The Open Is Here! First WOD: 19.1

After a lot of changes and several weeks of hype, the 2019 CrossFit Open is finally here! The Open has become an event that unifies everyone in the community, while inspiring a competition that is unlike anything else in fitness. It’s believed that an estimated 500,000 people around the world will train over the next five weeks to determine where they rank among the elite of the planet. 

How the Open Affects the Games

While there will be many athletes doing the Open just to see where they stack up in their own communities, keep in mind what’s on the line now. The qualifications for the Games changed in 2018. The Sanctionals were added to help determine who goes to Madison but the Open plays a big factor in who competes at the CrossFit Games. 

The individuals who win the Open in his or her own country will be declared the champion of his or her nation and will qualify for the Games. The top 20 overall finishers in the Open will also qualify. Remember that before, athletes would go to Regionals but that is no longer the case. Outside of those positions, there will be four at-large athletes selected by CrossFit, Inc. While they may not have to win the Open to get those spots, having impressive times and scores can be a factor so the athletes need to bring it every week.

How This Affects Sanctionals

There have already been four Sanctionals events that have been contested: The Dubai CrossFit Championships, Wodapalooza, Australian CrossFit Championships and Fittest in Cape Town. The Strength in Depth UK is taking place in London this weekend. If any of those winners earn a qualification through the Open, then the qualifying spot in the Sanctionals fall back to the second-place finisher. 

Let’s use the reigning Fittest Woman on Earth, Tia-Clair Toomey, as an example. She won Wodapalooza last month. If she were to compete in and win the Open, that qualification would be the one she takes. So the second-place finisher at WZA, Kari Pearce, would then take the WZA qualification. Patrick Vellner won the men’s spot at WZA. If he wins the Open in Canada, then his spot would go to Travis Mayer who finished second in Miami.

First WOD Announced – 19.1

The first workout for the Open was announced on Thursday, Feb. 21. It’s an “as many rounds as possible” (AMRAP) workout. 

15 Minutes AMRAP

19 Wall Balls

19 Calorie Row

Men – 20 pound (9 kg) ball

Women – 14 pound (6 kg) ball

This means you would perform 19 wall ball tosses immediately followed by rowing until you burn 19 calories. Once you complete both, that’s one round. You have 15 minutes to complete as many rounds as you can.

The weight of the balls are the recommended weights for the people who want to qualify for the Open. If you registered at Games.CrossFit.com, then you have until 5 p.m. PT on Monday, Feb. 25, to submit your score. You should also record your workout on video so you can submit it in case judges want to see it. If you haven’t registered yet but decide you want to, you can still do so but you have to be registered and submit your score before the deadline.

If you want to post about your performance or the workout on social media, the recommended hashtags are #19point1 and #InTheOpen.

While you’re at it, tag us @floelite and let us know how you did with 19.1. 

Cole Sager Shares Tips for 19.4

We are already past the halfway point in the 2019 CrossFit Open and the workouts have been as challenging as expected. They have also been very different with various movements and rep ranges. 19.4 was unique in its own right. For those of you that have yet to see it, here’s the summary of the workout.

19.3 As Done In A Local Gym

If you follow the athletes who compete in the CrossFit Games then you have likely seen them post about the “community.” When you see and hear this word, they are talking about more than their fellow athletes that compete and the spectators in attendance. They are talking about everyone who participates in workouts at his or her local box or gym around the world. 

CrossFit Stars Invade The Arnold Sports Festival + 19.2

The Arnold Sports Festival takes place every year in Columbus, Ohio, and is considered the largest fitness festival in the United States. Every March, more than 20,000 athletes from around the world compete and an estimated 250,000 people attend.

Bronislaw Olenkowicz & Sara Sigmundsdottir Win Strength In Depth UK

With all of the excitement that has come with the start of the 2019 CrossFit Open, it may have slipped your mind that there was another Sanctional this past weekend. Well there was, and Strength in Depth U.K. delivered some great fitness action that has led to two more athletes and one more team earning their qualification spots to the 2019 Games. Here’s a summary of the action in London.

CrossFit Stars Help You Prepare For The Open

Outside of the CrossFit Games, there’s one event that stands alone as the most exciting event on the CrossFit calendar. It’s the CrossFit Open, and the 2019 edition is fast approaching. There are an estimated 500,000 athletes who will be competing from around the world, ranging from teenagers to seniors and from beginners to world champions.

Strength in Depth UK: What You Need to Know

All of the attention in the CrossFit community over the last week or so has been on the upcoming 2019 Open which kicks off on Feb. 21. And for good reason because the Open will play a huge factor in determining who will make the trip to Madison this summer.

Fittest In Cape Town Recap: Davidsdottir, Sweeney Qualify For Games

First it was Dubai followed by Miami and Australia. Then the eyes of the CrossFit community were focused on Cape Town, South Africa. Fittest in Cape Town delivered yet another great event for the 2019 season, and we now have two more names added to the list of CrossFit Games qualified athletes.

Samantha Briggs, James Newbury Win in Australia, Cape Town Next

This series of events that has become known as the “sanctionals” has taken fans around the world as we find out who will compete in the 2019 CrossFit Games. We started in Dubai, then turned our attention to Miami, Florida, and the Australian CrossFit Championships just concluded in Broadbeach, Queensland. Next up would be Cape Town in South Africa but before we look ahead, let’s recap what happened down under.

Patrick Vellner, Tia-Clair Toomey Win WZA & Qualify For CrossFit Games

Wodapalooza 2019 is in the books, and it certainly didn’t disappoint. Outside of the weather being a small issue on Sunday morning, the entire weekend was filled with intensity, energy and good competition for all involved.