The CrossFit Open is my favorite time of the year. While I love it when members crush the workout or PR, my favorite part of the Open is the social dynamics that take place. The newest and slowest people often get cheered for louder and more than our most fit. A wide range of levels come together to accomplish the same goal.
If you do CrossFit, chances are you’ve heard of the CrossFit Open. Now, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you have any freaking clue what it actually is, especially if you’re a beginner.
What is the CrossFit Open?
You’ve heard of the CrossFit Games, yes? You know, where Rich Froning, Camille Leblanc-Bazinet, Dan Bailey, Mathew Fraser, put on the most incredible athletic performances you’d ever want to see in your life, and the crowd is just as fit as the athletes?
The CrossFit Games begins each year with the CrossFit Open. ANYONE can register online to participate and post their scores. It’s a five-week competition, with a new workout being announced each week on Thursday evening at 5 p.m. PT. Athletes will have until Monday at 5 p.m. PT to submit their scores for consideration.
You can do the workout at the box, or you can video yourself and submit it online to be judged.
The first workout is announced on Feb 21st, so we’re literally just a couple of weeks away from the fun!
The top finishers from the Open advance to Regional competitions and the top finishers from those competitions are the athletes who are invited to the CrossFit Games.
Who Should Sign Up For the Open?
No seriously, you. You, who just started doing CrossFit in January and still doesn’t really know what you’re doing. And yes, you who has been doing it for several years but still doesn’t have a single double under.
Literally, any and everyone who does CrossFit should sign up for the Open.
Not only is it a fun experience, but the Open will push you outside of your comfort zone in ways that you really don’t expect. Sure, CrossFit already does that, but with the Open it’s different. It’s a chance to compete with hundreds of thousands of folks around the country and see not only how you stack up against them, but by registering year after year you can see how you stack up against yourself.
And isn’t that what CrossFit is all about?
This year it is estimated that over 500,000 athletes around the world will participate. Scaled options are offered to make the workouts even MORE accessible to beginners.
Seriously, you. Sign up.
What Are They Going to Make Me Do?
The workouts change every year, and Games Director Dave Castro is known for coming up with some pretty awesome WODs to keep the athletes guessing and challenged over the 5 weeks.
Overall the WODs are designed to be really accessible, with the Rx weights generally “light,” and gymnastics movements that most CrossFitters can do. That said, the Open is designed to figure out who the top athletes in every region are, so expect that some workouts will progress from easy elements (think burpees or box jumps) to difficult elements (think heavy deadlifts or snatches, or complex gymnastic moves like muscle ups).
Every athlete will be able to do at least a portion of the workout as prescribed to get a score. And even if you think you can’t, you’ll be amazed by what you can do when the pressure is on for you to at least try.
The workouts will come complete with a set of movement standards. Following the announcement on Thursday evenings, you can go to the Games website to see the standards both in writing and on video. Standards include things like squat depth, box height, Rx weights, and more.
Then, when you perform your workout either at JR CrossFit or while recording it, the workout will be judged. At the box, your judge will be certified to understand the movement standards, and that bastard can “no rep” you if you don’t compete them correctly. ( We need judges, by the way.)
But let’s face it, YOU KNOW if you miss the target with your wall ball or your squat isn’t at depth. It’s not like you need someone to tell you. But they will. It’s their job.
But that’s pretty much all there is to it!
How Do I Sign Up?
You’re totally convinced, aren’t you? I knew you would be! The CrossFit Open is a ton of fun, and if you’ve never been involved in one, before be prepared for a whole new level of camaraderie at your box.
Signing up is easy, and cheap. It’s only $20 to be part of the competition.
So click the link, sign up, don’t be scared. Let’s do this damn thing!!