Are you doing the Crossfit Open?

Workout of the Day Thursday February 13, 2014

1 Rep Max Front squat
1,000 meter Row
Ring Dips

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Are you doing the 2014 CrossFit Open
~Joey W.

You have probably heard of this thing called the Crossfit Open.   Its the global competition that starts at local boxes throughout the world and ends up at the Crossfit Games.

Less than 3% of the people in the world that do Crossfit actually make it to the games so why do we even bother to compete?  Its simple.  Its an important step in your development as an athlete.  There is a reason we keep score, it provides us data points to measure ourselves and without data points and measurements we dont know if we are improving.  If we dont care if we improve, we probably wouldnt be working out at a Crossfit box, we would be at a regular gym.

Some of our athletes have mentioned they are not doing the open and that is ok.  We want everyone to enjoy their time at the box and if competing makes it not fun for you, then by all means don’t enter the open, but let me explain to everyone how the open works.  I have a feeling there may be some misconceptions about how it works.

The Open is not like the other competitions you might have seen, such as the Gauntlet.  Its just 5 workouts, 1 each week for 5 weeks.  There is a good chance that if you are working out on a regular basis during the 5 weeks of the open you are going to end up doing the workouts anyway.  There is going to be somebody counting for you, the scoresheet will get filled out, the only difference is you are not going to record your score at http://games.crossfit.com, so why not go ahead and sign up?

Are you worried about the workouts?  There is a good chance that if you have been working out with us for at least a few months you can do the movements.  You might not get all the way through the weightlifting ladders, but I am sure you will be able to do many of the movements.

2013 Workout Movements consisted of Burpees, Snatch, Shoulder to Overhead, Deadlift, Box Jumps, Wall Balls, Double Unders, Muscle Ups, Clean and Jerk, Toes to Bar, Thruster, Chest to Bar.  From that list, there are only a couple of movements that some of our newer athletes cant do, Double Unders and Muscle Ups.  I know I cant do Muscle Ups yet, but it does not matter, you simply do the best you can.

Am I going to the games?  No.  Am I going to make it to Regionals?  No.  Am I going to get the best scores at the box?  Nope, not even close.  Does it matter?  No it does not.  I am going to do the workouts the best that I can and have some fun.  So if you are on the fence about entering the open, I hope that you join us for some fun and camaraderie.

Coach Joey.

 

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