The 2015 CrossFit open begins February 26 and we can’t wait! You can sign up here and, if you are a CrossFit Winnipeg member, choose CrossFit Winnipeg as your affiliate and we’ll add you to the CrossFit Winnipeg Team.

An Introduction to the CrossFit Open

The CrossFit Open marks the beginning of the CrossFit Games season, and it’s a great opportunity to get a taste for competition and to be a part of the worldwide CrossFit community. There are five open workouts, each released on a Thursday night and to be completed by the following Monday. After you complete each workout, you will log it online and be ranked both regionally and as a part of the global leaderboard. You can view a full schedule, previous years’ events, changes to the regional structure and more online here.

Who Should Participate?

For super competitive athletes, the CrossFit Open is the first step to get to the games. For the other 99.9% of us, it’s a great way to meet other CFW members, test your limits, set benchmarks and celebrate all the hard work you put in week after week. It’s not about how well you do or where you rank, it’s about putting yourself out there and proving to yourself that you are the best you can be. It’s about being better than yesterday and helping your fellow teammates do the same.

New for 2015: Scaled Open Workouts!

An exciting addition to the 2015 Open is scaled versions of the workouts. The goal of this addition is to make the Open even more inclusive, and we think this will be a fun way for more members to enjoy the thrill of the open. Here is some information on scaling straight from the CrossFit Games site:

Those athletes who choose to do all five Open workouts scaled will be visible on the Scaled Leaderboard, where they can compete with their peers… One rep of the prescribed version of the workout will be ranked ahead of the best score of the scaled version of the workout… Athletes who scale a workout will be removed from contention from regionals and the Masters Qualifier. 

If you register but cannot complete a movement or move the weight with proper technique to scaled division standards, we will scale the workout further for you so you can participate. The goal will be to get as many legitimate reps as possible before ending the scored portion of the workout and scaling things so you can have fun.

Completing and Logging the Workouts

CFW will be doing the Open workouts on Friday evenings from 7PM to 8:30PM and Sunday from Noon – 1:30pm. For each time slot, there will be a sign up sheet for heats and anyone doing the workout will be expected to help judge other athletes as well. Once you have completed your workout, you will sign off on your score and submit it online, then one of our staff will validate this score online for it to show up on the leaderboard and count toward the CFW score. Open workouts will not be permitted while regular classes are in progress so you would need to make special arrangements to record your workout if you miss one of the set times and still want to post a score.

What to Expect When You Show Up

For each open workout slot, the coach will explain the workout and help you warm-up, strategize and modify the workouts as needed. This will include hammering movement standards, tips and tricks for efficiency, breath and visualization work. We’ll also do some movement prep and dynamic range of motion work to prepare you for the workout. The events are often 5 to 15 minute AMRAPs so we’ll generally separate the group into two or 3 heats and judge each other. Then we’ll pair up athletes so that you can take turns doing the WOD and judging the WOD.

Rules and Judging
We encourage you to read the rulebook. It is long, but it is important. Each workout will come with a score sheet, the judge will have areas to count reps and record the athlete’s score.  When you are judging another athlete, your role is to count the athlete’s good reps, based on the standards we will review at the beginning of the session. At the end of the session, both the athlete and the judge sign the score sheet. As an athlete, you’ll get a copy of your score so that you can submit it online and the gym will keep the other copy to validate your score online. When the competition starts, make sure you complete all workouts and register your score before the deadline. If you miss the submission deadline, we cannot help you in any way. Submit your scores on time!

If You Can’t Compete, Come Cheer Us On!

If you aren’t competing, we’d love if you still came and cheered us on! For many people, the Open is their first taste of competition, so having a raucous crowd is all part of it. It’s also a great opportunity to introduce friends and family to CrossFit. So whether you’re competing or not, don’t be afraid to bring some people to amp up the energy and cheer on your fellow CrossFitters!

Anything else I need to know?

  1.  All athletes should read this document outlining the Games rules and drug-testing policy and must agree to follow the CrossFit Games drug policy.
  2. This applies to almost no one, but if you do not spend the majority of your weekly training days at our gym, you can be part of our affiliate but not our registered team. This is a CrossFit Games rule for team competition. It does not in any way limit your contribution to our community, and we value your presence and participation. The only thing that changes is that your scores will not count toward the CrossFit Winnipeg team score. You will still be ranked on the leaderboard, and we still love you.
  3. Judges: we are always looking for registered judges for the Open. The role of the judge is to ensure the integrity of the competition, and we will hold our athletes to the highest standards. The judging course is a great way to learn more about movement standards as an athlete or a judge. If you take the course, please notify us and send us a copy of your certificate. If you want to volunteer judging without taking the course, that’s fine too, but either way, be prepared to take reps away from your friends. For the duration of that workout, you are a completely impartial judge of movement. If you are interested in judging, please send us an email and let us know.
  4. If you decide or have to perform workouts at other gyms, you are responsible for submitting your scores and making sure they are validated by that affiliate. Most affiliates are quite accommodating, but in some cases, some affiliates may not actually be able to validate scores if certain requirements are not met. Ask them ahead of time. We cannot help you in any way if you miss the submission deadline or are not judged properly.