The CrossFit Open is upon us!  This is such an exciting time of year at ODIN. 
For  those of you who have never competed in the Open before, let me tell you more about it.

The Open is the first step in the CrossFit Games season.  People compete in their own gyms all around the world.  Everyone does one workout a week for five weeks.  Each workout is judged by others in the affiliate.  The scores are then submitted and verified by the affiliate owner. 

From the Open, the top athletes in the world move to the next step.  Those who place high enough, move on to Regionals or the Master's Qualifier.  After this step, the best are off to the Games!  You may have seen the CrossFit Games on ESPN.  It is an amazing test of fitness that ultimately crowns the Fittest on Earth.

Although the Open can lead to competing in the Games, for most of us, the Open is where it ends.  We do the Open because we love the excitement of competition.  We love the community.  We want to be a part of the greater CrossFit world!  We want to challenge ourselves in a new way, but we want to do it next to our friends and family at ODIN.  The Open may be the beginning and end of most of our competition season, but it is more than that.  It is a chance to be a part of something bigger.  It is a chance to put your name out there and see what you are made of.

What does the Open look like at our gym?  The workouts are announced on Thursday evening at 8pm.  You can watch the live announcement online.  Usually what happens next is everyone texts me and each other and discusses the workout.  Is it something crazy?  Are the movements really difficult?  Is it really 7 minutes of just burpees?  Etc. 

Friday evenings, we have a couple volunteers test the workout.  Often times it is one of the coaches, but others are also welcome to be a test subject!  2-4 people will do the workout at 6:30pm while the rest of us watch.  This is basically an excuse for a party.  We will all watch and cheer and possibly drink an adult beverage.  After they workout, they will tell us their thoughts.  What do we need to know?  How can we better approach the workout?  We will spend some time working on our strategy and enjoying the company of other Odinites.

Saturday morning is the big day!  Classes will not run as usual.  You will come in and warm up on your own.  When you are ready to jump in, you will put your name on the heat list.  You will get a judge (a coach or athlete).  Once you have completed the workout, you will get a scorecard to enter when you get home.  You will also help judge others.  Don't worry, if anyone has a shot of making it to the next level, one of the coaches will judge them.  For all of you, the judging will be a stress-free event. 

Every Saturday will be filled with energy and awesomeness!  Expect to see personal bests, amazing feats of strength and courage beyond belief.  You will see ODIN at its finest and you will be a part of it all!

Please sign up for the Open now!  Here is the link to the Games website where you can register, watch videos, see the live announcements and check the leaderboard.  Don't miss out on this amazing opportunity to participate in the CrossFit Open.  I have never talked to anyone who regretted signing up for the Open!

***With the new scaled division, EVERYONE can participate!  No excuses!*****