The Open!

The CrossFit Games Open is once again upon us!

This will be the 9th year of doing the Open at Black Hills CrossFit, and the final year in our current facility. The workouts may have changed over the years, but the fun, the challenges, the camaraderie, and the community has grown stronger every year. It’s still the best five weeks of the year at the gym.

For those who are new to this … the Open is one of the determining competitions to get to the CrossFit Games. It’s a five-week, worldwide qualifier tournament. The top 20 men and top 20 women worldwide, and the fittest male and female in each country, will receive an invite to the CrossFit Games.

None of us are going to qualify for anything, so don’t worry about your skill or fitness level. Even if you’re new to CrossFit, you can still have a great time during the Open.

Each week on Thursday evening a different workout will be announced. You will have until Monday of the following week to perform the workout with a judge and submit your score. If you want to formally be part of the competition, you’ll need to sign up at and pay the $20 entry fee to CrossFit HQ. This will allow you to track your scores and compare them to others across the world. If you just want to do our internal BHCF Open, there’s no need to pay any money or register with HQ but be sure to write your name down on the signup list at the gym.

The workouts are usually pretty tough, but all will have both RX and Scaled versions so that everyone is able to participate. The challenge of the Open is one of the best parts about it. The workouts – and the environment you perform them in – will push you to accomplish things you didn’t think you could accomplish. There’s nothing quite as exciting as seeing someone get a PR during an Open workout!

To bring everyone together and get that buzz of energy that pushes us to our limits, we will be hosting Friday Night Lights for the duration of the Open, except for the fifth and final week when our Open workout will take place on Saturday (there will be food after!). The 6:00 class will be canceled so we can go over movement standards at 6:00 and start running heats at 6:15 sharp. Coaches will be available to judge your performance if you’re competing in the official Open and/or the BHCF Open, but if you don’t want to compete you are still welcome to do the workout without a judge.

We would encourage everyone to compete, though. It’s challenging but fun, and there’s nothing like the camaraderie and community that you see at BHCF during the Open. Like we said above, it’s the best five weeks of the year! The final Saturday, after the last workout, we will have our annual post-Open BBQ/Potluck. Hopefully by then the weather will be nice and we can celebrate our accomplishments with our friends and fellow competitors.

This year we are doing things a little different, but not much, and there will DEFINITELY be a battle between the men and women for the title of the best, and the trophy! More details to come…

The dates for the Open are listed below, we hope you can join us for all of them!

Week 1 – Thursday, Feb. 21st – Monday, Feb. 25th
Week 2 – Thursday, Feb. 28th – Monday, Mar. 4th
Week 3 – Thursday, Mar. 7th – Monday, Mar. 11th
Week 4 – Thursday, Mar. 14th – Monday, Mar. 18th
Week 5 – Thursday, Mar. 21st – Monday, Mar. 25th

Let us know if you have any questions!