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Predictors of CrossFit Open Performance

Department of Exercise Science and Sport Management, Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, GA 30144, USA
School of Kinesiology, Auburn University, Auburn, AL 36849, USA
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Sports 2020, 8(7), 102;
Received: 19 June 2020 / Revised: 12 July 2020 / Accepted: 16 July 2020 / Published: 20 July 2020
The 2018 CrossFit Open (CFO) was the initial stage of an annual competition that consisted of five weekly workouts. Current evidence suggests that a variety of fitness parameters are important for progressing beyond this stage, but little is known about which are the most important. To examine relationships between CFO performance, experience, and physiological fitness, sixteen experienced (>2 years) athletes (30.7 ± 6.9 years, 171 ± 12 cm, 78.0 ± 16.2 kg) volunteered to provide information about their training and competitive history, and then complete a battery of physiological assessments prior to competing in the 2018 CFO. Athletes’ resting energy expenditure, hormone concentrations, body composition, muscle morphology, cardiorespiratory fitness, and isometric strength were assessed on two separate occasions. Spearman correlations demonstrated significant (p < 0.05) relationships between most variables and performance on each workout. Stepwise regression revealed competition experience (R2 = 0.31–0.63), body composition (R2 = 0.55–0.80), vastus lateralis cross-sectional area (R2 = 0.29–0.89), respiratory compensation threshold (R2 = 0.54–0.75), and rate of force development (R2 = 0.30–0.76) to be the most common predictors. Of these, body composition was the most important. These fitness parameters are known targets with established training recommendations. Though preliminary, athletes may use these data to effectively train for CFO competition. View Full-Text
Keywords: high intensity functional training; athlete; critical power; aerobic capacity; ultrasound high intensity functional training; athlete; critical power; aerobic capacity; ultrasound
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Mangine, G.T.; Tankersley, J.E.; McDougle, J.M.; Velazquez, N.; Roberts, M.D.; Esmat, T.A.; VanDusseldorp, T.A.; Feito, Y. Predictors of CrossFit Open Performance. Sports 2020, 8, 102.

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Mangine GT, Tankersley JE, McDougle JM, Velazquez N, Roberts MD, Esmat TA, VanDusseldorp TA, Feito Y. Predictors of CrossFit Open Performance. Sports. 2020; 8(7):102.

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Mangine, Gerald T., Joy E. Tankersley, Jacob M. McDougle, Nathanael Velazquez, Michael D. Roberts, Tiffany A. Esmat, Trisha A. VanDusseldorp, and Yuri Feito. 2020. "Predictors of CrossFit Open Performance" Sports 8, no. 7: 102.

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