and Daniel Hoffmann. CFBS DT will be lead by Lorenz Kuske.

Starting tonight, it is up to YOU: Go, sign up!!

Each team will come up with their own team name, colors, all that fun stuff! Want to make shirts – go for it! Noisemakers – go for it! The goal is to have as much fun as humanly possible while challenging yourself to be better than yesterday.

Talk to one of the Captains if you want to compete in their team, we will hang out registration sheets at the box starting next Tuesday!

Now, because we’re creating teams that will compete against one another, we’ve got to have a scoring system, right? To promote fun and encourage everyone to participate, here are how you can help your team score points:

1 point for showing up and posting a score online (no matter what category you compete).
5 points if all teammates earn an official score on the workout.
1-3 points per athlete that finishes in the top three in the box (male/female, 1st 3 points, 2nd 2 points, 3rd 1 point).
5 points for the team with the best spirit.
8 points (team) – Team Bonding: If your team gets together socially outside of the gym (ALL of you – pic posted on our FB page as proof)…you get points. This is a one time bonus, you can do it as many times as you like but it will only earn you points once. It can be done at any point during the 5 weeks.

After the final Open workout on Saturday March 25th, we’re going to host a big BBQ at the box and present awards. Details will be announced soon.

CrossFit Basel offers Workout Times at the box. These are as follows:

  • Friday, 8pm – 11pm
  • Saturday, 2:30pm – 6:30pm
  • Sunday, 4:30pm – 6pm
  • Monday, 2:30pm – 4:30pm (exclusively reserved for Competition-Athletes) / 8:30pm – 10pm

EACH FRIDAY AND SATURDAY THE NEW LOUNGE WILL BE OPEN!

We strongly recommend doing the workout Friday or Saturday.

Please be aware of workout time changes. Stay tuned on our Facebook page or ask the coaches!

We genuinely want to encourage all of you to register for this competition. Not only will it be challenging and a ton of fun to compete within the community, but it is the perfect chance to gather competition experience and to figure out your current position with your performance and strength in CrossFit.

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In order to keep up with the international standards, all workouts must be scored by certified judges. Anyone who is interested is allowed or better asked to take this course and become a judge! You can simply take the course of six modules here. This course includes general information on competition rules, regulations and common movements.

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And now let’s train, prepare, get strong and look forward to a strong CrossFit Games Open 2016!!

Recaps of last years Opens at CrossFit Basel:

Reebok CrossFit Games Open WOD 16.5

Reebok CrossFit Games Open WOD 16.4

Reebok CrossFit Games Open WOD 16.3

Reebok CrossFit Games Open WOD 16.2

Reebok CrossFit Games Open WOD 16.1

CrossFit Basel at the CrossFit Games Regionals Europe since 2011!

Let’s take a quick review on CrossFit Basel’s performances at the CrossFit Games Open/Regionals:

The first time we sent athletes to the CrossFit Games Regionals Europe was back in 2011. Former Coach Claudia competed in the category Women Individuals and placed 18th. Read the article from back in the days here!

We did not miss out on the Regionals in 2012 and competed as a team and individual. The team placed 18th and Ramon Gysin who competed as Individual won Event 5, the ‚Snatch Ladder‘. He made it to the final and finished strong with a 15th place out of 60 athletes!

Also, see the teams in action!



Find the whole report about 2012:

REEBOK CROSSFIT GAMES REGIONALS EUROPE: Team CrossFit Basel in Kopenhagen

2013: Tom Schwander (ranked 47) and Nadine Steinger (ranked 33) entered the Regionals as Individuals, plus we sent two teams!

This time the teams finished with a strong 19th and 23rd place.

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2014: A team of our best athletes travelled to Copenhagen to take the challenge of the CrossFit Games Regionals Europe. This time they came in 15th!!

We are certainly proud of our qualifications 4 times in a row and will give our best to be part of the Regional Games in Madrid this year as well. Also important to point out is that the teams of athletes varied from year to year. Overall, we sent TWENTY different athletes to the Reebok CrossFit Games Regionals Europe during these four years. This shows that we follow a concept and strategy that works. Considering that the qualifications get tougher each year, we can be proud to be well in the loop with the fittest people on Earth.

Reebok CrossFit Games Open WOD 16.5

photo credit Gabriel Gee-Jay Jenny

photo credit Gabriel Gee-Jay Jenny

Workout 16.5

21-18-15-12-9-6-3 reps for time of:
Thrusters
Burpees

Men use 95 lb.
Women use 65 lb.

All details here.

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video credit Gabriel Gee-Jay Jenny

Headcoach Ramon Gysin sums up the numbers, what, why and how of Open WOD 16.5:

Yes, that’s how bad it was. I can still hardly type, as my triceps are screaming.

When I woke up Friday early in the morning to check out what came out of Dave’s mind for 16.5, I was a little bit disappointed: Repeat 14.5. Burpees AGAIN.

But it’s still one of my favourite Open WODs because there is no timecap and its a grueling one. Mentally very tough, Thrusters and Burpees, most people hate them.

And back in 2014 when this WOD first came up, there was not even a scaled option, so some people really fought forever to get the WOD done. This is also the beauty of CrossFit, it is for sure not easy and it teaches you a lesson every now and then.

Kudos also to the many people at our box and around the globe for going rx’d in this WOD. Special mention to Gee-Jay (34:10), Tamara Lutz (28:59) and Dora Seebacher for not going scaled. Dora was our oldest competitor (sorry, usually I try to avoid talking about a lady’s age) this year (rx’d Masters 55-59 18:36).

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photo credit Gabriel Gee-Jay Jenny

The internet is now full of people complaining, the Opens have been too light and to easy, despite having a scaled version now. I say it again, in my opionion, the scaled version is to down scale, so more people can do the opens (rasining registration numbers confirm this believe). It’s not meant to have scaled as the old rx’d and therefor make the rx’d heavier than what it was in the past.

photo credit Gabriel Gee-Jay Jenny

photo credit Gabriel Gee-Jay Jenny

There were new movements introduced with the lunge and the bar muscle-up. Other than that no suprises about the exercises. Also no surprises about the length of the Open WODs. All pretty normal.

The Opens have always been a lot of reps and therefor a lot of Cardio. Many potentially good Regionals Athletes will not make it past the Open, because the light WODs with a lot of reps are a weakness.

After the Open you should also take a moment and sit down, think about where YOUR weaknesses are. The Opens are fantastic for me as a coach. There is thousands of data points and as you rank against other people, you can see very clear, where you are strong, or weak, compared to your peers.

photo credit Gabriel Gee-Jay Jenny

photo credit Gabriel Gee-Jay Jenny

It has been a fantastic five weeks with downs and ups. We missed our goal to qualify for regionals as a team, but we will continue to work hard and try it again. There have been some new(er) athletes in our team with strong performances and we will help them grow further.

In the meanwhile you will see our competitors potentially at some minor european competitions during the year (Regionals is still THE major competition).

BUT, we definitely reached our main goal, strenghtening the community within CrossFit Basel and CrossFit Basel Downtown. It has been amazing to see how you guys connected, cheered and helped each other. With at outstanding number of 104 registered athletes almost every 5th member competed in the Opens.

As I Coach I am very proud of everybody’s achievements! You pushed yourself very hard and many of you learned new skills, performed stronger than expected. This is the magic of a competitive community. We fight together, struggle together and then share the rewards together.

I am already looking forward to next years as I have some improvements in my mind. If you want to give me feedback, do not hesitate to reach out to me via email: rg@crossfitbasel.ch

photo credit Gabriel Gee-Jay Jenny

photo credit Gabriel Gee-Jay Jenny

photo credit Gabriel Gee-Jay Jenny

photo credit Gabriel Gee-Jay Jenny

Congratulations to Captain Döne and Team The Bomb Squad, you guys won our first internal CrossFit Basel Open!

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It’s been quite an effort to manage this many athletes going through a competition over five weeks, it would not have been possible with great people helping out:

Thank you Alessia for takeing care about the organisation and communication of the heats every week.

photo credit Gabriel Gee-Jay Jenny

photo credit Gabriel Gee-Jay Jenny

Thank you Oli Franklin for being our Headjudge in most of the Heats.

photo credit Gabriel Gee-Jay Jenny

photo credit Gabriel Gee-Jay Jenny

Thank you Team Captains for leading your teams.

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Thank you Gabriel Gee-Jay Jenny for your media support throughout the Opens.

photo credit Gabriel Gee-Jay Jenny

photo credit Gabriel Gee-Jay Jenny

And thank you everybody for competing along my side in the Open 2016, it has been a pleasure!

photo credit Gabriel Gee-Jay Jenny

photo credit Gabriel Gee-Jay Jenny


Noooot.

Now some numbers and final performance analysis:

This is copied straight from the CrossFit Games Open Rule book:

„The team Leaderboard is unofficial and subject to change until all Individual athletes have completed the video review process and either accepted or rejected their invitation to compete at regionals.“

The final team leaderboard will be available mid April. In the past, our team jumped up about ten places in the ranking after the individual competitors were sorted out from their teams.

The following leaderboard is just provisionally.

Rankings so far in Region Europe:

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Consistent performance, despite falling back to rank 58.

Check out this page for an official analysis from the games site.

Alessia is the third best female CrossFitter in Switzerland, great Job congrats!

With Jessi, Katrin, Pascale and Aline we have four more girls in the swiss top 20!

Me and Tom rank in the top 30 (Joel also, if he had put in a score for 16.4 😉 ). Jona in the top 50.

CF Turicum will most likely be the only german speaking Box with a team at Regionals (they have two individuals who will potentially go individual, their scores will not count anymore towards the team).

Myleo from Berlin and also CF Munich performed strong but are too far out of the top 20.

Our team has undergone a change again since last year. Our best male competitor declined injured and on the girls side there were also different athletes scoring. This means two things. First it is another proof we are doing a great job to bring up new athletes. Second, life happens and its hard to perform well and build up over years.

Either we grow with the nordic competition or we hope for a split of Europe into two Regions. Kidding, of course Europe should be splitted, because it was by far the strongest region. But on the other hand, the south just has to work harder, including us. Enough said.

FINAL standings of CrossFit Basel and CrossFit Basel Downtowns internal Open competition:

WOD-Nit (Nicole) 104
Bully Buddies (Andi) 102
DT Outlaws (Lorenz) 137
Team Hoff 103
Bomb Squad (Döne) 144

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The spirit points go to Downtown Outlaws, they did a great job spamming the CrossFit Basel Facebook group with sloth dominance on Friday night heating up for Saturday’s final WOD. Nicole and the WOD-nit Team went out for playing Lazer Tag, they get the team bonding points.

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KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK!

Team WOD-nit also came up with some borderline banter when they played with the other teams mascots.

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They later apologized and if they are not doing it again, all teams will love each other until the end of all days.

Men Overall in Region Europe:

1. Tom Schwander (772)

2. Ramon Gysin (845)

3. Jona Harder (1693)

4. Nikola Jevtic (2236)

5. Fabian Keller (3057)

Women Overall in Region Europe:

1. Alessia Wälchli (64)

2. Jessica Preiss (341)

3. Katrin Lüthy (397)

4. Pascale Herrmann (410)

5. Aline Seebacher (429)

Nicole Reichmuth Masters 45-49 (22)

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Congratulations Nicole for your performance. Second best in Switzerland and among the best in Europe in your Masters category. I have the utmost respect how hard you worked your way back from injuries, keep up the good work!

Men WOD 16.5

1. Joel Wächter (10:56)

2. Ramon Gysin (11:50)

3. Tom Schwander (13:03)

4. Jona Harder (13:04)

5. Nikola Jevtic (13:59)

Women WOD 16.5

1. Alessia Wälchli (10:53)

2. Aline Seebacher (11:37)

3. Jessica Preiss (12:06)

4. Alice Minghetti (12:37)

5. Pascale Herrmann (12:38)

photo credit Gabriel Gee-Jay Jenny

photo credit Gabriel Gee-Jay Jenny


CrossFit Basel Downtown Custom Leaderboard MEN:

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CrossFit Basel Downtown Custom Leaderboard WOMEN:

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CrossFit Basel Custom Leaderboard MEN:

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CrossFit Basel Custom Leaderboard WOMEN:

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Pictures and videos from 16.1, 16.2, 16.4 and 16.5, thanks Gabriel Gee-Jay Jenny:

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Reebok CrossFit Games Open WOD 16.4

photo credit Gabriel Gee-Jay Jenny

photo credit Gabriel Gee-Jay Jenny

Workout 16.4

Complete as many rounds and reps as possible in 13 minutes of:
55 deadlifts
55 wall-ball shots
55-calorie row
55 handstand push-ups

Men deadlift 225 lb. and throw 20-lb. ball to 10-ft. target
Women deadlift 155 lb. and throw 14-lb. ball to 9-ft. target

All details here.

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video credit Gabriel Gee-Jay Jenny

Headcoach Ramon Gysin sums up the numbers, what, why and how of Open WOD 16.3:

What a nice Chipper. The Deadlift will fatique your rowing. The Wall Balls will fatique your Handstand Push-ups. Where this is a great opportunity for people going rx’d even when they are struggling with certain skills or gymnastics, for the higher level athletes this one really came down on how well you perform at Handstand Push-ups. I said it last year and I will repeat it again. Some people are born to do Handstand Push-ups and others aren’t. Leverage makes a huge difference (and so did various interpretations on standards, but let’s not elaborate on that…).

Our team peformed very consistent with an outstanding performance of Alessia Wälchli, she is the female top scorer in Switzerland. Congratulations!

We have still 5 Girls in the top 20 of Switzerland.

photo credit Gabriel Gee-Jay Jenny

photo credit Gabriel Gee-Jay Jenny

Rankings so far in Region Europe:

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Consistent performance, we are still sitting in 56 place.

Official analysis from the games site.

Current standings of CrossFit Basel and CrossFit Basel Downtowns internal Open competition:

WOD-Nit (Nicole) 83
Bully Buddies (Andi) 92
DT Outlaws (Lorenz) 113
Team Hoff 82
Bomb Squad (Döne) 122

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The spirit points go to Döne and Team Bomb Squad, they met sunday morning for a team brunch and to Andi and Team Bully Buddies for going to another dinner on Saturday night. Lorenz and Team Downtown Outlaws went out for some drinks last Thursday, they get their Team bonding points.

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Awesome work guys! I got already so much positive feedback about the internal Open and it’s also a lot of fun for us to see you performing so well in the workouts.

KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK!

Men Overall in Region Europe:

1. Tom Schwander (618)

2. Ramon Gysin (915)

3. Jona Harder (1809)

4. Sascha Albini (2095/63 Masters 40-48)

5. Nikola Jevtic (2348)

Women Overall in Region Europe:

1. Alessia Wälchli (63)

2. Jessica Preiss (367)

3. Katrin Lüthy (400)

4. Pascale Herrmann (424)

5. Aline Seebacher (502)

Nicole Reichmuth Masters 45-49 (22)

Men WOD 16.4

1. Tom Schwander (215)

2. Jona Harder (201)

3. Ramon Gysin (197)

4. Nikola Jevtic (191)

5. Sascha Albini (184)

Women WOD 16.4

1. Alessia Wälchli (246)

2. Katrin Lüthy (198)

3. Aline Seebacher (197)

4. Jessica Preiss (195)

5. Nora Jäggi (186)

photo credit Gabriel Gee-Jay Jenny

photo credit Gabriel Gee-Jay Jenny


CrossFit Basel Downtown Custom Leaderboard MEN:

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CrossFit Basel Downtown Custom Leaderboard WOMEN:

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CrossFit Basel Custom Leaderboard MEN:

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CrossFit Basel Custom Leaderboard WOMEN:

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Pictures and videos from 16.1, 16.2 and 16.4, thanks Gabriel Gee-Jay Jenny:

photo credit Gabriel Gee-Jay Jenny

photo credit Gabriel Gee-Jay Jenny

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Reebok CrossFit Games Open WOD 16.3

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Workout 16.3

Complete as many rounds and reps as possible in 7 minutes of:
10 power snatches
3 bar muscle-ups

Men use 75 lb.
Women use 55 lb.

All details here.

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Headcoach Ramon Gysin sums up the numbers, what, why and how of Open WOD 16.3:

Again a new movement. Dave Castro was making this one really exciting. At the announcement show he demonstrated the movements himself. Only a small group inside the HQ knows the WOD beforehand. At the time of the announcement he was hosting a party at our friends Box in Milano, Reebok CrossFit Officine. After demonstrating the snatches he then walked over to the rig and pointed to the rings, but then performed Bar Muscle-Ups instead. A nice twist.

Many people struggled with the grip and their ability to perform a Bar Muscle-Up when already tired and gassed and the Leaderboard was shuffled around quite a bit.

What I really liked, that many people, not only at our box, but world wide, got their first bar muscle up. We also had some athletes getting their first bar muscle up and then many more. That’s what we preach beforehand, the Opens really push and motivate people and many perform beyond their imagination. Great stuff.

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Rankings so far in Region Europe:

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Snatch yes, but not heavy enough. The team climbed up 2 spots, at least…

Official analysis from the games site.

Current standings of CrossFit Basel and CrossFit Basel Downtowns internal Open competition:

WOD-Nit (Nicole) 67
Bully Buddies (Andi) 68
DT Outlaws (Lorenz) 85
Team Hoff 65
Bomb Squad (Döne) 90

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The spirit points go evenly to all teams.

Team bonding points will be awarded to Captain Döne and the Bomb Squad:

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KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK!

Men Overall in Region Europe:

1. Tom Schwander (742)

2. Ramon Gysin (835)

3. Joel Wächter (895)

4. Fabian Keller (2133)

5. Jona Harder (2195)

Sascha Albini Masters 40-44 (48)

Women Overall in Region Europe:

1. Alessia Wälchli (86)

2. Pascale Herrmann (361)

3. Jessica Preiss (385)

4. Katrin Lüthy (444)

5. Aline Seebacher (581)

Nicole Reichmuth Masters 45-49 (23)

Men WOD 16.3

1. Ramon Gysin (104)

2. Tom Schwander (103)

3. Sascha Albini (99)

4. Jona Harder (97)

5. Fabian Keller (95)

Women WOD 16.3

1. Alessia Wälchli (98)

2. Jessica Preiss (88)

3. Pascale Herrmann (79)

4. Nora Jäggi (76)

5. Katrin Lüthy (76)

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CrossFit Basel Downtown Custom Leaderboard MEN:

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CrossFit Basel Downtown Custom Leaderboard WOMEN:

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CrossFit Basel Custom Leaderboard MEN:

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CrossFit Basel Custom Leaderboard WOMEN:

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Pictures and videos from 16.1 and 16.2, thanks Gabriel Gee-Jay Jenny:

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Reebok CrossFit Games Open WOD 16.2

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Video Credit: Gabriel Gee-Jay Jenny

Workout 16.2

Beginning on a 4-minute clock, complete as many reps as possible of:
25 toes-to-bars
50 double-unders
15 squat cleans, 135 / 85 lb.

If completed before 4 minutes, add 4 minutes to the clock and proceed to:
25 toes-to-bars
50 double-unders
13 squat cleans, 185 / 115 lb.

If completed before 8 minutes, add 4 minutes to the clock and proceed to:
25 toes-to-bars
50 double-unders
11 squat cleans, 225 / 145 lb.

If completed before 12 minutes, add 4 minutes to the clock and proceed to:
25 toes-to-bars
50 double-unders
9 squat cleans, 275 / 175 lb.

If completed before 16 minutes, add 4 minutes to the clock and proceed to:
25 toes-to-bars
50 double-unders
7 squat cleans, 315 / 205 lb.

Stop at 20 minutes.

All details here.

Headcoach Ramon Gysin sums up the numbers, what, why and how of Open WOD 16.2:

Yes, Toes to bars (many), Double Unders and Squat Cleans. Aaaaand a flow, that looks familiar:

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This workout was about pacing your ability in either one of the movements, mainly Toes to bars and Squat Cleans. Find the optimal pace for the Toes to Bar or the Squat Cleans. Get through the Double Unders quick. Try to survive one challenging round and give it your all in the last four minutes. Ending far in the Squat cleans in your final round, that hurt. But so it is.

From my own perspective it was a very painful workout, heck, I did it twice. Stupid me.

Some seemed to agree:

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photo credit Gabriel Gee-Jay Jenny

Some visualised their Toes to bar in joy:

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photo credit Gabriel Gee-Jay Jenny

Painfaces everywhere, it was no joke this workout:

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Rankings so far in Region Europe:

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Yes, our Team is back on page 1 of the Leaderboard. Let’s climb further up that ranking, come on Dave, bring that heavy Snatch in Workout 16.3b!

Official analysis from the games site.

Current standings of CrossFit Basel and CrossFit Basel Downtowns internal Open competition:

WOD-Nit (Nicole) 47
Bully Buddies (Andi) 47
DT Outlaws (Lorenz) 58
Team Hoff 49
Bomb Squad (Döne) 59

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The spirit points go to Captain Lorenz and Team Downtown Outlaws, awesome shirts:

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Team bonding points will be awarded to Captain Andi and his Team BullyBuddies:

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KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK!

Men Overall in Region Europe:

1. Joel Wächter (672)

2. Tom Schwander (863)

3. Ramon Gysin (1093)

4. Nikola Jevtic (2365)

5. Basil Bard (2480)

Special Shout out to Dark Horse Basil, his performance in the first two WODs was really strong!

photo credit Gabriel Gee-Jay Jenny

photo credit Gabriel Gee-Jay Jenny

Sascha Albini Masters 40-44 (73)

Women Overall in Region Europe:

1. Alessia Wälchli (85)

2. Pascale Herrmann (476)

3. Katrin Lüthy (551)

4. Jessica Preiss (553)

5. Aline Seebacher (588)

Nicole Reichmuth Masters 45-49 (35)

Men WOD 16.2

1. Joel Wächter (339)

2. Ramon Gysin (262)

3. Tom Schwander (259)

4. Jona Harder (177)

5. Manuel von Allmen (176)

Women WOD 16.2

1. Alessia Wälchli (341)

2. Katrin Lüthy (257)

3. Aline Seebacher (255)

4. Pascale Herrmann (253)

5. Jessica Preiss (253)

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photo credit Gabriel Gee-Jay Jenny


CrossFit Basel Downtown Custom Leaderboard MEN:

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CrossFit Basel Downtown Custom Leaderboard WOMEN:

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CrossFit Basel Custom Leaderboard MEN:

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CrossFit Basel Custom Leaderboard WOMEN:

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Thanks Gabriel Gee-Jay Jenny for the pictures and videos! Find more here:

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photo credit Gabriel Gee-Jay Jenny

Reebok CrossFit Games Open WOD 16.1

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photocredit: Gee-Jay

Headcoach Ramon Gysin sums up the numbers, what, why and how of Open WOD 16.1:

One year ago I wrote:

„First week down. The box is literally vibrating. Five weeks in which everyone is nervous and the air is full of tension.

I love the opens and I hate it as well. I love it, because people seem to be more alive. They want to achieve something – they have goals they want to reach, they compete against each other. I love to see their smiles if they did much better than expected.

I also love to see their fear cause I know this experience will teach them a lesson in life as well.

I hate it (sarcasm right there ;)) because it is extremely time consuming and it’s hardly possible to get any other work done during these five weeks. Our team invests plenty of extra time and effort to make this happen for you!“

Well, this did not really change! It’s one of my favourite times of the year, people are alive, they share there success, they suffer together, workout together, have fun together!

104 athletes registered for our two boxes!

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photocredit Oli Franklin

Thursdaynight, February 25th 2016, the first WOD of the CrossFit Games Open was released. We were all eagerly waiting to see what they came up with this time. Here’s what we got:

Workout 16.1

Complete as many rounds and reps as possible in 20 minutes of:
25-ft. overhead walking lunge
8 burpees
25-ft. overhead walking lunge
8 chest-to-bar pull-ups

Men lunge 95 lb.
Women lunge 65 lb.

All details here.

This workout revealed, wether you have done your cardio homework or not. I quote Jami from „The Training Plan“: „Suckfest“.

With the lunges also a new movement has been introduced.

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photocredit Oli Franklin

Rankings so far in Region Europe:

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Ouch, page 2 on the leaderboard. We do not like this. But this is the reality. Team CrossFit Basel currently ranked 69. Part of this reality:

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27’000 entries in Europe. Almost 300’000 athletes put in a score for 16.1. CrossFit as a sport is getting bigger and bigger and also much more competitive. Whereas last year 390 teams battled for the 20 spots allowing them to compete at the Meridian Regionals, this year a whopping number of close to 480 teams registered (2014: 360). This shows the immense and accelerated growth in competitive CrossFit.

In some regions our score would be good enough for Top 20. In other regions Top 50. In EVERY other region we would rank higher than our current standing. This puts our efforts in perspective (but doesn’t help at all).

Other Teams struggle as well. CF Turicum, participating at the Games last year are currently sitting on rank 20 in a workout which is normally in their realm (high rep, bodyweight/low weight, cardio). Other new teams perform strong. Teams form, teams are built. Teams are built with ambition.

Official analysis from the games site.

Current standings of CrossFit Basel and CrossFit Basel Downtowns internal Open competition:

WOD-Nit (Nicole) 26
Bully Buddies (Andi) 19
DT Outlaws (Lorenz) 29
Team Hoff 27
Bomb Squad (Döne) 34

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The spirit points go to Döne and Nicole, they supported and briefed their team all weekend long! Fantastic work guys!

Men Overall:

1. Tom Schwander (1151)

2. Joel Wächter (1186)

3. Basil Bard (1219)

4. Nikola Jevtic (1463)

5. Ramon Gysin (1976)

Sascha Albini Masters 40-44 (40)

Women Overall:

1. Alessia Wälchli (104)

2. Pascale Herrmann (298)

3. Jessica Preiss (443)

4. Aline Seebacher (685)

5. Nora Jäggi (795)

Nicole Reichmuth Masters 45-49 (12)

Men WOD 16.1

1. Tom Schwander (236 reps)

2. Joel Wächter (235)

3. Basil Bard (234)

4. Nikola Jevtic (230)

5. Sascha Albini (220)

Guest Coach Oli Franklin beat all of our athletes with an outstanding score of 247 reps. As he is registered at his home box CrossFit Lapa in Rio de Janeiro (where he co owns the Hostel Mambembe) his score will not count towards our team.

Women WOD 16.1

1. Alessia Wälchli (252)

2. Pascale Herrmann (225)

3. Jessica Preiss (215)

4. Aline Seebacher (200)

5. Nora Jäggi (195)

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photocredit: Oli Franklin



CrossFit Basel Downtown Custom Leaderboard MEN:

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CrossFit Basel Downtown Custom Leaderboard WOMEN:

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CrossFit Basel Custom Leaderboard MEN:

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CrossFit Basel Custom Leaderboard WOMEN:

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Reebok CrossFit Games Open WOD 15.5 and Recap

And it’s over!!

Despite the Opens being over for a couple of weeks already, our team had to wait until past Wednesday to know wether they were qualified for the CrossFit Games Meridian Regionals or not: The team leaderboard had to be re-sorted as the the individuals dropped out of their teams (this sounds more complicated than it is: 30 men and 30 women will go to the Regionals, their scores do not count anymore to the teams score and therefore the team leaderboard looks much different now than right after the Opens).

Long story short: This year only 20 teams from Europe qualify for the newly created Meridian Regionals (new super region, including Africa, read more here). We jumped from Rank 31 to 23 and therefore missed the qualification by 3 spots only.

Here is the re-sorted team leaderboard:

Final Team Leaderboard 2015 CrossFit Games Open

Final Team Leaderboard 2015 CrossFit Games Open

CrossFit Basel’s Headcoach Ramon Gysin recaps the CrossFit Games Opens:

„The 2015 CrossFit Season looks like it is a transition season for us:

Half of our last years very successful Regionals Team dropped out either because of injury or private decisions. But as we are known for a very broad competition class (bringing 20+ different athletes to the European Regionals since 2011) producing high level athletes from the scratch, this was just a normal challenge for us. New athletes stepped into the game and for example on the girls side two new athletes would have gone to Regionals in case we made it.

As CrossFit evolves as a sport, it gets harder to qualify for the most competitive events. Despite being better ranked than last year (31 before the adjustement of the team leaderboard compared to 34 in 2014), we did not qualify due to the change of the qualification mode: Only 20 Teams from Europe qualify, as opposed to 30 the last couple of years.

So we clearly missed our goal to qualify a team for the Regionals. But there is no reason to be mad about this. It is what it is and it gives us an important information: We have to do more, invest more, work harder. Nothing else. Very simple and also easily to manage. What has to be done is very clear.

We will find the most motivated athletes and will start focusing on next year already from next week on. There will be goal setting workshops to identify individual weaknesses, discussion about lifestyle and schedules.

As our foundation is very broad, we now need to work more on the top end. It’s simply not enough anymore to be a bunch of cool guys and girls who love to throw down with each other. As individual competition was already super tough the last couple of years, it seems to be the same with the team competitions now and for the future. We need 6-10 highly competitive athletes to qualify for Regionals 2016, we will find and build them. It is gonna be hard and dedicated work both from athletes and coaches. I am very much looking forward to it, bring the grind, don’t forget the fun of it!

Another change to previous years will be our presence in local european competitions. We are planning the season right now and will most likely show up in one or the other place.

Preparation for 2016 starts right now“

Last WOD, 15.5 ended on Monday night – what five weeks!! We were waiting for Thrusters and we got them:

WORKOUT 15.5

27-21-15-9 reps for time of:
Row (calories)
Thrusters

Men use 95 lb.
Women use 65 lb.

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Headcoach Ramon Gysin ended the spectacle with 15.5 on his own.

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Rankings in Europe:

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Men Overall: 

124. Benaja Wälchli

595. Tom Schwander

637. Fabian Tresch

1057. Joel Wächter

1154. Jona Harder

Men WOD 15.5: 

229. Joel Wächter (7:19)

349. Benaja Wälchli (7:37)

545. Tom Schwander (7:59)

902. Ramon Gysin (8:34)

1195. Jona Harder (8:55)

Women Overall: 

67. Alessia Wälchli

141. Nadine Steinger

246. Katrin Luethy

295. Nora Jäggi

263. Romina Wicki

Women WOD 15.5: 

54. Alessia Wälchli (8:10)

115. Nadine Steinger (8:50)

144. Nora Jäggi (9:00)

200. Romina Wicki (9:23)

637. Katrin Luethy (10:47)

Here you can find the leaderboard of all Swiss athletes:

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Here you can find the leaderboard of all CrossFIt Basel athletes:

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Reebok CrossFit Games Open WOD 15.1

Thursdaynight, February 27th 2015, the first WOD of the CrossFit Games Open was released. We were all eagerly waiting to see what they came up with this time. Here’s what we got:

Workout 15.1

9 minutes AMRAP:

15 Toes to Bar

10 Deadlifts

5 Snatches

Workout 15.1A

6 minutes Time Cap:

1-Rep-Max Clean&Jerk

The first member on Friday 7am who tackled the challenge was our master member Esteban. In his usual ‚I-kick-my-ass-and-scream‘, he rocked that 15.1.

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Rankings so far in Region Europe:

Men Overall:

1. Benaja Wälchli (350)

2. Joel Wächter (2549)

3. Claudio Gallasch (2385)

4. Ramon Gysin (2725)

5. Tom Schwander (2981)

Women Overall:

1. Alessia Wälchli (328)

2. Nadine Steinger (337)

3. Katrin Luethy (685)

4. Bao Luu (930)

5. Lynn Radusch (729)

Men WOD 15.1

1. Benaja Wälchli (205)

2. Claudio Gallasch (185)

3. Lukas Büel (168)

4. Fabian Tresch (162)

5. Joel Wächter (158)

Men WOD 15.1A

1. Ramon Gysin (137.5)

2. Tom Schwander (135)

3. Benaja Wälchli (130)

4. Joel Wächter (120)

5. Jona Harder (120)

Women WOD 15.1

1. Alessia Wälchli (183)

2. Katrin Luethy (176)

3. Jessica Preiss (163)

4. Nadine Steinger (160)

5. Bao Luu (150)

Women WOD 15.1 A

1. Nora Jäggi (91)

2. Nadine Steinger (88.5)

3. Lynn Radusch (81)

4. Alessia Wälchli (78.5)

5. Romina Wicki (78.5)

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Headcoach Ramon Gysin’s recap of the first round of this year’s CrossFit Games Open:

‚First week down. The box is literally vibrating. Five weeks in which everyone is nervous and the air is full of tension.

I love the opens and I hate it as well. I love it, because people seem to be more alive. They want to achieve something – they have goals they want to reach, they compete against each other. I love to see their smiles if they did much better than expected.

I also love to see their fear cause I know this experience will teach them a lesson in life as well.

I hate it (sarcasm right there ;)) because it is extremely time consuming and it’s hardly possible to get any other work done during these five weeks. Our team invests plenty of extra time and effort to make this happen for you!

Enough philosophy, back to the numbers – basically the main task during these five weeks – leaderboarding. It’s all about the numbers in the end.

CrossFit is getting  more and more competitive and the qualifications toughen up every year. That is a good thing – we don’t want to get lazy or stand still, do we? This year, CrossFit Headquarters designed super regions. Only twenty teams from Europe will go to the Regional Games this year, together with ten teams from Africa!

The individual athletes will drop out of the teams AFTER the Opens. This way, it is very hard to predict which ranking has to be striven for to be qualified in the end. Last year, the leaderboard changed dramatically! Currently, we are sitting on place 26 in Europe out of over 400 registered teams. Together with the team from our friends of CrossFit Turicum we are the best teams in the german speaking area.

Part 15.1a (1-max-rep C&J) brought us rank eleven, which is actually the second best Open result ever. Technically, this means we have some of the best CrossFit weightlifters in Europe at our box. Obviously, the work in our very successful olympic weightlifting club, lead-managed by uncle Tom pays off!

Personally, I must say that I am very happy with my results – I was close to some of the youngsters and CrossFit specialists from my box.

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Let’s see what comes up next? Quoting my friend Jami: ‚It’s gonna be CrossFit.“

 Workout 15.2 is out!

For as long as possible:

0:00 – 03:00 – 2 rounds of:

10 Overhead Squats (95/65lbs)

10 chest-to-bar pull-ups

03:00 – 06:00 – 2 rounds of:

12 Overhead Squats (95/65lbs)

12 chest-to-bar pull-ups

06:00 – 09:00 – 2 rounds of:

14 Overhead Squats

14 chest-to-bar pull-ups

Go ALL OUT!! GOOD LUCK!!