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The Fifth and Final 2017 Open Workout

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The Fifth and Final 2017 Open Workout

Samantha Brown

video by Josh Baldovino

This week was the highly anticipated final week of the Crossfit Open.

Dave Castro introduced a classic Crossfit workout, ten rounds of nine thrusters and 35 double unders. On paper, it seemed deceptively simple, but by halfway through, even seasoned athletes felt the fatigue.

Whether Rx or Scaled, athletes at Arkaios Crossfit felt the quantity, as did we all.

First time Open competitor Tiffany Yoro said she knew she wanted to complete within the 40 minute time cap despite feeling the thrusters halfway through.

Despite my doing the scaled version at 45 pounds, the thrusters became difficult after the third round and I'm thinking because we're squatting and thrusting continually. - Yoro

Meg Davis said she knew she would not redo this workout.

"Thank God my judge didn't tell me what round I was on until the last 3. I'm pretty sure I would have quit at about round 5." -Davis

When both athletes were asked how they felt their Open experience was, they said they felt it was great because of the Ohana feel at the gym and the supportive atmosphere that surfaces during each workout, especially during Open season.

"All in all this was a fantastic Open (my 5th, I think), and most of it was due to my Arkaios Ohana. Friday Night Lights was definitely the highlight of the week. Unity through community!" - Davis
"Overall, the experience was amazing because it brought me closer to my Box family and to realize Rx or Scaled, we all will struggle at one point but to push through no matter what-to give 100%.," - Yoro

In the final fifth and final heat of the evening, the heavy hitters brought the heat. Ikaika Pascua,  Alakai CrossFit owner, James Swanson, Arkaios CrossFit owner, and Joshua Baldovino, Shakas and Snatches Co-owner, took the floor. Pascua lead the charge, along with one of his star athletes, Lauren Ho. Both Ho and Pascua finished in the 8:40’s, Ho narrowly beating out Ikaika by 1 second.

Crossfit has a way of bring this family atmosphere out with every workout. We all support each other and encourage each other; it doesn’t matter if you are a new person or a veteran athlete, we all suffer and finish together.

If you are not part of a Crossfit gym, go check one out. Sit in a class and watch how athletes encourage and support each other. It’s an addicting high that few other things in life can bring.

It’s time to celebrate! The Open is over. How did you do this season? Did you do as well as you had hoped? Did you PR during any of the workouts?

Shakas and Snatches also visited Maui for the Doc Yogi Meet at Aloha Kihei Crossfit. Co-owner Mario Quezada competed among some of the islands’ strongest weightlifters. Dustin Nocon also competed and said he made four out of six of his lifts.

Heaviest snatch I hit for a competition PR was 106kg/233LBS and also a Clean and jerk competition PR at 134kg/295lbs! -Nocon

Thanks to every gyms’ support and for allowing the Shakas and Snatches team to make their home away from home during this Open season!


The Open has wrapped up, but that doesn’t mean Shakas and Snatches team is taking a break!

This weekend we celebrate the Third Anniversary of Shakas and Snatches, Hawaii’s own local athletic brand. Join us at Alakai Crossfit for a day that is sure to be filled with some unforgettable partner workouts. If you haven’t seen the released workouts, WOD ONE and WOD FOUR have already been released.

Here's the quick description of WOD #4. For the full explanation and scoring standards please see our blog: www.shakasandsnatches.com/blog

About the author
Samantha Brown

Samantha has been Crossfitting for 5.5 years, and enjoying desserts for even longer. A mom of two who are stuck to her like glue, she loves to meet other parents who WOD as much as she does. When she is not writing for Shakas and Snatches, she looks for places to do a pistol and throw a shaka. Connect with her on IG  @pistolsandshakas