2021 Catalyst Fitness Intramural Open

Catalyst 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 Catalyst 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 Catalyst (and copied by thousands of other gyms worldwide!)

This is how it works

We’ll divide you up into three or four teams, each with a Team Captain and a funny name. Previous names have been “Flex Appeal” or “Hakuna Masquata”. You can earn points for your team by participating, winning an event, and showing the most spirit during events.  After four weeks of intense, novel workouts, we’ll reveal the Mystery Event Five.  In previous years, it was sliding at Finn Hill, road hockey and Escape Room in the Two-Brain Workshop.

How will draft our happen?

On Draft Day, you’ll be invited to watch your name be pulled from a hat. Unlike elementary school, EVERYONE GETS PICKED. Then, the Captains work hard to get you to participate in the best, most FUN event at Catalyst. This year will have an at-home option as well.

Yep, we chose the FUN bunch to Captain, not our traditional top scorers. We want 100% participation this year. We have plans regardless of what this pandemic is going to throw our way! 

REGISTRATION – we draft everyone!


+1 Point – Attendance: every member of a team that completes an Open workout each week earns one point. Maximum one point per athlete per workout. 

+1 Point – Top 3: every male AND female member who places among the Top 3 at Catalyst for each workout gets an extra point for their team.

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

+5 Points (bonus) – 5th workout: Those details will be available soon.


In 2021,  our Intramural Open will have 4 workouts; with a BONUS event planned, which may take place at any time DURING the five weeks or up until a week after the last.

We’re planning to be open – some restrictions may apply. We’ll complete the Open workouts during Group Fitness class time on Fridays. Reserve your spot and show up on Friday to participate.  Your membership gets you into the event (they’re just like regular workouts, but more challenging and fun.) The fifth event will be a freebie for anyone registered on any Intramural team.


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

Our programming will make a slight shift for the next six weeks to get you READY for the demands of the five-week competition!

We’re working on specialty programs available for those who want to improve one or two specific skills, too. In the meantime, 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 a banner hanging in the gym. 

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!

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