Great question! Here it is, explained…

WHAT IS IT?

The Open is five workouts over five weeks (we program them on Friday’s), and it starts with “18.1”. Open workouts are identified by their year and the order in which they appear (ie: 18.1, 18.2, 18.3 and so on). The workouts will be released every Thursday during the five weeks of the Open, and you can watch the live announcement of the workout right at Schedule II! We stream it live starting at 8pm, have some snacks & drinks, make predictions, and then immediately start strategizing.

The announcement will take place at a different location each week, and two games athletes will go head-to-head performing the workout live right after it’s announced. We then have until 8PM on the following Monday to submit our scores online.

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE?

Basically, The Open is the first qualifying stage of the CrossFit Games. Any athlete who wants to compete at the Games must first make it through the Open in their region.

While the purpose of the Open is to find the fittest athletes in each region to move on to regionals, it’s also a great chance for ANY athlete at ANY level to participate in the worldwide competition. At Schedule II, we have the BEST Friday Night Lights and our community is closer for it.

BUT WHY SIGN UP? I’M ALREADY DOING THE INTRAMURAL.

While I can understand the sentiment of “Why bother?” because I even say this to myself, I really encourage everyone to participate and register with CrossFit to represent our affiliate (Schedule II). Every affiliate in the world can take part in the Open, which is amazing, and we don’t want you all to miss out on the fun! We can see how we rank as a gym in CT, the region, and the world.

Plus, we can use your performance to determine how and why the programming should change for the coming year. For instance, if the majority of the gym can’t do chest-to-bar pull-ups relative to every other gym in the region, then we can spend some time working on that skill. Make sense?

I’VE DONE CROSSFIT FOR A FEW YEARS ALREADY. WHAT’S THE POINT?

I GET IT! It’s easy to lose intensity in your workouts if you are never pushed past what you think you can do. You workout with the same people every day, you know how much intensity you need, even if it’s not 100%. So here’s your chance to push yourself and put yourself up against people from all around.

Also, it can be a harsh reality check if you’ve been coasting in class or not sticking to standards. All those times you wrote Rx next to your name on the blackboard, maybe it wasn’t the case. Maybe your takeaway will be that you need to count your reps properly, work towards proficiency in your movements, or even achieve full range of motion on your reps. Regardless, these are the 5 workouts to help get your ass in gear.

For all of our competition virgins, participating in the Open is your BEST opportunity to get a taste of what it’s like to be judged and compete in a CrossFit event.

Maybe you are rehabbing an injury, coming back to the gym after time away, or just started. The Open is a snapshot of your fitness at this point in time. Register, be #intheopen.