“Each year of the Open is filled with memorable moments. Stories of first muscle-ups, personal breakthroughs, and the beginning of lasting friendships are often sparked during the five weeks of competition in the Open.” -CrossFit.com
The CrossFit Open is celebrating its 10th season! It gets better every year, and while there have been many changes to its format over the years, it remains the single greatest test of pure fitness we have. Whether this year’s open will be your first, or your tenth, you’re bound to push to new heights and discover previously unknown capabilities during the Open!
“But I don’t like to compete, I just want to get fit and have fun.”
Great! That’s what the Open is all about. You don’t have to compete with anybody if you don’t wish to, but just by participating and committing to 100% effort for 5 weeks, you’ll:
- Push yourself harder than you have all year, likely setting a PR or doing a movement you’ve never been able to before. Each year, at least a handful of CFK’ers get their first pull-up, toes-to-bar, muscle-up, or set a weightlifting PR.
- Learn to go to places of discomfort that you weren’t sure of before, thus setting you up for a more successful year of training in 2020 and gaining you the much coveted mental toughness to overcome other obstacles.
- Have an absolute blast tuning in and hanging out each week with all of your CFK buddies, cheering each other on, high fiving, chest-bumping, and ringing PR bells.
Regardless of if you compete with yourself or anyone else, the Open workouts are still just workouts and will be normal training days for those not testing. All our workouts are as difficult as you want them to be and these will be nothing different from that standpoint and should not be skipped.
HOW TO REGISTER
Thursday, October 10: 20.1 (First Open WOD) released online here
Friday, October 11 – Friday, November 10: Workouts 20.1 – 20.5
Friday: CrossFit Classes – all classes, all day, each Friday will perform the Open WOD (One heat each class, no judges)
Saturday: CrossFit L2 @10: 15 am, both locations: Open WOD (with judges)
**If you intend to register as an athlete at CrossFit.com and will require a certified judge, you must also register as a judge and pass the judges course here so that you can also judge for someone else on Saturday!
Friday, November 8: Workout 20.5 – Friday Night Lights / “FRANsgiving” Potluck!
The final Open WOD, crossed with our Thanksgiving celebration! Don’t worry, we won’t be doing “FRAN”… unless that’s what 20.5 turns out to be!
Location: CFK West
Time: 4pm – 8pm
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: I’m not sure if I should do the Open, should I?
A: Yes. Regardless of age, training history, current abilities, physical limitations, or any other potential excuse, EVERYONE will benefit by participating in the Open. There is a scaled division, and at CFK we will have a beginner version of the workout each week.
Q: Should I register online?
A: We STRONGLY recommend it. The online leaderboard is very cool, and has improved over the past 2 years with the ability to create custom leaderboards for individual gyms (CFK will have one), as well as optional filters for age, occupation, experience level, and many other options. You can see your performances year-over-year, providing a yearly benchmark to track progress. Plus, it’s an added layer of ACCOUNTABILITY!
NOTE: It’s not required to register online, and CFK makes no money on your registration. All registration fees go to CrossFit HQ.
Q: I’m new to CrossFit
I haven’t been consistent lately, do I really need to be testing?
A: No, not at all. But… you should still do the Open workouts because they are great training days just like all CrossFit workouts! Work within your means and follow the principles of MCI (Mechanics, Consistency, THEN Intensity). The Open will give you a weekly focus/event to anticipate, keep you consistent during a time where distractions are everywhere, and you’ll have a great time cheering your friends on and talking/tweeting/hashtagging within the community each week.
Q: Which division should I compete in?
A: You don’t need to designate it right this moment. See what the first workout is, view the scaling options, and then decide. You can take it week-by-week, or determine it now and stick with your division the whole time, regardless of the workout. You can’t mess it up!
*We do recommend staying in the same division throughout the open, regardless of the workouts. It’s good to see your weaknesses and if you switch back and forth you can miss out on valuable lessons.
Q: When will we be doing the workouts?
A: Two Options – Friday during classes, or Saturday during the L2 workout at 10:15 am.
NOTE: Those who register online as an athlete must be judged by a certified judge and also become a certified judge to score someone else. Saturday will be the only scheduled option with judges, so if you’re registering online you’ll need to come on Saturday!
**EVERYONE who registers as an athlete online is asked to also register as a judge and pass the online judges course which can be found here. This ensures that we have enough judges on Saturdays!
Q: What if I can’t make Saturdays for the Open throwdowns?
A: If you are registered online and can’t make Saturdays, then you’ll need to find a buddy who’s passed the judges course to judge you during off-class hours, or in the auxiliary room, if available. We will be very accommodating but cannot interrupt other’s workouts or disrespect their time.
Q: What is the deadline for submitting scores?
A: For the CrossFit Open (online), you’ll need to submit prior to Monday at 8 p.m. EST. each week.
Q: How do I submit my scores?
A: For the online competition, submit at https://games.crossfit.com/
Q: What exactly is the CrossFit Open?
A: Besides being the biggest single fitness event in the world, it’s the first way for professional athletes to qualify for the CrossFit Games, as each national champion from every nation with a CrossFit affiliate worldwide will receive an invite. For most of us, it’s 5 weeks of tough workouts, PR’s and high fives. Plus, what’s cooler than seeing your name on the same leaderboard as the greatest athletes in the world?