The most chaotic time of year for a CrossFit affiliate is here, Games Season, kicking off with the CrossFit Open.
At Taranis, we work extremely hard to ensure that we run a top-notch Open competition and at the same time we want to ensure that everyone’s fitness goals are being met. ALL OPEN SLOTS WILL BE SIGN UP ONLY. You may not just “show up” to the gym and expect to do the Open. We will be running 12 people an hour during all the designated sign up slots. This will allow our athlete’s competing to have a set up do give their best effort but also honour the space and routine our non competing athletes are entitled to. To add to that, please note: Saturday’s classes will be SIGN UP ONLY and ONLY FOR THE OPEN WOD. If you want to train that day and are not competing in the Open, you MUST still sign up for a WOD spot on Saturdays.
What is the Open?
The Open is a worldwide online CrossFit competition that is also a qualifying event for the CrossFit Regionals. It is an excellent opportunity to test yourself against the world and your peers to see your current level of fitness regardless if you are attempting to go further in CrossFit competitions. You do not have to be an RX’d athlete to take part, this is a competition with scaled divisions and Masters categories. Play with us! Register for the Open here.
The competition is 5 weeks long with a new workout being released every week on Thursday at 5pm. You will have until the following Monday at 5pm to submit a valid score. A valid score is one that has been judged and validated at a CrossFit affiliate like Taranis.
How do we accommodate all the events and judges?
Monday to Friday: our class schedule from remains the same with the exception of the addition of 4 Open time slots; Thursday night at 6pm, Friday night at 6pm, Monday at 10:30am and 3:30pm. You must sign up to attend the Open session but you do not need to sign up to do the regular class time from Monday to Friday.
Saturday: ALL of the time slots are designated for the CrossFit Open ONLY. Classes will run at 9:30am, 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm.
Sunday: there will be CrossFit Open sessions at 10:30am and 1:00pm. You must sign up for the Open session but not in you are taking part in the regular WOD the class.
All of the Open sessions will be 12 person time slots MAXIMUM. The events will be run with 6 person heats 6 people will do the event, the other 6 will judge. Depending on athletes in attendance and based on numbers and workout requirements, we may adjust how we operate during the hour. If you need extra time to warm up and mobilize, this is obviously fine but please stay out of the way of the judges and athletes that are doing the Open in that time slot!!
How does the hour work?
You will be briefed on the workout and movement standards for each event prior to the event starting. This happens right sharpe on the designated class start time. Don’t show up 10mins late thinking it’s personal warm up time your missing. You must attend the briefing and please give the coach your undivided attention. Once the briefing is complete, you will decide which athlete is going first and which is going second. Each heat will be given an appropriate amount of time to warm up prior to the start of the event for each heat. You must fill out a scorecard and submit the appropriate portion to the affiliate for validation. BE SURE NOT TO LOSE YOUR PORTION of the scorecard and that both portions say the same score.
Note about judging: We will fully brief you on the WOD standards. As a Taranis Athlete most of these standards will sound familiar to you but we cover them thoroughly at each briefing. Not how to do them but how to judge them. You are also welcome and encouraged to take the CF JUDGES COURSE. This give you even more understanding of most movements from a judging/coaching point of view and likely make you a better athlete!
Log into your CrossFit Games account and submit your score for validation. DO NOT LEAVE THIS UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE. Even if you believe you may re-test the event, submit your current score as you can always withdraw a score later and enter a new one for validation.
Train hard between Open events and rest accordingly!
We always have a plan for the Open when it comes up (this our seventh year running it) but hiccups do arise. We are working on all of our members behalf and ask that you please understand that this time of year is complicated and we will do everything in our power to keep the gym running smoothly and on time!
In the event that you absolutely can not do your Open workout during one of the designated time slots, please contact Vanessa ASAP. firstname.lastname@example.org
If you haven’t done so, you have until Monday to register so it’s not too late.