Updated: Sep 28, 2019
WHAT IS THE OPEN?
If you’re new to the sport, The CrossFit Open is an annual worldwide competition. Each workout is a secret kept by the Director of the CrossFit games- Dave Castro, which he releases on each Thursday evening during the Open. Athletes across the globe have until the following Monday to complete the workout, and submit their scores online.
Every year at CrossFit Colfax, we participate “in-house” as a group. It’s a ton lot of fun. And best of all, with the scaled, masters and teens divisions, anyone can do it. Did you just join the box last month? Last week? Yup, we’re talking to you!
Last year, we almost got the whole box to participate – you won’t want to miss this!
WHY SHOULD I DO THE OPEN?
The Open is not just about WODs, or RX-ing workouts, or pushing yourself to hit PRs. Like CrossFit itself, the heart of the event centres on building a healthy, supportive community through friendly competition.
To play an integral part in a great community challenge—that’s the whole point of the Open and of CrossFit. Each week CrossFit Colfax and other CrossFit boxes everywhere around the world ask their members to throw down in a brutal workout and then, at the end, to celebrate everyone’s individual successes. The Open is just a large-scale version of that weekly exercise in community-based exercise.
But there are other important reasons to sign-up for the Open. Here’s a few to consider if you’re still on the fence:
1. To see how far you’ve come.
You come in to the gym three to five times a week and work your butt off. The Open is a great way to showcase the results of all those efforts. More importantly, it will help push you to the next level. We have seen such amazing progress when people are put to the test of the CrossFit Open. The sheer number of first muscle-ups, pull-ups, and double-unders is staggering.
2. To count yourself within the community.
Hundreds of thousands of people sign-up for the event each year, and the Open website allows you to see where you rank according to age and location. Don’t get nervous or shy about that part. The only people who should feel bummed about where they rank at the end of the competition should be those that didn’t choose to participate but secretly wanted to.
3. Because you can do it.
The Open is tailored to all athletes—not just the pros—and WODs are scaled accordingly—that means YOU can do it.