CrossFit as a sport was born in 2007 at a Ranch located in Aromas, California. The brain child of Dave Castro, an employee of the HQ at the time, the CrossFit Games was a backyard barbecue at his family’s property in the hills of Northern California. The event was open to anyone who wanted to come and the fittest man and woman would be crowned after a few events and the whole event ended in an afternoon.
By 2011 the backyard barbecue had grown to take over the StubHub center in Carson California (Former home of the LA Chargers and current home of the Galaxy). Thousands of fans would attend the event, Reebok become a title sponsor, and it was aired on ESPN during the length of the 5 day competition. This was amazing for the sport and is part of the reason why CrossFit has become so popular, This also meant that not just anyone could show up, the field of Games hopefuls would have to be whittled down someway. This problem is what birthed The CrossFit Games Open.
In 2011 CrossFit HQ hosted the first ever Open. It was a 6 week competition where Dave Castro would announce the workout he had written for the week and then two Games athletes would complete the workout minutes later in a live streamed event for all of the community to see. From there athletes from all over the world would have the option to complete the workout as prescribed (Rx) or modified (Scaled) and submit their scores to an online leaderboard by the following Monday. Athlete’s who ranked in the top 20 of their region (Southwest, Meridian, Pacific, etc..) would qualify for Sectionals (later called Regionals and now Semifinals). After a 3 day competition in their respective regions, 3-5 athletes from each of those would continue on to be the top 40 fittest men, women, and teams in the world, earning the right to compete at the CrossFit Games.
After 11 years, the tradition continues. As the competition has aged, it has turned into a worldwide community event that represents more than just the start of the 2022 CrossFit Games Competition year, It is now a way for affiliates all over the world to connect and share in the thing that unites us all. A bunch of people who love fitness and working out with our friends. And this year, we can expect about 400,000 friends to be doing the exact same workouts in their home gyms all across the planet.
As anything ages, other changes come as well. This year the Open is 3 weeks, (as it has been for the past 2 years) and a change from the 5 weeks it had been since 2012. This year will also be programmed again by Adrian Bozman. If you watched the CrossFit Games back in August, you’ll know he likes to mix things up. This year is already set to be interesting with an email being sent out to affiliates asking us to have kettlebells ready or both The Open and Quarterfinals!
Here’s some more pertinent info about the CF Open:
- CrossFit HQ will be hosting Open announcements every Thursday night during the Open
- There will be 4 different scaling options and different brackets for athlete ages.
- Foundations, Scaled, Adaptive, and Home work versions of workouts will be available for Teens, Open, and Masters athletes!
- The Open is still the path to the games, it now leads into these competitions for the top athletes:
- Top 10% open athletes qualify for The Quarterfinals
- Top 10% in each age group outside of the Open ages, qualities for the Age Group Qualifiers.
- Top 25% of teams will make it on to The Quarterfinals
- Teams must all be from the same affiliate and be declared before the start of The Open via their athlete accounts.
- You can also compete as part of occupational or group leaderboards!
- Wanna see where you rank against fellow moms? There’s a leaderboard for that.
- Wanna see who the fittest CrossFitter in Houston is? There’s a leaderboard for that.
- Wanna see who the fittest alumni from Rice is in the over 45 years old category? There’s a leaderboard for that!
Regardless of if you are looking to qualify for The Games or just want to see how you stack up with the rest of the greater CrossFit community, the Open is incredibly fun for everyone who is involved. After coaching for 8 years, I have only seen people have a great time when they give it their all in these workouts. If you wish to sign up for The Open, go to open.crossfit.com or games.crossfit.com and fill out the forms. You’ll notice it costs $20 to be on the leaderboard, so if that is something you rather not pay, you will still be doing all the workouts as a Vegvisir Athlete anyways. I’m only recommending it because it is fun to be a part of that larger competition as well!
Get ready for another amazing Open this year everyone and we will see you underneath the lights over the next 3 Fridays!