• Rob Olson

The CrossFit Open is Coming!

The CrossFit Open!

It's that time of year again when we get ready for the CrossFit Open! Some of you may be wondering what it is and what happens and why do it all. This blog post aims to answer all of those questions!

First, what is The CrossFit Open?

In short, it is the beginning of the CrossFit Games. It’s a worldwide competition, with over 300,000 athletes participating. Each week, starting Feb 23rd and going for 5 weeks, a workout is released on Thursday night at 8pm. Friday night we come to CFS to do the workout together. If you cannot make that time, you can arrange to do it on the weekend or Monday, but scores are submitted by Monday night. The top 1% of athletes move on to Regionals in May. Then the top 1% of Regionals move on to the CrossFit Games. It costs $20 to participate in the Open, and you must register at CrossFit.com

Who is the Open for?

Everyone! They have Rx, Scaled, Teens, and Masters divisions. While Rx athletes crave the competition of the Open, Scaled athletes is perhaps the most exciting group to participate. More often than not, athletes get their first double under, their first pull-up, and hit tons of other PRs. The group atmosphere and support leads to incredible gains. It is especially impressive to have new athletes compete in the Open year after year and to see the incredible improvement in fitness! If you are on the fence about signing up: just do it!

What happens on Friday nights?

Friday night everyone that is participating in the Open at CFS will complete the workout. We will run heats, as equipment is limited, and each athlete must be judged. Yes, you read that correctly; each athlete will have a certified judge scoring their reps. They are there to ensure full range of motion and to count reps. This helps ensure standards and is a positive thing… You don’t need to count your reps! It also means that no shenanigans will occur, as you all know how I feel about that! Who are the judges you may be wondering? Your fellow CFS members and Coaches who get certified in a CrossFit Judges course online.

Whats the environment like Friday nights?

Its pretty incredible. Last year we had around 50 people participate, and friends and family came to CFS to support the athletes, so it was a huge turnout! Some people choose to bring a little food and drinks for after they complete the workout as they cheer on other athletes still working. For the first time last year, we had a theme for each week of the open; Superhero night, 80's night, AMERICA...just to name a few. We'll be doing this again so BOLO for the Week 1 theme!

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