Should You Register For The CrossFit Open?

26 February 2015

The CrossFit Open Starts This Thursday at 5PM.

The CrossFit Open is a 5 week long online competition. It is the first stage on the road to the CrossFit Games. Workouts are released every Thursday at 5pm, and you have until Monday at 5pm to submit a score.

Why should you bother?

You’re not competitive in CrossFit, or you just started, or you can’t do everything Rx. Even if you do try to compete, you’re probably not going to go to the games or even regionals for that matter, so what’s the point?


It’s a chance to truly test yourself, against you.

Whether that’s testing yourself against you (and you last year, or you next year), or against Rich Froning; it’s just like any other benchmark girl we do and it’s a chance to see where you’re at. Over the course of 5 weeks I can guarantee you will go up against all of the CrossFit basics: wallballs, cleans, snatch, burpees, etc.

The open is a chance to push yourself on one (or all) of these movements just that little bit harder than you normally would in a class. It’s a chance to push yourself with STRICT standards (hip crease below the knee, wallball must hit above the line every single rep) and a judge counting your reps for you (less thinking = more working), it’s a chance to set a standard for YOU. Setting a benchmark is something you do for you, nobody else. Benchmarks are set so that you can improve on them.

Benchmarking your fitness during open WODs is possibly the most accurate benchmark you will ever do.


Last year when the open came around, Raincity Athletics had only been open a little over 6 months. When we first opened we marketed ourselves to those who had NEVER done CrossFit before. We signed up over 50 people (we only had about 70 members at the time) and 45/50 were in there first few months of CrossFit.

The open provided just the right amount of pressure to push them a little harder than they thought they could, while still providing the supportive and awesome community that is the reason you come in and leave it all on our floors every day.

I can confidently say almost every single one of those members PR’d SOMETHING during the open. Whether it’s as simple as how many toe to bar they strung together (or getting their first one) to how quickly they completed Karen (150 wallballs – quickly, doesn’t mean they did it quick, it means they did it).

You don’t have to do the open.

Nobody is going to get mad at you, or make fun of you, or look down on you if you don’t register. The best thing you can do is ask your fellow RAthletes who did or did not do it last year, and ask them how they felt.

I ask them all the time, and I can tell you the answers: those that didn’t do it, wish they did, and those that did it are excited to see how they stack up against themselves from a year ago.

Your Coaches don’t gain anything from you doing the open.

The reason we push you so hard to do it is because we’ve been doing this a lonnngggg time (this will be my 5th year doing the open), and we’ve seen how awesome the open is for athletes both new and old, and what an awesome experience it is for a community as a whole.

Whether you choose to do the open or not, you have 100% support from every single RAthlete and Coach at Raincity Athletics. Come out this Saturday morning and take part in the WOD. Have a judge count for you and see how you feel. THEN decide if you want to do the open or not (you have until Monday to register).

As head Coach, I can’t put in to words how excited I am to head into the 2015 Open with each and every one of you. Let’s do this.

Take a look at who’s registered so far: http://games.crossfit.com/affiliate/6585


If you’re ready to go, here’s all the info you need:

About: http://raincityathletics.ca/events/the-crossfit-open/

Schedule: http://raincityathletics.ca/the-crossfit-open-schedule-at-raincity-athletics/

Register: http://games.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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