First off, what the heck is The Open?
The Open is a 5 week world wide competition. It is the first step for any athlete wanting to make it to Regionals or the Games. Every Thursday CrossFit HQ will release a workout. All registered athletes will have until Monday evening to do the workout and then submit their score online. Your score is put up on the worldwide leaderboard, where you can see where you stand in your age division and skill division. Sounds intimidating, and it can be…but don’t stop reading yet!
There are different divisions broken up by age and skill level. There is a teen division for ages 14-17 and Masters division beginning at age 35. The scaled division is just that-a scaled version of the released workout. The scaled division will not have most gymnastics movements like handstand push-ups, muscle ups, etc. and the weights will be considerably lighter compared to the Rx division. If you typically scale all of your class workouts then this is the division for you.
If you are new to CrossFit within the last month, chances are, this year you are going to want to be a cheerleader and judge (both are vitally important roles in The CrossFit Open). If you’ve been in the CrossFit world for more than a few months, and have gotten to see all of the movements and are comfortable with performing them at high intensity then we say, “YES, do it!!!”
“If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you.”
At CrossFit SPT you will have 2 opportunities to be judged.
1. The Open workout will be the workout of the day for Friday classes.
2. We will be hosting Friday Night Lights this year. Every Friday (times TBA) come on up for a workout and community in a competitive atmosphere.
There is no better place to go as hard as you can in a workout than in your home CrossFit gym. There is also no better feeling than to be cheered on by your fellow athletes, and to cheer them on as they do their workout. It’s pushing yourself past what you thought was possible. It’s about getting a great workout in, then cracking a beer with some friends. It’s about the community.
To find out more about the CrossFit Open and to register please visit games.crossfit.com