The second workout of the Crossfit open is officially over, and it was brutal...if you could see my palms right now, you would get an idea of the extent. Although the entire workout was tough, the real star of the 17.2 show was the muscle up. Looking at the analytics and the drops in numbers, it becomes apparent that the bar muscle up was a make it or break it point for the majority of athletes.
If you're unfamiliar with the 17.2 workout we have listed it below:
12 Minute AMRAP
2 Rounds of
50ft Walking Lunges (50/35)
16 Toes To Bar (T2B)
8 Dumbbell Power Cleans (50/35)
Followed By 2 Rounds of
50ft Walking Lunges
16 Bar Muscle Ups (BMU)
8 Dumbbell Power Cleans
This workout was crafted so that if you had Toes to Bar, you could do it RX (as prescribed) and then spend the rest of the time working on getting your first muscle up. The open has a certain amount of magic to it where people find the energy and motivation to do things that they have never done before and this year was no exception. We will show this later in the analysis.
Our first analysis will be a comparison between completion numbers from 17.1 and 17.2. These can be seen in the table below.
If you look at the table, you can see a significant drop off in the number of workouts completed RX (as prescribed). The numbers above start to tell the story of the effect muscle ups had on the completion rate of 17.2.
Looking at this you can see a substantial number of people scaled this workout compared to 17.1. This makes sense, particularly given the difficulty of gymnastics involved. If you don't even have a chest to bar or are struggling with pull-ups, then it could make sense to scale it and get a better all around workout.
OVERALL DISTRIBUTION, PERCENTILES & THE REAL ASSASIN
If you're reading this article because you want to see where you stacked up against the competition, looking at the percentiles will give you a good idea.
The graph below represents the overall distribution of scores in this workout for the RX division. Because the distribution is so heavily concentrated around the 78 rep range, we will look at a smaller range of results to understand the data better.
The biggest spike above represents the point at which muscle ups enter the workout. Around twenty-five thousand men and women did not make it past the BMU's. The other rather large bump is where the second round of BMU's come into play. The significance of percentiles and getting at least two BMU's can be observed in the table below.
If you weren't convinced that the muscle ups were the real killer, the numbers above are very telling. When we first analyzed this data, we were wondering why so many seventy-eights showed up, but after further inspection, we realized that this was the exact number of reps it takes to get to your first muscle up. If you're a woman and can do two muscle ups, you jump from the twentieth percentile to the seventieth percentile. If you're a man who finished the first round of BMU's, you jump to around the fifty-sixtieth percentile.
The table below shows just how deadly those BMU's are. The one BMU stat is pretty cool though because it could represent the magic of competition. It is possible that over five thousand people completed their first muscle up this weekend.
|Gender||Bar Muscle Up||Number||%|
In the spirit of competition, we thought it would be fun to break some of the stats down on a region to region basis. Since the muscle ups were the defining factor in the competition, we decided to break out each region and put the percentage of male and female athletes who were able to complete one or more muscle ups on the map.
For those of you who might not be able to see the results above, we have some more data in the tables below.
It's interesting to look at the ninety-fifth percentile (95%) and see how that number stacks up on a per region basis. Many people like to argue that the regions are proportioned poorly, but we can see that in general region size was not a good predictive factor in who had the hardest region (as based on the 95%, not the top 20 performances). Top performing regions for the men were Northern (162) and Southern California (162), while top performers for the women were the Mid-Atlantic (128), with three other regions coming in second.