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What Is The CrossFit Open?


An Invictus Boston member excited for the start of the workout.

Whether you identify as a newcomer, competitor, enthusiast, fan, or supporter of the CrossFit community, the CrossFit Open welcomes you with open arms.


The Open holds a special significance for each participant, serving as a catalyst for understanding the purpose behind our dedication to CrossFit. For many, CrossFit entered their lives as a pursuit of improved health and fitness, and the Open offers a platform to uphold that commitment. It's a time for connection and celebration among CrossFit athletes worldwide, fostering a sense of accountability and camaraderie.


While the workouts push everyone to give their best effort, the true motivation often stems from the sense of community and support prevalent in affiliates and across the globe during this event. Together, we acknowledge that we're part of something greater than ourselves, united by the belief that CrossFit enhances both individual lives and the world at large.


Members cheer on a fellow member participating in the Open

For some, the Open represents an opportunity to pursue competitive goals, whether they discovered their athletic passion through CrossFit or seek to reignite past athletic endeavors. Additionally, for a select few, the Open marks the initial stage of qualification for the prestigious CrossFit Games.


What makes the Open remarkable is its inclusivity; regardless of fitness level, it brings people together to pursue something meaningful that transcends mere exercise routines.

Undoubtedly, the Open is an experience not to be missed. Still unsure? Let's delve into the details of this three-week competition, addressing common queries so you can make an informed decision. Let's dive in!


WHAT IS THE CROSSFIT OPEN?

Introduced in 2011, the CrossFit Open revolutionized the concept of a global online competition. Athletes worldwide complete designated workouts from their respective locations, submitting their scores online. With each passing year, the Open garners increased participation, reflecting the community's collective progress in fitness achievements.


Structurally, the Open spans three weeks (February 29th-March 19th, 2024), featuring a series of workouts. Participants can complete these workouts anywhere, following a consistent schedule of releases and submission deadlines. Workouts are released on Thursdays and you have until Monday night to complete them. We program the workout as the class workout for Friday and we host an electric Friday Night Lights at both locations. Friday Night Lights is a chance to do the worked fueled by the energy of the crowd and socialize with other gym members. The CrossFit Games website hosts leaderboards showcasing global standings, fostering healthy competition and community engagement.


Numerous options cater to diverse preferences and abilities, ensuring an inclusive experience:

  • Rx'd: The most challenging option, adhering to prescribed workout standards.

  • Age Groups: Tailored versions of workouts for teenagers and masters athletes.

  • Adaptive: Modified workouts for athletes with permanent impairments.

  • Scaled: Scaled-down versions suitable for beginners or those needing adjustments.

  • Foundations: Ideal for newcomers or those starting their CrossFit journey.

WHO IS THE CROSSFIT OPEN FOR?

The Open welcomes everyone, serving various purposes for athletes. For many, it marks the culmination of the CrossFit Games season, offering a standalone annual challenge. Yet, for others, it serves as the initial stage of qualification for further competitions.


The progression through subsequent stages of the CrossFit Games season unfolds as follows:

  1. The Open: A massive global event open to all, setting the stage for further competition.

  2. Quarterfinals: Advancement for top performers, conducted virtually.

  3. Semifinals: In-person competitions for top contenders, with online options for specific categories.

  4. CrossFit Games: The pinnacle event where the fittest individuals and teams compete for top honors.

WHY SHOULD I PARTICIPATE IF I'M NOT A COMPETITIVE ATHLETE?

Even if you don't aim for podium finishes, the Open offers numerous benefits. It serves as a fitness checkpoint, fostering accountability and motivation for personal improvement. It's an opportunity to set and achieve goals while celebrating achievements within the community.


CAN I PARTICIPATE?

Absolutely! The Open is for everyone, regardless of perceived fitness levels. It's about embracing the experience, pushing personal boundaries, and relishing the supportive community atmosphere.


Still hesitant? Let's address common concerns:

  • Fitness Level: Participation doesn't hinge on fitness prowess; it's about the willingness to engage and grow.

  • Workout Variations: Open workouts mirror those encountered in daily CrossFit sessions, ensuring familiarity and accessibility.

  • Score Sharing: Embracing score sharing fosters accountability and solidarity within the community.

  • Registration Fee: While there's a fee, it underscores commitment and provides a tangible goal to strive for. Note - you can still do the workouts and participate in Friday Night Lights without having to sign up through CrossFit.com.


WHAT IS THE INTRAMURAL OPEN?

We are bringing back the Intramural Open here at Invictus Boston with three teams. We had over 160 members participate last year and you won't want to miss it! You’ll have chances to earn points for your team by submitting workout scores, wearing your team colors for the workouts, and attending our Friday Night Lights. This is one of the biggest events of the year, a great way to meet other people at the gym, and bring the energy for the Open. Registration for the Intramural Open is free and you don't have to be registered for the CrossFit Open to participate. Once you register, you will be assigned a team. Register here!


WHAT'S NEXT?

Ready to join the CrossFit community in this exhilarating journey? Registration for the 2024 Open is now open and you can sign up for the Intramural Open here. Let's embark on this adventure together and celebrate your accomplishments on the leaderboard!

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