What does that mean? That means, if you train at CrossFit Winnipeg, we strongly urge you and encourage you to go to compete in the CrossFit Open.   As members of a CrossFit Affiliate (and a pretty good one at that), you will all be able to compete in the comfort of our own gym under the supervision and guidance of your regular coaches. The Open consists of 1 competition workout per week for 5 weeks, starting the week of February 22nd, 2012.  We will be setting aside specific “competition” class times during the Open that will be specifically designed for those of you interested in seeing how you stack up against the rest of the world! These times will be on Thursdays and Saturdays.  These won’t be classes in the typical sense, meaning we won’t be running specific warm-ups or doing skill-work, but we will be reviewing standards and giving some warm-up recommendations.  These workouts won’t count against your monthly membership limit, but you will be officially judged on each workout (i.e., no counting your own reps and rounds) and you may be asked to judge and count reps for your fellow athletes. You can submit your score and be ranked against EVERY OTHER CROSSFITTER ON THE PLANET!


Why would I want to participate?

As many of you may have learned at FrostFit, CrossFit Competitions are a lot of fun. Even if you find yourself frequently scaling workouts or don’t feel you are ready to compete, we want to see you there. If you aren’t interested in competing every weekend, we would still love to have you come volunteer to judge, help out, or even cheer!

With FrostFit come and gone and the official competition season around the corner, it’s natural to be nervous, to start doubting your abilities and to wonder whether you are ready or just crazy for wanting to do this.  CrossFit is about pushing yourself beyond what you once thought possible. It’s about learning that CrossFit, like in life, you’re going to struggle with certain things. But CrossFit is going to force you to face those struggles and learn how to overcome them.  Just remember:

A) You are not crazy.  You simply want to be more and do more than the average person.

B) You may never feel totally ready, but never, ever doubt your abilities, your program and your coaches.

C) It will be fun!!!

Won’t the workouts be hard?  What if I have to scale?

This is about community, motivation and learning a bit about yourself.  Last year’s events were designed in such a way as to be every inclusive and we expect that almost all our members will be able to participate.  With AMRAP workouts, a simple attempt at a lift or a movement will earn you the opportunity to post a score and stay in the competition.  We can always redo a scaled version of the wod if you like but your unscaled score will be the one we post.

What about the Affiliate Team?

Individual performance in the CrossFit Open will also be how we determine who becomes a part of our Affiliate team, so if you are interested in going to regionals on our affiliate team, make sure you compete each week!


How do I register?

Step 1 – Sign up on the CrossFit Games Website . Go to “sign in, register and compete.”  Follow the steps to create your account and join the CrossFit Winnipeg Team.  It’s a great, cathartic experience, and it only costs $20. DO IT!!!

Step 2 – Sign up to do the wods at CFW.  Go to your Zen Planner Account and reserve a spot in the CrossFit Games Open Event.  Our fist competition will be the week of February 22nd, with the opportunity to compete on Thursday or Saturday.  Pre-reservation is necessary so make sure you get online and sign-up for the competition times you plan to attend!


From the CrossFit Games Website:

The CrossFit Games are the world’s premier test to find the Fittest on Earth™. This year, defending champs Rich Froning Jr. from Cookeville, Tenn., and Annie Thorisdottir from Kopavogur, Iceland will seek the first-ever repeat titles at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., on July 13-15. They will have incredible competition, as this will be the biggest and best year by far.

The 2012 season starts on February 22 with the five-week, five-workout CrossFit Games Open. Everyone in the world is invited to participate to see how they stack up. Tens of thousands of athletes from every continent will visit affiliates and submit videos in the quest to prove their fitness.

The top 60 men and women from each region will be invited to compete at the Regionals from April 27 to May 27. There are also divisions for Masters and Teams. Then, only the very best from each region qualify for the 2012 Reebok CrossFit Games.

Fitness means being ready for the unknown and unknowable, so all the workouts change every year. These changes remain a surprise and are not announced until just before each event starts. Train as hard as you can, get as fit as possible, and be ready for anything!

We’re proud to announce the 2012 version of the Games site will launch soon. It’s been redesigned to handle the new scope of the competition, with better organization of all our coverage, plus dramatically improved competition information and support.

Welcome to the 2012 Reebok CrossFit Games!

The Open (February 22 – March 25)

The Open is a worldwide competition consisting of five workouts over five weeks. Last year, more than 26,000 athletes competed, and this year will likely be a multiple of that!

Each week, the workout will be announced on Wednesday at 5 p.m. PT (starting February 22). Everyone will have until the following Sunday at 5 p.m. PT to complete that week’s workout and submit their score. You can do the workout at your local affiliate or film your attempt from any gym, a garage, or park.

Once you submit your workouts to the Games site, you’ll be able to find your rank, both worldwide and in your region. You get one point for each place (i.e. five points for 5th place) for each workout. Your overall score is the sum of all the workout scores, and lowest total points wins. You can compete both as an Individual and on a Team. Individuals are divided between men and women, and Masters are divided by gender and age.

The individual athletes and teams that perform the best across the five Open workouts, in each of the 17 regions, will be invited to compete at the second stage of the Games, the Regionals. The top 20 Masters in each age and gender category will earn an automatic spot at the Games in July.