2022 CrossFit Open – Time To Get Signed Up!

We’ve made it to that time of year again – time for the annual worldwide CrossFit test of fitness – the 2022 CrossFit Open! Aevitas has participated in the CrossFit Open since we opened our doors (our first Open as a gym was 2014!). We consider the Open a staple in our year-round programming, training, and community engagement.

The format has changed slightly throughout the years, and the timing has shifted a couple of times as well. However, the sentiment is the same, and the value the Open brings to individual athletes AND the community is massive. If you’ve never been around to compete in the Open, or were not ready or interested in signing up before, we hope that you make 2022 “your” year! If you’ve done it before, we hope that you’re ready to go into it with an open mind and excitement to test your fitness!

Still not sure? Keep reading to learn why we do it, and what our plans are for this year’s Open. Also, don’t forget to at least sign up with Aevitas (if not also with the official CrossFit site) to get your Aevitas 2022 Open T-Shirt! Get those sign-up details at the end of this post!

Why We Do The Open

Many people have different ideas about the value of the CrossFit Open. If you’re new to CrossFit, or you’re not really into the competitive side of things, you may not think the Open is necessarily for you. However, we disagree with this sentiment. Over the years we have seen the most- AND least-competitive athletes in our gym participate in the Open.

In every case, our athletes have walked away from the competition feeling more educated about themselves and their current levels of fitness. Many people have gone on to make athletic goals based on their performance in certain workouts. Some people come away with a new skill or accomplishment (hello, first-time pull-ups and muscle-ups!) Most importantly, almost everyone who’s ever been through the Open is proud of themselves for pushing out of their comfort zone. They feel a sense of accomplishment, and most of the time, a renewed sense of commitment to their health and fitness.

For those reasons, the CrossFit Open will always be a part of what we do at Aevitas. It’s a chance for all of us to test our current level of fitness and make some assessments and goals for how to improve in the coming year. It’s a chance for us to come together as a community and cheer each other on. Finally, it’s a chance for us to see where we are compared to the entire world of CrossFit athletes, which we think is pretty cool!

Details Of the 2022 CrossFit Open at Aevitas

This year’s Open competition will last for three weeks, much like the 2021 Open. The Open workout announcements will be released every Thursday, beginning February 24th. Individual scores are required to be submitted by the following Monday. Open workout announcements will be posted on the CrossFit Games website.

At Aevitas, our gym-wide Open workout day will be Friday. So if you come to the gym on Friday at any time, the CrossFit workout of the day will be that week’s Open workout. We’ll set up heats and have scorecards available. We’ll run through the workouts together until everyone has completed the workout with a judge.

In addition to holding the Open workouts on Friday, we have some great ideas cooking to make this year’s Aevitas Open a more collaborative community event between our two locations! Stay tuned for more details, but if you’d like to be a part of the Aevitas Open activities, you’ll need to sign up for the “Aevitas Open” (details below).

Anyone unable to complete the Open workout on Friday, or who would like to repeat the workout, will be able to do that in an Open Gym format on Saturday or Sunday. Anyone wishing to make up or re-do a workout outside of the standard Friday workouts will be responsible for finding a judge and/or recording the workout per the CrossFit Open guidelines. Also, any make-ups or re-dos will need to be completed during the gym’s standard operating hours. There will not be extra staffing hours available outside of our general open times, so please plan accordingly to be in and out while the gym is open.

How To Sign-Up for the CrossFit Open AND the Aevitas Open!

Whether or not you want to “compete” officially in the Open this year, you will complete the Open workouts if you attend class on Friday. While we highly encourage participation in the CrossFit Open, we realize that not everyone will want to or be able to.

If you ARE interested in competing in the CrossFit Open this year, you can register NOW at the CrossFit Games website!

Additionally, since we are making this a community-wide event as well, we will be holding registrations for the “Aevitas Open”. More details are coming on how we plan to make this a collaborative community event, but you can get signed up in the meantime! The Aevitas Open is a separate registration, and includes a custom 2022 Aevitas Open T-Shirt!

To sign up for the in-house Aevitas Open, follow the link for the t-shirt order below. Registration for the Aevitas Open ends Friday, February 18th, so that we can get t-shirts out by the final Friday workout.

2022 Aevitas Open Registration and T-shirt Order

Note that you can sign up for either the CrossFit Open, the Aevitas Open, or BOTH! The choice is totally yours!

We truly hope that you join us for this year’s Open, whether you sign up for either (or both!) “official” versions, or you just show up and throw down with us on Fridays! Best of luck and now let’s get this party started!

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Cody Futia

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I have 2 younger brothers and a younger sister that are an army ranger, Michelin star chef, and D1 college athlete respectively. I was fortunate enough to play college lacrosse for Suny Albany from 2010-to 2014. During my time there our highest ranking was #3 in the nation.

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Katiuska Gamez

Coach

I have always played sports I really enjoyed doing them. Before CF I was a rugby player I belonged to the national team from Venezuela for 6 years and I had the opportunity to move to Brazil and play as a professional there. Through all these years I discovered that I like to help people through the exercises not just for them to be able to move better but also to make better choices about nutrition and now CF has taught me many things, especially it has given me the tools to help more people to improve their lifestyle.

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Anna Oberkircher

Coach

I grew up playing soccer the moment I could walk and then began swimming competitively around 8 years old. During high school, I suffered 2 major injuries that took me out of sports and another one in my first year of college. Even when I couldn’t play sports I loved going to the gym and that helped me get back into soccer to play my 2nd year of college. That was a tough moment for me because I wasn’t the same player I once was, and the environment wasn’t for me. After that, I continued going to a commercial gym but I still struggled. I miss the competitive edge and the community you get from sports. By Dec. 2017 I signed up for my first CrossFit class. I won’t lie I was very nervous but after my first month and meeting so many wonderful people, I was hooked! After a few years, I transitioned into just weightlifting. In 2020, I competed in my first mock-meet and even though I struggled with lifting in front of everyone, I wanted to keep getting better. Every competition after that I grew more and more confident, and I would always learn something new. These are some of my most cherished memories and they make me who I am today! In the summer of 2021, I started my training, to coach, under our Head Weightlifting Coach – Sam Axten. I absolutely love coaching Weightlifting and watching all our athletes grow both physically and mentally.

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USAW for Sport Performance
USAW LWC Referee
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Lexi Nelson

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I’ve been in the CrossFit/Fitness community for 8 years. It started as a way to exercise with my best friend and morphed into something I cannot live without. I met my husband through this community and have met so many awesome people along the way. I did competitive cheerleading growing up and found CrossFit right at the tail end of that.

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Alyssa Garrison

Coach

I started playing softball at four years old and through the end of my collegiate career, much of my life revolved around sport. Through this, I spent a lot of time with my coaches. Knowing how big of an impact each of my coaches had on my life is what made me realize I wanted to coach athletes one day. While trying to become stronger for softball, I found CrossFit in 2015 and fell in love with it right away. Once I became a bit more seasoned in CrossFit and the community became my family, I knew I wanted to coach it. Becoming a coach allowed me to learn better movement patterns, become a stronger and healthier version of myself, and then help others do the same for themselves.

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USA W level 1 coach certification
USAW athlete rep for the NY WSO

Dave Edelson

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I’ve lived in the capital region since 2002 with my wife Diana. My favorite things to do in my spare time are hiking, kayaking, mountain biking, and of course CrossFit. In the past I’ve done lots of rock climbing, competed in adventure races, and played in countless hockey, softball, and racquetball leagues. Prior to moving to the area, I had the privilege of living in several different cities around the US, and several different countries around the world. This taught me a lot about people, and their differences and similarities. The most important thing I’ve learned through my life’s journey is how much you can learn by simply listening deeply to people and asking follow-up questions. I love to learn about people, what energizes them, and why they see things in certain ways.

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Owen Putman

Coach

I started my athletic life as a Nordic skier when I was 5. I also started playing lacrosse around that time. I started competing in Nordic ski racing at 15 and was able to compete at junior nationals in 2015 and 2016. I played competitive lacrosse through college, playing 5 years at RPI and was a two year captain. After finishing skiing at the end of high school, I found CrossFit as a way to get in shape for college lacrosse. I instantley fell in love with crossfit and was at the gym 6 days a week for multiplel hours working out. I then realized that the weightlifting movements were my favorite parts of CrossFit. This lead me to doing exclusively Olympic weightlifting as a sport. Once in college I fell in love with the sport and trained continually through my career. During this time, I competed in multiple local meets, qualified for Junior Nationals, and competed in University Nationals in 2020.

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Kevin Drown

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Sports have always played an important role in my life. I lettered in three varsity sports in high school: Football, basketball, and baseball. Our football team won the 2008 NYS Class C Section IX Championship and our basketball team won the 2007-2008 NYS Class NYS Class C Section IX Championship and Regional Championship. My high school coaches had a profound impact on my development as a person. I always knew I wanted to coach and try to have a similar impact on others. When I got hired at Shenendehowa as a social studies teacher, the opportunity presented itself for me to begin coaching at the high school level. That eventually led to me coaching and developing players in various camps and clinics. I have always tried to focus on the fundamentals behind the specific movements of the sports I coach. When I started doing CrossFit, I realized the tremendous benefits that this style of training can have on athletes at any age. As I have continued to work on my own fitness, I have become more focused on movement efficiency that allows athletes to perform at a higher level and prevent injuries. I now get to use what I learn in the world of CrossFit and fitness with my high school athletes and vice-versa.

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Dave "Jazz" Jaskolka

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In my youth, I enjoyed a lot of success as an athlete. I was blessed with a decent amount of natural ability, and my athleticism carried me pretty far. But once I started losing out to younger, bigger, stronger, faster, and more skilled athletes, I realized that just showing up wasn’t enough anymore. And when combined with the challenges of being a full blown adult (career, marriage, kids, homeownership, etc…), I began to struggle not only in my athletic pursuits, but also in my general health and fitness. I realized that for long term success, I needed to stop making excuses and just do the work. Now, I’m dedicated to sharing that realization with anyone and everyone who is willing to listen.

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Sam Axten

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I am an endurance athlete by trade, but as a coach, I have been involved with CrossFit and weightlifting for ten years. Over those years, I’ve provided my expertise to a broad spectrum of athletes spanning all age categories and ability levels. My attention is now fixated on expanding my understanding of healthcare systems and the practice of medicine to serve better those who need fitness the most.

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License of Massage Therapy,
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Mike Pickering

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Powered by careers as a safety engineer, corporate executive, combat veteran, proud father of five, and soon to be registered nurse, my story is about driving change, improving the lives of others, and a relentless drive for results. Whether on the battle field or in the boardroom, I have focused on our family motto “Keep Moving Forward.” As the famous Rocky Balboa says “You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t how hard you hit; it’s about how hard you can get hit, and keep moving forward. How much you can take, and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done.”

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CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, CrossFit Level 2 Trainer, Certified Pose Running Technique Specialist & Certified Running Coach (L1), CrossFit Regional Judge, CrossFit KB Cert, CrossFit Running Cert, Army Combat Veteran, Certified Spin Instructor

Victoria Swann

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Beginning both Irish and Scottish dance at the age of 5, I immediately fell in love with the movement, dedication, and hard work it took to actively compete and perform in the dance world. After being ranked 5th in the East for multiple years in a row (2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012), I decided to make a pivot and try my hand at teaching dance. I became a teacher at the age of 15, and have been actively teaching ever since. Aside from my dance career, I also played volleyball all throughout middle and high school. Let’s just say…that didn’t go as well as my dance career did. 

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Karen Southwick

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I grew up playing team sports, and try to approach every challenge in and out of the gym with a do-it-together mentality. I strongly believe that the support of those around you is just as important as your personal strength when struggling through a grueling workout. And also, I like to have fun! Whether in the gym or adventuring outside, I’m usually having the time of my life.

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CrossFit Kids Certification

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I’ve always been fascinated by biomechanics. Fueled by my love for science and mathematics, physics was my favorite subject in school. My athletic career was primarily hockey for 8 months out of every year growing up, and peaked at the Clarkson University Division I practice squad.

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