The Crossfit Open will take place from March 6th to April 7th. Every Wednesday starting March 6th, CrossFit HQ will release the workout and participants will have until the following Sunday to do the workout and submit their score.
You can read the official rules and register here: http://games.crossfit.com/
CrossFit AEON will be hosting the Open WODS on Thursday nights from 5:30 – 7:30PM on:
- March 7th
- March 14th
- March 21st
- March 28th
- April 4th
Athletes will also have a chance to do the Open WOD on Saturday at Open Box.
We will have all the necessary equipment, judges, loud music, and screaming supporters to do the thing properly. We will also verify the score which you submit.
Participation is FREE.
There are masters categories. These are 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, and 60+.
When you register, you will need to select an affiliate, so make sure you register under CrossFit AEON. Click here to register.
Who and why
The CF Open is open to anyone who wishes to participate. While mastery of higher level skills such as muscle-ups, snatches, and double-unders, is rewarded, it isn’t necessary. There is usually a way for people who don’t have these skills to do a part of the workout and receive a reduced score.
Why do this depends on the person, but some observations I’ve made over the years:
- Making the choice to compete changes your training, it gives purpose and intensity.
- It motivates you to make those other adjustments to your sleep and nutrition, that you might otherwise brush off.
- All in all, you’ll get more out of you regular training, and isn’t that what you’re here for in the first place?
- Lastly, it’s fun. It’s fun to work toward that goal, it’s fun to show up on game day and be in the middle of all the excitement and energy, it’s fun to get nervous before the buzzer, and it’s fun to be cheered and to cheer for the other athletes.
All athletes within a region are ranked according to their score and points are awarded according to their rank. Fewer points mean a better placing. At the end of the 5 weeks, the top 58 men, top 58 women, and top 30 teams from each region will advance to the Regional competition. For Masters, the top 20 athletes in each age category worldwide will advance directly to the Crossfit Games.
For teams, regardless of how big the team is, the top 3 men and top 3 women for each event will be the score. They can be different people each time. If the team qualifies for Regionals, they will select 3 men and 3 women from their roster to be their representatives.
What to Expect
Crossfit prides itself on preparing for the “unknown and unknowable” so it’s wise to keep an open mind about what to expect. But on the other hand, there are certain limitations to the format which restrict the movements and workouts that we can reasonably foresee. There probably won’t be much, if any running, swimming, or biking. Sandbags and sleds are probably out.
A great website that looks at this is: http://cfganalysis.blogspot.com/.
Based on the past couple of years, here are the most common movements in order. In parentheses are the &lquop;base” weights which means the average weight of those movements during the Open, Regionals, and Games competitions. You can be confident that while you should aim to be able to do these movements at these weights, you will probably not have to go so heavy during the Open.
- Snatch (men: 60/ women: 40)
- Thruster (60/40)
- Double Under
- Clean (80/55)
- Jerk (80/50)
- Box Jump
- Toes to Bar
- Wall Ball
- Deadlift (145/95)
- Overhead Squat (70/50)