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The Ultimate Guide to the 2021 CrossFit Open in Charlotte, NC

Get ready, the memes are coming.

The CrossFit Open is about to start and CrossFitters around the world are going to be talking about it non-stop for 3 straight weeks (usually 5 weeks, so you’re getting off easy this year). Prepare your spouses, friends, and coworkers. They don’t know what’s coming. Stories about the build up of the 21.1 announcement on Thursday, March 11th and how Dave Castro is probably planning some evil couplet and what movements you think the workout will consist of. How it wasn’t as bad as you thought it would be and all the fun you had at Friday Night Lights. How you PR’d a movement or got double unders for the first time! How your team won Spirit of the Open last week by cheering on your peers and wearing matching team shirts. How you got to attend a pull-up clinic and finally strung together kipping pull-ups just in time for the next Open workout! How excited you are to find out the secret, super fun finale WOD planned by CrossFit Mountain Island followed by the announcement of the 2021 Intramural Open Team Winners.

What exactly is the CrossFit Open?

The CrossFit Open is an annual online competition dating back to 2011 when athletes all around the world competed for a chance to go to the CrossFit Games where someone would be titled the Fittest Man or Woman on Earth. If you’ve ever watched the CrossFit Games and wondered how they got there, the Open is how they started the journey. The top 20 athletes in each division moved on to Regionals where the top 5 men and women from each region moved on to the Games.

Anyone over 14 years old, including advanced, scaled, foundations, and adaptive athletes, can compete in the CrossFit Open. This year, the open will be three weeks long. Each week on Thursday night, one workout will be livestreamed, usually with two CrossFit Games athletes and two scaled athletes going head to head to kick off the excitement. The workouts are labeled after the year and order in which they appeared (ex: 21.1, 21.2, 21.3).

The workout is completed at your local box where you have a judge count your reps and sign off on your score. You would have until 8pm Monday the following week to submit your score for approval where you can see your rank worldwide via an online leaderboard and track your scores from previous years.

Whether you’re an athlete looking to go to the Games or someone brand new to CrossFit, the Open is a fantastic way to establish a baseline, test your ultimate level of fitness, and develop a sense of purpose in your CrossFit training.

What exactly is the CrossFit Mountain Island Intramural Open?

The CFMI intramural open is specifically for competing within your box. It’s a fitness party every Friday night where you get to cheer on your teammates, see where you rank among your peers (within your division that is), celebrate each others’ successes and experience the sport of CrossFit.

By registering through CFMI instead of CF HQ, your $20 will go towards new equipment for the gym (something you can personally benefit from).

Your $20 will also include 4 weeks of Open Prep Clinics!
*Saturday, February 13th @ 8am (HANDSTANDS)- Noelle
*Saturday, February 20th @ 8am (PULL-UPS & MUSCLE UPS)- Coty
*Saturday, February 27th @ 8am (BARBELL)- Alyssa
*Saturday, March 6th @ 8am (DOUBLE UNDERS)- Justin
Clinics are $15 each for athletes not registered in the Open (CFMI members only).

Regardless of entry, the Open workouts will be the Workout of the Day on Friday March 12th, 19th, 26th, and a BONUS Surprise FUN WOD April 2nd.

HOW TO SIGN-UP
Register Here: https://crossfit-mountain-island.triib.com/events/challenges/2429/

THE DRAFT
Captains will “draft” equal teams via a Hopper, split between 4 teams– Captains Coty, Noelle, Justin, and Alyssa

SCORING FOR YOUR TEAM!
Here is our scoring structure on how you can accumulate “points” for your team each week:
1 point for every athlete who completes a given Open workout
2 points for every athlete who competes during Friday Night Lights
1 point for every athlete who finishes among the top 3 women or top 3 men in the gym per workout per division.
5 points (just once) if a team wins the “Spirit of the Open” award on any given week. This can be done with team outfit coordination, team cheers, team attendance, and general enthusiasm and participation. So basically the most noise, pride, and PRESENCE each week will receive 5 bonus points!

HOW TO WIN
The team with the most accumulated points through the 4 weeks, will be awarded:
Banner with team picture and names hung up in gym
Vote on equipment for the gym (Ski Erg, Echo Bike, Rower, Sandbags, Strongman Yoke, etc.)

FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS DETAILS
Thursday Night Facebook Watch Party for announcements of Open WOD
Thursday night release of heat schedule on Triib. Make sure to RSVP for your Heat!
Heats start at 5:00pm-7:00pm

Questions:
When/where can I do the Open workouts for the CFMI Intramural Open?
In order for your score to count for the Intramural Open you MUST complete the workouts at CFMI or submit a video to the head coach of your workout at home. You may complete the Open workout(s) during any Friday class or during Friday Night Lights or Saturday (with coach’s approval). Scores and workout attempts for the Intramural Open MUST be completed and in Triib by Saturday night. (Exceptions to be made on individual basis and only with coach approval).

How can I make sure my participation and score counts?
In order for your score to count, you MUST enter your score into Triib after doing your workout. Entering your score into games.crossfit.com (if you choose to sign up there) alone, will not count towards the CFMI IO. If your score is not in Triib, your score/participation points will not be counted. Coaches can help on how to enter scores into Triib, its easy!

Register Here: https://crossfit-mountain-island.triib.com/events/challenges/2429/

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