The 2017 CrossFit Games: A New Location & A New Division
The 2017 CrossFit Games: A New Location & A New Division
By Ricky Garard
I’m not going to lie, I had my doubts when I first heard about the new location and division for the 2017 CrossFit Games. After all, it’s been five years since the last time we saw a change in location or division. But after talking with some of the coaches and athletes at the Games, I’ve come to realize that this year will be different than any other.
For starters, there are two new locations! One is in San Diego, California; the other is in Colorado Springs, Colorado. These cities have never hosted a CrossFit competition before (and they don’t even have gyms yet). They’re both awesome places to compete and host a great event!
But what makes these events so special?
Well, let me tell you…
1) More Athletes!
CrossFit has grown tremendously over the past few years. Since 2011, we’ve seen a 150% increase in athletes competing in our competitions. In fact, last year was the biggest year ever for us. With the addition of female athletes this year, we anticipate another 15% increase (or more). With more than 5,000 athletes at each location, it’s going to be exciting to see so many top competitors together in one place!
2) Bigger Product Vendor Area!
With over 200 vendors in the area, there will surely be something for everyone. Even if you’re not competing, you can spend all three days checking out the latest in sports technology, apparel and supplements. It’s like a trade show for athletes!
3) New Division: Master’s Men 45-49!
Never done a CrossFit competition before? This is the perfect year to start. This year, we’re introducing a new division for anyone over the age of 45. If you think you’re too old to start CrossFit, I’m here to tell you that you’re dead wrong. I’m 49 years old and I can guarantee that I can beat you in at least one event. There are no excuses.
Get off the couch and let’s do this!
4) Team Competition!
Working out with a group is more fun than going at it alone. I know from experience.
What could be more fun that supporting your fellow athletes as they sweat through the toughest workouts the judges can create?
It brings a whole new meaning to the word “teamwork.” This year, you can test your skills by forming a team of five athletes and training together for four weeks to see how you stack up against other teams.
5) You Can Do It!
Overcoming obstacles is an important part of life. Think about it: most of us sit behind a desk all day or do the same boring routine each morning. At CrossFit, the workouts change every day. This keeps us from getting bored and also ensures that we never plateau.
Can you rise to the challenge?
Sign up for the Open and find out. If you really push yourself, you might even earn a spot at the Games this summer!
I hope to see you there.
Ricky “Fronk” Garard
How to Participate
1) Register online: Registration for the Open is open January 1-26.
Anyone who wants to compete can register online. The entry fee is $20. If you sign up after the first week, the fee goes up to $40. You can find all the information about the registration dates and fees here.
2) Choose your division: Are you an athlete or a grandparent? Are you a man or a woman? Find out which division you qualify for here.
3) Pick a team: Want to form a team with your friends and compete against other small groups? Find out how to get a team together here.
4) Train: At the start of February, we will post the workouts for the first week.
You can find these workouts and other helpful tips on the website.
5) Get ready for March: The Open starts on March 5, but you don’t want to wait until then to prepare.
Start working out now! Get your whole team together and start stretching, practicing pull-ups, running and anything else you need to do. If you’re looking for a place to do these workouts, contact one of the CrossFit gyms in your area or find a partner and workout at home. We will post a list of local affiliates and their contact information on the website as well.
6) Go for the Fittest in Your Town: After you’ve competed in the Open this year, why stop? The whole point is to find out who is fittest in your town.
Start contacting your friends and co-workers and see if they want to form a team for next year. We will post more information about this as we get closer to the next Open.
Whether you’re just starting out or you’ve been doing CrossFit for years, this is your chance to find out which athletes in your town are truly the fittest. I believe in you. Go get ’em!
The 2012 Open
Rules & Scoring
The Open is a four-week long competition that takes place in your local CrossFit affiliate. Each week, you will perform the workout of the day, also known as the WOD. This will consist of 5-15 separate movements that may consist of running, biking, rowing, pull-ups, push-ups and many other things. You will have from 7 to 22 minutes to complete the entire workout.
CrossFit will post a video of that week’s WOD on the website every Thursday. This will give you an idea of what to practice before each weekend. You can also find a list of equipment you will need for each WOD here.
As soon as the weekend comes around, you have two choices: workout wherever you happen to be or go to a CrossFit gym to take part in the Open. You can only do one WOD per weekend. Whichever you choose, you will post your score on the website under your profile so judges can confirm your results.
As long as proof of your completion is on the website before midnight Sunday night, you’re good. If you cannot complete a workout for any reason, you may repeat it as many times as needed until the deadline. After that, you can no longer count your score and must wait until next week’s workout.
CrossFit is designed to be all-levels, from elite athletes to complete beginners. As long as you can do the movements, you’re allowed to compete. Each year, the Open gets a little more challenging. The workouts will be harder and require previous CrossFitter experience. If you’re just starting out, choose workouts that are in line with your ability.
Don’t worry; next year will be here before you know it and you’ll be ready!
Let the games begin!
Get Started Here!
There’s no time like the present to get started on your health and fitness journey. If you’re really feeling adventurous, give the Open a try and compete with friends and family all over the world! Or just take things at your own pace in the comfort of your own home (although we do recommend that you still log your workouts on the website).
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