The Open is a 5 week, 5 workout competition that athletes around the world compete in. Workouts are released Thursday evening and can be completed through the following Monday evening. There are several divisions that you can sign up for for ALL skill and ability levels. The levels available are: RX, Scaled, Masters (varying ages starting at 40 yrs old), teens, Firefighter/first responder/military / law enforcement.
The week’s workout is released each Thursday at 5 p.m. PT. Each time a workout is released, athletes will be given two versions: Rx’d and Scaled. With reduced loading or less challenging movements, the Scaled option will be designed to be accessible to the vast majority of athletes who train in CrossFit affiliates. Rx’d will challenge the world’s elite.
The workout write-up, movement standards, explanation video, and scorecards will all be published on Games.CrossFit.com. Review the standards before you start.
You can complete the workouts at a participating CrossFit affiliate in front of a judge, or film your performance from anywhere you want and submit a link as proof.
However, for most people the Open is not about trying to earn a title or qualify for the next stage of the CrossFit Games season. It’s about joining the global CrossFit community in a celebration of fitness for a few weeks each year. To connect to others in your box as well as those a world apart through the experience of suffering through the same workout at the same time. It lets you revel at the strength and skills you’ve developed over the past year, and learn what you need to improve.
Registration: January 14 – March 28, 2016
The Open begins February 25, 2016.
16.1: Feb. 25 – 29
16.2: March 3 – 7
16.3: March 10 – 14
16.4 March 17 – 21
16.5 March 24 – 28
WHY SHOULD I REGISTER AND COMPETE IN THE OPEN?
That is a great question. Aside from the fact that you will be doing the workouts anyway, there are TONS of reasons. An article from 2013 in Breaking Muscle (see the full article here) best explained the many reasons.
Here are four reasons I encourage you to do the same:
1. Yes, You Are Good Enough.
Even if you cannot do the exact prescribed weight of any or most of the Open workouts, you will most likely surprise yourself with what you are able to pull off. The Open is about calling on the best in yourself no matter your current level. Most likely you are physically stronger than your mind lets you believe.
2. It Gets You Competing Again.
Many of us competed as kids whether on an organized team or just racing siblings to the car. Some of you may have competed in college. When we become adults, we often feel like we need to retire that side of us. Sure, we compete for jobs and accounts and other “grown up” things, but more often than not, we have forgotten the thrill of physical competition. We may not be a win-at-all cost type – and this certainly is not the only kind of competitor – but there is something about putting yourself on the line that sparks inspiration.
3. It Gives You an Appreciation for the Best of the Best.
During the Open workouts, you get a rare opportunity to do the same exact workouts during the same week as the best CrossFitters in the world. If you are a fan of the top CrossFit athletes, it’s exciting to match your stats to theirs – until the stats start rolling in. It’s one thing to be stoked you finally hit fifty double unders in a row and quite another to find out that not only can the top athletes do way more, they have figured out ways to do it faster and more efficiently. Yay, we personally smashed a prescribed workout (chest thumping ensues), until you see the times or the number of rounds at the top of the leader board. The progression of the sport of fitness has grown to superhuman levels. Seeing their scores miles above mine only deepens my appreciation for their dedication, skill, and strength.
4. It’s Fun.
No, really, it is.
YOU CAN REGISTER FOR THE CROSSFIT GAMES OPEN HERE! Shout out in the comments if you have already or are about to register.