On the heels of the 2019 CrossFit Games, the all-new Open starts in just a few weeks.
With new faces and plenty of programming under our belts, we’re excited to once again test our fitness as a community. And as promised, we’re bringing back our popular Intramural game! Combined with all the new changes to the Open format – it’s sure to make it our best yet!
WAIT, I’M NEW, WHAT IS THE CROSSFIT OPEN?
If you are new to CrossFit, the CrossFit Open is a 5-week challenge consisting of 1 workout each week that allows athletes to see where they stack up in relation to the rest of the world. It’s like a benchmark every single week to see where you are on your fitness journey. Each WOD has its own vibe, just like the workouts we do each week. The workouts will be released every Thursday evening during the five weeks, and you can watch the live announcement of the workout streaming on the CrossFit Games website.
After the workout is released, any athlete who has registered for the Open will have until 5 p.m. PT on the following Monday to submit their score to their team captain or to games.crossfit.com if officially registered.
OKAY, SO A COMPETITION, GOT IT. WHY THO?
Well, big picture and at its most functional level, the CrossFit Games Open is now one of many qualifying stages for the best of the best to make it to the CrossFit Games.
But just like CrossFit, it’s a great test for everyone’s skills and fitness. This matters because it can reinvigorate your motivation, help identify areas of weakness to further set new goals, and even push you to a new PR!
BUT I’M NEW, I’M NOT READY RIGHT?
The Open workouts are tough, but they are written so that any and every CrossFitter can be successful. Meaning? There’s no excuse not to participate! And with our in-house intramural you can enjoy a fun, collaborative competition. It’s a fun way to bond with the community, find new training partners. We program the Open Workouts for all Friday classes anyway, so you might as well! Plus who doesn’t want to be a part of a kickass team with a little in-house bragging on the table?
I’M NOT NEW, WHY NOT SKIP THIS YEAR?
How about the chance to really push yourself to that place. You know that place. As an 8-year Fringe veteran (eeek!) I know better than most how easy it is to get comfortable and complacent. The Open is also a great way to “reset” my adherence to standards and work on virtuosity. You know your toes don’t touch that bar every single rep, and mine don’t either.
We also hear from many of you wanting to do competitions but not feeling ready to sign up yet. Want to talk about perfect circumstances — this is it! You’ll have the support of all your favorite coaches and fellow athletes, with no judgment or worrying about being embarrassed. You will surprise yourself by doing more than you thought possible. Fitness is always better with friends.
OKAY, WE HAVE YOUR ATTENTION, LET’S TALK INTRAMURAL
If you’ve been here in the past, our format has some slight change-ups this year. We will have 4 teams and your team assignment will be based on your most-regular time of attendance (you’ll put you top 2 class times on your form).
Each team will have 2 primary captains. Your captains this year are:
Captains and teams will have a private Facebook group for their team for communication and collaboration on different events and themes throughout the Open. This is one of the most fun parts of the Open! Have I ever mentioned that people have fallen in love during the Open Intramural Competition at Fringe? True story, they got married.
THE 2020 SCHEDULE
- September 13th: This blog post is live as well as announced on social media
- September 15/16th (Sunday/Monday) Intramural Facebook Live Q&A in the Facebook Group
- September 30th – Registration deadline to ensure you have a t-shirt/tank (designs in progress: 1 design/color for each team)
- October 10th: 20.1 Announcement/Throwdown between 2 coaches on opposite teams
- October 11th: 20.1 Friday Night Lights
- October 17th: 20.2 Announcement/Throwdown TBD
- October 18th: 20.2 Friday Night Lights
- October 24th : 20.3 Announcement/Throwdown TBD
- October 25th: 20.3 Friday Night Lights
- October 31st: 20.4 Announcement/Throwdown TBD
- November 1st: 20.4 Friday Night Lights
- November 7th: 20.5 Announcement/Throwdown top 4 males/females
- November 8th: 20.5 Friday Night Lights/In-House Party
REGISTER BY SEPTEMBER 30
You must register for the Open Intramural by September 30. The admission price for the 5-week competition is only $40 with CrossFit Fringe, and includes team t-shirt/tank, as well as food and beverage at our end of the Open at the In-House Party! Most importantly to you – we take all the monies collected and buy new toys we know you’ll like — because you get to choose!
As has become our standard, the winning team gets their name on our Open Intramural Plaque – and we’re printing a bragging banner of the team to hang this year as well. Additionally, we depend on the top team to select what new equipment we’ll buy. In past years we’ve bought bikes, sandbags, resistance bands, ab mats, the list goes on. Whatever we can acquire to make your experience better, we will!
Past winners of this prestigious award are:
2015 – Invasion of the Body Snatchers
2016 – The Walking Deadlifts
2017 – T-RX Assassins
2018 – RX Pistols
We are excited about the 5th year of this special in-house competition. Coaches Nate Bacott and Tyler Lasley are your go-to for judging and for all things Intramural. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to them, or get with us on Facebook or email.