Feb 142014

cfpaopenbadge2014-page-001Every year there is a competition to determine the Fittest On Earth. This competition is called The CrossFit Games. In order to get to the Games there are multiple levels of competition. The first one is The CrossFit Open.

The Open is a worldwide competition where individuals compete in workouts that are posted weekly over the course of 5 weeks. You can video your workout and submit it online to CrossFit for judging and validation or you can perform the workout an a CrossFit affiliate and they will judge the workout and validate your score. Spectators are welcome and encouraged to come and see CrossFit as a sport.

CrossFit Palo Alto will be hosting The Open on 5 consecutive Saturdays, starting 3/1, from 11:30 am for those that want to compete or spectate. Here is what is required to compete at CFPA.

1) Register with The CrossFit Games site and select CrossFit Palo Alto as your affiliate. (cost $20)

2) Purchase a 5-week pass to The Open at CrossFit Palo Alto. (cost $50) **

3) Prepare yourself for some challenging and fun workouts with others from the gym.

4) Be prepared to Count Reps/Judge for someone else and to stay until the last workout has been completed.

** 100% of all entry fees for The Open at CrossFit Palo Alto will be donated to The Kevin Ogar Fund.

“On January 12th, 2014 Kevin Ogar’s life changed forever. He suffered a traumatic injury to his spinal cord as a result of a “freak accident” while competing at an event in Orange County, California. At this time, Kevin has no movement below the waist and will be faced with numerous surgeries and a long road ahead for rehabilitation.” – kevinogar.com

(If you are a visitor, you are welcome to compete for a $10 drop in fee. You must be registered with The CrossFit Games site prior to arrival and you must contact Tim@crossfitpaloalto.com by Friday at 5pm prior to The Open date.)

Dates of The Open are: 3/1, 3/8, 3/15, 3/22 and 3/29

Please note: CrossFit designs the workouts to be very accessible, but this is also a competition that requires strict standards. Examples of these standards are unassisted pullups and pushups. The movements and loads are unknown at this time. This is not a class where time will be spent on teaching the movements. Standards will be reviewed and that will be it. This is NOT an open gym time. This is NOT a time to come in and practice movements, make up workouts, etc. This is not part of your regular program and is completely optional. Therefore, any rest days that you may take in preparation for The Open will not be made up.

***A NOTE ON SCALING The Open WODs. Generally, scaling will not be encouraged. Part of The Open is to measure yourself where you are right now. Generally, the harder elements are not the first movement of the workout. If you scale a part of a workout, your scoring will end there and you may continue. No further reps will be counted toward your official score. However, the importance of continuing to work and accumulate reps and experience cannot be overstated. All this is to say that EVERYONE should do The Open.

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