It’s hard to believe it is that time again….THE CROSSFIT OPEN!
For those of you who are newer to the game, there are three stages of official CrossFit competition during “Games Season”:
1. The CrossFit Open:¬†a 5-week competition open to ANYONE in CrossFit. ¬†It is an Online competition, with a new workout being released weekly. ¬†This year, there is a scaled division. ¬†The 20 top RX’d athletes in the region go on to a Regional event in May. ¬†The top 15 teams also go on to this Regional. Here is what Games.CrossFit.Com has to say about the Open:
“The¬†CrossFit¬†Games stand alone as the ultimate test of fitness. No test, regardless of its lofty claims, can grant legitimate title to the best without first providing access to all.¬†
The 2015 Reebok CrossFit Games season begins with the online Open. Anyone can sign up to compete in five workouts over five weeks and post their scores online. Last year, the Open reached more than 209,000 athletes from around the world.
You can either perform the Open workout at a participating¬†CrossFit affiliate¬†where you will be judged in person, or you can film your full performance and upload it to YouTube or another video-sharing site. The video will be displayed alongside your score so other¬†CrossFit athletes can be your judge.¬†
You are free to make as many attempts at the Open workout as you please. Your only limit is time. You¬†have four days‚ÄĒ96 hours‚ÄĒto complete the week’s workout and submit your best score to the Games site. The week’s workout is released each Thursday at 5 p.m. PT, and scores are due the following Monday at 5 p.m. PT.¬†
The 2015 Open begins Thursday, Feb. 26. That evening, tune into the live Open announcement show streamed to Games.CrossFit.com. Director of the Games Dave Castro will announce Open Workout 15.1 and moments later top Games athletes will complete that workout going head to head.
Athletes will submit their scores throughout the weekend. The hard deadline for score submissions is 5 p.m. PT, Monday, March 2. Don’t be late!
15.1: Feb. 26 -March 2
15.2: March 5-9
15.3: March 12-16
15.4: March 19-23
15.5: March 26-30
A scaled option of the Open workout will be released each week of the Open. With reduced loading or less challenging movements, the scaled option will be designed to make the Open even more accessible”.¬†
2. The CrossFit Regional:¬†The top 20 athletes and 15 teams from our region compete against each other for three solid days. ¬†This year, we have been combined with The Canada East Region, which has made the competition even denser! ¬†The Regional will be held in HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT this year (BOOM!)!!! ¬†The top 5 females, top 5 males, and the top 5 teams will go on to the CrossFit Games in July.
3. The CrossFit Games:¬†Yeah, this is NO joke… This is the ultimate test of fitness, the best of the best, which takes place in Carson, CA in July. ¬†This is what you watch on ESPN. ¬†But only 1% of the CrossFit population gets this far, so where do you fit in?????
AT SHORELINE CROSSFIT, DURING THE CROSSFIT OPEN! ¬†
So what, you know that you will not qualify for the Games, or even Regionals, why do the Open?
Simply put: IT WILL MAKE YOU BETTER.
It will hold you accountable. ¬†It will make you¬†want¬†to be better. It will make you learn new skills, lift more weights, and move them faster. ¬†It will tell you where you stand as compared to other athletes ALL OVER the world. ¬†It will sweep you off of any plateau you’ve found yourself on in CrossFit. ¬†And, most importantly, in will vastly improve the already wonderful¬†community¬†that we have at Shoreline CrossFit. ¬†I can sincerely tell you that you will NOT regret signing up for the CrossFit Open!
If I told you that you would make a best friend for 20 dollars, improve your double unders for 20 dollars, or PR on your clean and jerk, who of you would say no???!!
For 20 dollars you will have five-weeks chock-full of excitement.
Open Saturdays at SCF
For the¬†past couple of weeks, we have been preparing you for the Open. ¬†On Saturdays, we have switched to individual workouts so that you can adjust to the “ambiance” that will be present each Saturday at SCF. ¬†Every Saturday, we will be performing the week’s Open WOD. ¬†The energy will be ELECTRIC, trust me! ¬†Even if you’re not competing, you will be doing the WODs, so why not sign up?? ¬†If you think that you aren’t ready to compete at RX, or “Performance/Competitor” level, sign-up in the scaled division. ¬†If you are competing in the Open you will NOT have to sign-in on Saturday and use a membership day to compete! If you cannot perform the WOD on Saturday, there will be a designated time slot, with oversight by a coach on Friday mornings and Friday nights.
This year, we have two SCF athletes making a run at competing as individuals, Megin Oczcowski and LP. ¬†These two athletes are going to have to work strenuously to qualify for one of those coveted 20 spots. ¬†Shoreline CrossFit also would BE OVERJOYED to qualify a team to represent our box at the Regional. ¬†THIS IS WHERE WE NEED ALL OF YOU! ¬†Some of you may shine in one or two of the Regional workouts and YOU can contribute to our team making it to Regionals! ¬†We encourage you to sign up under team “Shoreline CrossFit”, which is our gym’s main team. ¬†Please be assured that any lack of performance cannot hurt our team.¬†We’d prefer to have as many athletes as possible on the “Shoreline CrossFit” team to represent our gym the best way possible and give us the BEST chance at qualifying for Regionals, but if you’ve had your heart set on competing on a smaller team with members from our gym, this is fine too.
I sincerely believe that with the addition of the scaled division, the Open may be structured differently this year. ¬†In previous years, it has been high intensity cardio and low skill. ¬†If there were movements that required a degree of skill, they were put at the latter end of the WOD (i.e. think of where muscle-ups always came in). ¬†Now that there is a scaled division option, and less spaces to qualify, I think you will see heavier weights and more skillful movements. ¬†Take this potential into consideration if you are “on the fence” between scaled and RX.
The After-Party (yee-HAW!)
On the concluding Saturday of the Open, March 28th, we will have a party following the 10:30 class at the gym. ¬†Beer, food, music, and SCF love.
Give yourself a reason to celebrate. ¬†SIGN UP.
Go to: www.games.crossfit.com ¬†You cannot miss the link to sign up.
It’s 20 bucks. ¬†What do you have to lose?!!!!
Here’s some videos to get you fired up from Opens of the past:
An overview of all the WODs of 2012-¬†https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LM-9mPxnCCs
An exciting video of 12.2-¬†https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XnJQIb2urz4
12.4 (GOD, I wish this WOD would resurface this year!)-¬†https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aPPcVgV9NaY