CROSSFIT GAMES, WHAT ARE THEY AND HOW DO WE PLAY?
CrossFit Games Open is the time to see how we perform compared to other CrossFitters around the world. Last year nearly 400,000 from around the world participated in the Open. That’s roughly eight times how many people ran in the New York City Marathon this past November.
The CrossFit Games Open is a massive competition with hundreds of thousands of athletes from across the globe, and yet the leaderboard rankings we often care about most are between ourselves and our closest friends. ~ CrossFit.com
Just when you’ve gotten the difference between AMRAPs and EMOMs straight in your head, the fitness gods throw another monkey wrench into your plans: the CrossFit Games Open. Wrap your mind around the event/party/sacrifice that is the largest fitness competition on Earth and an exciting showcase of the CrossFit community.
WHAT IS THE CROSSFIT OPEN?
The Open is comprised of five workouts over five weeks, and it starts with 19.1. The workouts will be released every Thursday during the five weeks of the Open, and you can watch the live announcement of the workout that will be streamed on the CrossFit Games website.
Two athletes (or more) will perform the workout live. 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 best score online.
Should I SIGN UP? I’M NOT GOING TO THE GAMES…
Consider that the Open is simply a snapshot of your fitness at one point in time. Maybe you are rehabbing an injury, or just coming back after a hiatus or you are ready to come back and just need a little motivation. It is easy to make an excuse and not participate. The Open can be the catalyst to get you back on track at the gym.
WHAT ABOUT ME? I just started doing crossfit!
Even if you are a complete beginner you can participate in the Open. Every Open workout will feature a scaled workout option.
Everyone competing in the Open has the option of performing a scaled version of the workout in any given week. If you are a complete beginner, this is great news! It ensures that the experience will be even more inclusive.
RINSE AND REPEAT
Annie Thorisdottir, two time CrossFit games champion, thinks do-overs are a good thing.
“I know I’m definitely not doing the workouts just once this year. I know I’m going to have to do the workouts twice. I need to make sure that I hit the workouts perfectly. I’m going to be sharing that experience with my members. I will be on the floor with them on Monday evening hitting that workout one more time.” Thorisdottir is actually a big advocate for redoing Open workouts. She believes that regardless of an athlete’s ability, age or goals, there is much to be gained from doing each Open workout twice.”
STILL NOT SURE…
Talk to your coaches they know what’s up and they will put your concerns to rest. You can do this!