What’s the difference between the CrossFit Open and CrossFit Games?
CrossFit Open is the first step in qualifying for the CrossFit Games, the ultimate test to find the Fittest on Earth™. The CrossFit Open is a five-week challenge consisting of 5 workouts; one released every Thursday throughout. After it’s released, anyone registered for the Open will have until 5 p.m. PT the following Monday to input in their best score online. One unique thing about the CrossFit Open versus other fitness competitions is that any athlete at any level, anywhere in the world, can participate as long as they are 14 years or older.
Top athletes from each region qualify to advance to the second stage of competition: regionals. This time the competition is live and much more intense as there is only a small percentage of people that will qualify to advance.
The Rebook CrossFit Games are only for the top competitors out of the hundreds of thousands that competed in the Open and those who made it to regionals. There are spots for 40 men, 40 women, 80 teenagers, and 240 masters (ages 40+).
The 2017 Reebok CrossFit Games have typically been held in California, but this year they are moving to the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wisconsin. Starting Thursday August 3rd and running until Sunday, August 6th, the Games are foreseeing the most competitors and fans to date.
First few the CrossFit Games were taking place on Thursday and Friday.
Thursday, August 3rd:
Run Swim Run
Run 1.5 miles
Swim 500 meters
Run 1.5 miles
3 laps of cyclocross course
13-11-9-7-5 reps for time of:
M 135 lb. F 95 lb.
Friday, August 4rd:
Triple G Chipper
80 GHD sit-ups
60 one-legged squats, alternating
20 dumbbell push presses
M 100-lb. dumbbell
F 70-lb. dumbbell
40/30-cal. Assault Bike
So You Want to Compete?
CrossFit athletes are spread across the board as far as fitness levels. But whether you’re new to CrossFit or have been doing it for years, training is the most important aspect if you’re looking to try and compete. Some may compete as motivation to push their scores, even though they aren’t at Game level. While for others, it’s their dream to one day be deemed the Fittest on Earth™.
No matter what your goals are, flexible training is important due to the Open workout coming out on Thursdays.
Jacob Tsypkin, CrossFit coach and co-owner of CrossFit Monterey, suggests making Monday and Tuesdays your heaviest training day’s with light to no workouts on Wednesdays and Thursdays. This allows you to not only rest but prepare yourself to focus on Friday’s Open workout.
Whether you’re watching the Game or training to compete, the CrossFit Open, Regionals and Games are of the highest of fitness competitions that are sure to challenge and inspire you.
Edgar Den Uijl is a health enthusiast, marketing manager and a creative writer for FIT Roller or https://www.fireicetherapy.com/. When he is not watching boxing or enjoy Soccer you can find him traveling and enjoying his leisure time relaxing.