Several unique characteristics define the CrossFit Games. The Games change every year, and the details are not announced until right before each event. Athletes train year-round for a competition that is almost completely a mystery. When they reach the Home Depot Center, they put their training and mental fortitude to the test and take on a rigorous, broad-ranging test of overall physical capacity. After three days, the Fittest on Earth™ will have clearly distinguished themselves.
You can check out more on this at http://games.crossfit.com/about-the-games/history .
Now am I going to make it to the games and is that my goal. Absolutely not. I'm still focused on the original mission that started almost six months ago, and that is to drop 100 lbs. within a year. I'm currently down 56 lbs. since I strated the mission back on August 29th of last year (six months tomorrow).
What I am using the Open as is a good bench mark for myself to see how far my fitness has come along in the last six months. It's also cool and humbling to see where I stack up to some of the fittest people in the country, my region, and the world. I think over 55,000 people registered for the Open this year. That tells you how much crossfit has grown in popularity since the Crossfit Games first started.
So what is the Open and how does it work?
The CrossFit Games season is a three-stage test of fitness. It is comprised of the Open, Regionals, and the world championship, the CrossFit Games.
The season kicks off with the Open, the most inclusive competition in the world. It's a test of 5 workouts over 5 weeks that will push you physically as well as mentally. Each week the workouts get harder and harder.
The top athletes and teams in each region from the Open will move onto Regionals. The best athletes and teams at Regionals will compete at the CrossFit Games from July 13-15, the world’s premier test to find the Fittest on Earth™.
Below is a detailed explanation of the Games season for Individual athletes, teams, and Masters.
Now I know I'm not going to make it to Regionals, but maybe one day. I can dream right? You'd be amazed at some of the stories of the athletes who have competed and made it to Regionals and some to the Crossfit Games. Keep an eye out for a friend of mine from Benedictine College. His name is Guido Trinidad, and he's a BEAST! He owns Peak 360 Fitness down in Florida. If you are ever down in Miami I highly recommend you go and check out this box! He's also one of the reasons I gave crossfit a try. I'm hoping I can make it out to CA this July and watch him throw down with the best in the world!
You can check out my athlete profile at http://games.crossfit.com/athlete/82092 and keep up with my progress through the rest of the Open workouts. The next one will be announced tomorrow, and my box www.westplanocrossfit.com we will be doing the workout on Friday.
There are some real bad asses at my box also doing this. Checkout our team profile at http://games.crossfit.com/team/1191 . I'm just doing everything I can to not let them down, and do my absolute best to represent my box!