Which Programming Track Should I Follow?

Tuesday November 5, 2019
Christine Bald

CompTrain publishes two different programming tracks, “Open Prep” and “Games Prep.”

The main difference between the two tracks is the kind of competition you’re preparing for—online competition or in-person competition. If you mostly compete online, follow “Open Prep.” If most of your competing takes place at events, follow “Games Prep.”

Here’s everything you need to know to pick the track that’s right for you.

Open Prep
This track is geared towards preparing athletes for an online competition — one in which you do the workouts on your own turf, video them, and submit scores to an online leaderboard. The CrossFit Games Open is our main focus, but this track will also prepare you for any online qualifier. “Open” programming prepares athletes for the kinds of tests historically included in the Open. It prioritizes classic movements over those less likely to be tested in an online format—outdoor running, swimming, GHD sit-ups, d-balls, yoke work, etc.

Who should be following the “Open” track:

  • Athletes who consider the Open their most important competition of the year
  • Masters/Teen athletes attempting to finish Top 200 in their division and advance to the Age Group Online Qualifier (AGOQ) for the first time
  • Athletes trying to qualify to compete at their first Sanctional
  • Athletes who occasionally compete in local competitions
  • Athletes who don’t have any competitive goals but enjoy putting in some extra work outside of class


Games Prep
This track is geared towards preparing athletes for an in-person competition — which take place in real life at a physical venue alongside other competitors. Sanctionals make up the majority of these, with the CrossFit Games being the ultimate goal. The higher volume and broader range of movements programmed in this track reflects the greater flexibility these events have to test fitness. The “Games” track supplements classic Crossfit movements with things like deficit HSPU, strict muscle-ups, hill running, obstacle courses, open water swimming, and weight vest work.

Who should be following the “Games” track:

  • Athletes who qualify for the CrossFit Games by finishing Top 20 in the Open
  • Athletes who qualify for the Games by finishing as the National Champion of their country
  • Masters/Teen athletes who typically finish Top 200 in the Open and advance to the AGOQ
  • Athletes who qualify for the Games by winning a Sanctional
  • Athletes who consistently qualify for and compete at Sanctioned events
  • Athletes that usually follow the “Open” track but have qualified for their first Sanctional and need to prepare accordingly
  • Athletes who don’t have any competitive goals but enjoy the heavy volume (even if it means scaling occasionally)


Pick the programming track that best aligns with your goals, and get after it!