It's that time of the year again, the time every CrossFitter dreams about... it's almost time for the 2016 CrossFit Games Open! Some of our older members might remember the CrossFit Open from last year, the bumpin' choonz, the shouts and cheers from your athletes, the thrusters. All. The. Thrusters. But for those of you newer to the sport, below is the blog we posted last year explaining the Open... read on to find out more and to see how we'll be taking on the Open at CrossFit 1864 this year!
Originally posted 22 January 2015...
There are a few different sides to CrossFit... there's the 'just come in and train' aspect, where you come to the box, do the WOD, cheer for people (and get cheered for!), high five and chest bump your fellow athletes on your way out the door and steadily improve your fitness. Next, there's the community side. You come to the box, do the WOD, cheer for people (and get cheered for!), high five and chest bump your fellow athletes on the way out, arrange for an outside-of-the box get together, join in on the BroSesh, comment on Facebook, and so on. There's also the competitive side of CrossFit: CrossFit as the Sport of Fitness. This is when you test your fitness against other CrossFit athletes in a competition. At times stressful, at times exhilarating, CrossFit competitions are always a great learning experience.
Finally, there is the side of CrossFit that brings all of this – the fitness, the community, and the competition – together, The CrossFit Open.
WHAT IS THE CROSSFIT OPEN, EXACTLY?
The CrossFit Open is a worldwide competition, open to everyone. Once a week, for five weeks, CrossFit HQ will publish a workout and all CrossFitters registered for the Open will have one week to do the workout and submit their scores. The top 10-30 male and female athletes and teams from each region (number of athletes depends on the region) will go on to compete at Regionals. The top 5 athletes from Regionals will go on to T.B.D.D. (The Big Damn Deal), The CrossFit Games. From a mere 26,000 athletes in the first CrossFit Open in 2011, the CrossFit Open has grown exponentially since it first started in 2011. There were over 200,000 athletes from all different backgrounds and fitness levels registered last year!
WHY SHOULD I SIGN UP?
Why the hell not?!
Seriously, the CrossFit Open is loads of fun. The workouts that CrossFit HQ come out with are a blast (you guys have already taken on a few... Thrusters and burpees anyone?!) and most importantly, this gives you a chance to test your fitness, not just against all of the other athletes signed up for the Open, but also against yourself. CrossFit is all about the measurable, observable and repeatable fitness, and every year of the Open, CrossFit HQ repeats one of their previous workouts (or a combination of the two). For example, Phil did CrossFit Open 13.2 (10min AMRAP: 5 STOH 52.5kg, 10 Deadlift 52.5kg, 15 Box jumps 24") back in 2013 and got 6 rounds and 2 reps. He repeated the workout towards the end of last year, in October, and this time got 8 rounds. That's an improvement of nearly 2 whole rounds, a 30% improvement in just under 2 years!
WHAT IF I CAN'T...
I can hear the questions already....
"What if I can't do a muscle up, link double unders, get 40 kg over my head, etc etc? I've seen the YouTube videos, and I'm nowhere near Annie Thorisdottir or Rich Froning!"
Don't stress! The workouts released are programmed so that anyone can take them on, regardless of their ability, and anyone will find them challenging, whether you're a Games-ready athlete or a CrossFit newbie. Furthermore, there is nothing more exhilarating than hitting your first pull up or stringing together your first double unders during the Open. So why not have a go? In addition, this year, CrossFit HQ will be releasing scaled versions of the Open workout, yet another reason why you have no reason not to sign up!
Back to 19 Jan 2016...
HOW THE 2016 CROSSFIT GAMES OPEN IS GOING DOWN AT CROSSFIT 1864
The 2016 Open will run for five weeks from Thursday 25 February to Monday 28 March. We will be doing the first four Open workouts on Mondays in all morning and evening classes. Similar to the way we rocked the Christmas Crackers, we will be increasing the cap on classes and running the workouts in heats. The final Open workout will be our very own Big Damn Deal! We will be smashing Open 16.5 together on Sunday 27 March followed by a big end-of-the-Open Bash, details TBC.
WORKOUT OF THE DAY
A) Strength: Back squat
Perform 5 x 10
- Rest as needed between sets
B) Strength: Conditioning & Gymnastics
10 Good mornings
- Rest 30 seconds -
5-8 Strict chest to bar pull-ups
- Rest 30 seconds -
5 High box jumps
- Rest 30 seconds -