The CrossFit Games stand alone as the ultimate test of fitness. No test, regardless of its lofty claims, can grant legitimate title to the best without first providing access to all.
The 2015 Reebok CrossFit Games season begins with the online Open. Anyone can sign up to compete in five workouts over five weeks and post their scores online. Last year, the Open reached more than 209,000 athletes from around the world.
You can either perform the Open workout at a participating CrossFit affiliate where you will be judged in person, or you can film your full performance and upload it to YouTube or another video-sharing site. The video will be displayed alongside your score so other CrossFit athletes can be your judge.
You are free to make as many attempts at the Open workout as you please. Your only limit is time. You have four days—96 hours—to complete the week's workout and submit your best score to the Games site. The week's workout is released each Thursday at 5 p.m. PST, and scores are due the following Monday at 5 p.m. PST.
The 2015 Open begins Thursday, Feb. 26. That evening, tune into the live Open announcement show streamed to Games.CrossFit.com. Director of the Games Dave Castro will announce Open Workout 15.1 and moments later top Games athletes will complete that workout going head to head.
Athletes will submit their scores throughout the weekend. The hard deadline for score submissions is 5 p.m. PST, Monday, March 2. Don't be late!
15.1: Feb. 26 -March 2
15.2: March 5-9
15.3: March 12-16
15.4: March 19-23
15.5: March 26-30
A scaled option of the Open workout will be released each week of the Open. With reduced loading or less challenging movements, the scaled option will be designed to make the Open even more accessible.
You can see all Open workouts here.
To advance to the next stage of the CrossFit Games season—regionals—athletes must finish the Open near the top of their region's Leaderboard.
Only 20 men, 20 women, and 15 teams from U.S. and Canadian regions will advance to their regionals. These numbers grown to 30, 30, and 20 for Europe and Australia, and shrink to 10, 10 and 10 for Latin America, Asia and Africa.
At regionals, top athletes from two to three regions will compete side by side.
Weekend 1: May 15-17
South West, South Central and Latin America → South Regional
Mid Atlantic and South East Regions → Atlantic Regional
Weekend 2: May 22-24
NorCal and SoCal Regions → California Regional
Canada East and North East Regions → East Regional
Australia and Asia Regions → Pacific Regional
Weekend 3: May 29-31
Canada West and North West Regions → West Regional
North Central and Central East Regions → Central Regional
Europe and Africa Regions → Meridian Regional
The top five men, five women and five teams at the end of each three-day regional competition will receive invitations to the CrossFit Games at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.
The Open is also the first step on the road to the masters competition at the CrossFit Games. Athletes who are 40 or older are automatically entered into one of five age divisions: 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60+.
To advance to the next stage—the Masters Qualifier—athletes must prove in the Open they are among the 200 fittest people worldwide in their age division.
The online Masters Qualifier, held April 23-27, will put the fittest through a few more tests. Those who emerge from the qualifier in the top 20 will be invited to the CrossFit Games.
Fittest in _____.
Think you're the fittest in your country or state? Prove it in the Open. At the end of the five-week competition we will name the fittest man and woman in each country, and U.S., Australian and Canadian state or province.
We are also crowning the fittest teenagers with the new Teenage Division. Athletes who are 14 to 17 years old will find out where they stand in relation to other athletes their age. The Teenage Division will have two sub-groups: 14-15 and 16-17.
Teenagers who want to compete with the adults must send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org requesting a division change before 5 p.m. PST, March 2. The adult and teenage divisions are distinct because they complete different versions of the Open workouts.