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The Intramural Open - Presented by The Mill

As many of you know, The CrossFit Open is a worldwide CrossFit competition. It’s the first step on a long journey for athletes on their way to the CrossFit Games. It is also a way for us, as everyday athletes to see how we stack up in the Pantheon of CrossFit athletes.

This really fires some people up, and I encourage folks to sign up if they are interested! To be honest though, this alone doesn’t get my juices flowing. Knowing that I rank 241,633rd in the world, in the scaled division, doesn’t really tell me a whole lot about me, my progress, or the community I’m a part of.

Now, I like some competition from time to time, no doubt. I think there is some value in setting yourself up to push your limits, and train with purpose outside of your regular goals.

For example, I went down to a local competition back in October as a last minute participant, and ended up having a great time, while raising some money for charity…oh and by the way, I realized that I had my kipping pull-ups back?! Good things can happen when “competing”.

As our members know, our goals at The Mill are to educate and inspire, in order to help people live their most extraordinary lives. Competition can help with the ‘inspire’ part: the pressure to perform pushes you to train harder; the social boost of dozens of your best friends cheering for you will help you reach a higher plane. Heck, watching your teammates GO is inspiring.

So…how can we bring that worldwide thrill of The Open home, and apply it to our gym? Can we deliver all the fun of competition without causing any anxiety attacks?  I like to think so!

As we do every year, The Open workouts will be a part of our regular class programming each Friday February 23-March 27th. Throughout the Open, we’re going to have four intramural teams competing. And you’re going to be on one of them.

All members of the gym will be drafted on to one of the four teams.   Captains for the four intramural teams will be chosen soon (Cameron and I will be involved in this process to make sure that each team is as even as possible in terms of overall ability.) The team with the best overall performance will be handsomely rewarded.

Remember, our primary focus here is FUN!  This will be a great way to keep yourself accountable to your personal goals for the year, connect with members of the gym you may not get a chance to see or talk to on a regular basis, and push yourself outside your comfort zone a bit, in a safe and FUN way.

There is NO COST to participate in The Intramural Open.   If you’re a member in good standing, you’re in. IF you want to see how you stack up against the WORLD, you need to go to to register. If for some reason you want NO part of this, please let me know directly, and I will remove you from the draft.

Coaches and members will be ‘drafted’ onto a team. We want to ensure even distribution for all of our athletes. Once the draft has occurred we will notify everyone of their team, and their team captain.

+1 Point – Attendance: every member of a team that completes an Open workout at The Mill each week earns one point. Maximum one point per athlete per workout. This goes for Rx AND Scaled competitors!
+1 Point – Top 3: every male AND female member who places among the top 3 for each workout gets an extra point for their team. The top 3 SCALED athlete scores AND the top 3 RX athlete scores will count.
+1 Point – Check in at The Mill on Open Days
+2 Points – Pictures, or Videos posted to The Mill Facebook Page (one time, per team, per day)
+5 Points (team) – Spirit: The team with the most noise, pride, and PRESENCE each week will receive 5 bonus points.
+8 Points (team) BONUS – Team Bonding: If your team gets together socially outside of the gym (ALL of you – pic posted on our FB page as proof)…you get points. This is a one-time bonus. It can be done at any point during the 5 weeks.

Weekly scores will be posted on the whiteboard in the gym, and also in the Members FB group page.

In 2017, athletes competing in the Open will have only four days to complete each workout. The workouts are released on Thursday nights at 8pm and then we throw down all day on Friday, starting February 23rd. ALL classes will be programmed for this workout. You can come morning, noon or night. Friday nights, however, will be the BIG night for teams to gather and have a fun time together. We will also have Open Gym on Sundays for those who cannot complete the workout on Friday or who want to redo the workout.  The first workout will be announced Thursday February 22nd.

The top team will earn a GRAND prize. Details released soon!

Our focus is on FUN. We want participation because it will make you fitter, and it will get you high-fives and you’ll be happy and love life more and glow and stuff.

-Coach Shane