18.Zero - Did you miss this?

What the heck is 18.Zero? Did you miss this? While most of the United States was asleep early on Wednesday morning, Dave Castro was being Dave Castro over in London. Apparently he released 18.Zero, which we have "zero" idea of what it means.

 The workout was as follows:

21-15-9
Alternating Dumbbell Snatches
Burpees
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*New Movement Standards*
- DB can't switch hands until it crosses the athletes face
- Burpees have to be hop back and hop up (no step-back/step-ups)

 

Very interesting. So not only do we have a brand new workout, we have two brand new standards as well. Upon first glance, it doesn't seem to be too crazy of a workout. While it would definitely be a quick burner, it doesn't seem to be anywhere near the soul crushing workouts that the Open is known for.

Maybe a new PR / Marketing stunt to get people excited and registered for the open? We all remember Dave's campaign for the team series, right? At this point, nothing would surprise me.

I think what is more important is the standards he implemented. I've personally always viewed the step-back/step-up as a sort of scaled version of the burpee, since it's not capturing the original intent of the burpee. Maybe HQ decided that we've gotten too good at pacing burpees, and wants to get back to that original intent.

When it comes to the DB Snatch standard, the first thought that comes to mind is the grey area that comes with it. Is there a specific cutoff point? Forehead? Nose? Chin? I feel sorry for any judges if we see this standard in the open this year.

Or, again, this could all just be a rue created by Castro and the HQ marketing team to get some excitement drummed up before the season starts back up. Can you believe we are only 5 weeks away??

We'd love to hear your thoughts! Post your comments below!

January 18, 2018 by Jason Yule