2019 CrossFit Open Ultimate Guide (Plus HOW to Watch!)

Need help navigating the 2019 CrossFit Open? Check out this guide for direction!

CrossFit athletes, fans, and followers — get ready. The 2019 CrossFit Open is quickly approaching and we wanted to build a guide to make sure you have every bit of information you need to make this year your best yet. 

There have been a lot of changes made to the 2019 CrossFit Games, and with all of those changes came some restructuring for the CrossFit Open. This year’s CrossFit Open is like previous years in multiple ways, but there are a few major changes worth noting. Check out all of the details and changes for the 2019 CrossFit Open below!

Also, make sure you check out the full 2019 CrossFit Games, so you don’t miss a beat!

The 2019 CrossFit Open Guide

CrossFit Open Schedule, Workout Announcements, and Score Validations

The 2019 CrossFit Open kicks off on Thursday, February 21st at 5 P.M. (PST) and will conclude on Monday, March 25th at P.M. (PST). Every week, athletes will have until the following Monday at 5 P.M. (PST) to record their best scores. Check out the schedule for 2019 CrossFit Open workout announcement and cutoff times below.

Workout AnnouncementWorkout Cutoff Time
Week 1: February 21st at 5 p.m. PSTWeek 1: February 25th at 5 p.m. PST
Week 2: February 28th at 5 p.m. PSTWeek 2: March 4, at 5:00 p.m. PST
Week 3: March 7th at 5 p.m. PSTWeek 3: March 11, at 5:00 p.m. PST
Week 4: March 14th at 5 p.m. PSTWeek 4: March 18, at 5:00 p.m. PST
Week 5: March 21st at 5 p.m. PSTWeek 5: March 25, at 5:00 p.m. PST

Athletes who submit videos for judging must do so before the Monday 5 P.M. (PST) cutoff time for Open workouts. If athletes perform workouts at an affiliate, then Affiliate Managers will have 48 hours after an Open workout’s cutoff time to validate and submit scores. Thus, every Wednesday at 5 P.M. (PST) following an Open workout’s cutoff will be the final time to submit scores for Affiliate Managers.

To read more on submission guidelines — check out the 2019 CrossFit Games Rulebook!

How to Watch the CrossFit Open Announcements

Every week, the CrossFit Open announcements will take place on Thursday at 5 P.M. (PST), so adjust your clocks accordingly. Each week, the announcement live streams will be held be in different CrossFit boxes that span across the globe. For 19.1, announcements are coming from France, Brazil, and the United Kingdom.

To tune in to watch the CrossFit Open announcements — visit the CrossFit Games website!

Qualifying for the Games

The 2019 CrossFit Open has changed the format for how athletes can qualify for the Games in a couple different ways. This year’s Open will qualify both worldwide top twenty finishers and national champions from a multitude of countries for the 2019 CrossFit Games.

  • National Champions: Every athlete must select their resident country when signing up for the Open. The top placing male and female athletes in each country with a CrossFit Affiliate in good standing with CrossFit, Inc. will qualify for the Games. Note, athletes must be a resident of the country in which they’ve registered in upon the conclusion of the CrossFit Open.
  • Worldwide Leaderboard: Outside of the National Champions, the top 20 placing athletes on the CrossFit Open worldwide leaderboard will also qualify for the Games.
  • At-Large Bid: In the CrossFit Games Rulebook, CrossFit HQ has stated that they reserve the right to extend a number of at-large invitations to the Games.

Note: If any athlete finishes in the top 20 worldwide for the Open and wins their country, then the following athlete for said country will backfill the qualification.

What Else Has Changed

On top of the new Games qualifying conditions, CrossFit, Inc. has also unveiled a new type of leaderboard. This year’s CrossFit Open leaderboard will offer athletes the ability to build customizable leaderboards. Athletes can now build leaderboards with friends, or build/join leaderboards that have athletes with similar backgrounds to themselves with the use of hashtags.

To all of the athletes registered and competing: Good luck!

Feature image from @crossfitgames Instagram page. 

Jake Boly

Jake Boly

Jake holds a Master's in Sports Science and a Bachelor's in Exercise Science. Currently, Jake serves as the Fitness and Training Editor at BarBend.

He's a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and has spoken at state conferences on the topics of writing in the fitness industry and building a brand.

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