The Open starts March 11th
Everyone can do it!
Even from home without equipment
The Whole World Comes Together for the Open
The CrossFit Open is a special time of year when everyone (in the CrossFit World) comes together to do over the course of three weekends to do three workouts, one per weekend. The workouts are published Thursday night, usually to some fanfare with famous CrossFitters being the first to perform them live over youtube. At Second Wind, we have a tradition of doing the published workout that Friday night at Friday Night Lights.
Friday Night Lights
This year we’ll be running in waves of 6, starting at 5p. There will be Google Doc sign up sheets posted after the workouts are published Thursday Night, so you can sign up to do the workout Friday. We can’t post them earlier because we won’t know how long the waves will be until we see the workout!
But I can’t do it Friday night!
No problem. We’ll do the Open workout during each of the regular Open Gym times on Friday and at the Saturday 10am Open Gym time. If you’re registering for the Open, you have until Monday at 5pm to submit your scores.
What to expect
- To get a great workout in. There will be several options (Regular version, Scaled version, Masters version, etc) for doing the workouts this year. Pick the one that’s right for you!
- To cheer your fellow athletes on.
- To count and be counted! You will be an accountablilty buddy for someone and they’ll be that for you. What does that mean? You don’t have to keep track of where you are in the workout! Your counting friend will tell you what to do every step of the way, and they’ll also help keep you on your toes, because reps only get counted when they’re performed according to movement standards.
Registering for the Open
Officially Registering with CrossFit is NOT required. For $20 you can register for the Open and get to see where you rank on the gym’s leaderboard, our regional leaderboard, and in the whole world for your age group. I usually do because it’s fun to be on the board.
Here’s what last year’s leaderboard looked like (there were 5 workouts last time):
See https://games.crossfit.com/article/2021-season-schedule-beginning-open-march-11/games for more info!
What do you offer for someone that is past their prime?
I enjoy working out with an instructor and groups. I’ve tried Cross Fit but never committed.
Been laying low for several years after a bypass surgery. Never got back to running, just some weights.
You asked about training for someone “past their prime”… Our average age is probably ~40, with a range between 25 and 65 and I’d say most people at the gym feel fitter and better than they have in decades.
What’s important to our athletes is long-term health outcomes – keeping strong, fit, mobile, and injury-free as we age. We train each of our movements like physical therapy: we practice moving correctly inside the gym, so we move correctly *outside* the gym.
Every CrossFit gym has its own vibe – I’d say ours is like “Cheers”. I mean, we work hard in the workouts, but we never lose sight of the fact that we’re here to have fun and get stronger, not hurt ourselves!