How to Watch the CrossFit Invitational
How to watch the CrossFit Invitational?
CrossFit Games Open: 9/30 – 11/2
The first week of the competition will start with two events, which are both very popular among fans. First is the “Open” event, where competitors attempt to complete all of their workout within one minute. Second is the “Max Effort”, where competitors attempt to complete all of their workout within three minutes. Both events have been around since the beginning of the competition, but they’ve only recently become so popular due to the addition of new equipment such as dumbbells and kettle bells.
These two events are what make up most of your time during the day at the competitions. You’ll see many people doing them in between other activities like lifting weights or working out on machines. These two events are not necessarily the best way to spend your time, but they’re certainly good enough to get you through the day.
If you want to improve your scores in these two events, then it’s a great idea to do some extra warmup work before you enter each event. Doing some light jogging or stretching before entering an event will give your muscles a chance to recover from the exertion of running or lifting heavy objects. It will also help you avoid injuries, which can cost you a significant amount of time if you have to stop the event because you’re injured.
When it comes to improving your skill level for these events, there is no shortage of articles online that can help you out. The important thing to remember is that you shouldn’t try to rush through the events. If you push yourself too hard, then you’ll end up making mistakes that will slow you down or cause injuries.
Open: 12pm, 6/1 – 6/2
This event will be broken up into two heats on Saturday and Sunday. The first heat on Saturday will begin at noon, while the second one (and last heat of the day) will begin at 3:30pm. On Sunday, there will be a heat beginning at 9am and another at noon. You can only sign up for one heat per day, so make sure you pick the right one!
The open workout this year will be broken up into three parts: a run, some strength workouts, and a combined workout. You’ll have to successfully complete the run and the strength section in order to qualify for the final combined workout. If you fail to complete either of the former sections, then you’re out of the competition. Here’s what you can expect:
1.5 mile run – This will just be a standard timed run on a track. Don’t try to overstride and crank out miles in a short amount of time; take your time and pace yourself.
Max Weight Over Head – You’ll have to lift a dumbbell over your head as many times as you can. Go at your own pace and make sure you keep good form the entire time.
Chin Over Bar – You’ll have to hang from a pull-up bar and then row yourself over the bar as many times as you can. Again, keep your form good and go at a pace that you’re comfortable with.
1.5 mile run – The run is exactly the same as before, so no surprises here. You’ll want to make sure you warmed up and stretched well before this one.
As you can see, the events are designed to push your upper body as well as your cardio endurance. No matter how good of a runner you are, you won’t succeed in this competition if you’re not prepared to lift some heavy weights over your head. That being said, you also need to be able to run a good distance at a good pace.
After you complete the open, you’ll have a brief break before starting on the finals. Remember that you’ll need to qualify for those, so don’t go out and blow yourself out before them! Make sure you take care of yourself and get plenty of rest.
Good luck, soldier.
The finals will start with a 1.5 mile run, just like the open. Your placement in this run will determine whether you’re in the first or second heat for all of the events except for the final combined workout. Whether you’re in the first or second heat, you’ll end up with some events coming before others, so pay attention to the schedule beforehand and prepare yourself accordingly.
First Heat: 8am-12pm
This heat includes events 1, 2, and 4-6. Here’s the full schedule for the day:
8am – 1.5 mile run (to determine heats)
9am – Tire Flip, max reps in 2 minutes
10am – Medicine Ball Throw, throw as far as you can, max distance
11am – Pull-Ups, max reps in 2 minutes
12pm – 1.5 mile run (to finish heat)
This heat starts off with a 1.5 mile run to determine whether you’re in the first or second heat. Remember that you’ll need to qualify in order to move on to the finals, so don’t go out too fast! After you know if you’re in the first or second heat, do some light stretching and prepare yourself for Event 1.
1. Tire Flip – You’ll have to flip a huge tractor tire as many times as you can in 2 minutes.
Go at a pace you’re comfortable with; you don’t want to tire yourself out before the other events!
Ball Throw – You’ll have to throw a large dodge ball as far as you can. Try not to use your arms too much and really use your whole body to put strength into it, just like in gym class.
3. Pull-Ups – You’ll have to do a pull-up bar.
Try to do as many pull-ups as you can before the 2 minutes is up. If at any point in time your toes touch the floor or you jump off the bar, you must restart.
4. Sprint – You don’t need to worry about this one too much; you’re just going to line up and run a short distance as fast as you can.
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