We are officially two weeks into the five-week CrossFit Open! You’ve probably been hearing all about it. Terms like 17.1, not more dumbbells, and leaderboard have been flying around the internet and your gym. But what does it all mean? What is the open and how did it all come about?
A one-paragraph history of the CrossFit Games
2007 was the CrossFit Games first official year. It included 103 athletes and was held on Dave Castro’s family’s ranch in California. In 2009 the games expanded to include regional events. From there, the 2010 games saw the addition of a second qualifying round. The open as we know it came into being in 2011. The goal was to allow any and all athletes who felt that they had the stuff to compete in the games a chance to prove it. 26,000 people completed in the CrossFit Open in 2011. As CrossFit grew and grew, the games became an international sensation. Last year, the open drew 324,307 athletes from 175 countries.
What happens next?
The open is just the first stage on the road to The Games. The format is genius. It allows any athlete, from any CrossFit gym from anywhere in the world a chance to compete. You can be a huge name like former winner Richard Froning who took the title from 2011 to 2014, and who is currently in seventh place after two events (in the individual men’s division). Or you can be a variable unknown like Pawel Lesnikowski from Europe who is competing in his first open and is holding strong at 4th place. The Open runs from February 23rd to March 27th. One secret workout is revealed every week for 5 weeks. Any registered athlete can post their times to the CrossFit Leaderboard (all times must be signed off by a registered CrossFit judge or via video submission). The fittest move onto the Regionals and online qualifiers. The online qualifier is for the teens and the masters’ division. This takes place from April 20th to April 24th. From there, the top performers will come together from 17 different worldwide locations to battle it out in weekend-long competitions in May. At the end of the weekend top scoring men and women will move on to compete in the 2017 CrossFit games in August.
CrossFit Expressions and The Open
The weekly open workout is revealed on Thursday nights. The gym has been completing the open workout as Friday’s WOD for the past two weeks. After 17.1 and 17.2, CrossFit Expressions has 3 stand-out athletes on the leaderboard. Out of 1,455 female athletes competing in Connecticut, Deandra Cappa-Patterson holds the 476th spot and Megan Bresnahan is crushing it in an impressive 117th position! For the men, out of 1,634 Connecticut competitors, Jimmy Solerti is holding strong at an impressive 276th position. It is important to keep in mind that this is only 2 of the 5 events. Anything can happen, and I have a feeling our athletes are only going to move up the leader board as the open moves forward! Stay tuned…..
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