The first workout of the 2021 Games Season will be announced on Thursday, March 11. Are you ready?!? (If you are, click HERE to register! If you’re unsure, read on for more info.)
WHAT is the “Open?”
The Open is an annual, online competition for CrossFit athletes around the world. It’s the largest fitness competition on Earth and a global celebration of all the individual reasons we CrossFit! People participate in the Open to push themselves to new limits, experience the intensity and camaraderie of competition, and see how they stack up. For the most elite athletes, the Open is the first step to qualify for the CrossFit Games. There are multiple levels of competition, so athletes of all ages, abilities, and experience levels can join in the fun! It doesn’t matter if you’re 14, 40, or 64; if you’re just starting out or a muscle-up pro.
You can compare your results by division, geographic location, gym, or custom groups (such as your alma mater, occupation, etc), or just try to beat your placement from last year.
WHEN is the “Open?”
This year the Open is 3 weeks long, starting on March 11. Every Thursday night an Open workout will be posted to the Games website at 8:00pm EST. Registered athletes have 4 days – until Monday at 8:00pm EST – to complete the workout and submit their scores.
What are the Workouts Like?
The Open is for EVERYONE! Each Open WOD has several versions, to encourage participation of all ages, abilities, and experience levels.
- Rx’d – For athletes that typically Rx our daily workouts.
- Scaled – For athletes that typically scale our daily workouts but are familiar with most CrossFit movements.
- Foundations – For our newest athletes.
- No Equipment – For athletes completing the workout at home who don’t have access to equipment.
- Age Groups – For teens (ages 14-17) and Masters 55+. (Age as of July 14, 2021)
- Adaptive – New this year are 8 divisions for athletes with permanent physical or intellectual impairments.
You can switch back and forth between Rx’d, Scaled, and Foundations each week, based on the specific workout that is announced. Those who complete all 5 workouts Rx will be ranked against other Rx athletes.
Full rules and details can be found in the 2021 CrossFit Games Rulebook.
HOW do I Participate?
If you are a member at ICA, participating in the Open is easy! All you have to do is register for the Open ($20), then show up to class on all three Fridays (March 12, 19, and 26), where we’ll run the Open workout as our gym’s Daily WOD. After class, remember to post your score to the Games website!
If you can’t make it to the gym on Friday, you can complete the workout at home and we can still validate your workout for you. Or, you can complete the workout during an Open Gym on Monday.
Even if you don’t sign up for the Open, you are welcome and encouraged to attend Friday class and complete the workout!!
ICA’s In-House Open Competition
The Open is a ton of fun, and we encourage everyone to participate! Athletes who register by Monday, March 8 will be drafted onto one of 4 teams, headed by John, Ricky, Dave, and Nikki. Each week that you complete the workout you’ll earn points for your team. At the end of the 3 weeks we’ll announce the winning team! We’ll end the Open with an outdoor social event for all the Open participants – exact date TBD based on weather!
I’m in. How Do I Register?
Register HERE. Remember to choose CrossFit Phoenixville as your affiliate!
If you’re on the fence, sign up! The Open is a lot of fun and will help you push yourself to new limits. It will also bring you closer to your ICA Open Team and the worldwide CrossFit community – and we can all use some more connectedness these days!