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CrossFit to Introduce Adaptive Divisions to the Open

Separate adaptive categories are to be introduced to the 2021 CrossFit Open.

In a conversation with Talking Elite Fitness, CrossFit CEO Eric Roza revealed the company’s plans to include these new divisions in the upcoming Open.

“We are doing the work so that we are able to have separate adaptive athlete categories in the Open,” Roza said. “I’m just getting educated on this. There are a lot of different categories of adaptive athletes, and so I can’t say we’re going to nail it the first time around, but we’re going to make steps in the right direction.”


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CrossFit has been in conversation with WheelWOD, a programming and competition platform that aims to make all forms of fitness adaptable and accessible for everyone, and the Adaptive Training Academy, organization dedicated to providing adaptive fitness education, to make this happen.

More information to follow.

The CrossFit Open is a five-week virtual competition and community event for CrossFit athletes around the world. The 2021 Open is set to start on February 18.

The Open is designed to be accessible to everyone from beginners to professionals across all ages, backgrounds, and levels of fitness.

The competition serves as the global entry point in qualifying for the CrossFit Games. Anyone who is at least 14 years old can sign up and join in the first stage of the CrossFit Games season.

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