Questions have been rolling in, some know what the Open is, others don’t, so we felt like it was time for an explanation.
What is the Open?
The CrossFit Open is a 5 Week online competition that is the beginning of the CrossFit season for every single athlete. No matter if you started 2 weeks ago, or you’re Rich Froning himself, you have to do the CrossFit Open in order to move onto the next level. Don’t know who Rich Froning is? No worries, that just means you are very new to the game, but it wont be long before you see him somewhere.
The next level is Regionals, where the top performing Open athletes are invited to compete. The top performing Regional athletes are then invited to compete at the Reebok CrossFit Games. If you have seen CrossFit on TV, it was most likely the CrossFit Games, and all of those people had to start with the Open.
Last year I believe they had 300,000+ people worldwide, with one big leaderboard that can be filtered for just your gym, or for you age division, group of friends, etc. I will say, even for the most uncompetitive people, seeing where you stack up is pretty cool. Over the years I have made a bunch of friendships in the CrossFit community from people all across the world. It is cool to see how I stack up against them, have some friendly competition. And in the past few years with the increased popularity of CrossFit, I see scores from old work friends, college buddies, and even those people I haven’t seen since high school!
Needless to say it has been a lot of fun leaderboarding on Mondays to look/compare how everyones fitness is stacking up. No judging though, cause you know this is judgement free zone…Ok maybe a little bit of judging with my buddies.
The scores are stored on your profile/leaderboard, and you can go back year to year to see how far you have come. I look back at scores all the time when I repeat the workouts to see how did, if I got better, what was different, etc. Its a yearly tradition that I hope to continue for years to come. Think of your profile as a worldwide Wodify leaderboard!
Now on to the biggest question I get all the time. Well I am not going to the CrossFit Games, why should I even bother signing up for the Open? CrossFit at its very core is not just about being competitive with other people, but about being competitive with the person you were yesterday. The idea of doing an Open workout isn’t about beating the person next to you, but being better than the person you were yesterday. As cliche as that sounds, we are constantly testing, competing, striving to be better than we were yesterday. Placing yourself in an atmosphere to be surrounded by community all striving to give their all in a workout is step 1. No one has ever regretted signing up for the Open, plenty have regretted NOT signing up.
The next comment that comes is usually “Luke, of course you do the Open, you are good at CrossFit.” Sure, I may be in a small percentage of people that have competed at the Games level, but I hope that time is just a small percentage of my time in CrossFit. CrossFit is my way of fitness, it is my way of constantly challenging myself, whether that is on or off the competition floor. My competitive CrossFit career has come to a close, but I will continue to do the Open EVERY SINGLE YEAR.
“The community aspect drives me, the challenge keeps me on my toes, and the idea of striving to get better will keep me coming back year after year.”
If you are still not convinced, check out CrossFits Instagram and see the Open stories. I enjoy the idea of being not only a part of our gyms community, but a part of the CrossFit community as a whole. Be a member of the community, immerse yourself in something bigger than just our bubble, and embrace it. Its quite a ride so get ready!
Ok, I’m in…Lets Gooooo!
Below is a writeup from HQ on how to sign up, if you have any questions or issues just ask a coach and we will help you!
On the CrossFit Games website, you will see a big red register button. Click it, and you’ll be directed to a login page where you will be prompted to enter your existing CrossFit ID. If you don’t have one, you’ll need to create an account.
You’ll then be prompted to select your division, which is going to be either “Male” or “Female,” your location, and agree to the competition rules and waiver.
You’ll also be asked to pay a $20 registration fee. This fee goes towards running the competition, and your Open scores will be stored under your profile for years to come.
There are seven age brackets: two for Teenagers (14-15, 16-17), and five for Masters (40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60+). If you're born within the cut-off dates, you'll be automatically entered into your age bracket.