CrossFit Games Open Qualifier

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2013's  epic third event. 150 wallballs just to get started!!

So what is this Open thing that people are starting to talk about??

The Open is the first step in qualifying for the CrossFit Games.

"Oh but that's not me" I hear you say........... however, this first step is designed to be as accessible as possible to as many people as possible.

The CrossFit Games state that they identify the Fittest Men and Women On Earth, so in order to help validate that claim, it needs to be easy to enter.  And The Open is as simple as creating a log in, paying your $20, anxiously wait for the announcement of the first workout on Friday afternoon (praying that it doesn't include that one movement you suck at....), getting in the way of the classes on Friday night while you try to practice all the movements and gain some confidence, turning up to the gym on Saturday morning to warm up early, cheer on everyone in the earlier heats, then have your 3rd nervous pee before it's your turn.

Submit your score (it will be validated by us!), spend a few days anxiously leaderboarding, wonder if you should repeat it for a better score (your coach will likely tell you NOT to...), and then wait even more anxiously for the next workout to be announced, and start the cycle all over again.

The best part is the laughs and replays afterwards....

The best part is the laughs and replays afterwards....

Are you sold?  Trust me, it is great fun!

You can take a look at every single Open workout from the past few years HERE.

But chances are you may be looking at the workouts, and you've found a massive roadblock in there.  Well, now you know what you need to work on!  You've got 6 weeks to practice!

Keep Sunday 18th January free as well for our Open Prep Workshop at CFNZ.  It will be a couple of hours from 11am, and we'll be talking more about how The Open works, plus doing some drilled down skill work on the things that might hold you back (double unders and muscle ups......), and adding in some efficiency practice with high rep barbell work, and gymnastics.  It's free to any and ALL CrossFitters interested....

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Want to find some focus? Enter The Open!

So what can we predict for The 2015 Open?  Well this year there are big changes, with the announcement of a Scaled category.  Not only does this mean that you can get in on the fun even if you are brand new to CrossFit, but it potentially also means that the regular Open events might be heavier, more technical and tougher......

For some more reading of observations and predictions on The Open check out THIS article.

In 2011, we had people visiting from all over Auckland to register their Open score, it was like a mini-comp every weekend!

In 2011, we had people visiting from all over Auckland to register their Open score, it was like a mini-comp every weekend!

The Open workouts will be released every Friday, and we'll be performing them in house on Saturday mornings across all classes.

It will be awesome fun, the atmosphere will be off the charts, and we'll get the BBQ cranking on the final weekend to celebrate the end of the season.

Yes some of the workouts will be right at the edge of your capabilities, but you'll be fine if you focus on a) the great technique you've learned, and b) the rest of the community screaming your name!!

We see PR after PR after PR on Open weekends, it's awesome to watch.

We see people finally 'getting it', understanding what they are capable of, how hard they can push, and how good it feels.

I still remember Dave M telling me one year after one of the heavier events, that he learned more about himself in that 5minute workout than he had in years.

Registration opens this month, we'll let you know how to get signed up correctly. Hope to see a TON of you down for it!

BUT, if it's not your thing, no pressure!  This doesn't mean you have to stay home on Saturdays, or will become some sort of second class citizen.... :)  There will probably be only a third of the gym doing The Open, so it will be business as usual, with all the regular programming options available, no matter your goal.

FITNESS

Skillwork

Shootthrus

Strict TTB

Handstand Shoulder Taps

Kipping Ring Swings

Strength

Strict Muscle Up progressions (band assist)

Conditioning

200m Sandbag Run

Then, 5 rounds of;

10 DB Snatch

10 Box Step Overs w/ DB

200m Sandbag Run

PERFORMANCE

Skill work

Shootthrus

Front Lever

Handstand Forward Rolls

Kipping Ring Swings

Strength

Strict Muscle Up progressions (band assist)

Conditioning

200m Sandbag Run

Then, 5 rounds of;

10 TTB

30 Double Unders

Then,

200m Sandbag Run

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