First off, what is 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.
Anyone with $20 and access to equipment commonly found in CrossFit affiliated gyms, such as a barbell and bumper plates, pull-up bar, jump rope and rowing machine, can sign up and compete in the five-week, five-workout competition. More than 272,000 athletes from around the globe competed in 2015, ranging in age from 14 to 86 years old.
As the largest CrossFit community event of the season, the Open ties together athletes from within the same gym to those in their broader city, country and world. For five weeks, you—and the hundreds of thousands of other people who signed up—are at the whim of the Director of the Games Dave Castro, taking on workouts that may push you to learn a new skill, improve the skills you already have, or go into a darker place than you’ve ever been before.
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.
Make sure to submit your score before score submissions close each Monday at 5 p.m. PT. Late submissions will not be accepted.
There are many ways to excel in the Open. The Open will determine the fittest man and woman in each U.S. state, Canadian province, Australian territory and country worldwide. CrossFit will also use the Open to find the fittest in the military, emergency medical services, firefighting and law enforcement.
The Open is also the first stage of a three-stage season that culminates in the CrossFit Games. The world’s fittest men, women, teams, teenagers (14-17) and masters (40+) will compete for the chance to advance in the season, with the ultimate goal of making it on the world stage at the StubHub Center in Carson, California, this July.
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.”
With that said I’m sure many of you are thinking, “I’m not competing at regionals, or the games. I plan on going as a spectator… Why should I do the open?!?!?”
Plenty of reasons:
-You CrossFit – the most obvious reason. duhhh =)
-You support CrossFit Resistance. CFR wouldn’t be what it is today without all of you athletes. Why not show the rest of the world what CFR can do !
-You are 100% better than you were when you first started. I believe that everyone at CFR is more than 1000% better than their first day of CrossFit.
-You like donuts. Just kidding…. But I l do love donuts
-You love the CrossFit Community. Especially the CFR community ! The open will bring the CFR community a lot closer than we already are.
-You want to have fun. Aside from all the workouts that will make us DED ( yes DED ) each week will be just as fun as the previous. We did it big in 2015 and we would want 2016 to be just as big if not bigger ! (it’s ok Dmark and Patty Cakes are just pretending to be DED. )
Last but not least You love CFR! No further explanation needed here.
To make the open a bit more interesting for our athletes, we are having you athletes create teams and earn a score through a point system. Details are explained on our Facebook Page or you can find the details on our announcement board. time to get creative !
You have until February 21st to sign up for the open. Here is the link.
3..2…1 let’s goocooooooooooo !!!!!
<3 – P