No Bull CrossFit Games Open 2021 – all new, still the biggest CrossFit community-event!

The No Bull CrossFit Games season 2021 begins with the worldwide CROSSFIT GAMES OPEN – on March 11th, 2021. Let’s come together and celebrate our Fitness and Community, everybody is welcome!

Read all about Team CrossFit Basel’s past performances and European adventures at the bottom of the post.

Read the Recap about the 2019 Open here.

What are the CrossFit Games Open? 

Anyone can sign up to participate in three workouts over three weeks and post their scores online. There are several categories including a scaled and foundation one, that is accessible for everybody. CrossFit will also post a „no equipment, at home“ option for each week.

In 2019, over 400’000 athletes from around the world participated in the Open. 130 athletes from CrossFit Basel/CrossFit Basel Downtown! In 2021 the 10% best ranked male and female athlete of the Open of every country and 25% of the best teams will advance to the quarterfinals.

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! If it you have never participated, perfect, this year is the best year to start as there will be a foundation category for newbies!

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.”

On March 11th, 2021 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 three weeks (end of Open Games: March 29th, 2019). A scaled and foundation option of the Open workout will be released each week of the Open too. With reduced loading or less challenging movements, the scaled and foundation option will be designed to make the Open even more accessible.

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Because it was so much fun the last few years, we will again organise a so called „Intramural Open“-Event, just in a slightly different way to accommodate for the COVID-rules:

All of CrossFit Basel/DT’s registered athletes (2019: 130 athletes participated!) will be divided in teams of FOUR. If you want to create an „official“ team on the CrossFit Games Leaderboard, you must be a team of two men and two women as the Open is the first stage of qualifying for the Games, the world championship. If you are only competing as a team for our internal competition, you can be any mix of men and women, scaled, rxd or foundation.

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 Google Sheet to sign up will be sent via Newsletter.

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)

Let’s DO THIS!! 

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 three weeks.

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

• Friday, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
• Saturday, 4:15pm – 8:15pm
• Sunday, 5:30pm – 7:30pm

We will install an outdoor pull-up rig.

CrossFit will also offer an at home no equipment variation of the Open. We will offer a zoom class dedicated to this variation of Open workout each day on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, which will be coach led.

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 2021!

Recaps of 2019 Open at CrossFit Basel:

WOD 19.5

WOD 19.4

WOD 19.3

WOD 19.2

WOD 19.1

2019 Recap

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.