The 2016 CrossFit Open is just days away! For many of you, this will be your first experience of the Open so to help you prepare, your coaches have put together a little FAQ section to answer any and all of your queries.
What is the Open?
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. Over 272,000 athletes from all different backgrounds and fitness levels registered last year!
The first WOD of the 2016 CrossFit Open will be announced on Thursday 25 February at c. 6 pm PACIFIC time (which is like the middle of the night over here!)
When are we doing it?
CrossFit 1864 will be taking on the Open WODs in all classes every Monday during the Open: 29 February, 7 March, 14 March, and 21 March. We’ll do the final Open WOD on Sunday 27 March (more on that later).
On Mondays, our class cap will be increased to 12 members and the workouts will be run in heats (similar to the Christmas Crackers), with each heat judging a previous heat.
Why do I need a judge?
As the Open is a worldwide event (and there’s a leaderboard), it is important to ensure that everyone is doing the exact same workout, the same movement standards, the same rep scheme. But, don’t let having a judge stress you out! If you’ve been counting your reps properly and hitting all of the movement standards in your training thus far, there’s absolutely nothing to worry about! You’ll be doing the same thing you’ve always done. Think of your judge as your assistant who is very kindly going to give you a break from keeping track of your reps, or looking at the clock when you finish (so you can just collapse on the floor!).
Keep an eye on the blog for an upcoming post with some helpful pointers on how you can be the best judge for your athlete.
How do I register?
Registration is easy peasy. All you need to do is visit the CrossFit Games website, set up an athlete profile and register for the CrossFit Open. Make sure you select CrossFIt 1864 as your affiliate and you’ll be ready to party! Registration is $20 (about £14). You need to register no later than 25 February!
Will we know the workout beforehand?
Be ready for the unknown and the unknowable! The WODs will be announced one at a time, so there’s no way of knowing what they’ll be (although people do their best to guess!)
Speaking of the announcements, they are quite the event! CrossFit HQ selects 2+ of the top CrossFit athletes from last year’s Games to go head-to-head on the WOD. Check out this video of the 15.1 announcement…
You get to watch the elites take on the challenge, and then you get to see how you stack up on the same WOD!
What happens if I can’t do a movement in the WOD?
CrossFit HQ has recently introduced a Scaled Division, so each Open WOD will have an Rx and a Scaled option; however, there is a chance that there will be a movement or a weight you will have never done before in a WOD. So what do you do? Kick the chalk bucket, throw your skipping rope across the room and call it quits? Hells to the no! You try, and try, and try again! Last year, loads of our athletes accomplished things that they didn’t think they were capable of. We also had quite a few athletes that spent 10+ minutes just trying to get one movement! If anything CrossFit is an excellent show of character. It gives you the mental strength to keep trying even when you’re failing and it also shows you what you need to improve upon for next year (and everyone has something they can improve upon)
How do I submit my scores?
On Monday, after we finish the Open WOD, you will need to submit your scores via the CrossFit Games website (the same way you registered for the Open). You will need to record the name of your judge, whether you did the Scaled or Rx division, and your time/score (obviously!) This needs to be done no later than 9 pm on the day so that one of your coaches can validate your score in time.
NB Submitting your scores on time is your responsibility - your coaches WILL NOT remind you!
Also, be sure to log your score in Beyond the Whiteboard in addition to submitting your score on the CrossFit Games website. The Open WODs are Benchmark workouts and will be added in to your fitness level.
Why should I do it?
Regardless of if you’ve been CrossFitting for 4 years or 4 weeks, everyone at any level will get something out of doing the Open. It might be the first time you do double unders in a WOD, the heaviest shoulder-to-overhead you’ve ever done, or your first chest-to-bar pull up. It might be establishing 5 different benchmarks that you can re-test later in the year to see how much you’ve improved, or it might be experiencing a competition or seeing how you fare against CrossFitters worldwide. It might just be taking on a WOD with your nearest and dearest fellow athletes. Whatever it is, the Open is an awesome experience, not to be missed.
Hope that helps answer any and all of your questions, and don’t forget, for the last Open WOD, we’re going to party like it’s 1985! Open 16.5 will take CrossFit 1864 back to the 80s – we’ll be rocking the final Open WOD in our freshest 80s gear to the best 80s jams. So. Rad.
WORKOUT OF THE DAY
Today is a chance to brush up on some of those gymnastics skills - because you'll likely see one (or all!) of these in the Open!
A1) Chest-to-bar Pull-ups: 5 x 8-12
A2) Handstand Push-ups: 5 x 8-12
A3) Toes to bar: 5 x 8-12
Are you ready to see if you're better than you were last year? To test your limits? To exceed your expectations? To smash 5 weeks of epic WODs with your fellow Crazy Ones?
There's only one way to find out... Sign up for the 2016 CrossFit Open and join Team CrossFit 1864!
It's your Open, make sure you're WODing to your jam! Don't forget to add your favourite WOD tunes to our Crazy Ones CrossFit Open playlist!