A1 – Back Squat 3RM
A2 – Weighted Pull-up 3RM
This time last year… We featured our Member of the Month Mr. JohnK!
End of the Open
Here we are in the last week of the Open and you’re probably in one of 2 schools of thought assuming the Open is something you wanted to do well at, “I’m happy with how I have performed so far and all my training leading up to the Open has paid off” or “I have a LOT of work to do and the Open was a good learning experience and motivator for the future.” I would guess that most of us are in the mindset of the latter. If that is the case I’d like to give some perspective on the Open and what it has been, what it means for you, and how we can process the experience as we look to grow and get better as athletes and CrossFitters.
If you haven’t done as well as you had anticipated thru the first 4 workouts of the Open hopefully you have a list of some areas that you need to improve upon that the workouts were able to expose. Were you not strong enough to get past the 1st, 2nd, or 3rd bar of the snatch ladder? Were wall balls or muscle ups your undoing in 12.4? Did you have trouble holding on to the bar in 12.3 when doing toes to bar or was your push press/jerk form not clean enough to allow you to do larger chunks of reps without breaking? The list goes on, but the point is to think back at your performances and jot down some issues you had with each workout. From there you can work backwards at addressing your weaknesses and be able to know what to do to fix them. Do you need more accessory work on a certain body part to get stronger? Is your mental game not where it needs to be? Conditioning and nutrition not up to par? The great thing is that pretty much everything that has been exposed so far can be fixed and if you’re totally lost just ask a coach for some solutions and we’re here to assist you in getting better. After the Open we have some special things about to go on with the programming for the box and we look forward to everyone making major gains across the board for next year and beyond.
The Open, the great spectacle it is, is only 5 wods if you really break it down. Can you undeniably test every aspect of crossfitness in just 5 wods? The answer is no. By the time the Open concludes we will not have run 1 step, rowed 1 meter, done a 1, 3, or 5 rep max in any major lift, or done many other things that one would want to include in a test of the fittest and best CrossFitters out there. My point is that the Open is as inclusive as possible in terms of the wods and movements, but it shouldn’t serve as an end all be all in terms of you measuring yourself as fit and/or good at CrossFitting. Just realize 5 workouts does not make you bad, good, or great and there are countless examples of results of the Open not necessarily telling the whole truth on individuals and teams. One of the best examples I can think of is last year when Elisabeth finished middle of the pack in the North Central in the Open, and then went on to be 13th in the world at the Games so just some perspective on the Open and how it does not hold all the answers.
So now what after 12.5 is done? It has been an intense 5 weeks for us all no doubt. We’ve done workouts once, twice, or even three times in an effort to get the best score for ourselves. We’ve stressed out about being on the fringe of making regionals or being the best on the affiliate team for each workout, or trying our hardest to avoid wearing the tutu for the next WOD, and hoped that the next one didn’t have a movement in it that we absolutely hated so that we could show the world we don’t suck as bad as the previous wod’s score may have shown, etc.
We may not want to admit it, but we probably have not made as much progress in general thru the Open because the workouts tend to take control of the back half of our weeks as we obsess about how to best do them, and then repeating them without adequate recovery which doesn’t help either. We’ll probably unwind a little bit and detox from the mental grind, and then we can take a look at the worldwide and regional standings and figure out where we want to finish next time, analyze our weaknesses, deficiencies, and strengths for that matter. Then we need to hash out a plan to absolutely smash the Open next year and have fun in doing it. As always the coaches and staff here at CFC relish the responsibility of getting each and every member to the level of performance they want to achieve so you know where to find us when you need help….now on to 12.5