The 2018 CrossFit Open begins next month! I sometimes hear athletes say they aren’t going to participate in The Open because they “aren’t trying to go to Regionals.” But I would argue, that for most of the CrossFit population, The Open is about much more than that. Even if you aren’t Regionals-bound, here are some solid reasons why you should DEFINITELY participate in The Open.
The Open is Coming
And why participating in it is good for you!
ANNUAL MEASUREMENT OF YOUR IMPROVEMENT
The Open is an awesome way to see your improvement year-after-year and get a sense of your growth as an athlete. You can see how you have improved within your home gym, against other athletes in the region, or where you stand globally. This annual comparison is a great way to a look at your fitness level at a macro level and not just focus on individual daily workouts. And if you are interested in seeing how you are improving with individual WODs, one of The Open workouts is always a repeat from a prior year, which provides the perfect opportunity to see EXACTLY where you stand compared to your formal self.
ALL THE PR’S
There is something magical about The Open. Maybe it’s the extra adrenaline or the accountability of submitting a score to the ultimate leaderboard, but I regularly see athletes surprise themselves during The Open. Getting their first pull up, hitting a new PR – it just happens! It’s happened to me on several occasions. One of my favorite Open memories was from a few years ago - my husband got his first ring muscle up only a few days prior to 15.3 being announced. He then proceeded to do nine, NINE, during the workout! I am telling you – magic happens during The Open. You might just surprise yourself.
HELPS IDENTIFY WEAKNESSES
Not only can The Open help you hit some new “personal bests”, it will also help you identify your weaknesses. If you want to submit a score for the leaderboard, you won’t be able to avoid or substitute any movements that you haven’t mastered yet. You’ll have to face these weaknesses, head on. And with a judge watching your every move and holding you accountable to some very strict movement standards, any slacking you might be getting away with during the daily WODs won’t cut it – you’ll need to demonstrate full competency and range of motion. No bro reps during The Open.
ADDS FOCUS & PURPOSE TO YOUR TRAINING
Identifying your weaknesses isn’t a bad thing. In fact, I think it’s great! It gives purpose to your training and something to focus on and strive towards. If you know you could have killed a workout if you only were better at a certain movement, now you know what area of your training you might want to give some extra attention. With the 2018 Open just weeks away, you have plenty of motivation to focus on any areas of improvement and train with intent.
BOND WITH YOUR GYM
You know that feeling of camaraderie you experience after a grueling partner WOD? The Open creates an atmosphere similar to that, but on steroids. Everyone is so supportive and excited for one another. You’ll even have athletes who aren’t participating in The Open simply show up for the workout announcement or “Friday Night Lights” to support their friends. It really brings the whole gym together.
The atmosphere, the PR’s, the comradery – it’s so much fun! Walk into any CrossFit box on a Friday night during The Open and it will be buzzing with excitement. There really is no way to describe it, you simply have to experience it.
YOU SOUND LIKE A BAD ASS
Someone invites you out on Friday night and your response is, “Sorry, I can’t. I am competing in the CrossFit Open.” They might not know what that means exactly, but it’s probably safe to say, you sound like a total bad ass.
MOST IMPORTANTLY, YOU’RE FUNDING DAVE CASTRO’S SALARY
I mean come on, it’s probably not cheap to pay someone to come up with those nonsensical clues he releases before each workout. I’m kidding, of course. Your small registration fee is worth every penny when you consider everything I previously mentioned.
- Coach Rachelle