The CrossFit Open
After a great Saturday of friendly and fun competition I thought it a good time to talk more about the CrossFit Open.
You CrossFit. Your friends CrossFit. Your family CrossFits. And you are well aware that the CrossFit Open is two weeks away. Besides the 4B Internal Throwdown, The Open is the best opportunity for you to throw down with your community AND the rest of the WORLD. No matter what level of athlete you are, the Open is one of the biggest community building events in CrossFit and YOU should participate.
This will be my sixth year competing in the Open and I will probably sign up every year for the next 20 years, hopefully. I am not the most competitive athlete. I have had to scale workouts or take a DNF. I’ve never even finished in the top 100 in any region I’ve participated in. I participate because it’s a chance to throw down with every other CrossFit junkie across the globe and create more camaraderie with my CrossFIt family. Live together or die alone right?! I get to feel the same amount of suck that you and everyone else does then, smile, hug and high five about it once it’s over.
I know there are a lot of you who are really hesitant to sign up. Maybe you have hesitation like not being good enough, not wanting to be a competitive CrossFitter, or you’re unsure if you’ll be at the box every week to make the workouts. Here’s the deal, before you firmly decide to skip the Open this year, hear me out. I think this is something that every CrossFitter should experience and participate in every year, as long as you’re healthy.
You are good enough. There is no such thing as “not good enough.” The workouts are designed so that most athletes can handle them OR there’s also a scaled division. You can compete will all of the athletes at your level of ability.
Don’t want to be a competitive CrossFitter? Listen, there are some competitive athletes gunning for Regionals and they will take every workout very seriously. Every workout, every rep will determine their spot to move forward. However, the majority of participating athletes ARE NOT going to regionals. For the majority, the Open is about challenging yourself, having fun and getting a taste for competition in the comfortable setting of your own gym with your own community. The Open is about you and your community, stepping up to a challenge and making memories.
For me It’s never been the workouts that inspire and surprise me. It’s been about being in my gym with people I know; people cheering, screaming and encouraging me to do my best. That truly surprises and inspires me.
Not sure you’ll make all five weeks? Well, you miss a day here and there at the gym each week. You have 4 days to complete the workout and to recruit a buddy to suffer through it with you. And, assuming you’re not going to Regionals, missing a workout will not make or break your fitness either. Just saying.
I’ve never met anyone who has had a bad experience doing the Open. I’ve never met anyone who has regretted doing the Open. But you know what I hear from at least one athlete every year? “ I wish I would have signed up.”
Click the link HERE and just do it already! Join us in the awesome community building, challenging, world-wide competition.
Written by Connie Keathley
Connie is a Coach at Four Barrel CrossFit. Her coaching credentials include CrossFit Level 3, CrossFit Kids, CrossFit Movement & Mobility, Gymnastics, Advanced Gymnastics and Endurance. She is also a Level 1 USAW lifting coach. She’s coached and trained under 9-time USAW National Champion Olympic Weightlifter, Chad Vaughn as well as Olympic competitors Ursula Garza and Matt Bruce. She’s trained people from age 3 to 81, and has always had a heart to help others! Being a CrossFit coach has given her the avenue to do so!