The 2013 Reebok CrossFit Games season is a 3-stage test of fitness, comprised of the Open, Regionals, and the world championships - the CrossFit Games. The season kicks off with the Open, the most inclusive competition in the world. The top athletes and teams in each world-wide region from the Open will move onto Regionals. The best athletes and teams at Regionals will compete at the CrossFit Games, the world’s premier test to find the Fittest on Earth.
In order to identify the fittest, CrossFit invites everyone in the world to compete in the Open. Every Wednesday evening, from March 6 to April 3, an Open workout is posted. Everyone then has until that Sunday evening to complete the workout and register their score.
Each week, for 5 weeks, we will ALL be doing the Open WOD, putting our times up against the world! CrossFit Flagstaff is competing and we want as many of you as possible competing for our team, so please register before the 2nd. (register here)
Remember: EVERYONE can compete in the Open and last year MANY of our CrossFitters did. As a result, we saw a TON of breakthroughs on what people could lift, how high they could jump, the fact that they could do full pushups even though they thought they couldn't, etc etc, the list goes on. Competition pushes away the impossible and shows you what IS possible. SIGN UP! Be part of our team!
"It's For Everybody: Matt Ramsey on The Open" - video
Three Goals for the Open: CrossFit Goodland -"Everyone in the gym is going to do all of the Open Workouts," CrossFit Goodland owner Nick Conn says. "I'm really just hoping to use [the Open] as a learning experience." That is a direct echo of CrossFit Flagstaff.
CrossFit Flagstaff Schedule for the Open:
The workouts will be announced each Wednesday evening at 5:00 p.m.
Every week that workout will be on Thursday as the WOD. We are going to have a big workout event every Thursday at the 6:30 class and we invite all who can attend to come and workout together and we'll run it in a bunch of heats with judges for everyone. If you can't make that 6:30 class, you may come to any class throughout that day, and you'll have Sunday to make it up as well.
If you ABSOLUTELY can't make Thursday or Sunday classes and MUST do it another time, you may arrange a time with a trainer.
from CrossFit Lisbeth
I’m joining the CrossFit Open again. I’ll probably be in the Open until I die, tossing aside a cane to throw myself up on the pull-up bar, and overhead squatting my walker. I’m just that way. Stubborn and aggressively optimistic.
The Open is fun. It’s wild and crazy and so full of enthusiasm that it makes you wonder for our sanity. “7 minutes of burpees? Ok!” I did that one last year, after three days of a horrible stomach virus that left me sleeping on the bathroom floor. But I wasn’t going to miss the start of the Open. I dragged myself to the box, and for seven minutes, threw myself down on the ground and then got back up. Then I turned some horrendous shade of grey, and spent several minutes in the CrossFit Santa Cruz parking lot, trying not to throw up. Good times.
And that’s what’s wrong with us, right? This is the kind of story we remember. These are the things that make us happy. Sure it’s fun to see who leads the Open, like it’s fun to watch the real beasts of your gym do incredible shit, but it’s the stories of perseverance, drive, and hope in the face of bad odds that make us smile and be proud to call ourselves CrossFitters. It’s competing, even when you have no chance of winning. It’s putting yourself out there. Having heart, in the face of a world that seems to want to stomp it out of your chest.
CrossFit isn’t just a workout, or a movement. It’s a warrior cry on a windswept plain when the enemy is all around you. And that’s kind of cool.
So, I’m joining the Open again this year. A 47-year-old woman with a couple of body parts that have seen better days. (I’m talking about my knee and my shoulder. AHEM. Get your mind out of the gutter.) I’m not fast, I’m not agile, but the squat is my best friend. So, I’m plunking down my $20 today and I’m taking my place in the ranks. Join me. We’re going to have SO much fun.