The 2017 CrossFit Open Starts This Week! Here’s How to Register
Written by Nichole DeHart-Kribs

It’s that time of year again, folks – the 2017 CrossFit Open starts this week!

For many of our members, this is your first time experiencing this exciting event, and now is a great time to clear up any questions you may have for this week.

How do I register for the 2017 Open?

  1. Navigate yourself over to http://games.crossfit.com/
  2. At the top of the website, you’ll see a blue box that says “THE OPEN.” Go ahead and click that, then you will be prompted to register.
  3. If you signed up for a previous CrossFit Open, you already have a login. So there is no need to create one. Just go ahead and sign in with that information.

If you did not sign up last year for either event, you will need to go ahead and create a login.

  1. Once you log in, either with your already established login or with your newly created one, they will ask you some location information and ask for payment; the cost for the Open is $20.
  2. After payment is submitted, you will be brought to a screen that will ask you to designate two things; your affiliate and your team.

For your affiliate, select “CrossFit Invictus” and then the “Sea of Green” team from the drop-down if you train at our Downtown location more than 51% of the time, or “CrossFit Invictus Point Loma” and then the “Invictus Point Loma” team if you train at Point Loma more than 51% of the time, or “CrossFit Invictus Sorrento Valley” and then “Invictus Sorrento Valley” team if you train at Sorrento Valley more than 51% of time. There are thousands of affiliates listed in this drop-down, but thankfully it is in alphabetical order. Ours is located roughly halfway down the list.

Are we allowed to scale these workouts?

I know that many of you are hesitant about signing up because you are worried that you are not strong enough or fast enough to perform these workouts. Have no fear! You will be able to scale each workout accordingly and still submit your score in support of your respective team.

How many workouts do I have to do?

When you sign up for the Open, you are only committing yourself to the first workout – 17.1. The 17 stands for the year – 2017 – and the 1 stands for week 1. There will be a total of five workouts, but it is only required that members perform the first workout in order to be registered.

For some of you, this could be your main event for the year. Whether you scale it or do it “RX”, this first workout is a great opportunity for you test your limits and see the fruits of all your hard work over the past year.

And who knows – you may enjoy the camaraderie so much that you find yourself looking forward to 17.2 and beyond!

When am I doing the workout?  

Here’s the beauty of this whole thing – you’ll be doing the workouts whether you register or not! We are planning on incorporating each weekly Open workout into our normal Friday group classes as the “Performance” workout. You will also have the option of doing the workout on Saturday…or you can do the alternative team workout on Saturday. That way, you can perform these workouts with your normal group of Invictus buddies and just have a blast with it. You can attempt it RX, go for a PR or do it scaled – the option is yours.

The first workout, 17.1, will be announced this Thursday night at 5:00 pm PDT and you will have until 5:00 pm PDT on Monday, February 27th, to register and submit your scores.

We are also in need of members from the Sea of Green to help us judge the workouts at Friday Night Lights. If you are interested in helping us, please take the CrossFit Judges Course before the Open starts this week. You can do so by going to this link: https://oc.crossfit.com/course?id=12

If you still have questions or any doubts about signing up for the Open, please let us know! You can submit questions to the comments below, message us privately on the Invictus Facebook page or send an email at [email protected]

 

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