CrossFit Open FAQ


  • What is the Open?

The Open is comprised of five workouts over five weeks. The workouts will be released every Thursday evening during the five weeks of the Open. You can watch the live announcement of the workout. It will be streamed on the CrossFit Games website.

The Open at  NELA Athletics is turned into a five week in house competition. There will be 3 levels:
Level 1 – Novice/Ignite
Level 2 – Intermediate
Level 3 – Rx

  • How do I sign up?

Click Me 🙋‍♂️🙋‍♀️

  • Can Ignite participate?

Yes! This year igniters can participate! The CrossFit Open workouts will be modified to fit Ignite standards. Ignite will be a shared division with Novice.

  • What if I can not make it to the 7:00pm Friday Night Lights?

You can come to your regular scheduled class during the day to complete the workout. You have until the following Monday to turn your score in so if you miss class you can come in on your own time to do it as long as you have a judge. Preferably a Coach.

  • What if I’m traveling?

If you are going to be out of town, contact the nearest CrossFit box and find out whether they are doing the Open WOD.  You can then check in with them about dropping in to a class to complete it. Be mindful that you may have to pay a drop in fee. Also if you are participating in the intermediate, novice or level 2 division, the scaling might be different at other boxes. Our scaling options will be available on zen planer if you are out of town.

  • What happens if I do not turn in my score?

If you miss a workout or you do not make it up in time, you will receive a 0 for that workout and it will affect your overall score

Omar Serrano


Have You Met Omar

  • How long have you been a member of Nela Athletics?

I have been a member of NELA athletics for 3 and a half years.

  • What’s your favorite CrossFit/Ignite achievement?

I joked with a coach when I first started that I’d throw a party when I got my first kipping pullup, so I’d have to go with my first unassisted kipping pullup.

  • How do you think you have benefited most from Nela Athletics?

I have definitely benefitted from NELA athletics the most by becoming a part of the community.

  • How has your life changed from when your first started to now. Can be physically, mentally, emotionally.

Joining NELA pushed me out of my comfort zone. Where in the past I would’ve been the type of person that popped in earbuds and worked out alone. I now have become more comfortable being with my group of friends.

  • What are your hobbies or activities you do enjoy outside of CrossFit?

I love doing things with music. I enjoy concerts, though I don’t go to as many as I used to, and I dj from time to time for fun.

  • What is one thing people don’t know about you?
I was a lead singer in a hip hop/metal band for about 5 years. A friend of mine asked me if I’d fill in as singer in a high school talent show in 11th grade, for some crazy reason I said yes though I’d never done anything like that in my life! We went on to play many local spots and even recorded a few tracks, this was way before SoundCloud lol.
  • If you could only listen to one song for the rest of your life, which song would you pick?

Impossible! I have different songs based on mood, or what emotions I’m trying to bring about or create.

Paul Digs Up Some FIt


We all know Paul, but do we REALLY know Paul? In this episode we do a deep dive into Paul Austad’s past, his childhood in Minnesota, what brought him to LA, and the experiences that made him who he is. It’s one of the most refreshingly honest conversations we’ve had yet. Also, fill-in cohost Dayvora has another fitness tip for you.

Check out this episode!

Alexis Villarreal


Have you met Alexis

  • How long have you been a member of Nela Athletics?

6 years

  • What’s your favorite CrossFit/Ignite achievement?

The muscle up.

  • How do you think you have benefited most from Nela Athletics?

Establishing a regular fitness routine, and getting to workout with some pretty great people!

  • How has your life changed from when your first started to now. Can be physically, mentally, emotionally.

Physically I’m a lot more athletic all around.

  • What are your hobbies or activities you do enjoy outside of CrossFit?

Traveling, hiking, snorkeling, attempting to surf, spending time with my wife, dogs and my cat, binging Netflix.

  • What is one thing people don’t know about you?

I’m a nerd that likes video games.

 

Bobby Balsama


Have you met Bobby?

 

  • How long have you been doing CrossFit?

I have been doing CrossFit for 15 years now.

  • What’s your favorite CrossFit achievement?

Being part of SEAL-Fit and graduating Kokoro Camp 12.

  • How has your life changed from when your first started to now. Can be physically, mentally, emotionally.

CrossFit allows me to continually test my heart. After training for so long you learn to trust the training you’ve done, but it all comes down to how uncomfortable you’re willing to be. That’s why community is so important. Who you’re surrounded by matters. Coaches guide the culture of a gym but the members define it.

  • What are some hobbies or activities you are into besides CrossFit?

I am a professional guitar players.

  • One thing people don’t know about you?

I was in a Cure cover band called Another Emotion. My mom used to help me put eye liner on and paint my nails.

  • If you could only listen to one song for the rest of your life, which song would you pick?

Broken Social Scene – Forgiveness Rock Record – Sweetest Kill

  • If you could pick three famous people to be a part of your entourage, who would you pick?

Tommy Chong, Bruce Lee, Trever Noah.

Michelle Sanchez


Have you met Michelle?

 

  • How long have you been a member of Nela Athletics?

2 years

  • What’s your favorite CrossFit/Ignite achievement?

Slowly getting over my fear of lifting heavy. I just got my PR of 88 lbs for my clean. I was so surprised since I couldn’t do 73 lbs during the open this year!

  • How do you think you have benefited most from Nela Athletics?

Finding my balance. I feel as a teacher and now coordinator, my days can get really busy and often sleep and good eating habits are the first to start going. Having a gym close by- that I look forward to going to, helps me to keep those things in order. I feel I have been doing a much better job with getting my sleep and eating healthy so I get to see more of my results

  • How has your life changed from when your first started to now. Can be physically, mentally, emotionally.

This past year was tough with bell palsy, a death of a student, and home/family issues. Mentally, NELA has been my saving grace- I can come in a just focus on myself for an hour. I can be around people who are supportive and not stress about life. The workouts and coaches like Paul and D.Lee have really helped me when I’ve been down, get me into a more positive mindset when I really needed it.

  • What are your hobbies or activities you do enjoy outside of CrossFit?

I love to paint! I also love to play soccer. I play in a co-ed league on Sundays with my brother and some friends- super fun!

  • What is one thing people don’t know about you?

I was a synchronized swimmer for 10 years and coached it for 2

  • If you could pick three famous people to be a part of your entourage, who would you pick?

Gina Rodriguez, Jessie J and JLO

20. Unpacking My Fit


Coach Day Ortega (and her daughter/sidekick Dejah) stop by the podcast to talk about her own “path to wellness,” and her new program to help keep others on the right track, even when things on the fitness journey can get a little weird. Oh yeah, Wes is missing this episode. 🙁

Check out this episode!

Jesse Doe


Have you met Jesse

  • How long have you been a member of Nela Athletics?

About four years now.

  • What’s your favorite CrossFit/Ignite achievement?

Finally finishing a CrossFit Open!

  • How do you think you have benefited most from Nela Athletics?

I lift things properly now, and pay more attention to what I eat.

  • What are your hobbies or activities you do enjoy outside of CrossFit?

Hobby board gaming and occasionally playing my Jazzmaster

  • What is one thing people don’t know about you?

I’m a pretty good oil painter!

  • If you could pick three famous people to be a part of your entourage, who would you pick?

Werner Herzog, Cormac McCarthy, and Neil Young

Harry Shin


Have you met Harry

  • How long have you been a member of Nela Athletics?

3 years

  • What’s your favorite CrossFit/Ignite achievement?

Completing the Pull-Up Challenge last February, and reaching a PR of 19 unbroken pull ups.

  • How do you think you have benefited most from Nela Athletics?

Accountability with my fitness and diet through community.

  • What are your hobbies or activities you do enjoy outside of CrossFit?

Watching and playing sports, watching movies, experimental cooking, trying out new restaurants.

  • What is one thing people don’t know about you?

I ran the beaches of South Korea naked… as a toddler.

  • If you could pick three famous people to be a part of your entourage, who would you pick?

Dwayne Johnson, Dule Hill, and Roy Choi