It's that time of year again. Thoughts are turning to the impending CrossFit Games Open. Some will be entering for the first time with their eyes wide open. Others will be going in as seasoned competitors, used to the sights and smells of competition. As the start of the qualification process for the CrossFit Games Final, there is a lot at stake for those that are of a high enough level to make it through to the next stage, the regionals. Since qualification is often based on a few seconds here and an extra rep there, the Open can become a time of heightened, and sometimes mixed emotions. Here are ten opinions on the CrossFit Games Open from those who have been there before.


The CrossFit Games Open begins tomorrow and there's still time for you to register. Here are four reasons I believe you should get in on the Open, even if (or rather, especially if!) you have doubts.
Breaking Muscle Shop
Over the next four weeks, my articles will take an honest look at the CrossFit Open. How it works, how it doesn’t work, and ultimately, some suggestions as to how it can be fixed.
I didn’t feel deflated after the Open like I thought I would. With every step I take up the ladder of my own potential, the day-to-day work finds more purpose. Here’s how I’m moving forward.
CrossFit has exploded into a high-profile sport. That means they need to go full pro and lose the inbreeding. What do I mean by that? Read on.
Today we look at the difference between training and competition, and what we can learn from our "failures." Also a quick tip regarding weightlifting for CrossFit Open participants.
This week - a look at individuals getting teams qualified for the Games and the fact that CrossFit is the only sports that allows do-overs.
If you decide to judge, make sure you are fair. Be smart about how you make decisions. And ask questions of more experienced judges.
So what are the rules when it comes to video submissions and the judging of same? The official rulebook is silent on this and it seems like there is no governance of the video submissions at all.
It seems a shame to me there is no masters event at the regional level in the current CrossFit games competition structure. I think CFHQ would do well to invite its senior athletes to Regionals.
An update and clarification on what happened in the Kevin Ogar accident, as well as my assessment of the new set-up of the master's level competition for the CrossFit Games Open.
Photo provided Miguel Tapia Images and CrossFit LA.