The CrossFit Open is the first of two qualifiers for the CrossFit Games. Those who make the cut in the Open move on to Regionals, and then potentially the CrossFit Games.
Now that that is out of the way, let’s talk about what it means to us. The CrossFit Open is five workouts that serve as a benchmark of how our previous years fitness changed and it serves as a measure of how our next years fitness will continue to change.
Think of it as a benchmark workout, except it’s 5 of them, one per week, for 5 weeks straight. It challenges us to perform things we may have previously not been able to do, and to learn what we need to improve upon. It pushes us way out of our comfort zone physically, mentally and maybe even emotionally, but does so while placing us in a supportive environment amongst friends and fellow athletes.
Now, for the details; The CrossFit Open begins Thursday, February 22nd when they will announce the first 2018 CrossFit Open WOD to the world. It will be the WOD all day on Friday, the 23rd, at CrossFit Defiance in regular group class but the real fun begins at 4pm with Friday Night Lights making a return. At 4pm we will do whatever Dave Castro (CrossFit co-director of training) has thrown at us that week. We’ll need judges and we rely on you all. (Keep your eyes posted on the blog for an upcoming Open Judges post.)
How Do You Start?
You will start by registering for the CrossFit Open. Then, for 5 Fridays (23/2-23/3) you’ll sign-up for a heat through TeamUp, just like you sign-up for class now. If you take a group Class during the day you will be doing the CF Open WOD for that week but in a normal class environment and there will be no judges. When you come in for the Friday Night Lights event there will be a sign-in at the front desk, a warm-up written on the board, for you to get warm and ready to go when your heat starts. Don’t worry, everyone else will be nervous too! And yes, as always, there will be scaling. Each week will have food will be available for purchase.
We expect questions, so please come to any Coach with any concerns you have about joining us!
Have you participated in the CrossFit Open? Please share your experience in comments!
Friday Night Lights at Defiance:
18.1- Feb. 23
18.2- March 2
18.3- March 9
18.4- March 16
18.5- March 23