“The CrossFit Open is more than just a competition; it’s a celebration of our fitness.”

It´s that time of year again!  The end of February is approaching which can only mean one thing in the world of CrossFit…The Open is upon us!

For those of you who are new to CrossFit, let me give you a brief overview of what you are about to experience over the next few months 🙂

Every year, CrossFit holds a worldwide competition to find the fittest man, woman and affiliate (gym) alive.  The competition begins with what is called the CrossFit Open.  In this first stage of competition, everyone in the world is invited to sign up and participate.  You read that right, every single person in the world can participate regardless of athletic ability!  Pretty cool right? Get this…last year over 200,000 people signed up for the Open, breaking the world record for most participants in a sporting event!  The Open is an online qualifier, meaning that once a week, CrossFit releases a WOD for everyone to do.  Once you complete the workout at a registered affiliate and submit your score on the computer, you are ranked against the rest of the world and against other people in your region.

At the end of the 5 week Open, the top athletes from each region are selected to participate in what is now called Super Regionals.  The winners of the Super Regionals go on to participate in the CrossFit Games, which has total prize money of over 2,000,000 dollars.  The CrossFit Games is now aired on ESPN and is a pretty big deal….

I don´t want anybody to worry about Regionals and the Games, lets go back to the Open and why EVERY SINGLE PERSON in the gym should register!

It’s FUN!

We make a pretty big event out of it each Friday, and everyone gets together to hang out and cheer each other on.  It’s not just a competition but a celebration of how far everyone at the gym as come.  At the end of each week, we´ll hang out and have some beers!

It´s for everybody!

This year there is a scaled division so everyone will have the option to scale workouts down.  Everybody is fully capable of participating in the Open.  There are NO requirements as to how much you need to lift, etc.

It´s extremely motivating!

Every single year that I have participated in the Open (which has been all of them), I watch people who have never been able to do double unders get their first one! Or people who have never snatched 75 pounds knock out several repetitions!  It is so inspiring not just for me but for everyone participating.

It´s intense!

Let´s face it…CrossFit is intense and we are all addicted to it! For the vast majority of us, the highly intense atmosphere that we step into each day at CrossFit COMO is what pushes us outside of our comfort zones, it´s what scares us and at the same time it´s what makes us feel so freaking great about ourselves afterwards. The Open lets you step into another level of intensity that is scary, nerve racking and at the same time exhilarating.  By the end of the workout each week, you will feel a whole new level of accomplishment like you just conquered the world!

It´s community!

It is our chance to come together once a week as a community, cheer each other on through the nervousness and excitement, slap hands, drink a beer afterwards and celebrate how far we have all come in our fitness journey.

No matter how good of an athlete you are, you have made huge progress since starting with us at CrossFit COMO.  The CrossFit Open is more than just a competition; it’s a celebration of our fitness.   Don´t think about this as a competition that you have to win.  Think about it like a marathon.  The majority of people who sign up for marathons are not in it to win it, just to complete it and feel good about how hard they have trained and how much they have accomplished.  This is what the CrossFit Open does for us in the sport of fitness.

Interested? Go on over to http://games.crossfit.com to register! It is only $20 and the experience is unforgettable!  If you have any questions about how to register, what to expect, how we are going to organize the events each week, etc, please let me know!!!

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