THE GAMES ARE A 3 STAGE JOURNEY
The CrossFit Games season is broken up into three stages. The first stage is the Open. This five-week, five-workout competition is held in the winter in CrossFit affiliates and garage gyms around the world. Workouts are released online each Thursday, and athletes have until the following Monday to submit their scores. Anyone who's at least 14 years old can sign up, and join in the first stage of the CrossFit Games season.
The top athletes from each of the 17 regions qualify for the second stage of the competition—regionals. The regionals are live, three-day competitions that are held in May. The top athletes from two or three regions combine, and compete for the five qualifying spots for the CrossFit Games .
The season culminates in the 2017 Reebok CrossFit Games. At this point in the season, the field has been whittled down from hundreds of thousands of athletes in the Open to the world's fittest 40 men, 40 women, 40 teams, 80 teenagers, and 240 masters. The CrossFit Games rank the world's fittest, and determine who is the Fittest on Earth.
HOW DOES CFCL TREAT THE OPEN
My take on the Open differs from essentially every other CrossFit gym in the country. Most boxes encourage/pressure their members into registering for the Open and will boast about the number of people they have participating. CrossFit has already begun their marketing campaign targeting the everyday, amateur CrossFitter, appealing to why they should sign up. There are definitely warranted arguments for registering and paying to have your name show up on the leaderboard week in and week out, but continuously comparing yourself to other individuals tends to generate feelings of disappointment and inadequacy.
In the past, we have reached out to you (our community) and asked what your "why" is, or in other words, what is your training purpose. Understanding why you have chosen to live an active lifestyle, specifically one that involves such rigorous activity and stresses healthy eating habits, is incredibly important so you can tailor your training to reflect it. Each of you has your own goals, reasons, and motivations to exercise, and everyones fitness journey is unique. While you work to obtain your goals, take time to celebrate the personal achievements along the way, which I feel is something we neglect yet simultaneously makes our community unique and special.
CrossFit is hard. End of story. What you guys do day in and day out at the gym is something you should be damn proud of and embrace. I am nothing short of amazed at how far our gym has come, not only in terms of sheer membership numbers but more importantly in terms of ability, strength, and work ethic. There are so many superlatives to describe each and everyone of you that I fear continuing to utilize them would make this post come across as insincere, so I'll stop there.
All that being said, I do want everyone to participate in the Open, but maybe not register for it. Not having your name on that leaderboard allows for you to stop comparing yourself to all the other athletes in the world, country, region, state, etc, and to focus on how much you have improved and your own accomplishments. Stay the course, celebrate what you have achieved and enjoy these 5 weeks of testing your fitness.
We will have our own CFCL Open with both an Rx and Scaled Division (male and female) and will have an interactive leaderboard which we will update at the end of each week. At the end of the 5 weeks we will announce the Open winners and present them with prizes. Open workouts will be done during the 9:30am class on Saturdays so we can have as large a group as possible. Depending on the workouts, we will break into heats and each participant will have a judge to simulate a true competition. Let's treat each week as a time to get together with friends, workout, and then socialize (either going to brunch, eating/drinking up at the gym, etc). More details will be provided soon on that aspect of it.
Thank you for everything that you do and let me know if you have any questions!