Side note/question/rant - They have never had a "relative to body weight" workout at The Games. This has to do with keeping all of the workouts "task oriented" (i think that's the term they use). For example moving a 225# bar from the ground to over your head 30 times is a specific task that is completed fastest by the fittest person for that task, regardless of how big or small you are. 50 Handstand push ups for time is a task, doesn't matter how much you weigh or how long your arms are, the fittest person for that demand will complete it the fastest - this is part of the genius of Crossfit, the balance it demands.
I believe the stance is that having a barbell relative to ones body weight creates a situation where it isn't "task oriented." All people of different weights have different barbells, for example, so their tasks are different.
But when you really think of it, aren't all movements relative? Isn't moving a barbell from the ground to your shoulders when you're 5 feet a different task (relatively) then moving it there at 6 feet. Is doing a handstand push up when you weigh 100 pounds different then when you weigh 200, relatively speaking? Can't moving YOUR body weight on a barbell be considered a "task?"
In the same way your body weight affects in some way shape or form every movement you perform, the amount of weight you'd have to lift for the relative to body weight workout (there are SO many good ones) would be determined or affected in the exact same way. The less you weigh the less you lift and vise versa. It has always been and always will be relative, the % body weight workout is just another manifestation of that.
I would love to hear some opinions on this, in the comments, gym or otherwise!
600 meter run
21 Dumbbell Push Press (25/35#)
18 Toe to Bar
15 Front Squat (body weight)
12 Dumbbell Push Press
9 Toe to Bar
800 meter run
9 Dumbbell Push Press
12 Toe to Bar
15 Front Squat
18 Dumbbell Push Press
21 Toe to Bar
600 meter run