As we all know, CrossFit has a duality to its allure. The program and workouts are excellent for anyone wanting to take their fitness and wellness to the next level in their everyday lives and that makes up a great portion of our community. Right alongside that are is the greater community and competitive athletes of CrossFit. These individuals will go to competitions year-round and compete in CrossFit or Weightlifting against athletes from all over. Regardless of which area you focus in, you have without a doubt heard that the 2014 CrossFit Games Open is coming up very soon. With all the hype leading up to the first workout announcement, we would like to take a minute and offer a bit of an orientation.
Q: What is the Open?
A: The CrossFit Open is the first round of competition leading to the CrossFit Games. It is an “Open” format meaning that any athlete can compete. There are 5 workouts in total spanning 1 a week over 5 weeks of competition.
Every Thursday evening, the WOD’s will announced on the CrossFit Games website and you will have until the following Monday evening to complete the workout with a judge and submit your score. Remember, each workout must be done with a judge, but don’t worry, you’ll find the details for that below.
You might be asking yourself, “If the professional athletes are doing the workouts, how will I know if I can do them?” The workouts are designed so that no matter your skill level, you can obtain points/reps. One of the best parts about the Open is that even if you don’t expect to make regionals, the CrossFit Games site allows you to create athlete profiles and custom leaderboards so you don’t have to compete against athletes like Rich Froning, but instead your typical 4:00 pm training partner or your friend who CrossFits in a different state.
Q: How do I participate in the 2014 Open at CrossFit Fringe?
A: All you have to do is log onto the CrossFit Games Website linked above, click the red “Log In” tab, and follow the instructions for signing up. Your athlete profile shows your age, division, and you can even add some of your top WOD times or outline your experience with CrossFit so other athletes can get to know you a bit better.
After you sign up, and complete your athlete profile, jump on Facebook and message Coach Mitch Johnson to let him know you are competing. He will send you some more information about our class times devoted to performing Open Workouts with our judges at the box. We will have plenty of opportunities for you to be judged but early contact will help make it easier to coordinate with your schedule.
Q: Am I really ready to compete? How do I get more work to make sure I’m ready?
A: We can assure you, the CrossFit Games Open are programmed perfectly over the last few years for anyone to compete. However, if you’d like to do something a little extra, we recommend checking out these links. They are other facilities or specialty sites that will give you TONS of information regarding technique, pacing, strategy, etc.
Each week as the WOD is announced, sites like these, as well as dozens of others, will release strategy videos and tips to help you prepare for the workout. Be on the lookout on Facebook, as our athletes who have participated in past years will no doubt be sharing these and their experiences.
We’d also like to point out our Saturday technique sessions will be covering skills that are likely to be involved in the Open Workouts, so stay tuned for announcements regarding those dates and times.
This is a really exciting time to be in CrossFit. For newer athletes you will learn so much in such a short amount of time, and you will come away approaching your training and new challenges with new eyes. If you are still on the fence, I highly encourage you to give it a try!