What an insane night! 11 athletes threw down 15.1 tonight just minutes after it was announced! They put up some awesome numbers and I can’t wait to see what the other 110 of you can do (myself included).
Here’s the deal. Sign up for a heat on Saturday. Please judge a couple times if you can (here’s the link to take the course). AND LET’S GET FIT!!!
Sign Up for Heats Here
To Scale or Not to Scale?
This year, for the first time ever, athletes can choose the Rx division (in this case Toes-to-Bar and 115/75# for deads and snatches) or Scaled division (in this case Hanging Knee Raises and 85/55#). Choices, choices – which should you choose?
While this is a personal decision, here’s our opinion:
- Make your decision for each workout only after warming up. It’s fine to go Rx in some workouts and Scaled in others- don’t prejudge where you are, wait to see the workout and try a few reps at the Rx weight during warm-ups if it feels even roughly in the ballpark.
- If you can safely get even 1 rep of the first exercise at the Rx weight for a given workout, go for it, even if the 2nd or 3rd movement @ Rx is out of reach. For example, if you are confident you can bang out a few Toes-To-Bar in 15.1, then we recommend the Rx division for this workout. Given nine minutes – if you can get one toes-to-bar, you can probably muster fifteen in that amount of time. And once you get through the nine, you are facing 10 reps of a deadlift that is pretty light for most people. The trick will come with the snatch – which may even be above your PR. Go for Rx anyway. Why?
- You may surprise yourself. Many PRs come during the Open. After all it is game time.
- You will score above every single person who does the scaled division. That’s right, completing just one toes-to-bar in nine minutes will put you ahead of tens of thousands of people who choose the scaled division.
- If you can’t confidently and safely get 1 rep of the first movement at Rx, then scale. It’s no fun to be frustrated for 9 minutes.
WOW! We currently have 112 athletes registered for the 2015 CrossFit Open! That’s over 50 more than we had last year! The Open is not just a competition to see who makes it to Regionals — it’s 5 weeks of celebrating everything you have worked for in and outside the gym; putting your fitness and above all, your mind, to the test; seeing how you stand up against 200,000 other people JUST LIKE YOU; and showing your coaches that you know you are better than your yesterday-self (we know it, but we want YOU to know it!).
Since we have so many people, we need as many judges as we can get to help us make each day of the Open run smoothly and efficiently. If you have $10 lying around, and want to learn about movement standards, what’s expected of you as a competitor, and to be an integral part to the CrossFit competition world, please do us a huge favor and take the judge course online. You can complete the judges course here. If you have any trouble, just let us know and we can help you out.
And if you haven’t signed up for the Open yet, do it now!!
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