IT'S THAT TIME OF YEAR - THE OPEN IS ALMOST UPON US.
WHAT IS THIS OPEN YOU SPEAK OF?
One WOD a week, for five weeks.
Seriously, it's that simple. The WOD is announced Thursday arvo and you have till Monday to get it done. Do the workout, with a judge ensuring standard of movement and keeping score and that's it. The fun part is that whilst you're doing that so are over a quarter of a million other people all over the planet.
Log your score and see how you stack up.
You can get as serious - or not so serious - as you want. You can plan, have strategies, have two extra espressos before you hit it up, or you can go down the 'Danny Brofabulous' path as depicted below, and just have some fun! (personally the better option!)
For the 1% of athletes (#elite, #fraserfit, #chasingcookie) the Open is the qualifying stage to make it to the Australasian Regionals to fight it out for a spot at the main event - The CrossFit Games.
WHY DO IT? WHAT IF I SUCK? WHAT IF I'M TOO AWESOME FOR MY JUDGE TO HANDLE?
1. IT'S JUST A WORKOUT.
You already do 3,4 or 5 a week anyway. This time you have someone counting for you and cheering you on. And we record your score. There will be plenty of people better than you and plenty worse than you - so just have a crack and see what happens
2. WHAT IF I SUCK AT IT?
Join the club. I've done the Open for the last 4 years and some WODs my score was 0 - big fat 0. BUT, now a few years later I can do those same WODs and get some serious scores. And that's where the magic is - it's an awesome way to prove to yourself just how far you've come each year. We are talking about 5 weeks out of 52 and your fitness is a lifelong journey! This is just one part of the trip.
3. COMPETITION IS GOOD FOR THE SOUL.
Sometimes you need to get out of the comfort zone and see what happens. You might just surprise yourself. In the vast majority of cases you are capable of much more than you think you are - and sometimes having someone next to you pushing you to find that extra effort is all it takes to knock down a physical or mental wall and get through to a whole new space.
4. YOU CAN SCALE.
For the first time ever there is a Scaled and Teenager division in the Open - making it incredible accessible and inclusive. Remember - think of this as a long term project, get some scores on the board for this year and see how they stack up next year and the year after,
5. WHAT IF I'M TOO AWESOME FOR MY JUDGE
HOW DO I SIGN UP?
Head to games.crossfit.com and sign up. It'll take about 2 minutes and cost you $20.
Make sure you select CrossFit Warrnambool as your affiliate.
Do it now, I'll wait here.
WHEN DO I DO THE OPEN WORKOUTS?
This is the important part. We only have a few days to get the WODs done - they are released Thursday worldwide and scores must be in by midday Monday (so I can validate them all). We also need to have enough judges on hand - judges have done the online judges course from CrossFit HQ and have satisfied our coaches that they not only understand the movements but will adhere to standards.
So here's how it will roll.
For the five weeks of the Open;
The time for completing the Open WOD for the week will be on Saturday afternoons between 4pm and 6pm. And that's it. Seriously. You don't need to do it five times unless you are a shot of making Regionals.
We have chosen these times to be fair for everyone - those doing the Open and those not. If you can't make those times for the Open WOD - re-schedule what ever you need to so you can.
We can't have people doing the Open WOD whilst a regular class is running - it's unfair on the coaches and those in the regular class. The Open is always a tough balancing act for us as coaches to ensure everyone gets an opportunity to compete as well as maintain our regular classes - so please work with us over these five weeks.
SO SIGN UP !
If you're hoping to do your first competition this year, or have got the bug from some of the great comps this year, sign up and have some fun! You might just surprise yourself!