2021 CrossFit Open Adds Equipment-Free Workout Option

There are two ways to compete this year.

CrossFit® HQ made a big announcement on Jan. 1, 2021, just six days before the Open kicks off. The 2021 CrossFit Open — which will take place online —  will offer a basic equipment and an equipment-free competition option. You can check out the post on CrossFit’s Instagram account below:


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“This year’s Open will be the most accessible in CrossFit history, with flexible options for participants to compete either at their local gym or home, with or without equipment, should they face local closures or have health concerns,” CrossFit wrote in the post.

Athletes who choose the basic equipment option — which is designed to be done at a gym or an equipped home gym — will need the following tools:

CrossFit’s “equipment-free” option will provide a version of the workouts that require no equipment or gear. As the post stated, all the athletes need is “a clear space in your home, driveway, or nearby park.”

In CrossFit’s initial announcement of their 2021 season schedule, Dave Castro, GM of Sport for CrossFit, expressed that consideration for what athletes faced in 2020 helped them make this decision.


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“The last year has been tough for everyone, so we want to kick off the 2021 season with a compelling and accessible Open that can meet the needs of every athlete in the world,” Castro said in the announcement. “Whether you’re surrounded by people in your local gym, working out alone at home, or listening to friends cheer over Zoom, the Open will energize you and remind you why you are part of CrossFit.”

The announcement was met with appreciation from supporters in the comments. The post also stated that more details would be released in the coming weeks.

Registration for the 2021 CrossFit Open will begin on Jan. 7, 2021. The first workout of the Open will take place on March 11, 2021.

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