2023 Golden Ape Intramural CrossFit Open

Golden Ape Goals: Educate and Inspire

Competition helps with the ‘inspire’ part: the pressure to perform pushes you to train harder; the social boost of dozens of your best friends cheering for you will help you reach a higher plane. Heck, watching your teammates GO is inspiring.

Every year, CrossFit HQ runs an event called “The CrossFit Open“. As always, we take the idea and make it our own. We’re not interested in finding out how fast you can exercise against 400,000 other people worldwide. We ARE interested in helping you push to new levels in fitness, level up your life, and get 1000 high fives from the Golden Ape family.

Can we bring that worldwide thrill home? Can we deliver all the fun of competition without causing any anxiety attacks? We think so.

The Intramural Open is our annual tradition at Golden Ape (and copied by thousands of other gyms worldwide!)

This is how it works

We’ll divide you up into three teams, each with a Team Captain and a funny name. Previous names have been “Waist Management” or “Thic & Fluffy”. You can earn points for your team by participating, donating non-perishables for the local food pantry, and showing the most spirit during events.  After three weeks of intense, novel workouts, we’ll celebrate all of the accomplishments!

Register or not… everyone is drafted!

Every member of the gym will be drafted on to a team on Feb 4th. Team Captains this year are: Coach Billie, Coach Johnny and Coach Ashley.

How do the points work?


+1 Point – Attendance: every member of a team that completes an Open workout on the Saturday Open event or Monday make-up day each week earns one point. Maximum one point per athlete per workout. 

+1 Point- Make a :30 sec testimonial video about why you like GA and then post it on your social media. Use hashtag #goldenapenation.

+1 Point – Show up and judge or count the reps for another member.

+1 Point- Bringing a new friend (someone who has never been to GA) to visit for a class any day between Feb 18-March 4th.

+2 Point- Bringing 3 Canned or Non-perishables for the local food pantry-awarded each week.

+2 Points- Best Costume or most team spirit-awarded to one individual each week.

+5 Points (team) – Spirit: The team with the most noise, pride, and PRESENCE on social media each week will receive 5 bonus points. (using hashtag #Goldenapenation)


In 2023,  our Intramural Open will have 3 workouts.

23.1: February 18th- Theme: Mardi Gras

23.2: February 25th- Theme: Hawaiian Luau

23.3: March 4th- Golden Ape Spirit

We’ll complete the Open workouts on Saturday mornings at 9AM. Show up early to sign up for your heat.  Your membership gets you into the event (they’re just like regular workouts, but more fun.) If you can not make it on that Saturday, you have the option


For some of our members, the Open is an annual measuring stick to test their improvements in fitness.

Our programming has already made a slight shift to get you READY for the demands of the three-week competition!

If you’re dying to get your first toes-to-bars, or link your pull-ups, tell your coach and book a goal review! We’ll get you some 1:1 time!


We’ll have some random draws each week for prizes. The top team will be immortalized with their names on the Golden OPEN Trophy.

Our focus is on FUN. We want you to participate because it will make you fitter, and you’ll be happy and love life more, and glow and stuff. 

Let’s start this party!

Coach April

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