What is the Open ?
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/