So you want to WIN your CrossFit Open Masters Age Group? Here's what it took in 2014
January 15, 2015
As soon as I posted a brief analysis of what it took to get into the Master’s Qualifier for Men in the 45-49 age group I immediately received, “This is cool, but what about Women in the [insert age group here]? Do you have that?”
Then I posted a comprehensive table for all age groups and genders. OK, 2 recognized genders, but that’s an entirely different subject best not addressed here….. and I got more questions. “Getting into the Qualifier is good. What did it take to win my age group?” and “What did it take to get to the Games as a 57 year old male?” CrossFitters are a decidedly data driven group. One question at a time…. that’s all I’m capable of (as I often remind my kids).
Here are the averages of the Top-30 finishers’ scores for the 5 CrossFit Open workouts in 2014, broken down by age group.
14.1 (11.1) Double Unders & Snatches
14.2 Ascending Ladder: Overhead squats & Chest-to-Bar pull-ups
14.3 Ascending Ladder: Deadlift & Box Jump
14.4 Chipper: Calorie Row, Toes-to-Bar, Wallballs, Muscle-ups
14.5 Thrusters & Bar-over-Burpees
About the table:
I am doing this in a very simple way. Pull data from the Games site, drop it in a spreadsheet, and take the average. Nothing more.
No doubt several people will wonder, “OK, this is great for winning the Open, but what did it take to win the Master’s Qualifier?” – which is a great question. It is fairly easy to answer, and I plan to do so later on. Bear with me.
Another question that I would like to answer is, “This table is the Top-30 athletes in the Open. What happened during the Masters Qualifier? Did the Top-20 stay the Top-20 and go to the Games, or did other people break into the Top-20 during the Qualifier?”
Short answer – the Top-20 was fairly static, but it did change up a bit. I’m hoping to find time to look at that too.
How did your scores compare, and are you more prepared this year than you were last year?