The CrossFit Open at Raincity Athletics

If you’ve been into class at any point in the last…. 6 months (basically since we opened), you’ve heard us talk about the CrossFit open. Lot’s of you have questions or concerns, I’m going to try to answer as many of those as I can here, but don’t be afraid to ask a coach if you have any others!

What is the CrossFit Open?

The CrossFit open is the FIRST stage of qualifying for the CrossFit games. Here’s a quick rundown:

I’m Not Going to Qualify for Regionals/The Games so Why Should I Do It?

Qualifying for Regionals is a HUGE achievement. It’s the top individuals and teams in all of Western Canada. Although you as an individual may not believe you have what it takes to make it. You can still help Raincity Athletics qualify a team! Qualifying a Raincity Athletics team for regionals happens by taking the top 3 male and female scores from each weeks WOD and combining them to total our score. Every week may be a different 3 peoeple and even if you may not be a member of the Regionals Team, you may have some strengths and end up sitting on top of our leaderboard for any one of the 5 WODs (7 minutes of burpees anyone?).

I Can’t Do the WODs, They’re too Hard

The CrossFit Open is all about ‘inclusive’ WODs, this means no matter WHAT you will be able to put up a score. The first workout years ago was 7 minutes for max burpees. EVERYONE can do a burpee, whether your score was 35 or 135 you got to submit a score. All of the events start easy, and progressively get harder, allowing anyone to submit some fashion of a score.

Alright I’m Interested, But not Sure…

Ask anyone who has participated in the open before. It is a GREAT time. The whole gym comes together and cheers each other on as we lay it all out. This is the most BASIC form of ‘competition’ in that it is performed in the comfort of your own box, with your own peers. Knowing that your score will be submitted online will mentally push you to a dark place you didn’t know your body was able to go, meanwhile having your entire Raincity Athletics family behind you and cheering you on. On top of that you’ll get to see where you stand up against (likely) 250,000+ people around the world. As a coach, I can’t promise you that you’ll win (Rich Froning seems to be pretty tough to beat) BUT I can 99.9% promise you that you won’t lose 🙂

Here’s the final catch

You will ALL be DOING the open workouts. We will be programming them into the regular classes so if you happen to show up that day. You’re going to do the WOD… Why not signup so that after you complete it, you can see how you stacked up against everyone else? We can sort the leaderboards by region, age category, sex, etc. So you can see how you stack up against people similar to you.


Register here: games.crossfit.com

Remember our official ‘Affiliate’ Name is CrossFit Pacific Central
Our Team name is Raincity Athletics

Interested in Judging?

We need judges. In order to submit ‘official’ scores for our #RAthletes to qualify themselves for regionals etc. we need official judges. If you’re interested in being an official judge and supporting the Raincity Athletics Community, you can complete the judges course here: https://oc.crossfit.com/

Author: Simon 'Thor' Damborg

Simon is the Head Coach and Owner of Raincity Athletics. “Discovering a new level of health has changed my life, not only in how I look feel and perform, but how I feel about myself both inside and out. I want to help as many people as I can discover their ‘athlete within’ no matter what level that may be, which is why I love our slogan: Find Your Fit. Our bodies are nicer than any car, house, or pet we’ll ever own, and yet we constantly abuse them like we can buy another one if it breaks. I strongly believe if we can maximize our physical health and performance it will have a positive affect on our lives in more ways than anyone can imagine.”

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Raincity Athletics & CrossFit Pacific Central
#102 – 333 Terminal Avenue

Vancouver, BC V6A 4C1

Office: 778 383 9316
info @ raincityathletics.ca
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