Data Fit - Crossfit Open 17.3 Analysis

The results are in and week three of the Crossfit Open has come to an end. Although Dave lost me for a bit in the 17.3 intro, the workout ended up being pretty straightforward. We also finally got to break out the barbell and throw some weight around...which was a very welcome changeup after all of the dumbell work.

The movements of choice in this ladder were Snatches and Chest to Bars. Both of these are fairly simple, but they were definitely not set up to play nice.  

If the workout description seemed like advanced math, we've tried to simplify it for you below:

17.3 : Earn Your Strength
8 Minutes to finish the first 6 rounds. Every 3 rounds after that you gain an additional 4 minutes of time to work.
3 Rounds of
6 Chest to Bars
6 Full Snatches (95/65)
3 rounds of:
7 Chest to Bars
5 Full Snatches (135/95)
3 rounds of:
8 Chest to Bars
4 Full Snatches (185/135)
3 rounds of:
9 Chest to Bars
3 Full Snatches (225/155)
3 rounds of:
10 Chest to Bars
2 Full Snatches (245/175)
3 rounds of:
11 Chest to Bars
1 Full Snatches (265/185)

That is quite the list, but it can be distilled down to a very simple concept; every three rounds you take away 1 snatch, move the weight up, and add one chest to bar. The workout was a real measure of strength, but it also required an adequate amount of fitness to complete the chest to bars.

Worldwide Rankings

Below you can see total number of reps and the drop-off between each round.

Men's data is red, Womens in blue

Men's data is red, Womens in blue

We can correlate these breaking points of where you had to hit one snatch at a certain weight into percentile rankings. In each of the blocks, we indicate what percentage of people were able to get one rep at a specific weight, or failed to achieve that number.

Percentage Flow of Mens Results

Percentage Flow of Mens Results

Flow diagram of women's weight cutoffs

Flow diagram of women's weight cutoffs

For those of us on our fancy mobile devices who may not be able to read the diagram above, here are the same numbers in table format.

Weight (Reps) Men Womens
95/65 (43-) 25% 40%
135/95 (43+) 26% 41%
185/135 (80+) 78% 89%
225/155 (117+) 95% 97%
245/175 (154+) 99% 99%
265/185 (191+) 99% 99%
Finished ~207 ~62

It is evident here that if you were able to reach and get one rep at 185/135, that automatically categorizes you as a strong lifter in this workout, particularly for the women.

Regional Analysis

In our last analysis, Crossfit Open 17.2 Analysis, we looked at a region by region comparison of how people did on the bar muscle ups. Since 17.3 is focused on strength, we thought it would be fun to see which region is the strongest (Do you even lift, Socal?). Last time we looked at the top 5% to compare region strength, but in this article we will take an absolute number. The table below shows the number of people able to get 1 rep in the 4th round (225/155) as a cutoff for strength. This is denoted in the table as 154+ and how many lifters total got to that number.

Mens Regional Data
Region Size RX 43+ (%) 154+
Africa 4934 3615 66.33% 27
Asia 5016 3731 65.77% 20
Australia 9673 7773 70.49% 68
Canada East 5607 4337 76.48% 65
Canada West 2931 2255 74.28% 24
Central East 8876 6767 78.29% 95
Europe 30908 23328 66.32% 162
Latin America 15611 10993 72.77% 64
Mid Atlantic 9892 7543 78.84% 90
North Central 10990 8360 81.04% 121
North East 11784 8854 75.34% 103
Northern Cali 4487 3566 77.17% 60
North West 5009 3908 77.71% 49
South Central 10293 7956 80.62% 101
South East 10430 8219 80.92% 104
Southern Cali 5850 4734 79.11% 82
South West 6844 5568 76.94% 62
Women's Regional Data
Region Size RX 43+ (%) 154+
Africa 2868 1172 45.82% 6
Asia 2459 894 45.75% 0
Australia 8298 3934 52.49% 18
Canada East 5050 2229 62.00% 22
Canada West 2928 1322 62.41% 6
Central East 7489 3160 64.68% 35
Europe 17123 7429 50.84% 34
Latin America 8963 3161 53.84% 12
Mid Atlantic 8606 3881 63.72% 30
North Central 9282 3899 65.73% 30
North East 10549 4346 60.49% 36
Northern Cali 3900 1925 63.53% 19
North West 4915 2287 63.75% 18
South Central 9085 3839 62.99% 28
South East 8339 3720 65.54% 35
Southern Cali 4472 2272 64.52% 24
South West 6163 3029 61.04% 23

 

Takeaways

Overall, the community of Crossfit is impressively strong. For over 50% of the RX community being able to get to the (135/95 lbs) round shows an incredible amount of improvement in the fitness of the community. In the 2009 Crossfit Games, a 225lb snatch could place you second in the men's division (shout out to Jason Kalipha), but now 5% of athletes are hitting 225 lbs in a workout. This is an unbelievable gain in such a short period of time.

In the above regional analysis, we looked at the percentage of competitors who hit a snatch in the second round. We included that number because we felt it was evident of the coaching quality involved in each region. A good coach can get a lifter to 135/95 and it is evident that in the U.S. regions the percentage of people who were able to accomplish that is significantly higher than the other regions. This could also be due to the training age of the region, as the snatch is a movement that takes a significant amount of time to master.

I would like to say from personal experience that I saw so many people either blow away their PR's or get soooo close to hitting it. I expect to see a ton of new records after everyone has time to rest and recover.

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*Data accuracy +/- 0.5%