What's the point of the Open?
Fundamentally, The Open is the first stage in the qualification process for the CrossFit Games. It's purpose is to select the fittest athletes in each region to proceed to the next stage of competition: Regionals.
But The Open is about much, much more than that. It's about brining together and celebrating a global community in a festival of fitness. During The Open, the buzz around CrossFit affiliates and among fitness enthusiasts is electric. It is hard to properly convey how fun it is to do an Open workout at a CrossFit box. The place is always packed with fellow members, and your judge, screaming encouragement and the music is always a decibel or two louder.
Finally, The Open provides the most comprehensive way to honestly assess your current level of fitness. Not only is it a platform for comparing yourself with others at the same gym, of the same age, of the same nationality etc. but it will inevitably make you do something you are bad at and reveal the ways in which your training is limiting your progress.
How does it work?
The Open comprises 5 unknown events, or workouts, over 5 consecutive weeks starting on February 26th. You take part by completing the workouts at a licensed CrossFit Affiliate (such as CrossFit City Road) where your score will be judged and verified.
Each competitor enters their score, before the set deadlines, into the online leaderboard (after which the affiliate verifies) and can subsequently see how they rank: in the world, their region and their gym.
CrossFit City Road will be hosting Open Workouts on Saturday morning. See here for more details on how to sign up to attend those sessions.
Who should do the Open?
Absolutely everyone should do The Open. CrossFitter or not, if you want to assess your fitness levels you can take part. This year, CrossFit has introduced the Scaled Division with lighter weights and fewer technical movements so that there really is no reason not to compete.
What division should you compete in?
There are certain standards you may want to be able to meet if you want to have fun in the Open Division. If you can't meet these, I would advise signing up for the Scaled Division. If you aren't able to do the below, you may find yourself twiddling your thumbs when it comes to certain workouts!
- Double Unders
- Chest to bar pull ups
- Thrusters with 42.5kg for men, 30kg for women
- Clean and jerk / snatch 60kg for men, 40kg for women
- Dead lift 70kg for men, 50kg for women
- Overhead squat with 42.5kg for men, 30kg for women
Having said that, there is nothing to stop anyone going for the Open Division if they are happy with the risk that something will likely come up that they cannot do.
What does a typical event or WOD involve?
Here are a couple of the WODs from previous Opens. For the full list, go here. Remember, each WOD is totally unknown before it is announced. But some of these workouts have been repeated in order to allow competitors to see how far they have advanced year to year.
Open Workout 13.2
Complete as many reps and rounds as possible in 10 minutes of:
5 shoulder to overhead (50/35kg)
10 dead lift (50/35kg)
15 box jumps (24/20 inches)
Open Workout 14.4
Complete as many reps and rounds as possible in 14 minutes of:
60 calorie row
50 toes to bar
40 wall ball shots (9kg to 10 ft, 6kg to 9ft)
30 power cleans (60/40kg)
20 ring muscle ups
Open Workout 12.5
Complete as many reps and rounds as possible in 7 minutes of:
3 thrusters (45/32.5kg)
3 chest to bar pull ups
6 chest to bar pull ups
9 chest to bar pull ups
12 pull ups
If you complete the round of 12, continue to 15 then 18 etc.
Each week, the workout is announced in a live event at which some top athletes take on the WOD with no time to prepare. Last year's final event announcement was particularly exciting. Have a look below (skip to 3:40 for the announcement and 25:00 for the start of the workout):
How much does it cost? How do I sign up?
To sign up, go here. The registration process is straightforward and it costs just $20 to enter. If you'd like to have your workouts judged and scores verified by CrossFit City Road at Gymbox Old Street, you will need to follow the steps as set out in our previous post from last week.
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