Start a CrossFit Open team for your Affiliate.

Own a box, but haven’t registered a team? You’re missing out on a great community opportunity. CrossFit Soul says, “This year we encouraged our whole gym, new and experienced athletes, to register for The Open. We do this because we feel that this is what CrossFit is really about. It’s about giving everyone an opportunity to be an athlete, not just the fastest and strongest in the gym.”

Having a team is not just about making it to the Home Depot Center.  CrossFit Santa Cruz says, “At our gym we are using the Open as an opportunity to build our own small community through participation with the world and we are very exited. The camaraderie within the given training hours has spawned some friendly rivalries and even some gambling. For example the regulars at the 8am class are trying to beat the regulars at the 10 and 12 o’clock classes all in good fun. The Open has also sparked a Facebook betting pool for final ranking order of our top eight athletes at the end of the six weeks and one for the over forty crew as well. It is fantastic what the Open offers to the community as a whole.”

The Open workouts have been designed so that any reasonably fit person can complete them as prescribed. Of course, we’ll see a huge difference between athletes’ performances, but just like the 400m run, anyone could do them.

Last July, CrossFit Fort Vancouver left their small box in Portland, Oregon for the Home Depot Center unaware of their forthcoming Affiliate Cup victory. Members of their box cheered on the sidelines, streamed the events live online, and planned a return party for their team before the Games were even over. “It really hit me when we were coming back from the Games. All of our crew, all of our community was at the airport when we came in, but they had planned this before we’d even left for LA. They didn’t even know if we’d take first or last,” said Bridget Raach.

One goal of the Open is to build the spirit and community of your CrossFit gym. Ultimately, the question of whether or not you participate in the Open comes down to the dilemma of action vs. inaction.

The words of Teddy Roosevelt come to mind:

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming.”

We hope you’ll join us in the arena.