Welcome to Chris Gee’s ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ blog about this year’s CrossFit Games Open. Please choose the appropriate starting point for your journey through this guide from the options below:
- I have never heard of the CrossFit Open
- I have heard of, but have never competed in the Open
- I have competed in the Open, but never at M Squared
- I have competed in the M Squared Open before
- I am Paul Sea
The basics…each weekend for 5 weekends starting 11thOctober, CrossFit HQ releases a workout that everyone can have a go at (with different versions for RX athletes, scaled athletes and different age groups). If you want, you can pay CrossFit $20 to register your participation and enter your scores for each workout by the Monday evening deadline. Everyone who registers is then entered into a worldwide leader board and you can compare how you did versus the other 400,000 CrossFitters who have also entered the Open.
P.S. If you happen to be one of the best CrossFit athletes in the world, you can qualify through the Open for next year’s CrossFit Games (the world championships of competitive CrossFit) by finishing the 5 weeks towards the top of that leader board. If you are starting this blog at section 1, then you really, really do not need to worry about this bit.
Do the Open you miserable sod. Even with Brexit having kicked the shit out of the exchange rate, $20 is about £16. And the Open is fun. My first Open was 2016 when I had been doing CrossFit about 8 months…but I did it alongside people who had been doing it for much less than that, as well people who had been CrossFitting for years. We all cheered each other on and we all achieved things we had not expected. Your first pull up, your first handstand push up, a new weightlifting PB. It all happens in the Open. There is something about every CrossFitter in the world doing the same WoD at the same time that pushes people on.
We do things differently here. For the last 2 years, we have run our own internal competition alongside the Open. We arrange ourselves in to a few big teams (of between 8 and 12 people depending on how many people sign up in total) and award points for who did best in the RX and scaled versions of the weekly workouts. It gives anyone who has not done the Open before a bit of extra support and adds a bit of spice to the competition.
We generally do the Open workouts during Friday classes and always have a bit of a sweat party on Friday nights! Instead of the 5, 6 and 7pm classes, we run wave after wave of people doing the Open workout under the Friday Night Lights. There is always a big crowd, the atmosphere is electric and on the last Friday we order a shed load of pizzas. Before you ask – Dominos. Of course it’s Dominos.
It has been my honour and my pleasure to take care of the last 2 M Squared team Opens on my little Excel spreadsheet…but this time we are kicking it up a notch. We have our very own competition page on Team Aretas, and the pros will look after our team score board. What that means is that you will have to register on the Team Aretas website as well as on the CrossFit Games website. Registration with Team Aretas is free. The link you need is here:
You will also have to enter your weekly scores on the Team Aretas website as well as on the Games site.
Note: if you don’t want to register with CrossFit HQ to do the Open, but just want to join our internal competition, you can. Register with Team Aretas as above, enter your scores just there, and spend $20 on something pretty for yourself.
Once everyone has registered on Team Aretas we will split up into teams – probably with a random draw like we did last year.
Obviously you’re doing it.