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The Open Is Upon Us

In the past year we have added many new members to our CrossFit PEI family. Some of you may have heard people talking about this “Open” thing and are wondering what that is?

The Games season is broken up into three stages.

1) The first step is the Open, a worldwide, inclusive, five-week competition that kicks off early in the spring.

2) The top athletes from the Open in each of the 17 regions around the world will qualify for the second stage of the competition—Regionals, a three-day, live competition.

3) The season culminates at the Reebok CrossFit Games in July. At the Games, thousands of participants will be whittled down to around 100 of the fittest men and women in the world.

Forget about stage 2 and 3, and lets get back to the Open. Starting tomorrow night the 2014 season begins with the worldwide Open competition. Everyone in the world is invited to compete in five workouts over five weeks, posting their scores online in real time. Last year, almost 140,000 athletes competed in the Open. How does it work?

  1. First you sign up, I believe it costs $20
  2. Then every Thursday night at 9:00pm you check games.crossfit.com to find out what the WOD is for that particular week
  3. You then have until Monday at 9:00pm to complete the WOD (under the watchful eye of a judge) and submit your score
  4. This process is repeated for five consecutive weeks

Still not sure if you want to sign up? Chances are if you attend a class on Saturdays, your going to do that weeks WOD anyways. So if your able to do it Rx’d, you might as well sign up and see where you rank amongst every person in the world.

Not sure about your skill level? Based on the last three years this would be what I would consider a list of minimum requirements:

  • Power snatches 75/55#
  • Double Unders
  • Deadlifts 155/100#
  • Hand Release Pushups
  • Box Jumps 24/20″
  • Squat Clean & Jerk 165/110#
  • Burpees
  • Overhead Squats 120/90#
  • Power Cleans 145/100#
  • Toes to Bar
  • Wallballs 20/14#
  • Thrusters 100/65#
  • Chest to Bar Pullups
  • Push Press 115/75#

No one is saying you have to sign up, it’s purely optional. I will say that if you can perform the basic movements, most people who don’t sign up usually wish that they would have by the end of it.

Stay tuned for a further post, but I believe as of right now if you want to do the WOD’s and be judged, the Friday 6:00pm class and the Saturday classes are going to be set aside for the Open. Fridays at 5:00pm will be regular programing. If you need to do the WOD on Sunday or Monday, it is your responsibility to make arrangements with a Judge, don’t just show up to class that day and expect the coach running the class to judge you.

If you want to now more, check out the CrossFit Games website.

Good luck (you’re going to need it).

19 Comments
  1. Great description! Thanks!!! (signed up and ready to go… eek!!!)

  2. Great description! Thanks!!! (signed up and ready to go… eek!!!)

  3. Getting pretty excited! Going to be lots of “nervous pees” on Saturday.

  4. Predictions for 14.1……double unders and a clean and jerk ladder

  5. Ahh the open.

    Folks, last years open came around and I thought I had no business taking part. I wasn’t what I considered an athlete at all. Previous years had weights past my current records. What if I can’t even do the work outs?

    Then Coach CPayne told me days before the open to just sign up so I didn’t regret it. Glad I listened to her. The weeks to come were riddled with PRs and progress. The excitement and magic of the open showed me that I was just learning what I may be capable of. It was so much fun.

    Long story short, if you have any sort of interest even with lots of doubts, do it anyways. You are truely just competing against yourself. Maybe like me, for the first time.

    Having an injury this years will be interesting and full of more “can I even do that workout” moments.

    Can’t wait to see everyone kill it.

    • I remember us getting through those damn wall balls together Adam. You did great…was super proud of you as you knocked several self limiting walls down. Awesomeness!

  6. Rob if that happens I will cry.

  7. I’d live to see DUs right off the bat. (Wow, I just said that)

    However, they are a cut off point skill. Do I doubt they’ll be a first rep in any wod.

    Fingers crossed for no snatches, ohs or heavy cleans for a couple weeks.

    Formal prediction…

    13.2 will show up this year
    Let’s put those controversial box steps to rest.

    If 14.1 is not 13.2 then I say 14.1 uses a kettle bell.

  8. Hope everyone is excited! Big progress year over year Adam, I agree.

  9. Anyone want to bet on burpees for the first workout?

  10. Burpees over box or to a target

  11. Bar facing burpees
    clean and jerk ladder

  12. Naw… burpees opened the show the past two years. I think it’s time for change.

    DUs, while I doubt will show up this early, they are a good heart rate option and did show up first in 2011.

    I guess we will know soonish

  13. I second what Adam said about giving it a shot even if you are worried about weights and your ability. It’s amazing what your body can do when you really work! I loved every second of last year’s open! Even if I wasn’t breaking any records! :)

  14. Lost my double unders yesterday…the open better not start with them.

  15. double unders and snatch my friends. I have some lovely arm slashes to prove that I was game :)

    130. Nice easy mark for you guys to beat :)4

  16. Nice Dave! I bet it is a shoulder murderer.

  17. 40 people signed up from CrossFit PEI. Anyone else?

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