Reebok CrossFit Games Open 2019 – all new, still the biggest CrossFit community-event!

The Reebok CrossFit Games season 2019 begins with the worldwide CROSSFIT GAMES OPEN – on February 21st, 2019!! 

Our former Coach Alessia qualified for the Regionals for the second time last year as the fifth individual from CrossFit Basel to do so. She finished on the 5th place and just missed qualifying for the Reebok CrossFit Games by the tie break rule! 

In the past our teams had strong performances at the Regionals too. Read all about them in the bottom of the post. For 2019 there are major changes about the season, the Regionals are gone.

What are the CrossFit Games? 

Anyone can sign up to participate in five workouts over five weeks and post their scores online. There are several categories including a scaled one, that is accessible for everybody.

Last year, 430’000 athletes from around the world participated in the Open. 130 athletes from CrossFit Basel/CrossFit Basel Downtown! In 2019 the best ranked male and female athlete of the Open of every country and 32 winning athletes (16 male + 16 female athletes) and 16 winning teams of so called „Sanctionals“ will directly qualify for the Reebok CrossFit Games in July/August in the USA, where the fittest person on Earth will be crowned.

Whether you are a beginner, an advanced athlete, junior or master – the CrossFit Games Open are accessible for anyone. There is already a whole slew of athletes from CrossFit Basel/Downtown who are currently prepping for the competition. Join them and let’s workout side by side!!

We’ve had people get their first pull-ups, first toes to bar, first muscle up, set a PR on a clean and jerk, and on and on and on, all during the Open, because of the atmosphere and the community. It’s hard to put into words. Kind of like when your friends say “So tell me what this CrossFit stuff is all about.”

Work on your skills and take part in one of our five skill workshops taught by Staff Coach Marco Tanner.

On February 21, 2019 at 5pm PST (Fridaynight 1am for us) the first Open Workout will be released. Athletes have four days – until Mondaynight 1am – to absolve the workout. Judges will score the performance and you will have to submit your results to the Games site online. A new workout will be released every Thursdaynight within these five weeks (end of Open Games: March 25th, 2019). A scaled option of the Open workout will be released each week of the Open too. With reduced loading or less challenging movements, the scaled option will be designed to make the Open even more accessible.

Marton Pal wasted after 18.5

Let’s DO THIS!! 

Starting tonight, it is up to YOU: Go, sign up online!!
(Sign up at the affiliate you train most of the time, eg. choose CrossFit Basel or CrossFit Basel Downtown)

Because it was so much fun the last few years, we will again organise a so called „Intramural Open“-Event:

All of CrossFit Basel’s registered athletes (2018: 130 athletes participated!) will be divided in teams. Every Team has a Captain. CrossFit Basel Downtown will also have a team or two.

Our best athletes will be spread amongst those teams in a draft (tbd).

We are still looking for some team captains!!! If you want to lead a team, just write a mail to marco@crossfitbasel.ch

Each team will come up with their own team name, colors, all that fun stuff! Want to make shirts – go for it! Noisemakers – go for it! The goal is to have as much fun as humanly possible while challenging yourself to be better than yesterday.

The Team Captains will hang out registration sheets at the box starting next few weeks! Sign up for their team if you want to be part of their team.

Now, because we’re creating teams that will compete against one another, we’ve got to have a scoring system, right? To promote fun and encourage everyone to participate, here are how you can help your team score points:

1 point for showing up and posting a score online (no matter what category you compete).
5 points if all teammates earn an official score on the workout.
1-3 points per athlete that finishes in the top three in the box (male/female, 1st 3 points, 2nd 2 points, 3rd 1 point).
5 points for the team with the best spirit.
8 points (team) – 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, you can do it as many times as you like but it will only earn you points once. It can be done at any point during the 5 weeks.

After the final Open workout on Saturday March 23rd, we’re going to host a big BBQ at the box and present awards. Details will be announced soon.

CrossFit Basel offers Workout times at the box. These are as follows:

19.1, Feb 22-25:

• Friday, 8pm – 11pm (Bar open)
• Saturday, 2:30pm – 6:30pm (Bar open)
• Monday, 2:30pm – 4:30pm (exclusively reserved for Competition-Athletes) / 8:30pm – 10pm

19.2, March 1-4:

• Friday, 8pm – 11pm (Bar open)
• Saturday, 2:30pm – 6:30pm (Bar open)
• Monday, 2:30pm – 4:30pm (exclusively reserved for Competition-Athletes) / 8:30pm – 10pm

19.3, March 8-11:

• Friday, 8pm – 11pm (Bar open)
• Saturday, 2:30pm – 6:30pm (Bar open)
• Monday, 2:30pm – 4:30pm (exclusively reserved for Competition-Athletes) / 8:30pm – 10pm

19.4, March 15-18:

• Friday, 5pm – 10pm (Bar open)
• Sunday, 6:30pm – 8:30pm (Bar open)
• Monday, 2:30pm – 4:30pm (exclusively reserved for Competition-Athletes) / 8:30pm – 10pm

19.5, March 22-25:

• Friday, 5pm – 10pm (Bar open)
• Saturday closing party, tba

We strongly recommend doing the workout Friday or Saturday.

AGAIN THIS YEAR EACH WEEK YOU CAN SIGN UP ONLINE FOR THE HEATS!

Please be aware of workout time changes. Stay tuned on our Facebook event or ask the coaches!

We genuinely want to encourage all of you to register for this competition. Not only will it be challenging and a ton of fun to compete within the community, but it is the perfect chance to gather competition experience and to figure out your current position with your performance and strength in CrossFit.

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Become a Judge!! 

In order to keep up with the international standards, all workouts must be scored by certified judges. Anyone who is interested is allowed or better asked to take this course and become a judge! You can simply take the course of six modules here. This course includes general information on competition rules, regulations and common movements.

Team Downtown leaded by Tabea Jandt

And now let’s train, prepare, get strong and look forward to a strong CrossFit Games Open 2019!!

Recaps of last years Opens at CrossFit Basel:

WOD 18.5/Recap Open 2018

WOD 18.4

WOD 18.3

WOD 18.2

WOD 18.1

CrossFit Basel at the CrossFit Games Regionals Europe since 2011!

Let’s take a quick review on CrossFit Basel’s performances at the CrossFit Games Open/Regionals:

The first time we sent athletes to the CrossFit Games Regionals Europe was back in 2011. Former Coach Claudia competed in the category Women Individuals and placed 18th. Read the article from back in the days here!

We did not miss out on the Regionals in 2012 and competed as a team and individual. The team placed 18th and Ramon Gysin who competed as Individual won Event 5, the ‚Snatch Ladder‘. He made it to the final and finished strong with a 15th place out of 60 athletes!

Also, see the teams in action!

https://vimeo.com/44341870

Find the whole report about 2012:

2013: Tom Schwander (ranked 47) and Nadine Steinger (ranked 33) entered the Regionals as Individuals, plus we sent two teams!

This time the teams finished with a strong 19th and 23rd place.

2014: A team of our best athletes travelled to Copenhagen to take the challenge of the CrossFit Games Regionals Europe. This time they came in 15th!!

We are certainly proud of our qualifications 4 times in a row and will give our best to be part of the Regional Games in Madrid this year as well. Also important to point out is that the teams of athletes varied from year to year. Overall, we sent TWENTY different athletes to the Reebok CrossFit Games Regionals Europe during these four years. This shows that we follow a concept and strategy that works. Considering that the qualifications get tougher each year, we can be proud to be well in the loop with the fittest people on Earth.