2019 CROSSFIT OPEN: SIGN UP NOW!
It’s almost here! The Open kicks off in JUST OVER TWO WEEKS! For the experienced athlete, it is the time of the year that gets us giddy. For those new to this CrossFit thing, the Open is something you MUST know about and we urge you to consider trying! Last year we had almost 100 Covies participate in the Open, and this year we want to top that!
What is the CrossFit Open anyway? Most of us, regardless of our CrossFit history, have heard of the CrossFit Games (or at least have seen some people doing CrossFit at a VERY high level on ESPN while channel flipping). The Open, simply put, is the early stage qualifying round that determines who gets to go to the Games. Given that most of us have no ambition of actually getting to the Games, the Open becomes a challenging and fun way to participate in a truly global CrossFit event. It is a way measure yourself against athletes around the world and hold yourself to a higher quality of movement by adhering to the CrossFit Games standards. We should also add that it is one of the most FUN things we do at the Cove all year long.
This five-week, five-workout competition is held by 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. Again, this isn’t about getting to the Games, it’s about getting better in general (and having fun while doing it).
At the Cove, it becomes an event within the event. Every Friday night we
will get together for a ‘Friday Night Lights’ party. We do the workout and all hang out and bask in its glory with food and drink afterwards. It’s so much more than a weekly workout, it is a true community experience. During the five weeks of the Open, we forgo our regular Friday partner workouts and the Friday workout IS the Open workout that week. So if you think about it, you will really be doing the Open anyway… so you might as well sign up and make it official! It costs $20 (goes to CrossFit headquarters, not us!) and it’s worth every penny:
- You get to track your performances year over year to see improvements over time
- You can see how your performance compares to everyone in your age division around the world and regionally (from global to state levels)
- You become part of a cultural movement that consumes CrossFitters for an entire five weeks
- You fortify the bond even further with your fellow Covies. Like we said, this event is community at its finest!
“Macho Man Walk”
AMRAP in 20 min:
3 Power Clean
3 Front Squat
3 Shoulder to Overhead
100′ Handstand Walk
*Every 25′ of the walk counts as 1 rep.
Fx: Weighted Bear Crawl (25/15), 115/75
P: if needed weighted bear crawl (50/35), 155/105
4 rounds of Durante Core-
10 Hollow Rocks
10 second hollow rock hold
1 minute rest
Time Cap: 10 min
Coach’s Tip: Tough metcon with the barbell being the focus. You should be aiming to do a set of 3 Power Cleans + 3 Front Squats + 3 Should-to-Overhead unbroken.
A moment of chivalry from the 2018 Open at the Cove! Ashley J. loved getting her barbell changed by three men (and one in a tutu). If this doesn’t inspire you to sign up, we don’t know what will!