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The 2021 CrossFit Open: Prescribed, Scaled, Foundations and Equipment-Free Options

The CrossFit Open is an online, global competition for CrossFit athletes around the world. As the world’s largest participatory sporting event, it is the first stage of competition towards a qualifying spot for the CrossFit Games.

The 2021 CrossFit Open will feature three weeks of competition, starting on March 11, 2021. This year, the Open will be the most accessible ever, featuring new divisions including foundation and equipment-free options as well as new adaptive divisions, in addition to the usual Rx’d and scaled divisions.

Registration for the 2021 CrossFit Open has started, you can sign up here.


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CrossFit will offer four options for people wishing to compete in the Open: Prescribed (Rx’d), Scaled, Foundations and Equipment-Free.

“This year’s Open will be the most accessible in CrossFit history, with flexible options for participants to compete either at their local gym or at home, with or without equipment, should they face local closures or have health concerns,” CrossFit announced.

The prescribed and scaled options are the usual two categories of the Open. New for 2021 are the foundations, equipment-free and adaptive divisions.

Athletes competing from home also have two options to compete in the CrossFit Open: basic equipment and equipment-free. The equipment option requires athletes to have access to:

  • A dumbbell
  • A barbell and plates
  • A plyo box
  • A jump rope
  • A pull-up location

Athletes completing workouts as prescribed will be ranked the highest, followed by scaled athletes, foundation athletes and ultimately equipment-free athletes.

Athletes may finish the Open with any combination of foundations, scaled, prescribed, or equipment-free events contributing to their score on the CrossFit Games Leaderboard, yet each category will have its own leaderboard and an athlete needs to compete all events in one category to be featured in its leaderboard.

CrossFit Games 2021 Competition Rulebook: What Has Changed?

The Equipment-Free 2021 CrossFit Open

For the 2021 season, CrossFit will offer an equipment-free version of all Open events. Athletes unable or unwilling to perform the prescribed, scaled or foundations events can choose this version.

There are no separate age divisions within the equipment-free versions of the Open events.

There will be a dedicated equipment-free leaderboard. In order to remain on the equipment-free leaderboard, an athlete must perform the equipment-free version of ALL of the Open events.

Athletes taking part in the equipment-free Open are unable to advance to the next stage of competition.


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CrossFit Open divisions

The athlete’s age as of July 14, 2021, will determine which division the athlete will compete in during the 2021 season. There are 34 total divisions for individual competitors and one division for teams:

  • Men and Women
  • Boys and Girls 14-15 (Born on or between 07/15/2005 and 7/14/2007)
  • Boys and Girls 16-17 (Born on or between 07/15/2003 and 07/14/2005)
  • Men and Women 35-39 (Born on or between 07/15/81 and 07/14/86)
  • Men and Women 40-44 (Born on or between 07/15/76 and 07/14/81)
  • Men and Women 45-49 (Born on or between 07/15/71 and 07/14/76)
  • Men and Women 50-54 (Born on or between 07/15/66 and 07/14/71)
  • Men and Women 55-59 (Born on or between 07/15/61 and 07/14/66)
  • Men and Women 60+ (Born on or before 07/14/61)
  • Men and Women Adaptive: Upper Extremity
  • Men and Women Adaptive: Lower Extremity
  • Men and Women Adaptive: Neuromuscular
  • Men and Women Adaptive: Vision
  • Men and Women Adaptive: Short Stature
  • Men and Women Adaptive: Seated Athletes (with hip function)
  • Men and Women Adaptive: Seated Athletes (without hip function)
  • Men and Women Adaptive: Intellectual
  • Affiliate Cup Team

Who can sign up for the CrossFit Open?

Anyone who is at least 14 years old. Whether you’ve just started your CrossFit journey or are a seasoned competitor, the Open is a competition for everyone.

“Each year, athletes of all ages, from a range of backgrounds and with varying ability levels, unite to complete the worldwide Open. Among them are the Fittest on Earth as well as the average Joes and Josephines, and by the end, all have new accomplishments to celebrate,” writes CrossFit.

CrossFit Open 2021 dates

The Open starts March 11. Details for the first workout will be released at 5 p.m. Pacific Time on games.crossfit.com. A new Open workout will be announced each Thursday (March 11, 18, and 25). Participants will have until the following Monday at 5 p.m. PT each week (March 15, 22, and 29) to submit their scores on games.crossfit.com.

CrossFit Open registration

Every athlete wishing to compete in the Open must register at games.crossfit.com/register/open. The registration fee is US$20 for all athletes (including individual, adaptive, masters, and teenage divisions) worldwide, with the exception of athletes in Latin America and Africa, where registration is US$15.

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