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It is that time of year again. The CrossFit Open is nearly upon us.
Those of you who competed last year are probably starting to get a bit nervous, those of you who put it off last year are asking yourselves whether you are ready this year and the rest of you are probably wondering what all the fuss is about.
For the uninitiated, the CrossFit Open is the first step of competition towards the CrossFit Games. It is open to anyone worldwide and the only stipulation is that your workouts must be judged and scored by a CrossFit level 1 coach.
The Open consists of 5 workouts, the first of which will be announced on the 25th February. The remaining 4 workouts will come in the following 4 weeks, 1 per week.
Athletes are divided by region. The top athletes in each region will qualify to the Regionals, with the top athletes from the regionals going to the CrossFit Games.
First a little perspective. Last year well over 200,000 people signed up for the CrossFit Open. Only the very top athletes go to Regionals, let alone the Games. However, that doesn’t mean that only the best should participate.
There are several reasons why participating in the Open is great for your fitness.
1) The first is that it gets you out of your comfort zone.
Going to the gym every week with the same bunch of people and the same coaches is brilliant for training. However, it is not so great for testing your fitness. You can only test your fitness if you are outside of your comfort zone. Ideally this is not in your own gym with the same faces around you, however lining up for the start of the Open with your own judge is a scary prospect. It puts you in the spotlight among your peers and that is a great test.
2) Participating in the Open is a great way to motivate yourself to train harder.
This is really an extension of the above point, but if you are training for the sake of training then you are missing out. If you want to get the best out of your training, you must put it to the test. Nothing motivates athletes like competition. Sign up for the Open and your focus in training over the coming weeks will be laser sharp.
3) The Open keeps you honest.
There will be movements that come up which you are either not very good at or cannot do at all. Most people see that as a negative, but in fact it is a huge positive. Nothing motivates people more to work on their weaknesses than having to do those movements in official competition. Watch over the next few weeks at CrossFit GVA to see how many are practising muscle ups like crazy! Maybe you will get them before the Open, maybe not. Whatever happens you will be 100% motivated to work on them for next year so you can get better.
In fact the major stumbling block most people face with the Open is they don’t think they are good enough. It is an understandable and entirely human point of view, but really has no bearing on whether or not you should compete.
The Open is split up into RX and scaled divisions. That means that if some movements come up which are too hard, you can do the scaled version.
The Open is a competition, however most people are really competing with themselves. That is the beauty of the Open. It gives you an honest assessment of your fitness levels and the motivation to work on your weaknesses going forwards.
The dates for the Open are as follows:
Five Weeks Feb. 25 – March 28, 2016
16.1: Feb. 25 – 29
16.2: March 3 – 7
16.3: March 10 – 14
16.4 March 17 – 21
16.5 March 24 – 28
We will be making a big effort at CrossFit GVA to accommodate everyone who wants to participate in the Open and we encourage you all to step up and take the plunge.