March 14, 2011
March 16, 2011

That’s right, it’s that time of year: time to try and join an elite number of athletes from around the world competing for the title of Fittest Man and Woman in the World. First stop – the Open Qualifiers.

The CF Open Qualifiers will be taking a different approach this year. Instead of a single event held for each region, athletes all over the world will be performing the same six workouts over the course of six weeks (one workout per week) and submitting their scores to CFHQ.

Here’s a longer description in the words of CFHQ:

“The CrossFit Games Open Qualifiers is a six week, worldwide competition in the sport of fitness. The Open is the first step in the CrossFit Games season and takes place from March 15 until April 24. There is one workout per week for six weeks, and athletes compete to qualify for the CrossFit Games.

There are four categories of competition happening simultaneously: Men, Women, Teams, and Masters. The team competition is not separate; all team members are already competing as individuals. The Masters category has eight separate competitions (four age groups each for men and women). For more information, see the Competition Rules.

The workouts are varied and no one knows what they will be from week to week until they’re announced. The workout for each week is announced each Tuesday at 17:00 PDT (Pacific Daylight Time) and all competitors have until the following Sunday at 17:00 PDT to perform the workout and enter their results online.

There are two ways to compete in the Open. The Compete Anywhere option allows anyone in the world to participate by simply submitting their performance results online, along with workout videos to validate their performances. The second option is to Compete at Registered Affiliates where affiliates host and validate athletes’ workouts.”

What you need to know:

(1) In order to be eligible, you must register as an athlete and submit your score for the first workout by the end of the first week (i.e., by 8:00pm EST, Sunday, March 20) – there is a one-time $10 cost for registering;

(2) You will need to perform each of the 6 workouts (one per week between March 20 and April 24) either (A) at a registered affiliate, or (B) on your own by videotaping the workout and submitting the video to CFHQ;

(3) CrossFit DC is a registered affiliate, meaning we can (and will, if you so desire) judge and validate your workouts and scores each week;

(4) Think this year’s Open Qualifier is missing the thrill of open-style competition from years past? Well, so did our friends out at Potomac CrossFit, and so they are hosting a once-per-week 2011 Sectionals competition billed as the Nova Open.

The skinny on the Nova Open:

“Open to all athletes (affiliated and non-affiliated) participating in the Crossfit Games Open Competition.
Held every Saturday, starting at 10am from March 19 – Apr 23.
Heat times will be determined based on the WOD announced by Crossfit HQ and by the affiliate of the athlete. All athletes must arrive NLT 10am.”

If you wish to participate in the Nova Open, you will still need to register with CFHQ, but you may then register with Patriot CF to compete in any (or all) of the Nova Open competitions. To register for the Nova Open, click on the graphic above, or HEREPatriot is charging $20/workout, although they are offering discounts the more workouts you sign up for at a time.

Sound off in comments if your interested in competing, or if you have any questions or concerns.



  1. Tom Brose says:

    So far Sebastian is the only one to join team CrossFit DC.

    Tom A, Julia, Dan and Steve O are registered (and hopefully will request to join).

    Who’s planning on the Nova Open this weekend?

  2. Dan Samarov says:

    I’ll take care of that today. I’m definitely going to hit up the Nova open this weekend.

    So, since CFDC is a registered affiliate, does that mean that we could do the workout during a class and use that as our time? Thanks!

  3. SBV says:

    I’m really happy that you’ve registered and are willing to validate events, Tom. As cool as it would be to perform the event at Patriot in a “charged” environment, I’m more excited about performing the event in the friendly confines of Balance Gym. To me, its like playing at home versus on the road.

    I’m sure a lot depends on the specific event programmed, but, generally, when would be a good time for CrossFit DC to validate? Saturday morning would be great, but I assume you guys plan on heading over to watch the action at Patriot.

  4. Tom Brose says:

    Dan, I will be able to score you (or any competitor) for a workout if they need. Six Saturdays is tough to pull off for a lot of people, so this will give some slack (logistically, NOT judging wise).

  5. Tom Brose says:

    Probably not Saturday mornings. this weekend I plan to hit up the Nova Open. Anyone who will want to do the WOD “in house”, let me know early in the week, and we’ll organize.

  6. Dan Samarov says:

    There’s one Saturday I’m traveling (April 2nd), so if possible it would be awesome to hit up the wod the Tuesday and/or Thursday before. Thanks dude!!!!

    Excited for 5pm today!

  7. Tom Brose says:

    5 Pm PACIFIC time. 8PM for us.

  8. Julia says:

    Thanks, guys. Anyone else thinking about signing up? Should be fun – and for most of us, no pressure at all.

    I’d like to give Nova a try this week, at least. Looks like you can get there from DC via some combination of bus + Metro, but if others are heading up, any chance we might be able to organize a carpool?

    Haven’t registered yet with Nova – still trying to decide how many Open workouts I should pay for up front. I know there’s one weekend I won’t be able to make it for sure (April 16) and would love to do that week’s workout as early as possible.

  9. Dan Samarov says:

    Damn! Would’ve been fun to give the WOD a run tonight.

  10. TomandAmi says:

    I like Sebastien’s Home/Away analogy. I am registered with CF and the NOVA Open but it would be nice to do some of the WODs on home court. I am planning to go to NOVA this Saturday though to get the ball rolling. I am up for the CFDC team if needed but I defer the open spots to my fitter and younger colleagues firts off.

  11. SBV says:

    Yeah — I’m registered for the NOVA Open but I’d rather not travel over to Patriot, register by 0945, wait around (anxiously) for a few hours, and then perform an event in an unfamiliar environment when I can just do it at Balance. Sunday afternoon (possibly during the CrossFit DC class or afterward) might be a good time.

    I plan to give the event a “dry run” tonight just to test the waters. For example, if it’s “Cindy,” I might do a 10 minute version. If it’s “Fran,” I might do 15-12-9 reps, so on and so forth. If it’s a heavy lift, then I’m just plain screwed.

  12. Tom Brose says:

    What if its “Heavy Fr-indy” 5 Thrusters @ 135 lb, 10 Pullups, 15 squats?

  13. SBV says:

    I’d laugh, cry, then sign up for a 10K road race.

  14. SaltyHat says:

    the workout is up! now, sebastian, about that 10k….