- Before coming in to perform an open workout, please make sure you reach out to a certified judge to judge you ONLY if you have signed up through CrossFit.com. If you are just doing it for fun and did not register through CrossFit, then you do not need a judge.
- You do not have to be “officially” signed up to participate.
- The open is a great time to see where you stack up from yourself in years past and/or other people from the region/world.
What is the Open?
The Open is all-inclusive. There are masters, RX, Scaled, and Teen divisions. The Open is a wonderful time for the community of CrossFit to share in the fun that is the CrossFit Open. The best thing about the open is the energy that fills the box during those 5 weeks. We have fun together, work hard together, and push ourselves together. It is a worldwide event hosted by CrossFit, which includes 5 workouts over the course of 5 weeks (1 workout per week).
Why participate in the Open?
- To see how your level of fitness improves over the course of the year.
- It will hold you accountable to improving some of the skills and movements that we use in CrossFit.
- Most importantly: It is a great time for our community of athletes to get together and have fun taking it on.
What is the point of the open?
The CrossFit Open is a time to put your fitness to the test! 1% of the people doing the open are professionals in the sport, 99% are just seeing how they stack up against themselves. In sports, there are try-outs, making the team, and playing in a game. In CrossFit, the open is the “try-outs”.
Can anyone do the CrossFit Open?
Yes…All workouts can be scaled appropriately
When does the open officially start and end?
20.1 Oct 10 – 14
20.2 Oct 17 – 21
20.3 Oct 24 – 28
20.4 Oct 31 – Nov 4
20.5 Nov 7 – 11
When are the CrossFit Open workouts released?
Every Thursday night for 5 weeks
Everyone has until Monday at 8 pm to complete them. You can repeat them as many times as you wish.
What is the point of “officially” signing up for the open?
If you sign up through CrossFit.com you will be able to submit your results and you will be ranked against people from the around the world. You can see where you rank according to your age, worldwide standings, the state you live in, competitive level (RX or Scaled), and/or profession. You may find it motivating to see how you rank against people who also competed in the same division, who is in the same age range as you are, and is also a “teacher” (or another profession). The coolest part of “officially” being signed up is you can see a custom leaderboard that shows only the athletes from CrossFit Sayreville and where you rank. If you do not sign up you can still compare your score to everyone else who submitted their score online but you will not “officially” see your name on CrossFit.com.
How do I sign up for the open?
Option 1: To “officially” sign up through CrossFit –> (https://games.crossfit.com/) (cost is $20). Choose CrossFit Sayreville as your affiliate.
Option 2: You do not have to be “officially” signed up to do the workouts (Free)
Do I need to sign up “officially” for the open?
No. You can do the workouts just like everyone else without signing up through CrossFit.com.
For the Open, should I go RX or Scaled?
That really depends on what you want to get out of the open. This question is best answered on an individual level. If you want to compete in the RX division you are going to have to be proficient in Muscle Ups, HPSUs, Toes to Bar, Chest to Bar Pull Ups, Overhead Squats, Double Unders, and Pistols. The open also usually includes a heavy lifting component, which may be presented as a 1 rep max or during a workout where the weights increase. You can perform some workouts Rx’d and others scaled. If you are concerned that you can perform most of the movements as RX’d but there are some exercises you have yet to master then you should speak to your coach directly.
Should I even do the open if I am not RX’d?
Heck Yea you should. Everyone should be doing the open. The open is a time to challenge yourself, work on your weaknesses, recognize your areas for future growth, push beyond what you thought you were capable, be a part of this awesome community of athletes, and set a baseline so you can crush your scores next year!
When can I perform the open workouts
- Fridays – All day in Unit D as long as the box is open and there are not two classes going on at the same time
- Saturday – 8:30-1030am in UNIT D ONLY ; 10:30am – 11:30pm Entire Box
- Sunday – 9:30 – 10:30 am in UNIT D ONLY; 10:30am – 11:30am Entire Box
- Mondays – 9:30am-10:30am, 4-5pm, 7:15-8pm in UNIT D only
- NO OPEN WORKOUTS SHOULD BE DONE FROM 5 PM-7:15 PM ON MONDAY
- You do not have to come to the same time each week. You can mix and match when you come.
How does Judging/being judged work?
- If you are registered through CrossFit.com (paid the $20) that means you will show up on their leaderboard so you should be judged by someone who completed the judge’s course online.
- If you are not “officially” signed up (didn’t pay $20) then you do NOT have to be judged by someone who completed the course; you don’t have to be judged at all actually. You can have anyone judge you.
- The great thing about the open is that you can have someone judge you to hold you accountable. You personally can’t just allow yourself to count a rep that should not be counted. It is now dependent on your judge to make sure they are holding you accountable to properly execute reps. The problem is that your judge is probably more forgiving than you would be to yourself. Judges often act simply as rep counters without wanting to make the athlete “feel bad” by handing out No Reps. I challenge all the judges to step up their game and hold their athletes accountable. Judge with integrity!
- The worst thing is seeing an athlete clearly not performing an exercise properly, while the judge still counting along as if the athlete is performing the exercise to its standard.
How can I become a judge?
- Anyone can become a judge just by completing the judge’s course. The course is $10 through games.crossfit.com
- If you are competing in the open you must do this course so you know the standard and so you can also be a judge.
- You can’t just expect to be judged and not judge other people in return… https://oc.crossfit.com/course?id=21
If I’m not signed up for the Open, can I still judge?
Yep! In fact, that’s how some nervous athletes in the past got their first taste of the Open. The next year, they were athletes and judges.
Can I ask to judge or not judge a specific athlete?
Yes. Some veteran judges are requested by athletes too. As long as there isn’t a conflict of interest (ie. judging your partner) we can make it happen. If you’re ever nervous about judging an athlete just let us know and we’ll cover it!
How should I mix the open workouts with my regular training days?
It depends…If you are doing the open for fun, the experience, and being a part of the community then you probably would benefit from sticking to your normal routine. You may need to skip the Friday or Saturday class workout and perform the open workout in its place. If you are doing the open to really see how you rank against yourself and others around the world, you may benefit from taking off on Thursdays from your usual routine, perform a “dry run” of the workout on a Friday or Saturday, and then crush the workout on a Saturday or Sunday; reserve Mondays for final attempts. I would caution AGAINST this because then the open workouts will mess up your Tuesday and Wednesday routine. It then becomes 6 weeks of just being overwhelmed with the open.
What if I miss an open workout?
Nothing, you can just continue with the next week’s workout.
What if I have commitment issues?
You can pick and choose which workouts you want to do. If you miss one…it’s no big deal. If you are worried about being judged then just don’t get judged. If you don’t want to “officially” sign up then don’t and you can do the workouts anyway.
What if I am injured and can’t perform certain exercises that are in the open?
Just like the standard class setting, all workouts are modifiable. Talk to your coach beforehand to come up with a strategy. Here are some scaling options: Click Me
How does Submitting Scores work?
You have until Monday 8pm EST to submit your scores on the CrossFit Website. Your score will not show up on the leaderboard until I go in and verify your score. Be patient…It will get done on my end. This only applies for people who signed up for the open through CrossFit.com
Why Athletes at Isabella Fitness do the Open?