Once again, the CrossFit Open is upon us, with the first workout being announced on Thursday, Feb. 22. The information in this post is meant for everyone, whether you plan to register, plan not to register or have no idea what the Open is. Please read through it.
The Open is the first stage of a worldwide competition that ultimately ends with the CrossFit Games in the summer, with one man and one woman being crowned “fittest on earth”. Maybe you have seen that on ESPN. Technically, that could be you.
How it works: every Thursday night for five weeks, CrossFit announces a workout. It is usually an AMRAP (As Many Rounds As Possible) between 7 and 14 minutes. But not always. If you have registered with CrossFit ($20 cost), you must do the workout exactly as prescribed, meaning you cannot scale the weights or the movement.
Someone will be judging every rep you do and if you don’t meet the proper movement standard, that person will “no rep” you.
Your score is then posted, not just on the whiteboard at the gym, but online where you can compare yourself to everyone else in the Northeast region, and in the world. You must complete the workout and post it online by Monday night. You MUST post your scores online by 8PM on Monday (EST).
In 2015 for the first time, CrossFit introduced scaled workouts. This worked out very well for a lot of people. It meant that instead of having just one workout that everyone must do, there were scaled options. Those may still be very challenging and you still have to do the workouts as they are written and you still have to maintain the standards of movement. These are for the 99% of us who have no desire or illusions about moving on to the next round…we just want to play in the reindeer games. You can decide each week whether or not you want to do the “prescribed” workout or the “scaled” workout. Details on that and the scoring at the CrossFit Games website.
The answer is “that depends.” First, you should know that we will be doing the workouts, regardless of whether or not you register. Whatever CF announces on Thursday night, that will be Friday’s WOD at the gym. If you are not registered, worry no more about it. Just come treat it like you would any other day.
If however, you have an idea of the basic movements and can throw a little weight around, then it simply comes down to whether or not you want to. I am not trying to convince you one way or the other, but I will say that the energy during Open workouts is far different from any others. There is cheering and crying and pain and personal records. It’s hard and it’s fun. It can bring out the best in the CrossFit community. And this year, with the scaled option, there is less reason to sit on the sidelines.
Understand: the difference between registering for the Open and not registering is whether or not someone counts your official reps and whether your score gets posted on the worldwide leaderboard. That’s it. You can still come workout even if you don’t register!
Here is how we will handle Open workouts. It will be very similar to last year.
The workout is announced on the Games website on Thursday night. That will be the WOD on Friday morning, normal class schedule.
This is the heart of the Open for us. Instead of regular classes, we will be rolling through the Open WODs in waves. This is a fun event. The energy is through the roof. It’s amazing to see people struggle and overcome movements and lifts they never thought they could do. We will open the gym for warm ups starting at 4pm and roll through the WOD in waves until we are finished. Then we will crack a beer.
There will be no PM Classes on Friday nights during the Open. The main focus will be getting folks through the workouts.
There will be normal WOD for those who worked out on Friday and want to do something different on Saturday. If you need to make up the WOD, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you still need to perform the WOD, please contact email@example.com to make arrangements. There will be absolutely NO DO-overs of the WOD unless there is some extreme circumstance that affected your performances.
Monday through Wednesday come in and workout as you normally would. Don’t change anything drastic. At this point, your strength levels are where they will be for the next 5 weeks as is your cardio. If anything is nagging or bothering you, take the time to stretch, mobilize and take care of it. Thursday treat as active recovery and stretching. You can throw in some light skill work. Get some rest, get excited and be ready to throwdown on Friday!