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…regardless, summer will be here soon, and as you are looking to get in shape, here is a recommendation for a great first step. It’s probably not news to you, as your coaches have been talking about it like broken records: it’s Crossfit open time! 

Time to put our fitness to test and see how much progress we have made from the hard work we put in weekly, day in and day out. 

Who is this for? All of our EVF members, regardless whether you generally attend EVF360, Crossfit classes, or open gym.

Why you should sign up

  • You get to have a ton of fun with our EVF community.
  • You don’t get to work out with a big group of friends cheering you up very often BUT, this happens every time during the open. Guaranteed!
  • You get your name on the crossfit website and on the gym leaderboard to compare yourself against your teammates.
  • You can get yourself the special edition T-shirt to show off in the hood (when it is T-shirt season). See preview at the bottom of the page.
  • You will get great photo shots of yourself working out which you can brag about on social media or with your family and friends.
  • You get to see your progress over the years on your crossfit website profile: check out how some of your coaches progressed: Ariel, Ixchel, the Power Ranger, the Frenchie.
  • And one more: once you sign up, your coaches will finally shut up about it!

Already sold? Scroll down to the bottom to see how to sign up. Still not clear about it, read on.

What is the crossfit open?

It is a global competition organized by Crossfit for all athletes, of all ages, gender identites, countries, abilities and fitness experience. It is an annual event that brings together everyone from diverse fitness communities and more. 

The competition lasts 3 weeks, and like previous editions, is supported by crossfit affiliates across the globe. 

How it works

TL;DR: It runs from February 24th to March 14th. You just need to sign up and come to your regular classes at EVF to do it.

Now the details: Every Thursday afternoon around 3pm ET and for the 3 weeks of the competition, CrossFit will release several versions of (a) workout(s) that needs to be executed by athletes before the following Monday at 8pm ET. Athletes perform the workout at crossfit affiliates where they get their performance and score validated by an accredited judge (your coaches), then submit it online at or in the crossfit open mobile app (NOT SugarWOD) before the coming Monday at 8pm ET. Affiliate owners have until Wednesday to confirm that the scores submitted are matching. 

Athletes also have the ability to perform the workout outside of a crossfit affiliate by recording a video of themselves, and submitting both scores and video for validation. However, the standards for a video to be valid can be tricky and you have less guarantee that the judge reviewing your performance will give you a full score (and you don’t get to do it with 20 people cheering for you unless you bribed your neighbors into it). 

Travel plans coming up?

No big deal, either record yourself while performing the workout or drop into one of the thousands crossfit affiliates around the world.

What if I cannot do a movement in one of the workouts?

Similar to last year, there will be 3 different versions of the workout posted each week: Rx, scaled, and limited equipment. Athletes will have to choose only one of the versions each week. Like in classes, you should pick the version that allows you to complete the workout but which is the most challenging for you. You don’t have to do the same version for the 3 weeks. If there is bar muscle up for a week in the Rx version and you need to do the scaled option which has ring rows or pullups, you can do the Rx version in week 2 with burpee box jumps and dumbbell snatches. 

Why do we need to submit scores online?

It allows you to compare your performance to the whole world. No joke. You can see how you rank globally, in your country of origin, in the gym, or in a custom leaderboard which you can create with your friends, even if they are not from the same gym. And by getting everyone’s score validated, it ensures the integrity of the ranking and that nobody can submit a score made with “Bro reps“. 


Go to and click on register to create your profile. It is only $20 for the full competition. Make sure to add Crossfit Upper East Side as your affiliate so you can show up on our gym’s leaderboard. More details on the full season schedule here.