The Open

What is the Open ?

The Open in its essence.

The Open in its essence.

The CrossFit Open is an annual event run world wide by CrossFit Inc.
It’s an online test of fitness, so those who do CrossFit have some way of measuring their fitness and progress over the years. Traditionally it has been the 1st of a 3 tiered system to qualify for the CrossFit games, however this year it serves as a strait line entry to the games as well as an online qualifier for the Australian title as well.

As confusing as that sounds, it’s actually really simple. You sign up at https://games.crossfit.com/ for about 30 Australian dollars and select Cohort as your affiliate. That’s it. Then at the gym over 5 weeks we have the workout that we would usually do swapped out for the ‘Open’ Workout just 1 time per week.

What’s the catch?

The catch is… you are judged 1 on 1 the whole time and reps are counted if you do them correctly and as prescribed. As we do at the gym, you can scale it and scores will be adjusted to suit.
This will be something that allows judges to distinguish definite standards as to keep the competition FAIR.
If having someone judge you is daunting don’t stress it’s just a normal day at the gym.
You don’t have to sign up, but you can still do the wods. If you don’t register and we are doing the wods on your workout day come in and do it without a judge :)

Should I sign up?

If your happy with the above judging etiquette and are looking for a good test then YES! If your not 100% you can always do this one un-registered and do it for real next year, or just participate and have fun without having to pay, Paul will happily take you money instead ;)

When’s it done at Cohort?

in 2019 at Cohort we’ll be running the workouts Saturday 8:00am and 9:00am and Mondays classes. For those who are competing please remember this is a busy time at the gym and your character is always tested and shown this time of year, so be respectful of those doing their first open and in general.

What are the standards ?

The standards vary across the different types of movements. Essentially the standards are the desired Range of Movement asked by CrossFit for each rep. For example, an air squat would be to start fully extended, pass through the squat CLEARLY below parallel and finish completely extended. Although you may feel you hit these requirements regularly don’t be alarmed if you are given ‘no reps’ for missing the standards, it happens, people move to quick or just forget certain things so just enjoy and continue.
For those who’ve been with us before, KT and Myself will be present for all the Open wods, we’ll be head judging to make sure your judge maintains a standard. It is fun, but it’s not fun when someone is doing half the work and beating you when your holding integrity, this wont be happening at Cohort in 2019.

Below i’ve attached some reps from the CrossFit Inc judges course so you can see, although you may feel your doing it correctly (and you are), the standard at The Open time is 100% not 95. You can see in the images below how it can be easy to think your passing the range of motion whilst missing even a little bit. Myself, KT and your judge will make sure you pass all reps.

*If you want a deeper understanding your welcome to do or take a peek at the JUDGES COURSE that the coaches have to undertake each year. Linkhttps://oc.crossfit.com/

Green rep is the only one that counts as finished top position.

Green rep is the only one that counts as finished top position.

Green rep is the only one that counts as finished bottom position.

Green rep is the only one that counts as finished bottom position.

Both images if moving fast would look similar, but only green counts.

Both images if moving fast would look similar, but only green counts.

Chest must make contact with the Bar, not close, not same height, MAKE CONTACT

Chest must make contact with the Bar, not close, not same height, MAKE CONTACT

Both feet must make contact at the SAME TIME for the rep to count.

Both feet must make contact at the SAME TIME for the rep to count.

This is a NO REP, athlete must extend FULLY over the rings.

This is a NO REP, athlete must extend FULLY over the rings.

Feb Flab Fighters

Good afternoon fit family. Feb Flat Fighters is coming up and I wanted to touch base about what it is and the next steps leading forward.

We've run many food challenges in the past and this one isn't a better more amazing bloody instagram famous challenge. It's simple, follow the diet- get results. No different to anything else in life, however, we are adapting this one slightly. So there will be 2 options for men and women. Weight loss or weight maintenance.

The process, for those who haven’t participated before, is simple.
You guys will start paying and weighing in at the gym now. Once everyone is paid up and weighed the food list will be sent via google drive for the week.
The food is sent in a meal plan format with weights for each meal. (cooked weight). You follow it to a tee! Then each week you’ll receive a new cycle of food in which to start again. 5 weeks all up. We do a weigh in at the 2.5 week mark which you will re-enter to the google drive yourself and a final weigh in as well. We encourage you to take a before & after photo for yourself.

Please see the images below for timeline and principles as well as a link to register.

Please also register at Cohort on the Whiteboard.

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The whole not the singular. The New CrossFit Games Season.

PHOTO: DBX Championship

PHOTO: DBX Championship

CrossFitters by nature are the 1% of humans who give a shit about what I call the ‘minute dispute’. Not minute, minute. Cousin to tiny, minuscule, almost obsolete. Essentially the dispute of the singular not the whole.
This brings with it an array of issues, none more easily to view than the blow ups about changes to the CrossFit season, which lets be honest don’t really affect anyone other than the top 1% within this 1% we’re talking about.
The singular; it’s change, so that in any instance is hard, especially for those who a regimented in daily routine. It means, well, almost nothing to us. We still get to do the CF Open, we still get to go watch the ‘Throwdown’ (previously knows as regionals), we still get to view the games. Yes agreed it is now harder for more people to progress without income or support to get to the level to participate in the CrossFit games. Agreed there will be people moving countries to try get a position at the games someone else should have. So in all, it’s HARDER.

The whole; firstly, CrossFit and Greg have maintained since day 1, CrossFits goal was bettering the communities health and wellbeing not creating and ‘elitist’ sport that only regionals and games athletes can partake in. They were out to change lives.
secondly; Harder is not worse, harder is harder. Olympians, who would be lucky to pocket what Matt Fraser pockets, have trained out of their facilities paying their coaches, flying themselves around the world since 1896, for a sporting chance of 1 every 4 years…. Harder, we should make the games every four years and watch people lose their minds.
thirdly; the athletes it supposedly does affect seem to be doing ok…
They’re training away, pretty darn quiet about the changes on social media, chipping away at training hitting the new ‘sanctionals’.

As a community we’re the ones supposed to take the challenge of change. Isn’t that why you started CrossFit? To grow, to get stronger, to literally, change. We can sympathise and recognise the challenge for those wanting the Fittest on Earth title and empower them to chase the dream no matter the protocol. This is a great thing for CrossFit. We get to see CrossFit events, big events, more than 1-2 times per year. You can watch Matt Fraser compete 5 times per year, you can fly around the world and add these places to your destinations and see and compete if you so please. The community will grow, more exposure, more cash flow, more first timers seeing this beautiful sport.

Pull your socks up, search for positives, register for the Open and support the community that has supported you.
’Harder is not worse,
It’s better.’

JUST THE BEGINNING

Gratitude.   by Sophia  Before answering the most common question: I think it appropriate to thank you. The Cohort community saved my mind mid wod, every single week, for that i'm extremely grateful.  I noticed even the small things some of you did for me, I won't mention your names, but I saw you there each week, I noticed you turn on the fan, I saw you mention to my judge if I wasn't quite hitting depth or missed a rep count, I heard you scream when I was being lazy and resting. I felt immense pride to fly the Cohort flag this year and I would say it's been a highlight for me personally to take it all in.   To answer the question, yes I'm disappointed. Of course I am. But not in the way you likely think. I could not have done a single rep more, gone a second faster or lifted another pound. I gave it my all. I vomited, twice. I Pr'd multiple gymnastic skills and finished 65% above my placing last year.   Im disappointed that I didn't achieve my goal, that I couldn't represent my gym, my community  and of course  my coach (and yours.) Paul nearly died for me this year and got me to where I am after a knee surgery and broken foot in just 8 months, but we landed just shy of where i wanted to be and where we believed i would be. ( I actually think he took it worse than me)  For the final question that needs to be answered. Yes, yes i am.  2019 Open has begun.

Gratitude. 
by Sophia
Before answering the most common question: I think it appropriate to thank you. The Cohort community saved my mind mid wod, every single week, for that i'm extremely grateful. 
I noticed even the small things some of you did for me, I won't mention your names, but I saw you there each week, I noticed you turn on the fan, I saw you mention to my judge if I wasn't quite hitting depth or missed a rep count, I heard you scream when I was being lazy and resting. I felt immense pride to fly the Cohort flag this year and I would say it's been a highlight for me personally to take it all in. 

To answer the question, yes I'm disappointed. Of course I am. But not in the way you likely think. I could not have done a single rep more, gone a second faster or lifted another pound. I gave it my all. I vomited, twice. I Pr'd multiple gymnastic skills and finished 65% above my placing last year. 

Im disappointed that I didn't achieve my goal, that I couldn't represent my gym, my community  and of course  my coach (and yours.) Paul nearly died for me this year and got me to where I am after a knee surgery and broken foot in just 8 months, but we landed just shy of where i wanted to be and where we believed i would be. ( I actually think he took it worse than me)

For the final question that needs to be answered.
Yes, yes i am. 
2019 Open has begun.