Yesterday marked the opening of registration for the 2014 CrossFit Open. For those of you who are unfamiliar, the CrossFit Open is the first step to qualifying for the CrossFit Games. Anyone in the world can register for the Open and compete for the opportunity to participate in their Regional competition, or even the Games.
At Intrepid, the Open WODs will be a part of the weekly programming, so whether you decide to register for the Open or not, you’ll have an opportunity to do them. If you do register for the Open however, one of the trainers will have to judge your WODs and you won’t be able to scale them. To determine whether you can get through the WODs, or most of them anyway, just do a google search for previous years’ WODs. They are named by the year and week, 2011-2013, so they’re called “CrossFit Open WOD” 11.1-11.5, 12.1-12.5, and 13.1-13.5. Again, there’s no obligation to register, but if you want a shot at qualifying for Regionals as an individual or as a team, or if you’re just interested in seeing where you stack up in the world, the Open is your opportunity to do so.
If you have registered for the Open in the past, make sure you use your same login ID so you can track your history from previous years. Also, if you paid for the judge’s course last year, your fee will be waived if you use the same registration. Here’s a link to the Open registration and the judge’s course.
Here are some additional details about the Open:
– The workouts will be released on Thursday of every week and will close the following Monday aft 5p PT
– If you qualify for Regionals as an individual (top 60), you must use a registered judge who has passed the judges course, have the results validated by an affiliate manager, and video tape your workouts (you will be asked to submit one of the WODs prior to attending Regionals, and it will be selected at random)
– The top 200 masters athletes in each age group will be selected to perform an additional 4 workouts for a chance to compete at the Games. The top 20 in each age group will compete at the CrossFit Games. Again, the same judging and video requirements as above apply to masters.
– This year they’ve implemented a new drug test program, they can test any registered competitor at any time of year for any reason.
Whether you decide to register or not, it’ll be a fun way to bring us all together and push us to be our best. Maybe you’ll get through your first WOD with unassisted pull ups, maybe you’ll get through a WOD with your highest box jump ever for reps, and hey, maybe you’ll even get your first muscle up! Make it what you want it to be, a little competition can be fun.
With that, I’ll leave you with a motivational video from the Games site: http://games.crossfit.com/video/your-chance-your-choice-your-open.