The CrossFit Open is a worldwide CrossFit competition. The 2015 Reebok CrossFit Games season began
with the online Open. Anyone can sign up to compete in 5 workouts over 5 weeks and post their scores online. Last year, the Open reached more than 209,000 athletes from around the world. The 2015 Open began on February 26.
You can either perform the Open workout at a participating CrossFit affiliate where you will be judged in person, or you can film your full performance and upload it to YouTube or another video-sharing site. The video will be displayed alongside your score so other CrossFit athletes can be your judge.
On February 26 the first live Open announcement show streamed to Games.CrossFit.com. Director of the Games, Dave Castro, announced Open Workout 15.1 and moments later top Games athletes completed that workout going head to head. The following Thursday, the same situation took place, as they announced Open Workout 15.2.
A scaled option of the Open workout is released each week of the Open. With reduced loading or less challenging movements, the scaled option is designed to make the Open even more accessible.
15.1: Feb. 26 -March 2
15.2: March 5-9
15.3: March 12-16
15.4: March 19-23
15.5: March 26-30
The CrossFit box I attend created a fun spin on the Open. Not everyone who does CrossFit will be competing to submit their scores to CrossFit.com - it is a choice whether you want to or not. For this newbie, that seemed a little too out of reach for me. So, I was thrilled when I got to participate in the Intramural Open CrossFit Thrive is holding for its members.
The coaches at my box made it clear from the start that this Intramural Open is supposed to be a time to bond with athletes, build community involvement within the box, push and challenge yourself, and most importantly have fun!
The skinny on CrossFit Thrive's Intramual Open:
1 point for showing up
1 point for completing the workout
1 point for top 3 male and female finishers in each division
5 points for team with most spirit
5 points for most encouraging
To be honest, I was not looking forward to this. Mainly because I didn't want to let my team down if I had a 'bad' workout. Well, here we are with 2 of the open workouts under our belts, and I am here to say: I am happy I am participating. The team I am on is so encouraging. Even though each individual is setting personal goals for themselves, everyone is pushing each other and having fun. We even had team shirts made! :)
It has really been good for me, and I am working on not getting discouraged if I can't get a movement quite right or if I am a little slower than my peers. It is all about getting to the box, breaking a sweat, pushing myself, and having fun!