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Josh Bridges and Emily Bridgers win the CrossFit Open 16.1

Josh Bridges and Emily Bridgers win the CrossFit Open 16.1. (Crossfit
Josh Bridges and Emily Bridgers win the CrossFit Open 16.1 (Crossfit

The yearly ritual has commenced around the world. Newbies, regulars and professional CrossFit athletes alike have taken the challenge to heart. The CrossFit Open shall take center stage and reign for 5 weeks shelving all other priorities aside (if you had any other priorities in the first place).

Multi-year Games athletes Josh Bridges and Emily Bridgers have set the world’s best scores on Open Workout 16.1. Both athletes pushed into the mid-300s, each completing more than 13 rounds.

Athletes were given 20 minutes to accumulate as many reps as possible of 25-foot overhead walking lunges (95 lb. / 65 lb., 1 rep for every 5 feet), 8 burpees, 25-foot overhead walking lunges, and 8 chest-to-bar pull-ups. (To determine the number of rounds, divide an athlete’s total score by 26. There were 26 reps per round.)

Josh Bridges who took silver at the Games in 2011, racked up 365 reps. That breaks down to 14 completed rounds plus five feet of overhead walking lunges. The next closest competitor finished 15 reps behind (Jacob Heppner, 350 reps). Bridges has a history of winning Open workouts, securing one worldwide win each season that he has competed (16.1, 15.2, 14.5, 13.5, 11.4).

Emily Bridgers, the sixth-ranked woman at the 2014 Games, completed 13 rounds and 16 reps (354 reps total). The former gymnast was able to hold off the 2013 Fittest Woman on Earth, Sam Briggs, surpassing Briggs’ score by 6 reps.

The Live Announcement of Open Workout 16.2 presented by Assault AirBike will be streamed to at 5 p.m. PT on Thursday, March 3. Shortly after, Dan Bailey and Björgvin Guðmundsson will set the scores to beat.