The CrossFit Open is a worldwide CrossFit competition. We’ll do it every year. It’s fun. Last year, was the first year I haven’t done the open since 2011. I missed it like crazy and I CAN’T WAIT to show you guys what it’s all about.
This year, I hope over 40 Locomotion family members will try their hand at CrossFit “competition.” There’s a SCALED division as part of the open, so everyone can participate. We’ll also have a category called “All Aboard” which will offer workouts similar to the official open WOD, just written by me specifically for our gym.
Our goals at Locomotion: to educate, empower, energize, and elevate. Competition helps with the ‘energize and elevate’ part: the pressure to perform pushes you to train harder; the social boost of dozens of your best friends cheering for you will help you reach a higher plane. Heck, watching your teammates GO is inspiring.
Can we bring that worldwide thrill home? Can we deliver all the fun of competition without causing any anxiety attacks? We think so.
Through the Open, we’re going to have Two intramural teams competing. And you’re going to be on one of them. The two Intramural teams don’t have names yet, but their Captains have already been chosen. Yep, we chose a FUN pair to Captain, not our “top scorers” (no offense ladies). We want you to sign up this year; are you really going to say no to Jess C. or Katie J.? I don’t think so.
Registration for the Locomotion Open can be done one of 2 ways. To officially be a part of the 300,000 other athletes competing in the open, register at games.crossfit.com and choose Park Circle CrossFit as your Affiliate. This is HIGHLY ENCOURAGED so you have some skin in the game AND you can take part in a long-standing CrossFit tradition. Whether you officially register for the open or not, EVERYONE who plans to compete at Locomotion needs to register via this form so captains can begin the recruiting process.
Coaches and our most competitive men and women will be ‘drafted’ onto an Intramural team by Coach Jay. We want to ensure even distribution of our top performing athletes.
Following that competitors draft, every other athlete registered for the Locomotion Open will be up for grabs. Team Captains will do everything in their power to recruit you to their team. The point system favors the team with the most people, not the most competitive athletes, so captains will be busting their butt to get you on their side.
That’s where you come in. You’ll be courted by one of our Team Captains to join their team – probably both of them actually. Pick the funnest team!
Once you commit to your team, you’ll declare your choice in the Locomotion members Facebook Group and be added to your team’s private Facebook Group. You’ll also be sent an “I’ve Been Drafted” certificate, that you’ll want to hang onto (trust me)!
Leading up to the first event announcement on February 22nd at 8PM we’ll have some awesome stuff going on in addition to the draft.
- Locomotion Open Bingo- You’ll be given a bingo card and each square will have a task you can complete to earn prizes for you and/or extra points for your team.
- Specialty Skill Seminars- We’ll be running a couple specialty skill seminars to work on some common movements that come up every year during the open. One will be on Pull Ups and the other will focus on Double Unders. We’ll be capping these clinics at 12 registrants, so make sure you jump on them early once details are announced.
- 18.1 Announcement party- Once a week on Thursday nights at 8PM through the 5 weeks of the open CrossFit HQ puts on a HUGE announcement. They let us all know what the workout is going to be and then 10 minutes later (with no prep prior to that) 2 of the top CrossFit athletes in the world go head to head. On February 22nd we’ll all gather at the gym with food, drinks, and good company to watch the first announcement together. Immediately following the announcement, 2-4 of our own athletes will go head to head in our gym to see what it looks like when mere mortals attempt the workout.
LOCOMOTION OPEN SEASON
+1 Point – Attendance: every member of a team that completes an Open workout at Locomotion each week earns one point. Maximum one point per athlete per workout. This goes for Rx AND Scaled competitors!
+2 Points – Top 3: every male AND female member who places among the Top 3 at Locomotion for each workout gets an extra point for their team.
+5 Points (team) – Spirit: The team with the most noise, pride, and PRESENCE each week will receive 5 bonus points.
+5 Points (bonus) – 6th Super Secret Squirrel workout: see below.
Workouts will be done in every class throughout the day on Fridays. HOWEVER, EVERY FRIDAY NIGHT WE’LL THROW A BIG EVENT CALLED “FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS” STARTING AT 530PM. It’s way more fun when you do this with a big group, so we encourage as many people as possible to come to Friday Night Lights to hit the workout. We’ll have food, beers, family, cheering sections, and LOTS of fun. The Open will have five workouts; we have a BONUS 6th workout planned, which may take place at any time DURING the five weeks or up until a week after the last. You won’t know what this event is until it begins!
You’ll need to use one of your sessions if you’re on a limited membership (Unlimited memberships are covered for the open), and we’ll have a special 5-punch card available if you want to add the open to your normal routine. The sixth event will be a freebie for anyone registered on any Intramural team.
We’ll have some random draws each week for prizes, including gear, supplements, and training packages. The top team will also earn a GRAND prize. Details released soon!
Our focus is on FUN. We want participation because it will make you fitter, and it will get you high-fives and you’ll be happy and love life more and glow and stuff.