THE OPEN IS HERE…
First time? Don't stress! Let's break a few things down for you...
The open is a worldwide online CrossFit event that allows hundreds of thousands of people to test there fitness and compete against there peers with the hopes to win whichever leader board you fall upon. This year is a little different to previous years in the way the open in structured. With only 3 weeks instead of the usual 5 weeks and including equipment free workouts, this open is going to go quick! To make sure you are prepared for this upcoming events lets make sure you know the basics.
What will I need?
You'll need to make sure you're registered for the Open via the CrossFit website or here. Basic details are needed including if you are affiliated with a CrossFit gym, where you live and if you are an adaptive athlete and there is a $20 registration fee. You can compete in the open in Scaled, as prescribed, no equipment along with other divisions including masters, adaptive and teens. Depending on the option you chose will be dependent on what equipment/movement standards are needed. More information can be found of the CrossFit website here.
What are the workouts?
Each week a workout will be released for each division to complete but only after Dave Castro releases a workout clue that seems to have no resemblance to the workout itself. See Dave's clue for the first workout here. An announcement is made via the CrossFit website and after workout briefs and scorecards can then be downloaded. You then have 4 days to complete the workout and upload your score (the CrossFit app is the easiest way).
What the heck is an AMRAP?
An ‘AMRAP’ is a commonly used acronym in CrossFit that stands for “as many rounds as possible” or “as many reps as possible” depending on the workout that is prescribed. These workouts have a set time cap for them for example you may see an open workout that says “20 minute AMRAP” which means you will have 20 minutes to complete as many rounds as possible of the workout prescribed. AMRAP’s are often some of the toughest open workouts so bring your fast shoes, lace them up and get ready to rip in!
See more CrossFit acronyms here.
A lot of people do ask this question. You may not be a competitive person but competing in the open is a good way of reflecting your progress year on year. It is a great way of throwing down with your CrossFit peers and showing your support for you box. You will learn a lot too! You may be met with movements you haven't yet mastered which allows you to set goals to accomplish by the time the next Open rolls around. It is amazing what you are capable of when you're cheered on by your mates ☺
Only two more sleeps and the open in upon us! We hope that this blog helped clarify any confusion you had heading into the open. Best of luck to you in your first open! Or if you aren't new to this bad boy then good luck team we hope you all crush it! Remember to follow us on Instagram to keep up to date with our athletes and how they are performing as well as seeing some cute outfit inspo for each week.