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Once again the flagship event of our sport is fast approaching.  The 2018 CrossFit Open is the first in a series of events that will ultimately determine who is the fittest in the world at the CrossFit Games.

While only 40 men and 40 women will make it to the Games, everyone stands to gain something by competing in the Open.  First, the competition will push you beyond what you thought were your limits.  Every year we see athletes get their first muscle ups, double unders, or lift heavier or do more reps than they thought were possible.  The cheering of your fellow athletes and coaches, paired with the intense nature of the competition, brings out the best in us and unlocks that hidden ability you may not have known existed.

Competing in the Open also lets you see where you stand compared to thousands of other athletes around the world.  Also, if you’ve never competed in a CrossFit competition, the Open is a great way to get a taste of what a competition feels like.

As in previous years, the 2018 CrossFit Open will feature five weekly workouts and have multiple divisions for anyone age 14 or older.  Each workout will have an Rx or scaled option, so anyone can compete.

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I’m in, what do I need to do?

Log on to https://games.crossfit.com and register prior to 8PM EST on February 26.  The cost is $20+tax.  Registration is open now.

Fill out your online profile and then sign up at the front desk for a heat time.

Each competitor is responsible for posting their scores prior to each week’s deadline in order for their score to count.

Watch the weekly WOD release every Thursday and be familiar with the movements you are expected to perform.  There will be a short demo of the standards prior to your heat.

Where do I need to be? 

CrossFit Frederick will be running the 2018 Open WODs as follows:

18.1 Saturday 2/24 Box opens at 7AM, first heat 8AM

18.2 Saturday 3/3 Box opens at 7AM, first heat 8AM

18.3 Saturday 3/10 Box opens at 7AM, first heat 8AM

18.4 Monday 3/19 (Note CFF is closed for the 4th Annual USPA Mid-Atlantic Classic on 3/17-3/18 so 18.4 will be conducted on Monday, 3/19.  18.4 will be conducted in the evening hours.  The Box opens at 4:45PM with the first heat starting at 5:15PM.  We will finish the final heat at 7:30PM, which will give you enough time to input your scores and meet the 8PM deadline.)

18.5 Saturday 3/24 Box opens at 7AM, first heat 8AM

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How does this all work?

For each of the 5 Open WODs, competitors should arrive prior to their heat time and be warmed up and ready to go for their heat.  Our coaching staff will be busy setting up the WOD and/or judging the previous heat, so you will need to warm up on your own.

While we encourage all CFF members to sign up for the Open, the Box will still be open for non-competing members to do the scheduled Open WOD on the days/times we are running the Open.

All athletes, whether you are competing in the open or not, must sign up for a heat time prior to the weekly Open workout.  Spots are first come first served.

Coach judges will be available only for athletes competing in the Rx divisions. Competing athletes in the scaled divisions will have peers count their reps.  Non-competing athletes will count their own reps.

What else do I need to know?

It is a good idea to practice the exercises in the upcoming Open WOD prior to each Saturday.  Many athletes use that Friday before the WOD to work on anything they need practice on prior to being tested.  Competitors may utilize any regular time CFF is open as “Open Gym” time to prepare for the Saturday Open WOD.  Note that coaches may not be available to assist you with your preparation, and you’ll need to stay out of the way of regular classes.  This open gym time is working on your own.

Bring your family and friends to cheer your on!  It’s so motivating to have people cheering for you and this is the chance for those who maybe only see photos on Facebook to see how much of a beast you are in person.

On the Saturday Open WODs, feel free to bring your beverage/food of choice and hang out after your heat time.  We'll be open until about 11AM to hang out and socialize after the Saturday Open WODs.

The CrossFit Open is challenging, but provides a tremendous source of satisfaction in both your personal experience of pushing past your limits and in seeing how you compare to  thousands of other athletes around the world.  So what are you waiting for?  Sign up today!

--by Geoff Rand