The CrossFit Open… Why?
So lately there’s a lot of conversation about The 2015 CrossFit Open. It’s all over our social medias, CrossFit boxes, and our CrossFit friends can’t stop talking about what workout Dave Castro is going to come up with. So what’s the hype about the CrossFit Open? Why does everyone make such a big deal about it?
This year will be my 4th year competing in The Open. I can remember the first time I signed up and how there were only about 70,000 people signed up for the Open, and the growth over the years has been amazing.
“Each year, participation in the Open grows exponentially. In 2011, about 26,000 people signed up for the first-ever Open. The next year, 69,370 people signed up. In 2013, there were 138,619 participants, and this year registration closed with 209,585 people.” – “209,585:Rise of the Open” (2014)
So just based on that stat alone, I am amazed at how big the sport has gotten. The competition is getting unreal and with some of the new rule changes the percentage of people who make it to Regionals and The Games keeps getting lower and lower. I do not look at this as a bad thing, but instead, I’m super excited about the growth of CrossFit and the CrossFit Games.
What is the goal of the CrossFit Open? To find the fittest on Earth right? But there’s so much more than that. 10,000 local affiliates will be participating in the Open in some way, shape, or form. Viewing parties, Friday Night Lights, and other special events will take place starting tomorrow for the next 5 weeks. Our sport and fitness model is based around COMMUNITY and there’s no better time of the year than now to take that community to the next level.
So take a step back and look at the bigger picture. Don’t look at The Open as a “Can I or can’t I make it to Regionals” but instead look at it as an opportunity to get involved in the community you love and that’s changed your life. Think of the amount of support you will get for the next 5 weeks out of your box. Your coaches, friends, and family will all be there to support you and with the new scaled/Rx workouts, you will be able to compete every single week. Then, at the end of it all, you can see how much you’ve improved and then start planning for next year. You can compare you scores with people in you gym, state, and around the world! I don’t know about you, but I wonder what number I am out of 200,000 people.
So sign up, find out how to get involved at your box, and have FUN. This is the best time of year for our sport, so let’s embrace it! And may the CrossFit odds ever be in your favor.