“WHAT IS THE CROSSFIT OPEN?
The Open is comprised of five workouts over five weeks, and it starts with 16.1. Open workouts are identified by their year and the order in which they appear. The workouts will be released every Thursday during the five weeks of the Open, and you can watch the live announcement of the workout that will be streamed on the CrossFit Games website.
The announcement will take place at a different location each week, and two athletes (or more) will perform the workout live. After the workout is released, any athlete who has registered for the Open will have until 5 p.m. PT on the following Monday to submit their best score online.
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE CROSSFIT OPEN?
The Open is the first qualifying stage of the CrossFit Games. Any athlete who wants to compete at the Games must first make it through the Open in their region.
While the purpose of the Open is to find the fittest athletes in each region to move on to the regionals, it’s also an opportunity for any athlete at any level to participate in the competition. It can add meaning and purpose to your training while also bringing your gym’s community closer together. (As a rule of thumb, the Open is the time of year where we see many people achieve important firsts: bodyweight snatch, muscle-ups, toes-to-bars, handstand push-ups, double-unders, etc.)
Most importantly, the Open will also give you some interesting data on your performance in the gym, which can be a guide for setting realistic goals for the following year.”
I thought I would begin with this great start from the games website itself. It explains the “open” pretty darned well. The whole article is definitely worth the read. HERE
But let’s find some reasons that I, as your coach, believe you, yes you, the one hiding behind all the peeps doing pushups, and thinking you will never be there, here a few reasons that YOU should do the open.
1. BECAUSE YOU CAN
Last year was my first year and the Boxes first year doing the Open. I will admit it openly, I regret not participating every year. We do not have to be a “competitive” box to compete in the open I learned that, and nearly 50 of your fellow athletes experienced it last year. They all found out that they could do it, they could find a mod that works, they could all appreciate, they could all do…what we do every single day we step into the box, and then they got to see all of their fellow competitors doing it to.
2. BECAUSE It’s FUN
There something magical and fun about laying it all on the line for a workout, and then anticipating, guessing, hoping, that the next one that comes on Thursday night will be something you can do, or have done, or at least doesn’t mentally scar you just by looking at it. Although there is certainly something to be said from accomplishing that which just scared you to death. The support and camaraderie that this competition fosters is almost worth the price of admission alone, that makes it incredibly fun, but when you let go of some of your personal insecurities and get used to putting it all out there on the line, that becomes one hell of a release, and ultimately a ton of fun.
3. BECAUSE YOU GET TO COMPETE
“but Rob, I have no desire to compete” ok.. Good. In fact, I have not plans/ desire to ever make it to regionals, and I hardly ever compete, but I will never miss an open again. Why? Because when you WOD in this, you will work harder than you ever have before, and it will show you what you are capable of. Ask anyone that has done it before. It brings out the best in your effort. That’s the reason to “compete” don’t do it to win, do it find a threshold you have never thought possible for yourself. You will enjoy it, I promise.
4. BECAUSE IT WILL GIVE YOU A GOAL NEXT YEAR
Yes, some of you have heard it before. Do not do the open for you, right now. Do it for who you will become next year. That’s the exciting part, when you have tracked this year, looked at your benchmark, and can treat the open like a sort of annual performance check. It’s not uncommon to see things like, – WOW, last year I couldn’t even pretend to do a bar muscle up and this year I got 5…etc. Wicked. Look to who you are going to be a year from now, or the type of athlete you want to be, and take the appropriate steps to make that dream a reality. (do the open)
And in closing let me bring one more point to light. You will never be “ready” That is the whole point of Crossfit. If the Open WODs pop up and the first thing you think is wow, no big deal, I got this (and it isn’t bravado) then the programmers aren’t doing their job. The open is the ultimate (for us normal folks) definition of the unknowable WOD. The only way you prepare for that is to do it!!!