Games Season is Here...

It’s that time of the year again.

The 2015 CrossFit Open is upon us. Registration is open and available and it takes about 5 minutes.  Before we get into why this is a great opportunity, let’s learn a bit about the Open and its general purpose.

The Open consists of 5 weeks of workouts (1 per week). The workout is typically unveiled on a Thursday evening and participants have until midnight the following Monday to complete the wod and submit scores. Individual participants are grouped in different age divisions: Men, Women, Masters Men (40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60+), Masters Women (same age breaks), and Teens. Teens is new this year (two divisions [14-15, 16-17]). And a Scaled Division!=

So you complete 5 workouts, submit your scores. We verify the scores were legit. Also, if you’re traveling, you can generally complete them at any CrossFit gym. Just call ahead and ask them if you can stop in to do the Open wod. We have accommodated countless travelers in the past. You receive a score for each wod and you are ranked according to your age division. After all 5, they will take about the top 43-50 from each Region. There are 17 Regions, globally. We participate in the North Central Region. A couple weeks after the Open, if you qualified, you go to Regionals. From there, if you finish in the top 3 at Regionals, you go to the CrossFit Games in Los Angeles. And then we see you on ESPN.

Last year 209,585 people participated in the Open across Earth. We are still unsure if there were other lifeforms on other planets that submitted scores. Though we assume if there is intelligent life out there, they probably do CrossFit.

Our Take

We have a different sort of stance on the Games. We would love to see someone qualify for Regionals and the Games and we would undoubtedly cram into cars and planes and come see you in LA, but we like the idea of the Open as more of a barometer to check your fitness and a way to build community.  There are a million ways to compare yourself, if that’s your thing. Last year they implemented custom scoreboards so you could make a scoreboard for you and 5 buddies or you could make one for all the gyms in KC or whatever. We think it’s a great chance to compare you against yourself. See how you did compared to last year. Set a baseline for this year and see how far you can get next year.

This year we are going to host our wods on Thursday night and Saturday mornings. You will show up, have a judge, and get your score one of those two times. Additionally, we are giving a new CFN water bottle to everyone that completes the 5 wods. And fear not, you can do them. Every wod is structured in a way that allows anyone to get a score. You’ll be fine. You can begin your registration at this link: Follow the directions from there, and join our team. You will receive things from us weekly during the Open about motivation, encouragement, and the like. Best of luck. Time to go test your fitness!

We are doing the Open. Are you?