The 2017 CrossFit Open (Part 2)

We will be scheduling classes for the 2017 CrossFit Open differently than we have in the recent past.


This year, in addition to the Open WOD’s, we will be running two different All Levels WODs (one on Friday and one on Saturday). In some instances we may do the Open WOD as the All Levels WOD on Saturday (e.g. 7 minutes of Burpees). In other instances, we may not do the Open WOD on Saturday (e.g. 20 minute AMRAP: Overhead Walking Lunges with Dumbbell Snatch and Chest to Bar Pull ups). This means if you want the opportunity to do the Open WOD, every week, you must register on our team.

In addition, we will be running Open WOD’s from early Friday Afternoon through early Monday afternoon. Our Sunday through Thursday programming will be normal with the exception of those Sunday and Monday classes that will be Open WOD’s.

The “Open WOD” class sessions will only be available to those who have registered for the 2017 CrossFit Open.

How to Register for an Open WOD in Zen Planner:
(You may begin registering for 17.1 in the afternoon on Friday, Feb. 17th, please follow the procedure below.)

1. Forward the email you received from CrossFit verifying that you are registered for the 2017 CrossFit Open to Please mention your home location (Flatiron or UWS) somewhere in the body of your email.

2. The Front Desk will assign you a special membership “Pass” that grants you access to Open WODs – you’ll be able to register for these sessions like any other class, using your Zen Planner account.

3. This “Pass” will let you register for NO MORE THAN 2 Open WODs in any given calendar week – this is meant to serve as a courtesy for members who may wish to, for example, do 17.1 on a Sunday, and then 17.2 the following Saturday. If we find you are registered for more than one session of any given Open WOD, your later reservation will be removed.

The exact schedule will initially be somewhat in flux, for the following reasons:
1. We do not yet know how many of our members will register for the Open.

2. We do not know the WOD’s, so there is always the distinct chance that certain WOD’s will not be able to be performed at 67th Street (e.g., wall balls to a 10′ target).

3. We do not know the logistics of any given WOD until Thursday evening (8 PM), when they announce the workout.

We cannot provide our normal flexibility and at the same time guarantee each participant that we will manage and judge their WOD to the standards demanded by CrossFit HQ. Therefore, we are choosing to maximize the experience of those members who choose to register in the Open and are prepared to make the sacrifices that are required to participate in any professionally run competition. We also recognize that not all of our members wish to participate in the Open.

If you are traveling during the Open, we cannot guarantee that you will be able to do the WOD at the exact time or place of your choosing. Please plan ahead and contact the local affiliates beforehand, if you are traveling during the Open. They will be responsible for validating your score(s) performed at their affiliate (not CFNYC).


  • reisbaron

    Is there a specific reason this will be the first year that Friday mornings do not have Open WODs?

    • Hari Singh

      We want more time for our coaching staff to strategize how we will handle each WOD. Last year, the time between the Thursday evening announcement and Friday morning was not always enough.

      • Erik Savage

        If the Open WOD in any particular week happens to be logistically easy (eg burpees & thrusters) will you consider running it Friday morning anyway, in place of the All Levels WOD? Having the option to get the WOD done as early as possible in previous years has been great, either to have the rest of the weekend off or to have maximum rest prior to potentially doing the WOD a 2nd time.

        • Hari Singh

          As Avery wrote in the post, some of the All Levels WOD’s on Friday and Saturday may be the same or similar to the Open WOD, but that will depend on a number of factors, not only logistics. Further you should not expect that you will be able to be judged in an All Levels WOD.

          Our focus will be on quality, over both quantity and flexibility. For many of our members, the Open is a tradition, and so we understand that you are expecting us to do the Open in our traditional way.

          However, we have multiple responsibilities. Currently, we have 71 people registered for the Open. That number will grow, but in all likelihood, it will not exceed 250, which is less than 15% of our membership.

          For those who are not doing the Open, there is a reasonable expectation that our programming will make sense; and we cannot guarantee that if we need to throw in a random WOD every Friday morning. We also cannot both maintain the quality of our coaching in a non Open WOD and at the same time make sure that a few people who wish to be judged can be judged accurately.

          In sum, we think it is a bad idea to try to do everything in the same class, especially when we have no time to meet face-to-face with our coaching staff between the Thursday night announcement and the Monday morning classes. There is a tremendous amount of work that goes on behind the scenes in designing our programming, figuring the warm-ups, balancing the equipment, and more. We have come to feel that we have compromise to much to maximize flexibility, and we are drawing a line this year.

          For those who are experienced and are taking the Open seriously, you should not be planning on doing more than four WOD’s for the week. (Our Competition Team and our coaches will not be exceeding four WOD’s for the week.) If you are a morning person and you want a chance at doing the Open WOD twice, you should be planning to take off on Friday, do the Open WOD on Saturday and have the option of repeating it on Monday. If you are an evening person, you should be considering taking Thursday off, doing the WOD on Friday evening, and having the option of a repeat on Sunday.

          If you are not planning on doing the Open, you should expect to be able to follow your normal routine without interruption.

          • Erik Savage

            Makes sense, thanks for the reply!

  • Sho Fujisawa

    No T-shirts???!!! I sign up for Open for the T-shirts!!

  • Michael Chill

    Hi- Why no Open Wod on Sunday at 68th street?

    • Hari Singh

      Sunday’s Functional Strength and Open Gym at 67th Street (neither of which run at 28th Street on Sunday) are two of our busiest classes. Rather than cancel either, we initially decided to confine Sunday Open WOD’s to 28th Street where we have more space.

      Also note that once we know the WOD on Thursday night, we may adjust the schedule as needed. Right now, the schedule is our best guess of what is necessary to accommodate all of our participating (and non participating) members.

  • Enja

    Is it possible to increase the number of participants for Friday’s (3/3) 1pm OpenWOD to more than 12? Or add another BWOD at 1pm? The class is already wait-listed on Monday… Thanks

    • Hari Singh

      We increase capacity where possible after we know what the WOD is.

  • Mitch

    Are there going to be additional Open WODs added to Saturday’s schedule? Every Open WOD for the entire weekend is booked. Doesn’t seem fair that we are encouraged to sign up for the Open and then there aren’t enough class times to participate in the workouts.

    • Avery W

      Hi Mitch,

      Please watch the waitlists – there is a lot of change overnight with registrations (I also had a lot of cancellations last night and was able to add people). Besides a full class at 10 AM, there has been capacity to add people off the waitlist in every class today. I also have space today still at 2 PM and 3 PM if you are available to come in. We do our best to accommodate as many people as possible each day.