4 Reasons to do 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.


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.


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.


“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.


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!!!




Isn’t it incredible to be alive?

Take a walk.  Unplug.  Breathe in fresh air.  Walk through a creek.  Hug someone you love.  Hug someone you don’t love.  Call someone you have been meaning to for a while.   Show your children you love them.   Be grateful for such things.  Be happy.  Choose to be happy.  It’s more fun than choosing to be frustrated.  You work all the time, you don’t feel good, you hate your job, you fight with your spouse, your kids can’t stand you, you look like shit, you feel like shit, you aren’t good in front of people,  you hate your boss, your boss hates you.  What are these things.  What are these thoughts that you give power to on a daily basis.  Why do you let them control you.  Your mind is a computer and either you, or your environment is the programmer.  Absent of you choosing to your mind will let whatever stimulus it comes up against program it.  How scary is that?   Just watch the news, or listen to your “friends” complain…and bam….down that endless road called negativity.  But should you choose to be brave and become the master of your own destiny.  Well then….the world is at your freaking fingertips.   Believe in you.  It’s hard, it’s uncomfortable, but guess what we weren’t put here to be comfortable.  We were put here to grow, to challenge ourselves, that’s how we are made up.  We are literally movers and shakers, to deny that is to deny the very make up of our body and souls.  Give me the crabbiest nastiest human being in the world,…i put them in my class and take them through a Robstacle course and you will see them smile.  Why is that…because your body and mind crave challenge, and they crave movement….  Isn’t it incredible to be alive and be human.  We are the most complex movers and thinkers on earth  (we think)  Why deny it…you can’t ….just let go and get on with life.  I am so grateful for the position I find myself in everyday.   Is it easy….  Heavens no.  It’s not even close to easy.     “Don’t pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a hard one”

I have the strength, and I have the muster, and I have the ability to think better, be better ,move better, and I practice it every single day.  And I am thankful every single day that I have been blessed with my parents, my wife and children, my mind, my body and my community…..and I will do my best to elevate those around me for the rest of my life…..




Go out and Be Amazing….stop being scared of yourselves…..

Simply the best moment in a Mudder ever.

Imagine this. Thirty-Two of us have ran, walked, jumped, climbed, swung, splashed, cramped, moaned, cheered, froze, carried, sweat, and generally got super tired for over 10 miles..and here we are staring a newly heightened nearly lipless Mount Everest….almost the end of CFW’s Tough Mudder 2015….and they didn’t shy away this year, probably one of the most physically demanding Mudders I have faced (this was #4 for me)  I looked around at all of our tired and muddied faces and saw hope, fear, happiness, grief, and probably one hundred other expressions…but I did not see surrender on anyone’s face.   So…we took the wall, like we had the whole rest of the course….one at a time with tons of teamwork and camaraderie.  I was probably 4th or 5th to go up, and after getting there helped another 5 or 6 up, and then I made my way down to watch and cheer on everyone else.  And it was at that vantage point from the side of the wall that I spotted him again.  I say again, because throughout the obstacles I had noticed this wily old veteran.  He was wearing winter BDU’s and had been keeping pace for the most part with the 32 of us for the last hour or so of the race.  He was  every bit of 70 years old, and there was not an ounce of quit in this Gentleman’s face.  His first attempt at the wall was his best, but he didn’t make it just missing  the hands of the Mudd Ninjas that were there to help him up.  On his head he had a 10x or more tough mudder band, which by itself is amazing, couple that with the will and determination to do this at his age, and I was in awe of him from the first time I saw him.  Seeing him run, and move through this course had been a treat all day long,  I was so happy to see him moving and smiling all day, so when he came up even shorter on his 2nd attempt at the wall I thought to myself…..  if we all laid down and made a human ladder of sorts, I bet he could climb up and reach my guys up top.    I knew we had to do it.   So I touched him on his shoulder and asked. “Sir, if we all laid down would you crawl up to the top using our bodies as a ladder of sorts?”   And he said absolutely….

What followed next left hardly a dry eye to anyone who witnessed it.   My Ninjas supported me, the Veteran made it around…to get his weight on my back and shoulders…I pressed him toward my men at the top…they grabbed hold and never let go…he made it to the top…and the crowd rejoiced…..and there are not words to describe how I felt in that moment…..not a word…..but I know I will never forget it.  And I am left wondering if that is the first time he has made it to the top of Everest…I’m thankful to my team for their help and absolute willingness to do something outside of the norm and I cannot wait to hit this course again next year..

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here is a link to the video


such an awesome time!!!! and I couldn’t be more grateful to him for allowing us to share in this remarkable team building moment..

WOD 3/24/2015

“COE” 1/2
10 Thrusters 65/95
10 Ring Pushups
5 Rounds For Time




Army Sgt. Keith Adam Coe, 30, of Auburndale, Fla., assigned to the 1st Battalion, 37th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., died April 27th, 2010, in Khalis, Iraq, of wounds sustained when enemy forces attacked his unit with an explosive device. He is survived by his wife Katrina Coe, two sons, Killian and Keith Jr., and daughter, Klover.


It was an honor to WOD in Sgt. Coe’s name today.  My heart rests with the loved ones he has left behind.   The efforts put forth by the box today were inspiring and truly heart felt.



3/21/2015 WOD

….she’s a good one



4 x 5min EMOM’s

1. 7 Box Jumps  ( Slow Mountain Climbers)

2. 10 Hand Release Pushups  (Slow Crunches)

3. 10 Thrusters 35/45  (Seal Jacks)

4. 7 Burpees  ( Breathe)


Every minute on the minute perform the exercise and desired number of repetitions.  For the balance of the remaining 60 seconds perform the exercise in the parentheses.


Good Luck….she was a bastard!!!


Thanks to the 9am Class for letting me fight along side them.  It was a pretty epic one this morning!!!



18 min of Movement
32 Feet- Foot hand Crawl on 2×4
16 Feet Farmer’s Carry on 2×4
and 10 Reverses with KB racked on 2×4

(5 reverses per side)

Continue through these three exercises until 18 minutes has passed

you can click the youtube link below to see an example of the movements….have fun if you try this one.  Slow purposeful and as always mind your movements!!!


3/17/2015 WOD and then some


15min AMRAP


10- TOES to Bar

15- Med Ball Front Squats


Wow…was this one a doozy.  It was great to see the control most of us demonstrated with the handstand pushup scaled options.  Purposeful and mindful movement, those are the steps that it will take to get you to RX this one.  I think we should give this one a name?  Any Suggestions?   At any rate, I was pleased with the way we moved, with the absolute effort put forth until the bell sounded, and with the attitudes that met the WOD before we started.  Fantastic day all around.





3/15 and 3/16

WOD 3/15/2015

2 Rounds for Time
30 step ups
50 Mountain Climbers
30 Step Back Lunges
50 Mountain Climbers
3 Wall Walks
144ft FHC





Warm up

Rollout 10min/ Skinny PVC 4 min/ Hip Flexor and Glute Activation 3 min/

Running Prep Drills-6 min

Kettlebell Swing Progressions-5min


10 Rounds For Time
10 KB Swings
200m Run


Sunday was a wicked WOD, I had the pleasure with wodding with the 9am class and to further proove that I’m not super human found a way to tweak my left psoas during the very first set of Mountain Climbers, and since the vast majority of the WOD (lunging, Crawling, Stepups, Mountain climbers) required the use of it saw a very difficult WOD for me.  Extremely Challenging.

Some awesome breakthroughs happened that Day and Coach Amy did an outstanding Job with Coach Dan there to assist her, their attention to detail, even with me and my suffering foot hand crawls, was spot on. Great Coaching.



Today Saw the first Running WOD of the season, and everyone did a fantastic Job.  Hip Hinging and with it Posterior chain activation is a life essential skill.  I pushed the point home quite a bit with 530 and 630 class, and I really hope that everyone took away from it how important the ability to contract your glutes and properly extend your hips is.   With that being said….I’m throwing another Benchmark at you on Wednesday, but don’t let that scare you away from tomorrow…it is an outstanding WOD!!!  See you in the box!!!!

WOD 3/13/2015… Friday The 13th!!!!



Warm Up- 10 min Roll/ 2 min neck rotation, 2 min shoulder rotations/ Bird dogs- 2 min/ up dog down dog-3 min

Shoulder Prep- 2×8 Wall SLiders/ 2×8 Bi lateral External Rotations/

Skinny PVC- Pressing Prep -3 min

KB Swing Prep- 3 min

-hip extensions/ hip flexors/ hip hinges




12 Min

20 Kettlebell Swings (Russian)

5 Shoulder to overhead


Score is total number of weight moved over head in the some of all Rounds with your 5 Presses/ Push Presses/ or Push Jerks

-you can add or take away weight as needed


Best of Luck