2021 CrossFit Open and Quarterfinals Questions Answered

The format for the CrossFit Games season has changed for 2021 and, while the initial stage is still the CrossFit Open, the online competition will look slightly different to previous years and will be followed by a completely new competition stage, the Quarterfinals.

Dave Castro, General Manager of Sport, answered questions about the initial stages of the 2021 season in an interview released by CrossFit this past weekend. Find out more.

How many events will occur in the Open in 2021?

“The Open is three weeks long, so you can assume it’ll be three. Possibly more,” said Castro.

The 2021 CrossFit Open leaderboards

There are many ways to compete in the Open this year, the first being completing the workouts RX, followed by the Scaled versions and ultimately the Foundations division.

The foundations division is simply the most scaled version of the Open workouts.

Additionally, athletes will be able to complete the Open without equipment. While this might change, the equipment-free leaderboard is most likely to be completely separate from the others and won’t necessarily derive from the original workouts.

2021 CrossFit Open equipment list

The equipment option of the 2021 CrossFit Open requires athletes to have access to:

  • A single dumbbell (50lb/35lb)
  • A barbell and plates (a variety of plates)
  • A plyo box
  • A jump rope
  • A pull-up location


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How to prepare for the 2021 CrossFit Open?

“Make sure you’re staying consistent, make sure you’re training and training with intensity, because intensity is never missing in the Open,” said Castro. “The Open and what we typically test in there uses core CrossFit movements, so there’s some guiding principles you can look at for your training that will put you on the right path; constantly varied functional movements at high intensity and you’ll be fine.”

The CrossFit Quarterfinals

The Quarterfinals are a new stage of competition introduced for the 2021 CrossFit Games season. They provide an additional test to qualify the appropriate athletes to the Semifinals.

Similar to the Open, they’ll be an online test over a single weekend, with the top 10% of Open ranked athletes on each of the six recognised continents – based on the total percentage of athletes registered per continent – qualifying to participate. *

This means the more people register to the Open in each Continent, the more people get to compete in the Quarterfinals.

The CrossFit Quarterfinals will be comprehensive test, scaled up and more challenging in terms of loads than you typically see in Open programming.

Athletes participating in this stage of competition will require access to a fully stocked gym.

Watch the interview:

News about Semifinals and the Last Chance Qualifier, both CrossFit Games qualifying events for 2021, coming soon. 

* Team athletes will also participate in the Quarterfinals, taking place a weekend after the Individual Quarterfinals. The top 25% of the total number of teams per continent (with a minimum of at least 50 teams from each continent) will be eligible to participate.

Age group athletes will advance to the Age Group Online Qualifier (AGOQ). Age group athletes include teens aged 14-17 and masters aged 35 and over. The top 10% of athletes in each age division (based on the total number of athletes registered per division worldwide) will have the opportunity to advance to the AGOQ.

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