What is the CrossFit Open?
The Open debuted in 2011, and has grown to be the largest online fittest competition in the world. The idea: Athletes from around the world would each complete the workouts from the comfort of their own city or town and submit their scores on the CrossFit Games website. The Open began as a qualifying process to the CrossFit Games, but has grown into much more. Each year, the Open has gained more and more traction around the world as the CrossFit community has grown and plays apart in all our fitness goals.
How does it work?
Athletes from around the world register for the CrossFit Open. Starting on February 24th, one workout a week will be released by the CrossFit Games team and will continue for three weeks. Athletes have 5 days to complete the workout and submit their scores. Athletes can complete the workout as many times as the like over the five days at an attempt to get their best score. This continues for three weeks, with three workouts in total, to rank athletes on the leaderboard and find the top 10% to move on to the next stage.
The CrossFit Open leaderboard can be as confusing as a Dave Castro programmed workout (I’ll explain who dave is in my next post). Athletes will go into gender, age, country, state, fitness level and even job profession categories. The Leaderboard can be narrowed down to as specific as you like or as broad as you like. You can see your position on the Leaderboard against every one in your age and gender group from around the world or you can narrow your search to the fittest Mum between 35-40 year old in Victoria. Where you sit on the leaderboard is a representation of your fitness level against a specific or as broad group as you like.
The Magic of the Open
The CrossFit Open brings communities together. It brings the 5pm class in with the 6am class. It brings Games athletes into the same competition as a beginning 2 month into CrossFit athletes. It brings CrossFit Affiliates from around the world together, all hosting the same workout on the same day. It does not matter who you are, your efforts are just as important as the best in the world.
This will be my 9th CrossFit Open and I remember every year, where I was, who I was with and the fun we had.