It’s that time of the year where athletes can compare their progress to that of other Crossfitters across the globe, and their affiliates alike. In addition to being the perfect benchmark for annual progress, it is also the beginning of the journey to the Crossfit Games…And it all starts at the Crossfit Open.
Let me explain:
The Crossfit Open
The Crossfit Open is a series of five workouts spread across five weeks. The workouts are named by their year and in the order that they’re released. (Eg: 18.1 / 18.2 / 18.3 etc.) The latest workout is released every Thursday throughout the five-week period, along with the workouts rules and parameters. Such as: weight, times, and other technicalities.
You can find this information on the Crossfit Games website, along with a live announcement of each workout. After the workout has been released, athletes wishing to compete will have a set time period in which they’re to submit their scores online.
The Purpose of the Open
The idea of the open is to find the fittest athletes from each region around the world. The fittest athletes from the open will then progress to regionals. Which is a tougher competition composed of the fittest athletes in that area of the world. Then, the fittest athletes from the regionals will progress on to compete in the Crossfit games.
Although the main reason of the open is to qualify for the games, it is also an excellent opportunity for athletes to compare their progress to that of other athletes across the world. Seeing your result in the open compared to thousands of other athletes adds purpose to your training, and can motivate you to work harder in the box.
Results can also give provide a sense of achievement, and can give affiliates invaluable information on their gyms progress and training methods. Allowing for affiliates to adjust and improve their sessions.
But what about me? I’ve only just started Crossfit
Just because you’re a beginner to Crossfit doesn’t mean that the open isn’t for you. Each workout that is released has a scaled down version, which is designed to be easier and more suitable to older people and those just starting out. Competing in the Open as a beginner will no doubt provide a big boost of confidence, and you will probably be surprised how well you rank. It is also the prefect opportunity to measure your progress when you compete again the following year.
Maybe I’ll give it a go. How do I register?
Firstly, go the Crossfit Games website where you will see a big ‘register’ button. You will then be prompted to enter your account details if you already have an account. If not, it won’t take 5 minutes to set one up. Finally, you’ll be asked to pay a small registration fee which goes towards running the events.
So…what then? The chances are that you’re competing as part of an affiliate. When you perform the workout at your affiliate, you score will recorded and then registered under your account. Simple right? Happy competing!