Feb 18th, 2013
By Mike Minium
Katie on her way to the top of the box during last year’s Open
(Warning: Long post, but important. Make sure you read it all if you’re doing the Open or are on the fence about doing the Open.)
The first stage of the CrossFit Games, the Open, is a little over two weeks away. The first workout gets released on Wednesday, March 6th. Can’t wait!
If you’re interested in doing the Open, the process is simple. You simply go to the Games site and register. Make sure you register for Team CFO when you do it. It will cost you $20. If you registered for the Open last year, you’ll use the same profile (and login credentials) that you used last year. This is the best deal around for CF competition. Most competitions will cost you at least $50, and more often than not, $100.
It would be great if we could get more of you registered for the Open. We currently have 36 people, which is great, but last year we had more than 50 participate. If you talk to any of the 50, too, they’ll tell you what a great experience it was.
In the past, we charged an additional $50 fee that went toward paying trainers to validate scores for people who did the workout on days other than Saturday, as well as have them work a lot of shifts on Saturdays. This year, to make the Open more affordable, we’re doing away with the $50 CFO charge, but as a result, we can no longer have y’all doing the workouts outside of the scheduled times (more on this below).
We’ve also added one other twist to the competition, just to keep the CFO vs. CF Sweat Shop fire alive (more on this below, too).
So here’s how the Open is going down.
There will be two options for doing the Open workouts. The primary option (and the one that all of you should want to do) is doing the workout on Saturday with the rest of your fellow CFOers. The first heat will kick off at 10am each Saturday. Please note that Saturday group classes will only be running at 8am and 9am during the five weeks of the Open. Everyone will be assigned a heat on Saturday, and the heat schedule will be published on Thursday night right here on this blog.
The other option for doing the Open workout is Thursday during two specific time slots: 6am-8am and 5pm-7pm. If you need to do the workout on Thursday, you’ll need to email us in advance so that we can make arrangements for judging.
Trust us, though, you’re gonna want to do the workout on Saturday. The atmosphere is electric, and so many people get PRs and firsts (pull-up, shoulder-to-overhead, etc.) with all the other CFOers around cheering them on.
Everyone who participates in the Open will judge one time, and only one time, each Saturday. The judging schedule will be published along with the workout heat schedule each Thursday night right here on the blog.
As an aside, for the performances of CFOers that we think will count toward the team score (you know who you are), only CFO trainers and/or experienced competitors will be used as judges. No exceptions.
Don’t Forget About CF Sweat Shop
Nabil, the owner of CrossFit Sweat Shop, and I have been having some behind-the-scenes talks about putting a little gym pride on the line during the Open this year (and I don’t want you guys to forget about what happened during the CrossTown Throwdown last year). So we’ve added a little twist to the Open.
The first three workouts at CFO will be just like how we’ve done it in the past: CFOers doing the workouts at CFO on Saturday.
The fourth workout will take place at CFO, but we’re going to have CF Sweat Shop here as well, and we’ll be running mixed CFO/CFSS heats.
The fifth and final workout will take place at CF Sweat Shop, and we’ll get to compete in their recently expanded gym (I can’t wait to see it). Just like the week before, we’ll be running mixed heats.
Additionally, we’ll be taking the scores of the top men and women (most likely the top 5, but we’re still working out the details on this) from each gym and comparing them each week. First team to win three workouts wins the contest as best CrossTown Gym in the Open.
Cant’ wait for it all to go down…this is gonna be the best Open season yet!