Welcome to Part 2 of “So You Want to Compete in the CrossFit Games“. Today we talk about how to actually throw your hat in the ring and compete in the CrossFit Games. You may actually be good enough to compete in the crossfit games, or maybe you just want to see how you stack up. If you are looking to do crossfit competitively I suggest you do it as early as possible. Many people say you don’t really compete in crossfit because you only do the workout against yourself. Well there is a certain difference when you are competing in front of thousands of people and you may want to get a feel for it early on.
How do I Start competing in the CrossFit Games??
I would consider competing locally first to see what your competition will be like. A lot of Crossfit boxes host local team and individual competitions year round. This is great because you are in the competitive environment, but it is only surrounding crossfitters that you compete against. Definitely a good warm up and if your boxes are holding local competitions get involved.
Some people hate this concept and some people love it. I have mixed feelings about it. Glassman pretty much said to prove you have the fittest on earth you need to throw out a very large net. I get it, but there are some kinks that need to be worked out.
The Open consists of 0ne workout per week for six weeks. You have two options for performing the workout. Option 1, you can go to your local box and have them proctor your workout and then you can submit your time online. Option 2, you can film yourself in your garage gym and send in the video. Only problem with this is that your video is reviewed by your competitors and given a thumbs up or thumbs down like a YouTube video. A good and terrible idea if crossfit wants to be taken more seriously in the upcoming years. I am sure they will staff more people soon and that will disappear.
CrossFit Regionals, this is the point where you have to of proven yourself to get here. After the open only 60 men and 60 women will compete at their regional competition. Here you battle it out in a very CrossFit Games like atmosphere and if you are the top 3 you will be going to the games.
Not much said here. This is the pinnacle. Making it to the CrossFit Games is kind of like making it to the Ironman, everyone knows you are a badass just for attending…except the games have no lottery entries.
How Much Will All of This Cost?
Maybe you are wondering how much it all costs, I mean no competition is free fright?
The Open only cost $10 in 2011. After that it is all travel costs and things of that nature. Which can get pretty expensive if you do not live on the west coast. The point is money is not really an obstacle unless you are actually going to the games. If you are at that point do whatever you can to pay your way there. Did I mention the winner gets $250,000. But who does this stuff for money.