You should sign up for the CrossFit Open: Here’s why
It’s that time of year again—time to register for the CrossFit Open. This year, the action starts February 23 and runs to March 27.
If you don’t know already, the Open is a five-week-long online WOD competition that is open to every CrossFitter from every box around the globe. Age is not a barrier to joining the fun and neither is experience—scaled WODs are offered.
The Open is not just about WODs, or RX-ing workouts, or pushing yourself to hit PRs. Like CrossFit itself, the heart of the event centres on building a healthy, supportive community through friendly competition.
To play an integral part in a great community challenge—that’s the whole point of the Open and of CrossFit. Each week Alchemy and other CrossFit boxes everywhere around the world ask their members to throw down in a brutal workout and then, at the end, to celebrate everyone’s individual successes. The Open is just a large-scale version of that weekly exercise in community-based exercise.
But there are other important reasons to sign-up for the Open. Here’s a few to consider if you’re still on the fence:
1. To see how far you’ve come.
You come in to the gym three to five times a week and work your butt off. The Open is a great way to showcase the results of all those efforts. More importantly, it will help push you to the next level. We have seen such amazing progress when people are put to the test of the CrossFit Open. The sheer number of first muscle-ups and double-unders is staggering.
2. To count yourself within the community.
Hundreds of thousands of people sign-up for the event each year, and the Open website allows you to see where you rank according to age and location. Don’t get nervous or shy about that part. The only people who should feel bummed about where they rank at the end of the competition should be those that didn’t choose to participate but secretly wanted to.
3. Because you can do it.
The Open is tailored to all athletes—not just the pros—and WODs are scaled accordingly—that means YOU can do it. Sure, you can still marvel at how the pros make the RX workouts look so easy, but going through your own modified version is a good reminder about what it takes to be at the pro level. It’s also great for your development.
The Open is the one time of the year where you have the opportunity to showcase your skills and development— while being cheered on by a supportive, fun group. Don’t get hung-up on thinking that the Open is for elite athletes only, or that you’re not ready for the challenge. The Open is designed for you and everyone that loves CrossFit. Don’t miss out on a great time.
Broder McNeill is a coach and co-owner at Alchemy CrossFit.