The CrossFit Games Open will be upon us at the end of the month! For those who haven’t had the pleasure of taking on the Open before, here are some details that will help you figure out what’s ahead: The Open is a series of five workouts, released one week at a time. Those who enter their scores and place best in their region will move on to the Regional workouts (held later in the spring), which is the qualifier for the full CrossFit Games.
Workouts are announced on Thursday night, then we take on the workout as our daily WOD every Friday and you have until Monday to enter your score. To log your scores and see where you stand, you’ll need to sign up on the Games site. If you are not interested in participating, you can just show up and do class as usual. The workouts are no different from what we do in the gym on a regular basis, so don’t be intimidated!
The competition aspect of the Open is just one part of the five weeks, and in my opinion, not even an important one. What makes me love taking on these five weeks with the gym is the excitement I see in class. This is when our community really shines through. I get to watch people challenge themselves as they push through the difficult portions of each event, and I watch as the others in class are there to cheer them on when they need help.
The idea is not to be a superstar and compete with the elites in this thing. The idea is to measure the progress you have made throughout the course of the last year (workouts are often repeated from year to year) and to set some benchmarks that you can improve upon the next time you do them.
First, last, or somewhere in the middle, it does not matter where you finish. What is important is how you put to use all you’ve been working on in class and that you open yourself up to the vulnerability of the challenge.