Fun, Community Ass-Kicking... These would be the three things that come to my mind when I think of CrossFit and its never more true than the Opens. CrossFit Opens, I would say is the right of passage for someone who is doing CrossFit and is something that everyone should definitely do once in their lives.
The 2012 Reebok CrossFit Games season begins with the worldwide Open competition. Everyone in the world is invited to compete in five workouts over five weeks, posting their scores online in real time. Last year, more than 26,000 athletes competed in the Open. With the community's rapid growth, this year has been substantially larger with approx. 52,000 athletes competing in all divisions combined.
Every Open workout needs to be validated to count. Competitors will have two options to validate their performances. They can workout at a local affiliate, where they will be judged in person, or they can submit video evidence of their performance to the entire community. There is no limit to the number of attempts an athlete can make, provided the score submitted prior to the close of each week.
Competitors will be ranked both worldwide and by region. The 60 fittest individual athletes and 30 fittest teams from each region will earn invitations to one of 17 Regionals. This is the first chance athletes will have in 2012 to establish their international standings.
Then come the Regionals
Over the course of three days, athletes will perform brutal combinations of workouts to test the range and depth of their capabilities....
And then the GAMES
After two qualifying steps, the 2012 season culminates in the 2012 Reebok CrossFit Games, held July 13-15 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. At the Games, thousands of participants will have been whittled down to around a 100 of the fittest men and women in the world. The stakes could not be higher; athletes will be battling for $1 million prize purse and the title Fittest on Earth™.
The Open – February 22 to March 25
The Regionals – April 27 to May 27
The Games – July 13 to July 15
Top 3 things I love about the Open
1. Fun -- I feel ALIVE when I am doing CrossFit. I was one of those folks who always said that why do I want to raise my heart rate that much when all I want is to cruise through a workout. What's the need I thought. Now I can't disagree more.
2. Community -- The community and the encouragement, even when you are the last one struggling
3. Ass- Kicking -- It challenges you and takes you places in terms of your limits, you either didn't knew existed or were too scared to goAdd a comment