There is a lot of new information and changes to this year's CrossFit Games Open. If you are competing you should definitely check out the website at games.crossfit.com. Here are some of the highlights:
Five weeks for the Open: March 6 - April 7
Registration for the Open begins January 30th. Individual athletes will compete both on a worldwide scale and also to qualify regionally for the semi-final round - The Regionals. Athletes may complete each workout at their local CrossFit affiliate or upload a video to be judged online.
The top performance worldwide for men and women in each workout will win $2,013. To be eligible for the prize money, you must provide video of your workout. Affiliate validation is sufficient for qualifying for Regionals, but only workouts that have video verification will be eligible for the prize money.
Teams in the Open
The team competition in the Open will be organized the same way as last year. Teams are made up of athletes from the same gym competing as individuals. All-star teams with athletes from different gyms are not permitted. There will be new clarifications on what constitutes an eligible team member in the rulebook updates coming out mid-December. In essence, team members must represent their gym, meaning they train the majority of their workouts (by any metric) at the team gym.
New Masters Division
There is now a category for men and women ages 40-44. This is on top of the four age categories from last year: 45-49, 50-54, 55-59 and 60-plus. At the end of the Open, the top 20 men and top 20 women worldwide from each of the five age groups will be invited to compete in the Masters at the 2013 Reebok CrossFit Games.
Online Judges Course
CrossFit will offer an online Judges Course, which will launch in mid-December. The course will address the role of the judge and common standards, along with several video scenarios that will assess the visual perspicacity of the potential judge. This first release will be particularly oriented toward the Open.
15 min AMRAP
5 Overhead Squat (135/95 lbs)
5 Strict Pull Ups
5 Handstand Push Ups
L4 - As RX
L3 - 110/75 lbs, skinny band assisted pull ups, 1 abmat hspu
L2 - 95/65 lbs, purple/pink band assisted pull ups, 2 abmat hspu
L1 - manageable weight, green band assisted pull ups, box hspu
L1m - 15 min AMRAP
5 Squats or PVC OHS
5 Assisted Pull Ups
5 Modified Push Ups
Post rounds and reps to comments
Day 31 of the Nutrition Challenge