MODIFIED HOLIDAY SCHEDULE FOR TODAY
6am, 9am, 12pm, 5pm, 6pm
No Oly lifting as well; schedule resumes as normal starting Tuesday, December 27th.
10 rounds for time of:
3 Handstand push-ups
225 pound Deadlift, 6 reps
This day last year…was a rest day.
Gearing Up for the Open
The Crossfit Games Open begins in just a little over two months and will run for five weeks (one workout per week), from February 22 to March 25. For our newer athletes, additional information on competing in the Open can be found here:
Perhaps one of the biggest misconceptions is that athletes who compete in the Open need to be at a certain level of fitness or have been doing Crossfit for X amount of time. I’m here to provide some perspective on dispelling this myth, and why everyone who has even the smallest desire to compete should!
A Chance to Work Towards Your Goal
From my 2.5 years Crossfitting, I’ve seen a distinction between doing Crossfit for general fitness and for sport; I myself have wavered in between these two in terms of what my own goals/purpose are in doing Crossfit. When watching our elite athletes compete at Regionals or the Games athletes on ESPN, it’s easy to think that this type of competition is reserved only for those at the top. However, no matter where one is in terms of his or her fitness level, perhaps the best way to look at the Open is as a golden opportunity to work towards a specific goal.
While this goal might be a larger picture goal (to get stronger, faster, more condition, or to look better), it can even be something small (working on a specific movement, finding a routine to come in X times per week, or even get more sleep). Whatever your reason, use the Open as motivation tool to work towards that goal. For example, if your goal is to clean up your diet, perhaps try doing a Paleo challenge during the Open; for me personally, I know it’s easier to stick to my diet when I know that it can end up making a difference of reps, rounds or seconds on a workout.
Providing a Measuring Stick
Watching our athletes was inspiring on many levels last year; it was awesome watching Elisabeth crush it on a worldwide level and our individuals and team representing CFC well at Regionals. That said, perhaps the best moments for me as a spectator were watching some of our athletes take on a challenge that they weren’t quite sure if they would succeed or fail at. Perhaps the best example of this was the squat clean to overhead workout. I remember watching a number of athletes take on this workout when they knew their clean or jerk PR was under the Rx’d weight, and attempt to get one in the five minute period; some of these athletes even went at the workout multiple times. While some athletes were not able to get the rep within the time limit, one could not simply call such an effort a failure, but rather a valuable learning experience. Yes, it may sound cheesy, but our workouts provide athletes with an opportunity to learn something about themselves, both physically and mentally. I’m sure many of you can identify with that rush of excitement of busting through a PR on a heavy weight or finally getting a muscle-up—doing the Open will provide you with a broad measuring stick of where you’re at, and give you a vision of what you want to be.
A common excuse that is bound to come up as a reason for not putting your name down for the Open is “I’m not ready / strong enough / in good enough shape, etc.” First of all, we’ll likely be programming the workouts in our general programming similar to last year’s format, so many of us will be doing the workouts anyway. Secondly, ask yourself why you tried out Crossfit in the first place—for many of us, it was because we had grown tired of our typical fitness routine/method and were looking for something more. That said, even Crossfit athletes can get stuck in a rut. Yes, the Open is a competition among thousands of people around the world, but perhaps the best way to look at it for the majority of us is to treat it as a challenge to ourselves to be better than yesterday. So I encourage everyone who is thinking about competing to sign up, come on in to CFC during five Saturday afternoons, and find out what you’re truly made of.