Open season is almost here!!!
The CrossFit Open is our favorite time of year, and it is right around the corner. Here is the why and the how of the Open.
The Open is the first part of the overall CrossFit competition called The Games where the ultimate purpose is to find and crown the Fittest on Earth. To do that, the Open casts a wide net and attracts many people from around the world to participate on a level playing field at the start of the competition (games.crossfit.com/).
The Open (open.crossfit.com/) is a series of workouts spaced across three weeks starting February 16th and closing March 6th. Individuals can do the workouts from anywhere and there are several divisions for each workout, making it easy to find a place where you can be challenged yet not discouraged over the course of the three weeks. You don’t have to be at a particular fitness level to participate. All you need is a willingness to try, and the excitement and camaraderie of the Open will take care of the rest. Link to register
The options are:
- Rx’d – Do the workouts as written.
- Scaled – Not quite ready to tackle the workouts as written? No problem. The scaled division offers classic scaling options for many of CrossFit’s common gymnastics movements and includes lighter loading.
- Foundations – Just started CrossFit or maybe this is your first Open? The foundations workouts are a great place to start.
- Age Groups – There are nine age group divisions offering Rx’d and scaled versions of the workouts for teenage athletes aged 14-17 as well as masters athletes ages 35+.
- Adaptive – The adaptive divisions offer equally challenging workouts modified for athletes with a significant, permanent impairment. These divisions include Upper Extremity, Lower Extremity, Seated with Hip Function, Neuromuscular, and more.
Why register for the Open
The Open is a way to check in on your fitness, hold you accountable to moving forward and staying motivated for the upcoming year, accomplish personal goals, and celebrate with the community. Officially signing up for the competition gives you a goal and paying to play creates an additional layer of commitment. It is akin to running in an organized 5K race. You pay the fee to participate, run your best to challenge yourself, get your results recorded and have fun doing it.
The adrenaline rush is much different than just a typical class. It is healthy for us to be a little uncomfortable once in a while. That’s where most of our greatest growth as individuals happens. You should compete because it’s a commitment, during which time you will train harder, you will eat better, and you will connect with your coaches and community in ways you may not even realize exist. You should compete because you can, and it is also JUST PLAIN FUN!
The Open schedule at CFE
Wednesday before the WOD is released sign-up for your heat time which follows the typical class schedule. This helps you from having to wait around and helps us plan to have sufficient judges.
Thursday the Open WOD is released by CrossFit HQ. Most Thursday evenings a coach and a few daring members will give the WOD a go during Open Gym.
Friday we start running heats that follow the typical class schedule. A coach will guide your through a warm-up and help you strategize for the WOD. If you are undecided, your coach will help you decide between Rx’d, Scaled or Foundations. Note: you don’t have to do all three weeks as Rx’d, Scaled or Foundations – you can mix it up each week!
Friday evening (aka Friday Night Lights) many members who went earlier in the day come back to cheer those who have yet to go. It’s loud, very high energy, incredibly supportive and lots of laughs!
Saturday BBC is cancelled, and we run 1-3 heats.
Monday there are no official heats but you are welcome to (re)do the WOD during Open Gym but you must arrange for a judge. By 8pm est you MUST enter your score into the CrossFit.com games site.
You are at the gym doing the workout anyway so why not submit your score online and see how you stack up to others in your age group/division around the globe.
Get out of your comfort zone and register NOW (link).
Want to help Judge? Please take the judge’s course. Link
Want an official CrossFit Open shirt? Buy a t-shirt or tank here. CFE gets $5 for each shirt sold.
Want to look at the competition rules? CF Games 2023 Rule Book
Want to do more reading about why you should do the Open? Article: CrossFit: A Sport for Life