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Waiting Out the CrossFit Games’ Lull

When the Open wraps up, managing the downtime until the start of Regional competition becomes a challenge for athletes and fans alike. Our grinder looks at some ideas for filling that time until the next round of competition starts in May.


There is an incredibly good chance that if you are reading this, you are not going to one of the CrossFit Regionals to compete as an athlete. (If you are, thanks for reading. Just know I’m a fan of your work, too). And if that’s the case, you’re also most likely not prepping and amping up your training for Regionals. This means that if you’re a fan of the sport side of CrossFit, you’re with the rest of us and experiencing what I call the “lull.”

Every year, there is so much hype and energy put into the Open on a local and global level because there are hundreds of thousands of athletes who are able to participate and compete every year. But once the Open draws to a close, the competitive aspect fades, which is fine because the Open is all most of us plan for anyway. But as we see the close of the opening round for the best athletes, we also get caught up in that downtime as we wait for Regionals to get going in mid-May.

Until then, what do we do?

I feel like there is an influx of local comps during this time, which could be both piggybacking off the excitement of the Open ending and the renewed interest generated around the Regionals starting soon. These competitions are a great way for athletes of all ages and skill levels to compete in a way that lets them simulate the type of environment they would see at a Regional event.

Obviously, the day-to-day training is very motivating, especially if you can find someone to compete with (or just compete with yourself to get better on a daily basis) to keep that competitive spark burning.

The Games site does a nice job of having material available for fans of CrossFit throughout this time. There are articles about Games athletes and people who competed during the Open, there are videos from the crew of “The Update Show,” which break down overall performances of entire groups such as the Teens, Masters and athletes by regions.

One thing that happens this time of year, which is a favorite of mine, is the Behind the Scenes: The CrossFit Games series that comes out every year. This year is a five-part series that recounts the events of the CrossFit Games. It serves as a documentary of personal stories from various athletes while they go through the gauntlet of these physically and mentally taxing workouts during the test to find the “Fittest on Earth.” I love working at and watching the CrossFit Regionals and Games, but seeing this backstage access with the best athletes in the world helps to humanize this competition on a whole new level. I just finished watching Part Two last night, and I can’t wait for the final three segments when they are released this week.

Finally, the Masters Online Qualifier workouts will be announced Thursday. Even if you don’t have a Masters athlete who is competing at this level, I would recommend trying some of these out and testing your scores and results against some of the Fittest Masters on Earth. I have done most of these the past couple of years, and they are very challenging.

The line goes, “The waiting is the hardest part.” That applies as much to kids checking their calendars for the arrival of Christmas morning as it does to CrossFitters keeping a countdown until the first set of Regionals kicks off May 13.

What are some of the things you or your affiliate do to fill in this lull in Games comps? What are some of your favorite things about Regionals?

Until the lull passes …

Stay on the grind.