SHOULD I DO THE CROSSFIT OPEN?
But seriously, even if you are brand new to CrossFit, you should register and participate in the Open. If you aren’t brand new to CrossFit you should register and participate. Firstly, it’s the biggest community wide event in CrossFit, a month-long ebb and flow of anticipation, anxiousness, fun workouts, and a great learning experience, all wrapped up in one. In these progressive times we live in, there are Scaled and Rx’d divisions, so everyone will get 5 good, appropriate workouts over the course of the 5 weeks. Combined with being able to track your score and progress year to year. It’s a great time to hit PB’s or find set some targets to build on after the open is done.
GET READY TO GET UNCOMFORTABLE, IN A GOOD WAY
During the course of the year at most CrossFit gyms, one of the main services coaches provide their members is advice and assistance regarding scaling. Most CrossFitters will scale at least one part of every WOD and that’s a good thing- during training it’s important that we don’t lose the intention of the workout. Fran is fast, Murph is slow- if you scale improperly and do a 30 minute Fran or 15 minute Murph you’ve missed a major part of the purpose. The Open is a little different in that the standards are absolute- if it’s written as a 95 pound Power Snatch, you will only score points for snatching 95 pounds and receiving in the power position, end of story. While this may seem daunting, it often leads to surprising triumphs. You may be “forced” to do pull ups, and you get your first pull up!!! SICK!
It’s human to set limits upon ourselves and create narratives about what we can and can’t do. The Open does a remarkable job of stretching those limits and shattering those narratives. Many PR Snatches and Cleans, first Muscle-Ups and Handstand Push-Ups have occurred during the Open. The atmosphere and demanding standards have a way of pushing people further than they thought possible. If you aren’t joining in this time, get down to judge or cheer on your pals!!
TAKE NOTES AND HAVE FUN
Just because the Open can lead to PRs and new skills doesn’t mean it always will. The Open will probably make you confront a skill, lift or movement that you have neglected or aren’t naturally talented at and that’s OK. Use it as a lesson to grow from- you’ve got loads of time to figure it out and crush it next time. Remember, the Open is about fun and community (for the 99.9% of us who don’t have Dottir after their names) so don’t let a bad workout or missed lift ruin your experience. Just like any other workout, it’s just some fast PE. Don’t stress about it! This stuff is fun because it’s hard. Relish the challenge and the pursuit of growth and excellence over the next calendar year.
WE’LL LOOK BACK ON THIS AND LAUGH
One of the cool things about doing the CrossFit Open is watching your worldwide progress. (Or keep track of your regional progress, or how you did in your country, or if you beat your arch nemesis in the 6pm class, it’s up to you). It’s almost impossible to keep doing this stuff and not get better. So, over the years you can watch as you go from the top 50,000 to the top 5,000 to the top 500. It’s evidence that this CrossFit stuff works and what sets our lifestyle apart from most fitness offerings. Watch your steady climb up the leaderboard, pat yourself on the back, and then get back to work!
Although it’s a competition, please don’t worry too much about where you place. Be stoked for other people and put as much effort into cheering for them as you do completing your own workout. The Open is all about celebrating our community and the mates you workout with every day. Let’s all get involved and have a whole load of laughs and high fives!!