The Opens Are Coming

Feb 10th, 2012

Category: CrossFit

The Opens Are Coming

There will be no formal yoga class with Kim this Sunday….BUT, I am going to lead a structured stretching/yoga-like session if you are looking to mobilize.- Amy

The much talked about CrossFit Games season is coming up in just under 3 weeks (February 22 to be exact). Registration is open for anyone who wants to give it a try. In the coming days we will be providing a lot of information about registration and competing. Individuals can compete as both an individual and for an affiliate team, and this year CrossFit Southie will be having two teams competing on the road to the games.

Anyone who has come to the competition seminars knows that I feel one of the best parts of CrossFit is the ability to compete and measure yourself on a personal level and against others. The Opens are the ultimate example of this. With a new workout released every 5 weeks starting February 22 we all have the chance to measure ourselves against our peers internationally. It also gives us some baseline workouts to retest later on down the road to see how we have improved, where our weaknesses have gotten better or worse, and in general what direction our fitness level is going. I know personally I have had a blast the past few weeks redoing the 2011 Open Wods every Wednesday and seeing how I do compared to my scores from last year.

The Games season, especially the Opens, carry some of my best memories from 2011. I remember waiting anxiously at the computer with my CrossFit friends every Tuesday night waiting for the new weekly workout, then talking it over endlessly with my buddies and fellow competitors as we made our attempts. I remember joy/relief every Saturday after doing the wod in the competitive setting CF Southie, CF Fenway, and CF New England had set up, thankful that week was done, already gearing up for the next week. I also remember how much fun it was seeing all the athletes I coached trying competing for the first time. To be able to see the hard work they put in and how much fun they had not only made my job worth it but made my entire competition season more enjoyable. What I remember the most was regardless of my own personal achievements or defeats during last years Games season, experiencing it with so many kick ass people made it worth all the time and hard work. This is a chance to do something awesome and any sacrifice you have to make is worth it.

If you are interested in competing and have questions ask any of your coaches. If you want to compete for a spot on one of the teams but want more knowledge on how it works, well also ask any of your coaches. If you haven’t competed before but have been thinking of throwing your hat into the ring, now is the time. If you are an experienced competitor, don’t forget to sign up. Pay your $20 and lets get our jam on.

Max Height Box Jump

3 Rounds of
Run 800m
50 Back Extensions
50 Sit Ups


  1. Goose 02/10/2012 at 9:06 pm

    We will be doing the opens in class each week on Wednesdays and will also give people a chance to redo the WOD on Saturday. Scores are validated by other athletes so it’s very unintimidating. It’s a great way to measure progress and identify weaknesses. We will be doing another post on the process in the next few days.
    On another note, hopefully provided a little motivation to the ShamWOW today by taking down his max height box jump. Got 51 and 3/4 ” frightening inches and got on top of the 53″ a few times but couldn’t stand up and control it.

    • Joe 02/10/2012 at 10:39 pm

      Awww yeah! Nice work, Goose! Wish I could have seen it. Maybe I should stop eating so much and start jumping more. As a retaliatory measure, I’m going to have to start gunning for your max HSPU mark.

  2. Gill 02/10/2012 at 6:59 pm

    19:38 rx. Also, I managed the box jumps without TOTALLY eating it, which I am really proud of.

  3. Crowley 02/10/2012 at 2:47 pm

    Max height box jump: 47.5″
    Michael: 18:53 rx

    Did some back squats after, 3×5 strict sets w/ 235#

    I’m in for the opens. Going to sign up this weekend.

  4. NickD 02/10/2012 at 2:04 am

    Signed up! Good thing I got about 3 months of CF experience under my belt. Excited anyways