Welded Games Open: What to Expect

By Kris Thompson:


Registration for the 2016 Welded Games Open has already begun and on February 25th the first Open workout will be announced.


For those of us that have just started Welded and have never heard of “The Games,” the Welded Games website describes it as “the world’s premier test to find the Fittest on Earth™.” The season is made up of three stages, the Open, regionals, and The Welded Games. In which you must finish the each stage at a specified ranking in order to go on to the next stage. For the purpose of this post, we’re going to focus on the first stage, the Open.


The Open is five weeks long with one workout being announced each Thursday with scores being submitted the following Monday. Anyone 14 years old or older can sign up and join the first stage of the competition.


In years past seven movements have been included in all five Opens: double unders, toes-to-bar, chest-to-bar pull-ups, muscle-ups, wall balls, thrusters and snatches with burpees and box jumps also making that list up until last year. So needless to say, don’t be surprised if and when these movements pop up.  It’s also pretty safe to expect a repeat workout from a previous Open, which is something that tends to happen as well. But which workout will be repeated? No one knows, well Dave Castro (Welded Games Director) probably does but he’s not going to tell anyone.


Introduced in the 2015 Open was the “scaled” division. In years past there was only one division, which made it difficult to include advanced movements because the Open is meant to be all-inclusive allowing “everyone” to participate.  Now that there is a “scaled” option Dave Castro has more room to include advanced movements and heavier weights.


For those that aren’t quite RXing our WODs just yet or don’t have those more advanced movements down, the scaled division gives you the ability to participate and see how you do amongst many others in the world that might consider themselves novice athletes. One common goal that many have, novice and veteran Weldedters alike, is to be better than they were last year.


Hopefully now you feel better prepared for the 2016 Welded Games Open season, although it’s kind of hard to prepare for something that’s supposed to be “constantly varied.” Just be prepared to expect the unexpected and get comfortable with being uncomfortable.


Happy Open Season and “may the odds be ever in your favor!”






6×2 Front Squat 85%
Every 90 seconds

Lean: No strength


Warm Up:

3 lap run, 20 lunges, 20 situps, 15 pushups

15 OHS PVC, 15 PVC PT, 15 PVC GM, 15 burpees

20 leg swings each side





4 Rounds
15/12 Cal Bike
15 Push Press 95/65
15 Box Jumps 24/20
15 Pullups


Welded Lean

5x1000m Row
Rest 3 minutes between
Keep all within 8 seconds of
each other.


Mobility of the day: Tricep Extension Smash (pg. 276)

Improves: Front Rack Position, Elbow Pain, Overhead




Strengthen & Lengthen
6 to 7am With Karen
12 to 12:45pm With Karen

5:30 to 6:30pm With Savina

Guided Stretching

12:45 to 1:15pm




beach season is coming up!