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The Open at WildFire CrossFit

The Open is coming…The Open is coming…

That’s right, exactly 1 month from today, the first workout for the 2019 CrossFit Games Open competition will be announced, and at WildFire CrossFit, just like in years past, we are going to be ready to blow it up and have a whole lotta FUN!!

This Saturday at 12:15pm at WildFire CrossFit we are going to have an Open Skills clinic where we break down many of the skills required in the upcoming competition and answer any questions about how it works. This is a great opportunity to learn more, get better at your skills, and take your training to the next level.

Who should participate?

EVERYONE! There is an Rx and a Scaled division. Each week you can choose which standards you are going to follow based on your fitness and skill level. The scaled division is something everyone can participate in and while it may not get you a ticket to the CrossFit Games, it will give you the opportunity to see where you are as an athlete and have a lot of fun doing it!

Why should you participate in The Open this year?

Teamwork and Community – there’s just something about competition that brings everyone together. When you have people cheering you on and you are there to cheer them on, there’s just a tighter bond that forms that you will talk about for years to come. We have great memories that go all the way back to the very first Open back in 2011.

Competition – Good, healthy, fun competition brings out the best in athletes. You have something to work for. You train harder, and you push yourself to get the best results possible. Whether you are doing the Open just for fun or you have goals of reaching the CrossFit Games, once the clock starts, you will push yourself harder and get the best result possible.

FUN – If it’s not fun, why do it. And at WildFire, we make it a lot of FUN! In addition to the actual Open, we are going to form Teams that are competing for a whole lot more than the best score. Teams will earn points for things like wearing their teams’ colors, getting a PR in a workout, cheering people on, and showing team spirit. You have all seen the Team poster from last years Open competition in the gym, and while they look like a rugged bunch, they had a blast. And the best part, they did it together!

AND- If that’s not enough, this is the last year that The Open will be held in it’s present format. They will be moving The Open competition to October-November next year. Who knows what other changes they make to the competition? Why wait and see when you can participate THIS year.

For those of you who are ready for the Open, click this link, get registered, and get ready for an awesome 5 weeks.

All registered? Not Yet? Not sure about this whole Open thing? All good, I’ll give you the scoop. The Open is a 5-week competition that anyone can participate in. Every Thursday at 5pm a new WOD will be announced. See past Open workouts by CLICKING HERE. Athletes will have until the following Monday at 5pm to complete the WOD and submit their score.

There are 2 ways the workouts can be completed each week:

Option 1, and quite frankly, the option that makes the Open so much FUN and totally worth doing: Athletes can complete the workouts by coming into one of the specific times we have set up from Friday to Monday when a certified judge will be available to count your reps and validate your score. Main event is Saturday at 10am so plan on that for all 5 weeks if you can!

Option 2, as long as you have the required equipment, a camera, and a space to complete the workouts, you can do the workouts on your own and submit your video when you enter your score. The video submission standards will be explained when the workouts are announced. Take a look at past standards HERE. (https://games.crossfit.com/workouts/open/2018) or by going to the Games.CrossFit.com website. If you are doing this workout in front of a camera instead of a judge, just be sure to have everything ready. Just 1 little issue and your video could be declared invalid no matter what your score is.

Here’s how we do The Open at WildFire CrossFit…

As I said earlier, the whole WildFire community gets involved every year and make this event a lot of fun and something you are not going to want to miss. While there will be other times available to help accommodate everyone’s schedule, the main event will be every Saturday at 10am. We will have a sign up available so we know who will be participating and when. We will organize each athlete into heats based on the space, equipment, and judges we have available. Every athlete will have their own judge who is certified to uphold the standards CrossFit HQ has provided.

Athletes are responsible for submitting their own scores into the online Open system. We will have computers set up in the gym for score submission, as it’s always best to get it in right away.

If you aren’t able to make it to Saturday’s main event, we will have other times available to perform the Open workouts. Sunday will be another time when many athletes participate. Other times will be available on Friday and Monday so that everyone has the opportunity to participate OR re-do the workout for a chance to get a better score. We will not be doing the workouts during class. If you must do the workout at a different time, let us know and we will make it happen.  

Each athlete will be allowed to re-do each workout once with a judge that we provide if it is at a designated time. If you want to re-do the workout for a 2nd or 3rd time you will need to organize your own judge. Rarely have we seen someone who does the workout for a 3rd or 4th time get a significantly better score in the 5 days we have to complete the workouts.

Entry Fee:

It will cost a total of $50 to participate in The Open this year at WildFire CrossFit. $20 is to register for The Open through CrossFit HQ so you are able to submit your scores, update your profile, and track your progress on the leaderboard, not only this year, but in upcoming years as well. CrossFit puts a lot of time effort and energy into this event. It’s because of them that we can hold this event and bring our community closer together.

The other $30 will go to WildFire. We put a lot of time, effort, and energy into making this an incredible 5-weeks for everyone. Coaches are available for a lot more hours during this time, not only to help judge, also to help athletes work on skills, answer questions, and get them ready for the competition. For those of you who have participated in the past, you know the amount of extra work that goes into this event every year. Anything left over beyond this will go towards getting new equipment for the gym.

 

To register for the Open you will need to do so in 2 places:

  1.  Games.CrossFit.com
  2. WildFire CrossFit:

If you would like to help judge (we always need help with judges), you will need to complete the Online Judges Course through the games.crossfit.com site. Once you have completed your course, send tiffanyg@wildfirecrossfit.com and she will waive your entry fee and get you registered. 

To take the judges course, CLICK HERE, or go to: oc.crossfit.com to go through the course and get your judges certificate. The course also provides a lot of great information every athlete should know. If you need any help, please let us know. That's what we are here for!!


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