For many of us, the CrossFit Open was synonymous with the beginning of the “CrossFit season”. It meant that an exciting time started, when athletes worldwide would compete for a chance to move on to”Regionals” and possibly the “CrossFit Games”. But things changed this year. The Open is not the beginning of the season anymore and the qualifying process is different (if you want to read more on how athletes now qualify to the Games, read this). Long story short, everything changed except one thing: the reason why we still do the Open.
What is the CrossFit Games Open?
It started in 2011, as a mean to further filter the amount of athletes that went to the CrossFit Games. Last year, over 430,000 people registered for the Open. Anybody, worldwide, can register for the competition. As long as they can have a certified judge and the necessary equipment, they can compete. The Open lasts for 5 weeks, with one workout released per week on Thursdays. Over the course of these 5 weeks, athletes around the globe will complete a different workout each week (with options of scaling the workout) with the goal of giving their best, have fun and improve their fitness.
But, as the Open evolved, people started associating the Open with “competition”. The images of people going above and beyond their limits for a score is what people thought of. Which in part affected the event negatively. Most of us didn’t start CrossFit to compete. We workout to have fun, get a better quality of life and do things that we couldn’t before. So why would we compete?
Why do the Open?
Think about the Open as the end-of-the-year company party. It’s a celebration of your hard work throughout the year. It’s a realization of where your hard work has led you to. You will be surrounded by colleagues and friends who support you and have been by you during this year of growth. It’s a time when the entire gym comes together to celebrate the milestones that have happened within this past year.
Out of the 430,000 people that registered for the Open last year, only 1,600 people qualified for Regionals. So only 0.3% of all people that competed moved on to the next stage. Chances are that none of them workout at your gym. So it’s not about competition, it’s not about qualifying to the next stage and it’s definitely not about seeing who’s the best. The Open is about our community of people, who chose to prioritize their health. People who wanted to do something about their fitness and improve their quality of life. People who wanted to spend more time with their kids, take on a new hobby, have more energy and/or get rid of chronic diseases.
The Open is for everyone. It’s your chance to see how far you’ve come, find out what hard work can do for you, maybe get a PR or two and discover what you need to work on for next year’s Open! Sign up today!
If you have any questions about the Open, come chat with your Celebration CrossFit coaches!
by Coach Matt