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Expand yourself in the Open

Samantha Brown

You have heard it before and you know it to be true: Crossfit is for all walks of life. From the young to the old, to lose weight or to hone an existing athletic skill, Crossfit is for everyone.

It is best seen during Open Season when everyone completes the same workouts (depending on your division) to see their name on the leaderboard.


What is the Crossfit Open?

The Crossfit Open is a worldwide competition where any athlete can compete with the best.

As the Crossfit Games website says, “[The Open] is where grassroots meets greatness.”


It was originally created to find the top athletes who would advance to Regionals with sights to make it to the Crossfit Games. In 2015, a scaled division was introduced so athletes who did not desire to go to the Games could also complete in the Open without the feeling the pressure of doing movements that they have not yet conquered.

Starting on February 23, 2017, one workout a week for five weeks is released that everyone in the world completes. Different divisions were also created based on age and abilities so everyone can do it without feeling like they are not “fit enough.”


Why do the Open?

It brings back that friendly competitive spirit within the box, or among friends,  that all of us enjoy most about Crossfit. It is also a milestone in each of our individual journey in Crossfit.

Image provided by Priscilla Navares from her first Crossfit Open in 2016

When asked about the Open, Priscilla Navares, Scaled athlete from Crossfit Zeus, says, “The idea that you are being judged and have to display your results for the whole world to see feels extremely vulnerable, but then you have this realization that the competition really is against yourself and what you thought you could or couldn't do.”

Noah Inhofer, owner of Crossfit Kuleana, suggested this to new and returning athletes, “Have fun. Attack the workouts, and really what the Open is really, really good at doing, and to have the proper mindset for this is to: A) have fun, and B) realize that you are going to come face to face with things that you are not as proficient as you would like to be.”

During the Open, remember to relax, take a deep breath, and just go for it. It is just one more pitstop on your own personal journey to meeting your goal.   

If you have not already signed up for the Crossfit Open, and I would strongly encourage you to do so, go to Your box will already be doing it, so why not submit your score too!

The Open registration is opened from now until the last day for 17.5 workout submissions, on March 27. Anyone that wants to submit scores should register before Monday, February 27th. Scores have to be submitted that day by 3:00 pm HST.

Join the conversation!

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About the author
Samantha Brown

Samantha has been Crossfitting for 5.5 years, and enjoying desserts for even longer. A mom of two who are stuck to her like glue, she loves to meet other parents who WOD as much as she does. When she is not writing for Shakas and Snatches, she looks for places to do a pistol and throw a shaka. Connect with her on IG  @pistolsandshakas