CrossFit Open 19.5: What is it?

Open 19.5 (the fifth workout of the 2019 season) was announced live, simultaneously from four countries. CrossFit affiliates in Miami, Antwerp, Dublin, and Sydney all participated.

Announcements included notable athletes, like 2018 CrossFit Games champions Mat Fraser and Tia-Clair Toomey.

Open 19.5

For time – 33, 27, 21 ,15, 9 rounds of:

  • Thrusters (95/65 lbs)
  • Chest-to-bar pull-ups

Athlete Reactions

Participating athletes in Miami were each given an envelope with part of the workout. Tone was worth a thousand words, as reigning three-time champion Mat Fraser giggled when reading the number of reps they would be completing.

More Information

The event in Miami was run by Loud and Live Sports, the organization in charge of Wodapalooza. One of the first sanctionals, Wodapalooza is helmed by Matt O’Keefe. O’Keefe is also the co-founder of Red Line Clothing and manager for prominent athletes like Mat Fraser and Katrin Davidsdottir.

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