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BUT I Don’t Want To Do The Open

By Arthur Leung | In Article, Blog | on February 1, 2016

Welcome to MoCo CrossFit! Our staff brings a diverse range of athletic backgrounds and experiences. Some of us played collegiate sports and several of us have served our country.  We are united by a common passion and experience called Crossfit. We have found CrossFit to be the most effective training program out there. We have seen it help everyday people improve their level of fitness and feel better about themselves. It has helped weekend warriors get back to their college level of fitness and has helped competitive athletes break through plateaus and routine. It has turned non-athletes into athletes. It is absolutely vital for military, treat treatment law enforcement and everyone else whose lives or careers depend on their physical readiness.

Our philosophy is simple: Take care of our clients, sildenafil provide them with a world class experience, and give them the tools they need to thrive. At MoCo CrossFit, we offer a friendly, enthusiastic atmosphere where anyone who’s willing to work hard will find all the support they need to achieve their fitness goals. You won’t find hype, mirrors, inflated egos, or promises of easy results here, but you will find a great community of fitness-minded people who are united by a common love for challenging themselves.

So, whether you are looking to get back in shape, looking for a new exciting workout program, looking for a good base of fitness to apply to your sport/profession, or as an athlete looking to take it to the next level, come see how MoCo CrossFit can help YOU!

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The Crossfit Open will start on February 25th. It’s less than a month away! The Open is when Crossfit athletes around the world will put their fitness to the test. The Open is the first stage in the three-stage journey to The Games. This video explains it more. For 5 weeks, cialis 40mg one workout is released that will test your fitness, order toughness, and determination.

For the next 8 weeks, our programming will focus primarily on preparing for the Open workouts. Expect to work on movements and workouts that will likely be in the Open. They will likely involve couplet, triplet, and chipper (more on these later) type of workouts consisting of olympic lifts and gymnastics. Our previous cycles have made you stronger and better at Olympic lifts, gymnastics, and skills without sacrificing conditioning. This cycle is the culmination of what we’ve been working so hard for during our previous cycles.

So, let’s dive right in and see how this cycle will prepare us for The Open.

What to expect in the Open
The Games site has all the Open workouts from the past three years. Having said that, we can make a fairly accurate guess of what type of workouts we might see:

  • 4 Couplets and triplets lasting no longer than 20 minutes with barbells at moderate loads
  • 4 Movements done with a barbell, pull-up bar, a box, a medicine ball, and rings.
  • 4 Movements that can be done in a garage gym

It’s certainly possible we may see movements that were excluded in the past like pistols or handstand push ups, but we’re confident that we are still addressing the major points to be competitive at this year’s Open.

Couplets, Triplets, and Chippers
Most of our conditioning workouts actually have been couplets and triplets. A couplet simply means a workout with two movements. A triplet, then, is a workout with three movements.

Here’s an example of a couplet:
Open 11.1 Workout
AMRAP 10
30 Double Unders
15 Power Snatches (75/55)

Here’s an example of a tripet:
Open 12.3 Workout
AMRAP 18
15 Box Jumps (24/20)
12 Shoulder To Overhead (115/75)
9 Toes To Bar

We expect there to be a moderately loaded barbell combined with a gymnastic and/or skill movement. In this cycle, we will work on cycle time of reps and transition time between exercises. These workouts will challenge you to find your “engine” so that you can move with very minimal rest. So it’s important to find your pace without “redlining” (the point in the workout when you can no longer move because you’re gasping for air and you don’t know if you’ll make it to the end).

A chippers is a workout that consists of a high-volume of multiple exercises. Its purpose is to slow down athletes, even the top competitors, so that they can’t move through the entire workout quickly.

Here’s an example of a chipper:
Open 13.1
AMRAP 18
40 burpees, 6? jump
30 snatches (75/45)
30 burpees, 6? jump
30 snatches (135/75)
20 burpees, 6? jump
30 snatches (165/100)
10 burpees, 6? jump
AMRAP snatches (210/120)

During the Open, the chippers are usually placed in front of a high skill movement or a heavy lift in order to test your fitness capacity. You need to be able to perform a high skill movement or lift something heavy in a fatigued state. We will incorporate the CP battery training to address this need. What the heck is that you ask? Well, read on.

CP Battery Training
A rough explanation of the purpose of the CP (creatine phosphate) battery pathway is that it gives you the ability to consistently perform heavy squats, fast sprints, high jumps at near maximal effort. Think of the CP battery like the battery on your mobile phone that needs to be recharged after browsing Facebook all day. Your CP battery gets drained at high intensity efforts and you need to recharge it to continue performing at a high level. Here’s the science-y explanation of this pathway, if you’re interested. So we need to train this re-charging mechanism.

But how? You ask?

Basically, we will have sessions that will put you in a fatigued state and then perform a high skill movement or a heavy lift immediately afterwards.

Example:
Open 15.1 Workout
15.1
AMRAP 9 of
15 Toes To Bar
10 Deadlifts (115/75)
5 Snatches
15.1a
6 Minutes To Find
1 RM Clean And Jerk

Notice that there is no rest between the first and second part of the workout above. The first part places you in a fatigued state and immediately afterwards, you have to find your 1RM on a lift.

Skill Improvement
You can expect to see skill movements like double unders, pull ups, and power snatches. Luckily, we’ve been working on these skills a lot and many of you have made great progress. These skills require practice and proper technique. If you continue to struggle with skill movements, continue working on them. Ideally, you’d want to practice in a non-fatigued state. We encourage you to do them during warmups or after class after you’ve completely recovered from the workout session. We will continue to work with you on proper technique during class. Also, the barbell club will help you with your Olympic lifting technique. They meet on Tuesday and Thursday at 7:30 PM, and Sunday at 9 AM.

Judging

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During The Open, we will reserve one day during the week for all athletes to do the posted workout of the week (remember that a new workout is posted each week for five weeks). Expect your fellow athletes to judge you during the workouts. This means that you will likely also need to judge them.

There are a few basic requirements to being an effective judge:

  • 4 Know the movement standards (squats are below parallel, chin over the bar for pull ups)
  • 4 Ask your athlete about their counting preference (silent or audible)
  • 4 Space and equipment awareness (make sure your athlete has plenty of space to operate)
  • 4 Most importantly, be honest (don’t be afraid to hand out repeated “no-reps!”)

These basic qualities will ensure the integrity of your score. As the judge, be encouraging but uphold the movement standards. As the athlete, avoid “no-reps” by performing the movement standards. And, don’t worry about losing count of your reps, your fellow athlete will help you out with that.

In order to become comfortable with judging, we need to practice. So prepare to wear your judging hats during some of the workout sessions as you may be asked to judge your fellow athletes.

So let’s prepare for The Open together and continue to explore what we’re capable of. It will be fun.

leaf graphic
Image by C. Campbell

The Crossfit Open will start on February 25th. It’s less than a month away! The Open is when Crossfit athletes around the world will put their fitness to the test. The Open is the first stage in the three-stage journey to The Games. This video explains it more. For 5 weeks, remedy one workout is released that will test your fitness, pilule toughness, visit this and determination.

For the next 8 weeks, our programming will focus primarily on preparing for the Open workouts. Expect to work on movements and workouts that will likely be in the Open. They will likely involve couplet, triplet, and chipper (more on these later) type of workouts consisting of olympic lifts and gymnastics. Our previous cycles have made you stronger and better at Olympic lifts, gymnastics, and skills without sacrificing conditioning. This cycle is the culmination of what we’ve been working so hard for during our previous cycles.

So, let’s dive right in and see how this cycle will prepare us for The Open.

What to expect in the Open
The Games site has all the Open workouts from the past three years. Having said that, we can make a fairly accurate guess of what type of workouts we might see:

  • 4 Couplets and triplets lasting no longer than 20 minutes with barbells at moderate loads
  • 4 Movements done with a barbell, pull-up bar, a box, a medicine ball, and rings.
  • 4 Movements that can be done in a garage gym

It’s certainly possible we may see movements that were excluded in the past like pistols or handstand push ups, but we’re confident that we are still addressing the major points to be competitive at this year’s Open.

Couplets, Triplets, and Chippers
Most of our conditioning workouts actually have been couplets and triplets. A couplet simply means a workout with two movements. A triplet, then, is a workout with three movements.

Here’s an example of a couplet:
Open 11.1 Workout
AMRAP 10
30 Double Unders
15 Power Snatches (75/55)

Here’s an example of a tripet:
Open 12.3 Workout
AMRAP 18
15 Box Jumps (24/20)
12 Shoulder To Overhead (115/75)
9 Toes To Bar

We expect there to be a moderately loaded barbell combined with a gymnastic and/or skill movement. In this cycle, we will work on cycle time of reps and transition time between exercises. These workouts will challenge you to find your “engine” so that you can move with very minimal rest. So it’s important to find your pace without “redlining” (the point in the workout when you can no longer move because you’re gasping for air and you don’t know if you’ll make it to the end).

A chippers is a workout that consists of a high-volume of multiple exercises. Its purpose is to slow down athletes, even the top competitors, so that they can’t move through the entire workout quickly.

Here’s an example of a chipper:
Open 13.1
AMRAP 18
40 burpees, 6? jump
30 snatches (75/45)
30 burpees, 6? jump
30 snatches (135/75)
20 burpees, 6? jump
30 snatches (165/100)
10 burpees, 6? jump
AMRAP snatches (210/120)

During the Open, the chippers are usually placed in front of a high skill movement or a heavy lift in order to test your fitness capacity. You need to be able to perform a high skill movement or lift something heavy in a fatigued state. We will incorporate the CP battery training to address this need. What the heck is that you ask? Well, read on.

CP Battery Training
A rough explanation of the purpose of the CP (creatine phosphate) battery pathway is that it gives you the ability to consistently perform heavy squats, fast sprints, high jumps at near maximal effort. Think of the CP battery like the battery on your mobile phone that needs to be recharged after browsing Facebook all day. Your CP battery gets drained at high intensity efforts and you need to recharge it to continue performing at a high level. Here’s the science-y explanation of this pathway, if you’re interested. So we need to train this re-charging mechanism.

But how? You ask?

Basically, we will have sessions that will put you in a fatigued state and then perform a high skill movement or a heavy lift immediately afterwards.

Example:
Open 15.1 Workout
15.1
AMRAP 9 of
15 Toes To Bar
10 Deadlifts (115/75)
5 Snatches
15.1a
6 Minutes To Find
1 RM Clean And Jerk

Notice that there is no rest between the first and second part of the workout above. The first part places you in a fatigued state and immediately afterwards, you have to find your 1RM on a lift.

Skill Improvement
You can expect to see skill movements like double unders, pull ups, and power snatches. Luckily, we’ve been working on these skills a lot and many of you have made great progress. These skills require practice and proper technique. If you continue to struggle with skill movements, continue working on them. Ideally, you’d want to practice in a non-fatigued state. We encourage you to do them during warmups or after class after you’ve completely recovered from the workout session. We will continue to work with you on proper technique during class. Also, the barbell club will help you with your Olympic lifting technique. They meet on Tuesday and Thursday at 7:30 PM, and Sunday at 9 AM.

Judging

leaf graphic

During The Open, we will reserve one day during the week for all athletes to do the posted workout of the week (remember that a new workout is posted each week for five weeks). Expect your fellow athletes to judge you during the workouts. This means that you will likely also need to judge them.

There are a few basic requirements to being an effective judge:

  • 4 Know the movement standards (squats are below parallel, chin over the bar for pull ups)
  • 4 Ask your athlete about their counting preference (silent or audible)
  • 4 Space and equipment awareness (make sure your athlete has plenty of space to operate)
  • 4 Most importantly, be honest (don’t be afraid to hand out repeated “no-reps!”)

These basic qualities will ensure the integrity of your score. As the judge, be encouraging but uphold the movement standards. As the athlete, avoid “no-reps” by performing the movement standards. And, don’t worry about losing count of your reps, your fellow athlete will help you out with that.

In order to become comfortable with judging, we need to practice. So prepare to wear your judging hats during some of the workout sessions as you may be asked to judge your fellow athletes.

So let’s prepare for The Open together and continue to explore what we’re capable of. It will be fun.

leaf graphic
Image by C. Campbell

The Crossfit Open will start on February 25th. It’s less than a month away! The Open is when Crossfit athletes around the world will put their fitness to the test. The Open is the first stage in the three-stage journey to The Games. This video explains it more. For 5 weeks, viagra 100mg one workout is released that will test your fitness, toughness, and determination.

For the next 8 weeks, our programming will focus primarily on preparing for the Open workouts. Expect to work on movements and workouts that will likely be in the Open. They will likely involve couplet, triplet, and chipper (more on these later) type of workouts consisting of olympic lifts and gymnastics. Our previous cycles have made you stronger and better at Olympic lifts, gymnastics, and skills without sacrificing conditioning. This cycle is the culmination of what we’ve been working so hard for during our previous cycles.

So, let’s dive right in and see how this cycle will prepare us for The Open.

What to expect in the Open
The Games site has all the Open workouts from the past three years. Having said that, we can make a fairly accurate guess of what type of workouts we might see:

  • 4 Couplets and triplets lasting no longer than 20 minutes with barbells at moderate loads
  • 4 Movements done with a barbell, pull-up bar, a box, a medicine ball, and rings.
  • 4 Movements that can be done in a garage gym

It’s certainly possible we may see movements that were excluded in the past like pistols or handstand push ups, but we’re confident that we are still addressing the major points to be competitive at this year’s Open.

Couplets, Triplets, and Chippers
Most of our conditioning workouts actually have been couplets and triplets. A couplet simply means a workout with two movements. A triplet, then, is a workout with three movements.

Here’s an example of a couplet:
Open 11.1 Workout
AMRAP 10
30 Double Unders
15 Power Snatches (75/55)

Here’s an example of a tripet:
Open 12.3 Workout
AMRAP 18
15 Box Jumps (24/20)
12 Shoulder To Overhead (115/75)
9 Toes To Bar

We expect there to be a moderately loaded barbell combined with a gymnastic and/or skill movement. In this cycle, we will work on cycle time of reps and transition time between exercises. These workouts will challenge you to find your “engine” so that you can move with very minimal rest. So it’s important to find your pace without “redlining” (the point in the workout when you can no longer move because you’re gasping for air and you don’t know if you’ll make it to the end).

A chippers is a workout that consists of a high-volume of multiple exercises. Its purpose is to slow down athletes, even the top competitors, so that they can’t move through the entire workout quickly.

Here’s an example of a chipper:
Open 13.1
AMRAP 18
40 burpees, 6? jump
30 snatches (75/45)
30 burpees, 6? jump
30 snatches (135/75)
20 burpees, 6? jump
30 snatches (165/100)
10 burpees, 6? jump
AMRAP snatches (210/120)

During the Open, the chippers are usually placed in front of a high skill movement or a heavy lift in order to test your fitness capacity. You need to be able to perform a high skill movement or lift something heavy in a fatigued state. We will incorporate the CP battery training to address this need.

What the heck is that you ask?

Well, read on.

CP Battery Training
A rough explanation of the purpose of the CP (creatine phosphate) battery pathway is that it gives you the ability to consistently perform heavy squats, fast sprints, high jumps at near maximal effort. Think of the CP battery like the battery on your mobile phone that needs to be recharged after browsing Facebook all day. Your CP battery gets drained at high intensity efforts and you need to recharge it to continue performing at a high level. Here’s the science-y explanation of this pathway, if you’re interested. So we need to train this re-charging mechanism.

But how? You ask?

Basically, we will have sessions that will put you in a fatigued state and then perform a high skill movement or a heavy lift immediately afterwards.

Example:
Open 15.1 Workout
15.1
AMRAP 9 of
15 Toes To Bar
10 Deadlifts (115/75)
5 Snatches
15.1a
6 Minutes To Find
1 RM Clean And Jerk

Notice that there is no rest between the first and second part of the workout above. The first part places you in a fatigued state and immediately afterwards, you have to find your 1RM on a lift.

Skill Improvement
You can expect to see skill movements like double unders, pull ups, and power snatches. Luckily, we’ve been working on these skills a lot and many of you have made great progress. These skills require practice and proper technique. If you continue to struggle with skill movements, continue working on them. Ideally, you’d want to practice in a non-fatigued state. We encourage you to do them during warmups or after class after you’ve completely recovered from the workout session. We will continue to work with you on proper technique during class. Also, the barbell club will help you with your Olympic lifting technique. They meet on Tuesday and Thursday at 7:30 PM, and Sunday at 9 AM.

Judging

leaf graphic

During The Open, we will reserve one day during the week for all athletes to do the posted workout of the week (remember that a new workout is posted each week for five weeks). Expect your fellow athletes to judge you during the workouts. This means that you will likely also need to judge them.

There are a few basic requirements to being an effective judge:

  • 4 Know the movement standards (squats are below parallel, chin over the bar for pull ups)
  • 4 Ask your athlete about their counting preference (silent or audible)
  • 4 Space and equipment awareness (make sure your athlete has plenty of space to operate)
  • 4 Most importantly, be honest (don’t be afraid to hand out repeated “no-reps!”)

These basic qualities will ensure the integrity of your score. As the judge, be encouraging but uphold the movement standards. As the athlete, avoid “no-reps” by performing the movement standards. And, don’t worry about losing count of your reps, your fellow athlete will help you out with that.

In order to become comfortable with judging, we need to practice. So prepare to wear your judging hats during some of the workout sessions as you may be asked to judge your fellow athletes.

So let’s prepare for The Open together and continue to explore what we’re capable of. It will be fun.

leaf graphic
Image by C. Campbell

The Crossfit Open will start on February 25th. It’s less than a month away! The Open is when Crossfit athletes around the world will put their fitness to the test. The Open is the first stage in the three-stage journey to The Games. This video explains it more. For 5 weeks, drugs one workout is released that will test your fitness, seek toughness, see and determination.

For the next 8 weeks, our programming will focus primarily on preparing for the Open workouts. Expect to work on movements and workouts that will likely be in the Open. They will likely involve couplet, triplet, and chipper (more on these later) type of workouts consisting of olympic lifts and gymnastics. Our previous cycles have made you stronger and better at Olympic lifts, gymnastics, and skills without sacrificing conditioning. This cycle is the culmination of what we’ve been working so hard for during our previous cycles.

So, let’s dive right in and see how this cycle will prepare us for The Open.

What to expect in the Open
The Games site has all the Open workouts from the past three years. Having said that, we can make a fairly accurate guess of what type of workouts we might see:

  • 4 Couplets and triplets lasting no longer than 20 minutes with barbells at moderate loads
  • 4 Movements done with a barbell, pull-up bar, a box, a medicine ball, and rings.
  • 4 Movements that can be done in a garage gym

It’s certainly possible we may see movements that were excluded in the past like pistols or handstand push ups, but we’re confident that we are still addressing the major points to be competitive at this year’s Open.

Couplets, Triplets, and Chippers
Most of our conditioning workouts actually have been couplets and triplets. A couplet simply means a workout with two movements. A triplet, then, is a workout with three movements.

Here’s an example of a couplet:
Open 11.1 Workout
AMRAP 10
30 Double Unders
15 Power Snatches (75/55)

Here’s an example of a triplet:
Open 12.3 Workout
AMRAP 18
15 Box Jumps (24/20)
12 Shoulder To Overhead (115/75)
9 Toes To Bar

We expect there to be a moderately loaded barbell combined with a gymnastic and/or skill movement. In this cycle, we will work on cycle time of reps and transition time between exercises. These workouts will challenge you to find your “engine” so that you can move with very minimal rest. So it’s important to find your pace without “redlining” (the point in the workout when you can no longer move because you’re gasping for air and you don’t know if you’ll make it to the end).

A chippers is a workout that consists of a high-volume of multiple exercises. Its purpose is to slow down athletes, even the top competitors, so that they can’t move through the entire workout quickly.

Here’s an example of a chipper:
Open 13.1
AMRAP 18
40 burpees, 6? jump
30 snatches (75/45)
30 burpees, 6? jump
30 snatches (135/75)
20 burpees, 6? jump
30 snatches (165/100)
10 burpees, 6? jump
AMRAP snatches (210/120)

During the Open, the chippers are usually placed in front of a high skill movement or a heavy lift in order to test your fitness capacity. You need to be able to perform a high skill movement or lift something heavy in a fatigued state. We will incorporate the CP battery training to address this need.

What the heck is that you ask?

Well, read on.

CP Battery Training
A rough explanation of the purpose of the CP (creatine phosphate) battery pathway is that it gives you the ability to consistently perform heavy squats, fast sprints, high jumps at near maximal effort. Think of the CP battery like the battery on your mobile phone that needs to be recharged after browsing Facebook all day. Your CP battery gets drained at high intensity efforts and you need to recharge it to continue performing at a high level. Here’s the science-y explanation of this pathway, if you’re interested. So we need to train this re-charging mechanism.

But how? You ask?

Basically, we will have sessions that will put you in a fatigued state and then perform a high skill movement or a heavy lift immediately afterwards.

Example:
Open 15.1 Workout
15.1
AMRAP 9 of
15 Toes To Bar
10 Deadlifts (115/75)
5 Snatches
15.1a
6 Minutes To Find
1 RM Clean And Jerk

Notice that there is no rest between the first and second part of the workout above. The first part places you in a fatigued state and immediately afterwards, you have to find your 1RM on a lift.

Skill Improvement
You can expect to see skill movements like double unders, pull ups, and power snatches. Luckily, we’ve been working on these skills a lot and many of you have made great progress. These skills require practice and proper technique. If you continue to struggle with skill movements, continue working on them. Ideally, you’d want to practice in a non-fatigued state. We encourage you to do them during warmups or after class after you’ve completely recovered from the workout session. We will continue to work with you on proper technique during class. Also, the barbell club will help you with your Olympic lifting technique. They meet on Tuesday and Thursday at 7:30 PM, and Sunday at 9 AM.

Judging

leaf graphic

During The Open, we will reserve one day during the week for all athletes to do the posted workout of the week (remember that a new workout is posted each week for five weeks). Expect your fellow athletes to judge you during the workouts. This means that you will likely also need to judge them.

There are a few basic requirements to being an effective judge:

  • 4 Know the movement standards (squats are below parallel, chin over the bar for pull ups)
  • 4 Ask your athlete about their counting preference (silent or audible)
  • 4 Space and equipment awareness (make sure your athlete has plenty of space to operate)
  • 4 Most importantly, be honest (don’t be afraid to hand out repeated “no-reps!”)

These basic qualities will ensure the integrity of your score. As the judge, be encouraging but uphold the movement standards. As the athlete, avoid “no-reps” by performing the movement standards. And, don’t worry about losing count of your reps, your fellow athlete will help you out with that.

In order to become comfortable with judging, we need to practice. So prepare to wear your judging hats during some of the workout sessions as you may be asked to judge your fellow athletes.

So let’s prepare for The Open together and continue to explore what we’re capable of. It will be fun.

leaf graphic
Image by C. Campbell

Understanding how the Open works is the first step in deciding whether or not to register for the Open. Most of us will participate because the Open workouts will be part of the gym’s programming, dosage but a significant number of us will not register. We will complete the workout, approved high five our friends, and our score will get lost somewhere in those seven minutes of burpees.

We are here to tell you: we WANT you to register for the Open. We WANT you to log your scores alongside the likes of Ben Smith and Katrin Davidsdottir — the winners of last year’s CrossFit Games. We WANT you to complete all the workouts.

BUT I can’t do the movements RX.
The Open is a good measure of how far CrossFit has come. Initially when the sport started, muscle ups were not part of the Open. After being introduced last year, athletes all around the world have been motivated to improve on their pull ups and ring dips and, thus, work on their muscle ups. That is the beauty of CrossFit: there is always room for improvement, even for those who can already do the movements RX.

BUT I’ll get bad scores.
CrossFit has several defining characteristics which makes it stand out from other sports. First, it is constantly varied. There will be movements ranging from highly technical (e.g., the clean and jerk max immediately following the metcon during last year’s Open workout 15.1) to fundamental bodyweight movements (e.g., the infamous seven minutes of burpees). There are a variety of movements built into the Open for which everyone can excel. Second, CrossFit is measurable. Similar to how we log our scores into Wodify, the Open almost always features a previous year’s workout to allow athletes the chance to measure their progress. A “bad” score one year translates to a better score next year.

BUT I’m not a good athlete.
CrossFit is an all-inclusive sport. The Open is a prime example of this. How many sports require us to try-out before we are included on the roster? Most of them. CrossFit, on the other hand, is “open” to any and all athletes regardless of age, physical ability, region, or affiliate. This means athletes as far as Australia or as close as the garage gym can participate in the Open. When you click submit, you are added to the same roster as Rich Froning and Kara Webb. You are part of the team and that alone makes you a great athlete.

BUT I don’t care about the competition aspect.
For many of us, CrossFit is a stress reliever and thinking about it as a competition is nerve-racking. Competition, however, does not have to mean competition against others. When I compete in the Open, I compete with myself. I am not paying attention to the leader board and I am not on a team. The first year I did the Open, I could not do half of the movements proficiently. The following year, I had a couple pull ups and A double under. Last year, I was able to do most of the movements and completed a few double unders. Because the Open is the driving force behind our programming, seeing improvement in the Open year after year has reassured me something is going right. It encourages me more and more to trust our coaches, trust the programming, and, more importantly, trust myself.

BUT I’m not ready.
The truth is: you can never be ready. Fitness is constantly evolving and athletes are improving faster than they think they are. There will always be another way to challenge your fitness. Rather than thinking of the Open as something negative to avoid, think of it as a way to help you zero in on your strengths and weaknesses, to develop strategies on how to approach different workouts, and to generate a list of new goals for the following year. The Open is not the end of the cycle. It is the beginning of a new one!

Join us in registering for the 2016 CrossFit Open by clicking here.

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