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