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
...........
*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

The Road to Regionals

And just like that, the 2017 CrossFit Open has come and gone. The 5 weeks were a whirlwind, but we wouldn't have it any other way - we fought, we struggled, we learned, and most important, we grew. Today, however, we take a minute to highlight those of us who thrived. 

Team Boxstar

Jessica Schwartz

Jessica battled some of the toughest ladies on the planet as she earned her return invite to regionals. This will be her third consecutive Central Regionals appearance, pretty damn impressive for someone who is only 19 years old! Jessica dominated the Open by taking top 20 in three of the five workouts - 15th in 17.1, 20th in 17.2, and 13th in 17.4. She rounded out the 5 workouts by taking 32nd in 17.3 and 21st in 17.5. These scores landed her 15th in the North Central Region and 130th in the world! 

 

Dylan Martin

Dylan earned his return invite to regionals, making this his second consecutive trip to the Central Regionals. Dylan finished extremely hot by taking 7th place in 17.4 and 2nd in 17.5. He had solid finishes in 17.1 and 17.2, taking 16th and 12th respectively. His one outlier was 17.3 where we placed 47th in the region. These scores landed Dylan 5th in the extremely talented North Central region and 59th overall in the world!

 

Streat Hoerner

Streat also earned a return invite to regionals, and like Dylan, this will be his second consecutive trip to the Central Regional. Streat started the 2017 Open in grand fashion, winning 17.1 in the North Central. He secured a top 10 finish in 17.4, and very respectable finishes in 17.2 and 17.5, finishing 27th and 12th consecutively. Like Dylan, Streat's outlying workout was 17.3 where he finished 93rd in the Region. These scores landed Streat 14th in the North Central and 122nd in the world.

 

Andrew Hiller / CrossFit Alphadog

Unfortunately the open didn't start as planned for Andrew as he was diagnosed with Mono after the first two weeks of competition. Luckily, Andrew and the rest of his affiliate, CrossFit Alphadog, were able to sneak into regionals in the team qualifier by taking 15th in the North Central Region. This will be Andrew's second consecutive trip to the Central Regionals as he qualified as an individual competitor last year.

 

Don't know about you guys, but this group is fired up to get back out on the Regionals floor, its been a longggg year! We're hungry and its time to eat!

 

What Went Down at Wodapalooza

We couldn’t have been prouder to be repped by these awesome athletes in Miami. Here’s how things went for Team Boxstar down at WZA:

  • Boxstar Nation - Dylan Martin, Streat Hoerner and Andrew Hiller teamed up to take on the Men’s Elite division. They started off hot, finishing in 9th place on Friday. The swim didn’t go as planned, (does it ever?) but, like true Boxstars, they still fought hard and managed to finish day two in 15th place. After ups and downs on the third day they ended up in 22nd place. Pretty awesome considering they were competing against multiple games athletes! And we know next year they’ll do even better. Keep it up guys!
  • Justin Richardson returned to take on the intermediate division for the second straight year. He fought hard all weekend, with a notable achievement in the final workout, winning the snatch event. Although he would’ve liked a better result, his resolve and determination ensure he’ll only get stronger and come back next year better and badder than ever.

 

Dripping in gold

ICYMI, we dropped our new gold foil line last week. Women’s booty shorts and racerback tanks in black and white and men’s tees and shorts. Check ‘em out and grab yours before they’re gone.

  

Boxstar of the week

 

This week we’re psyched to introduce you to Streat Hoerner. Streat has been part of #teamboxstar since we found him tearing up the Granite Games in 2015. That year Streat finished 5th, just one spot behind our own Dylan Martin, and they quickly realized they were training only miles apart from each other. It didn't take long for the two Iowa boys to take their game to the next level, and both qualified for regionals in 2016. Streat represents our Boxstar mentality perfectly - he is quiet, humble, and extremely focused and hard working. We can't wait to see what 2017 has in store for this guy!

 

Boxstar nation

 

 

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