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The Open is Here!

David Sheppard

The CrossFit Open is a five-week, online, international competition that kicks off the CrossFit Games season. For elite athletes, it’s the first step in qualifying for the CrossFit Games, at which the fittest man and woman on the earth will be crowned. For the rest of us, it’s a chance to push ourselves, get our competitive juices flowing, and see how we stack up against CrossFitters from around the world.

Over the next five weeks or so, much of what we’ll be doing in the gym will be directly related to the Open. So to make sure we’re all on the same page, here’s a rundown of what that means for everyone at the gym — whether or not you’ve registered for the Open:

Everyone should come on Friday!

The coolest thing about the Open is that it’s a community event. Everyone can participate, and we all get the chance to be athlete, judge, and cheering squad. One important thing to remember is that everyone can and should come to a Friday class to do the WOD — you do not have to be registered for the Open to come do the Open WOD with us on Fridays!

The programming will look a little different

Every week, we’ll be programming workouts using movements, time domains, and combinations that are similar to those that are likely to appear in future Open workouts. You’ll see plenty of jump rope, thrusters, burpees, and pull-ups, and we’ll be doing more AMRAPs than usual. We’ll also be focusing on heavier lifts earlier in the week, and will be using warm-up time to practice skills that could be tested in the Open.

Make-up Mondays

If you’re registered for the Open, you should plan to get the week’s WOD done at the  classes on Fridays. If you can’t make it on Friday, we’ll have a make-up session on Monday evenings at 6:30pm

Thursday Night Throwdown/Watch Parties

We’ll have comfy seats, a big projector, and tasty beverages so that we can all come together and share in the fun as the next WOD is announced every Thursday night at 8p. If you’ve never seen an Open WOD announcement before, it’s a fun thing — Dave Castro (the evil, evil man who programs the Open WODs) announces what the workout will be, and then two high-level CrossFit athletes go head-to-head in completing the workout. It’s fun to watch, especially with your fellow CrossFitters! After we watch these shananigans, two or more of our very own will take a go at the WOD announced for our Thursday Night Throwdown.

The Open continues through the month of March, so let’s get ready for even more fun and games over the next five weeks!

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