The Open is upon us!
The CrossFit Open is an incredibly awesome time of the year, I’m sure that you’ve heard everyone who did it last year talking a lot about it. This year we will start on Feb 23rd!
So, what is the open? It is 5 workouts done right here in the gym. They are released every Thursday evening for 5 weeks. The Open is the first tier of competition for those who have the goal to compete at the CrossFit Games. It will give you a chance to have fun with the fitness that you’ve been building, so don’t take yourself too seriously, sign up and enjoy the ride.
Last year we ran the open as an in house competition called the Open Intramural. It was quite possibly the coolest thing we’ve done in the history of CrossFit Post Falls. It’s definitely something you should consider doing. We had success stories and moments of flying high. We also had moments where we felt pretty crushed, regardless of what level we were at. It’s all part of the process and part of the fun. You’ll learn something about yourself and get to know your strengths and weaknesses more intimately. So, this year we’re going to do the same thing with the Open Intramural. We’re going to focus more on us and the awesome gym that we are, instead of sometimes getting lost in the shuffle with as big as the open is worldwide. It’s pretty cool to be able to compare yourself to everyone in the world, and you’ll still be able to do that, but we’re going to turn the heat up within the gym and make it a little bit more personal with a team competition. The general idea of it is that we will have a number of teams within our gym to battle it out on a points based system.
Here’s how it will work:
Everyone who wants to participate will register with the CrossFit Games just like normal. We’ll use this platform for some of our scoring. (You will want to do this by Feb. 3rd at which point we will start to draft teams.) Once we get an idea of how many teams we will have, the coaches will elect team captains and hand out invitations. (If you are interested in volunteering for a team captain spot, please let us know!) The team captains will “draft” their team. We will do this in a typical drafting fashion, behind closed doors. After the team captains draft their team of available registrants, the team and their captains can go out and “recruit” anyone else in the gym to be on their team. The bigger the teams and their captains build their team, the better chance the team has to win. There will be a few other rules here about drafting and recruiting, but we’ll get into that later.
As a team, you will create a private Facebook group for easy communication, and can get as crazy as you want with t-shirts, outfits, cheer squads, signs, etc.
Each workout will be released on Thursday night and we will be program it on Friday. You may come in to any of the classes on Friday to get your scored workout in, however we will suggest that you come in sometime in the afternoon/evening. Instead of the normal evening classes we will be running heats all evening, competition style. The atmosphere and excitement during these Friday evenings is amazing. We will make this organized and easy to follow. Don’t worry. Once everyone has completed the work out, I will add your scoring into a spreadsheet to keep track of points and placing. Each week I will release the scores and keep you posted on how each team is doing.
The winning team will get some crazy bragging rights as well as a plaque to add to our trophy board (yes, there will be one by the time this rolls around). We will have a gym party after the open is done to celebrate every single person who participated, announce the winners and talk a little bit more about our hard work and successes.
What I need from you:
–Go sign up asap! Your CrossFit Games registration will be $20. Go here to sign up and pay.
-Volunteers for judges and team captains. You must be available for some time on Friday afternoon/evenings. We won’t need a commitment for the whole 3 hours, but you’ll need to be available here and there.
– The commitment that you will be able to complete all 5 work outs. This can be done at other gyms as well, so if you’re traveling at the time, don’t worry, we will figure it out.
I’m so excited for this and think it will be a ton of fun. Go ahead and get yourself signed up via the games website and we’ll release more information and details as we go.