As the CrossFit Games Open is looming upon us, we thought that for our first post why not talk about The Open and share our experiences. T-2 days.
The CrossFit Open is Step 1 in the process to reaching the ultimate proving ground… the CrossFit Games. However, if the CrossFit Games isn’t on your bucket list, no worries because The Open will transform you regardless.
The Open is a test of fitness pitting skilled athletes all around the globe, the nation and within your own affiliate against each other for the ultimate prize…self-accomplishment. This is a test for which the only pre-requisite is that you take the time to sign-up.
So why sign up?
Signing up is the first step into experiencing a community of over a million people cheering you on, that you may or may not actually know. The Open is an opportunity to compete against:
· Friends, family and colleagues
· The greatest athletes within the fitness realm
When the first open workout gets announced and the word b-u-r-p-e-e-s comes out of The Dave Castro’s mouth; the same spine numbing feeling you are feeling is being felt throughout the community.
Katie and I have signed up for The Open since we first began CrossFit in 2012. We know that each year going into The Open we aren’t going to the games. We most likely won’t finish in the top 1,000, but that has never stopped us. We do it for the community The Open brings to the sport of functional fitness. To walk into your affiliate on the designated open workout day and see everyone nervously stretching, strategizing, chugging pre-workout or taking continuous trips to the bathroom is a feeling unlike any other. For once all the feelings/nervousness you have about the workout is instantaneously shared through thousands. The Open helps you to see where you have been and help you determine where you are going. For example, CrossFit Open workout 12.4, AMRAP 12 minutes of 150 wall balls, 90 double-unders, 30 muscle-ups was an utter eye opening experience for me. Never during a workout had I attempted a 20# wall ball, nor did I feel like I was ready, but with the support from my friends and wife I picked up that 20# wall ball and was determined to finish the workout. 3…2…1…GO! First squat: no problem, next step throw the ball to a 10’ target – FAIL. I just stood back as the ball came crashing down from what I felt like was 2 feet above where I threw it. Needless to say after 12 minutes was up I had managed to get 10 wall balls. 10?...that’s it, after all the “hard” training I had thought I put in, I failed a workout? I was down and I was frustrated. Fast forward to 2014, I decided to re-test this workout. I managed to get all 150 wall balls complete. At the time of my failure it was never a feeling of I don’t want to do The Open again because I am not even going to place and can’t lift a 20# wall ball. It was a feeling of man I have a lot of stuff I need to work on and I need to get stronger in order to feel a sense of accomplishment.
The Open literally forces you to open your heart and mind to what your body can do rather than what it cannot do. It gives you the ability to push yourself past the limit of no return and know that at the end of the tunnel there is a light.
If you are hesitant about signing up for The Open due to embarrassment or if you don’t think you can do it, THINK AGAIN! Each year thousands of people sign up and only a handful actually make it to regionals. That shouldn’t concern you. I believe that thousands of people gained an insight as to what they are capable of. They have gained more in their personal lives than all the notoriety that comes with winning the CrossFit Games. At the end of the day we are all working on our fitness and health to better our lives, so we can live longer, laugh harder and enjoy the adventures life throws our way.
Don’t do it because you were pressured into doing The Open, do it because you have a passion for it. Don’t sign up for The Open thinking that you are going to make the CrossFit Games and then be disappointed when you don’t. Sign up thinking that you are going on a journey - a journey to find yourself through a competition of community and fitness.
Don’t forget that this year that CrossFit has introduced a new category for Teens to show off their talents. Make sure all you parents out there get your kids signed up and their friends, there is nothing healthier than a little competition amongst friends helping them lead better lives.
In the community of CrossFit there are many resources which provide you with strategies/tips to tackle the Open workouts. Here are a few of our favorites:
Theoutlawway.com – Outlaw CrossFit always posts keys and tips to executing the most efficient Open workouts. This website is 100% free.
WODPrep.com – a place to get strategies to crush the 2015 Open. This website is also 100% free.
Also head over to games.crossfit.com to find out more information about the CrossFit Games or The Open.
The true take away from The Open in our opinion is not where you name finishes on the leaderboard but what you yourself have accomplished. Maybe you finally got that double under during an Open workout that you have been struggling with for the past few months. Maybe you set a new personal record. Maybe you developed a new love for the sport or maybe you just realized just how far you can push yourself. Whatever it is be proud that you accomplished something because every little accomplishment is a building block to a bigger accomplishment in the future.
Everyone has their reason for signing up for The Open, what’s yours? Post your comments below and let us know what you hope to accomplish during this year’s Open season. The best response below will receive their Open fee reimbursed by Life’s AMRAP.
Life’s AMRAP is not affiliated with CrossFit, Inc. nor does it receive endorsement from/by CrossFit, Inc. or any of its subsidiaries. CrossFit is a registered trademark of CrossFit, Inc.