The Open

The CrossFit Open is the first stage of the CrossFit Games. Top competitors move on to Regionals and finally the Championships. What makes the Open unique is that ANYONE can participate. Whether you are a 9x Games finalist like Becca Voigt, or a brand new CrossFitter, you can compete in the Open. Each week, CrossFit HQ will release a workout, and you will have until the following week to complete it. It’s that simple!

The question is, “Why should I do the Open?” It’s true, most of us don’t stand a chance to advance to Regionals. So, why compete? Much of CrossFit is about being able to measure our fitness and track our progress. The Open is a great opportunity to do just that. By entering your scores, you can compare yourself to thousands of athletes around the world. You can see where you rank among people of the same sex, age group, or even state. Then, you can come back next year and see if you can improve. If you look up Neil Jones, you can see that I finished 360th in the North Central Region in 2011. Pretty cool to have that information at your fingertips.

This year, we’re going to do a little in-house competition. Each Saturday, we will do the Open workout during class, and you can complete it at other times, if you provide your own judge. After giving it some thought, our competition will be a Battle of the Sexes!!! That’s right – women vs. men. The more people you get to participate, the better chance you have of winning. Every single rep will count, so don’t be afraid that your score will hurt your team. We need your reps!!

Click here to sign up. It’s only $20! Stay tuned for the in-house competition sign up at the gym. (Side note: In the past, you’d be required to officially sign up. While encourage you to do so, it will not be required to participate.)

Click here for this week’s workouts.

Click here for this week’s barbell work.

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