The Crossfit Open 2021: is it for beginners?

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Each year, CrossFit fledglings around the globe begin to listen in with a mix of curiosity and trepidation as they begin to hear seasoned CrossFitters chat about the elusive event known as the CrossFit Open.

As they begin to figure out what the Open might entail, these new CrossFitters become more angsty than a 15 year old getting ready for their first date. They begin to think…

“I’m brand new to CrossFit, I’m so not ready for this.” 

“I don’t want to compete with other people.”

“What the hell is a 17.3, 20.4, 13.3?!” Hint: this year we will have 21.1, 21.2, 21.3.

How do I know this? Because we’ve all been there before with our first Open; unsure, uncertain and nervous. But, if you are a functioning human then the long and short of it is: yes, most definitely, of course, and finally, DUH you should definitely take part in the Open.

It is hard work. But if you are simply showing up and representing yourself, working at your own capabilities in the here and now, and cheering on your fellow humans who are going through the same three workouts for the same three weeks, then you will be fine. Especially if you are new to CrossFit, all you need to do is show up and look at it as just another workout. Go forth and do your best and learn from it. Your coaches and fellow CrossFitters will guide you every step of the way. You’ve got nothing to lose.

Moreover, if you’re new to CrossFit and a lot of the “RX” movements are still not in your stockpile (yet), then I would definitely suggest going for either the scaled, foundations or equipment free divisions. This will ensure you get a good workout in that allows you to rank yourself online to those of similar abilities. Because yes, there are people all over the world that have just started CrossFit just like you who are brave enough to sign up and post their scores online. Remember, those scores are there for you. To see how you improve as the years go on. It serves as something to reference, that’s all. 

If you still are unsure about what the Open is, besides including three workouts released for three weeks that every “CrossFit” style gym will be taking part in, let me provide you with some quick and basic facts.

  1. What is the CrossFit Open?
    While the CrossFit Open has greatly evolved and adapted throughout its 11 years, this year’s CrossFit Open takes into account the global pandemic, making it even more accessible. The three-week competition is the beginning of the CrossFit season and allows every CrossFitter throughout the world to take part. Each Thursday, beginning March 11th until the 25th, a new workout is released and athletes have until Monday to complete it and submit their scores. What’s more, it has become even more inclusive this year. Not only is there an RX and scaled division, this year CrossFit offers more divisions; Foundations, Equipment-Free and eight Adaptive divisions.

  2. How do you sign up?
    Simples! Sign up on the CrossFit Open website. And don’t forget to download the Open App. It will make submitting your scores before each Monday deadline much easier.

  3. Where can I watch each week’s announcement?
    Each Thursday, (March 11th, 18th and 25th) Dave Castro, the man behind the programming of both the CrossFit Open and the CrossFit Games will announce the workout at 17:00 (PT). Immediately following the announcement, two high-level athletes will go head to head and complete the RX version of the workout. Of course, if you’re in a different time-zone, you can watch the announcement when you wake up with a cup of coffee. 
Image by CrossFit

You can watch the announcement using any of the below links:
CrossFit Facebook
CrossFit Youtube

Stay tuned for more updates, tips and tricks for the next three weeks of the Open and see you on the gym floor!

Check below to read my past articles all to do with strategizing for the CrossFit Open.

16.1 Open Strategy
16.2 Open Strategy
16.4 Open Strategy
16.5 Open Strategy

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