How to Compete in the Open
2017 CrossFit Games Open at CrossFit Charlotte
The CrossFit Games Open is the first leg of the annual CrossFit Games season and the largest community event in the CrossFit world. It is a five week competition beginning on February 27th and ending on March 27th, where a new workout is released each week. As the name implies, this stage of competition is “open” to anyone who wants to sign up, and for most people it represents a fun way to get involved with their local and global CrossFit community while benchmarking their fitness progress.
Here is a quick video on How to Compete in the Open from CrossFit HQ.
For the Open this year at CFC we will be having a competition within the gym with two-person teams. Teams will be male/male and female/female and scoring will be simple - the combined individual scores of the two team members will determine their team score for the week. In order to be a part of the gym’s competition both team members must register for the Open at games.crossfit.com. When you register make sure that you list CrossFit Charlotte as your Affiliate. Open registration costs $20 but is well worth it - go without a Kill Cliff for a few weeks and you’re balanced out.
The competition will be structured in divisions as follows:
We will separate competitors into two age divisions:
“Individuals”: Anyone under 35 years old.
“Masters”: Anyone 35 years old and above.
Within each age division there will be three levels based on workout scaling:
Level 1 - Teams that do the majority of their daily workouts RX’d. These teams will do the Open workouts as prescribed.
Level 2 - Teams that do modified daily workouts more than RX’d. These teams will also do the Open workouts as prescribed.
Level 3 - Teams that modify most/all of their daily workouts. These teams will do the Open workouts modified.
We will name winning teams each week for each division, and then have overall winners for each division at the end of the Open. It will be up to you to find a partner who can compete in the same division as you and to choose your division correctly. Teams will be reviewed after being submitted to ensure that there is no sandbagging in divisions!
As a final note, keep in mind that the Open and this competition are intended to be FUN and INCLUSIVE! Everyone who considers signing up for the Open faces their own doubts and insecurities about competing and whether it will be worth it, but you will quickly realize that it is much more about community and the opportunity to push yourself more than you normally might than it is cutthroat competition and overwhelming pressure. Every year I hear people say “I was on the fence about signing up but after doing it I’m SO glad that I did.” Be that person this year, you won’t regret it!