It’s that time of the year for the 2017 CrossFit Open. It is an exciting time to be involved in CrossFit, everyone all over the world participates in the open workouts and then awe at the pros competing at the CrossFit Games.
For the last 2 years we wanted to do something fun and unique with the Open. We wanted everyone to participate on teams to build relationships, have some fun healthy competition. The teams would allow people to still compete without having to worry about being scored as an individual athlete. Balancing the teams with advanced athletes and beginners would help keep teams as fair as possible.
Last year got me to the point where I almost didn’t even want to do the EVO Team Open this year. I received emails and private conversations from people telling me all the issues they were having. I was put in the middle and having to try to please everyone, in which I can’t do.
With any competition there is always a winner and a loser. The toughest part about making an in house competition is that at the end of the day we are all one community. We aren’t a box competing against other people we don’t know. The last thing I want is relationships damage because of a 5 week competition that doesn’t really mean anything, there is no prize money and no sponsorships.
I been figuring out a lot of options for teams. Should we rotate new teams every week, should we have athlete achievements on the banners instead of just a winning team, etc? The most important purpose of the CrossFit Open is testing YOURSELF, pushing your ability to the limit, and achieving things you weren’t able to do. This Team Open is not meant to just get as many reps as possible to win.
For this year we have decided to keep the teams the same for the 5 weeks. There will be 3 workout options to choose from: RX, Scaled, Master Scaled (50+). The coaches will verify everyone’s workout to make sure they are doing the appropriate workout for their ability. They will make sure you are pushed and not sandbagging the workout. People who push themselves to do the entire workout at RX will be rewarded in the scoring.
More details regarding scoring will be coming soon. I hope you all have fun and push yourselves to limit. More important than winning is seeing your fellow CrossFitter whether on your team or not achieve success. I want to wish everyone the best of luck.
I would highly recommend you register for the Open on the CrossFit Games website if you would like to compare yourself to others around the world.