The Open is the first qualifying stage of the CrossFit Games. Any athlete wanting to compete at the Games must first make it through the Open stage in their region to be able to qualify.

Comprising of five workouts over five weeks, Open workouts are distinguished by the year, followed by the order in which they appear (for example, this year’s first Open workout will be 18.1).

So far so serious, but while the purpose of the Open is to find the fittest athletes in each region, these fully scalable workouts are an ideal opportunity for athletes of all levels to participate.

Need some extra coaxing? Here’s why you should keep an Open mind…

It’s suitable for all fitness levels, and the scaled division of the Open (which was introduced in 2011) means that the workouts can be scaled to suit your personal fitness level, while still allowing you to compete, workout and enjoy the community atmosphere that this annual event brings with it. After all, nobody likes the feeling of FOMO.

Speaking of which, by participating in the Open, it won’t just bring you closer to the community of your gym or box, but will allow you to connect with the wider CrossFit community online – after all, you’ll be hitting the same workouts on the same days as everyone else taking part around the world, which is  pretty cool, right?

You’ll also gain a firsthand insight – and appreciation – of just how fit the world’s top athletes really are. As you’ll all be dong the same workouts, you’ll be able to compare your times and scaling to the superhuman CrossFit pros.

…Which in turn allows you to indulge your competitive nature. We all have varying degrees of competitiveness, and no matter what stage you’re at in your CrossFit journey, you’ll have the opportunity to be motivated by others in your box, your area, country and region.

The variety of the Open workouts will also allow you to identify your weaknesses, surprise yourself with undiscovered skills and, perhaps most importantly, will give you the opportunity to test yourself, push yourself and prove yourself.

And, though there are plenty of benchmark workouts throw into the mix throughout the year, the Open provides an excellent opportunity to gain insight into your athletic performance, which can act as a guide for setting realistic goals going forward.

Lastly, if you still need some convincing, did we mention that it’s just pure fun?

This year’s CrossFit Open starts on February 22nd. To enter, visit https://games.crossfit.com to sign up